Amidst the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm, the iPhone-maker has reportedly decided it won’t use Qualcomm components in its upcoming iPhones and iPads. According to a report by WSJ citing which cites a person familiar with the matter, Apple’s 2018 iPhone and iPad lineup will not include components from Qualcomm.
The report further suggests that Apple will ditch Qualcomm and may use modem chips from Intel and MediaTek while designing iPhones and iPads for 2018. Apple’s decision to design upcoming iPhones and iPads without Qualcomm parts comes because of a dispute over the Cupertino giant’s use of Qualcomm’s proprietary technology.
Apple and Qualcomm are entwined in a legal battle over a patent dispute where the iPhone-maker has accused Qualcomm of charging high royalties for its proprietary technologies. Back in January, Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the chip designer for abusing its taking undue advantage of its market dominance. In response to Apple’s allegations, the latter also reportedly filed a lawsuit with Apple in China, seeking to halt manufacturing and selling of iPhones in the country earlier this month.
Qualcomm is the world’s largest smartphone chip manufacturer whose processors are found in almost every smartphone available in the market. The San-Diego based chip designer now finds itself tangled in an ongoing battle with the Cupertino giant, and it appears the dispute just keeps on escalating. The report also notes that Qualcomm debunked the idea of testing its chips in iPhone and iPad prototypes which essentially forced Apple to make this decision
Apple is yet to provide an official statement regarding designing future iPhone and iPads without the San-Diego based chip designer’s components. However, an Apple representative said that the company refrains from commenting about its future devices.
“The reason that we’re pursuing this is that Qualcomm‘s trying to charge Apple a percentage of the total iPhone value, and they do some really great work around standards-essential patents, but it’s one small part of what an iPhone is. It’s not — it has nothing to do with the display or the Touch ID or a gazillion other innovations that Apple has done. And so we don’t think that’s right. And so we’re taking a principled stand on it, and we strongly believe we’re in the right,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook about the ongoing legal battle between the two during the company’s second quarter earnings call earlier this year.