The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Apple said that last year, Qualcomm refused to provide chips to the Tech giant because Qualcomm was sued by it back in 2017, according to news sources. Jeff Williams, the COO said that the chipmaker forced Apple to use Intel modems exclusively in iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR. This shows that the decision was not made by Cupertino, the California-based iPhone maker. In spite of trying to negotiate with Qualcomm multiple times, Williams said, he failed.
And consequently, he was forced to use modems built by Intel. iPhone makers have been using Qualcomm chipsets for quite some time now. As such, the rift between the two parties must have costed Apple with a lot of adjustment issues. On the other hand, quoting Qualcomm from 2017, we get a contrary picture. In 2017, the chipmaker said in a statement to Bloomberg news, “We are committed to supporting Apple’s new devices consistent with our support of all others in the industry.”
It claims that it had already “tested and released to Apple” the modems for being incorporated in the iPhones. On Monday, Apple said that Qualcomm had contacts with other chip providers in order to manufacture chips. This has its own pros and cons for Apple. Firstly, it has helped the company to cut down costs. Secondly, due to possibility of an issue/disagreement with any one chip provider it should be prudent and wise enough to provide a contingency plan.
Though Jeff Williams said that Qualcomm had stopped providing it chipsets during 2018, he admitted that the chipmaker continued to assist it for its older phones. The government has reportedly blamed Qualcomm to misuse its position and forcing customers to use its products and squeeze them for high patent licensing fees.
Recently, it has been known that Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat might be in production. Based on the ChargerLAB tweet, it has been tipped that Apple has already started manufacturing the AirPower wireless charging mat.