Apple designing iPhones, iPads without Qualcomm parts

Apple designing iPhones, iPads without Qualcomm parts”

There have been issues going on between Qualcomm and Apple for months now.

Apple Inc is designing iPhones and iPads for next year that don't use components from chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, Wall Street Journal reported. This is informed by two people who know about the subject at hand. Apple has always used Qualcomm's modem chips exclusively in the iPhone until past year, when it was supplied by both Qualcomm and Intel. The informants remained anonymous as they were not allowed to discuss the subject with media.

The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple over patent royalties, which led Qualcomm to seek an injunction banning iPhone sales in China, may end up permanently damaging the San Diego based chip designer. Adding that it is "committed to supporting Apple's new devices" as it does for others in the industry.

As per Stacy Rasgon Bernstein analyst, Apple's move is not unexpected at all.

Qualcomm said its modem that could be used in the next generation iPhone has been tested and released to Apple, the newspaper said, citing Qualcomm. A source tells WSJ that Apple is considering building future devices with modem chips from Intel and possibly MediaTek because Qualcomm has withheld software that is critical to testing its chips in Apple's prototypes. Intel acquired a company that can easily replace Qualcomm chips in iPhone.

Apple is all set to ditch Qualcomm altogether, as the company is not providing the proper software support to test the next-gen iPhones.

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