As the legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm continues to escalate, a new report says that the Cupertino giant may not incorporate Qualcomm chips in next year s iPhones and iPads. The report further states that Apple may opt for MediaTek or Intel chips instead. Also Read - Apple Watch SE GPS for Rs 24,900 until tonight: How to quickly avail this dealAlso Read - iPhone 13 series leak roundup: From 25W charger to autofocus ultra-wide camera and more
Qualcomm withheld critical to testing its chips in iPhone and iPad prototypes, a WSJ report said (via 9to5mac). After Apple filed the initial lawsuit, the chipmaker reportedly stopped sharing the required testing software. Apple s plans to exclude Qualcomm chips from next year s model could still change. People familiar with Apple s manufacturing process said the company could change modem-chip suppliers as late as June, three months before the next iPhone is expected to ship. Still, some of the people said Apple hasn t previously designed iPhones and iPads to exclude Qualcomm chips at a similar stage of the process, the report added. ALSO READ: Intel unveils self-learning chip Loihi that mimics the human brain Also Read - Face ID to reach Macs, all iPhones and iPads in a couple of years
Apple ditching Qualcomm chipsets would be a big change. Until iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple heavily relied on Qualcomm for modem chips. With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 series, and also with the iPhone X, Apple started using a mix of Qualcomm and Intel chips. Generally, Apple wants two suppliers for its key components, and as the battle with Qualcomm continues, it makes sense why it would want to bring MediaTek onboard. ALSO READ: Qualcomm successfully tests Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset
Earlier this year in January, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that he is open to settle the lawsuit with Qualcomm, but still expects a lengthy legal battle to continue. It all started when FTC lodged a complaint against Qualcomm for forcing Apple to use its baseband chips for higher royalties. In return, Apple filed its own $1 billion lawsuit after FTC monopoly complaint. ALSO READ: Apple building its own chips to reduce dependence on Qualcomm, Intel: Report
As a part of the battle, Qualcomm also attempted to put an import ban on iPhones in the US. It also filed to block iPhone manufacturing and sales in China. Earlier this year, Apple made a bid for Toshiba s chip business, but the intensions for the same are unclear. A report on Nikkie Asian Review revealed that Apple might be gearing up to make significant investments in semiconductor business to build its own chipsets, and reduce dependence on Intel and Qualcomm.