Apple’s personnel move might help it design its own modem chips for the iPhone

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Apple’s settlement with Qualcomm back in April finally gave the company a source of 5G modem chips that it could rely on. After paying the chip maker a reported $4.5 billion, Apple received a six-year licensing deal (with options for an additional two years) and a multi-year chip agreement. But the rumors about Apple building its own 5G modem chip persist, even after it shook hands with Qualcomm. As part of the deal, the lawsuits each company filed against the other were dismissed.
But Qualcomm can’t feel like it is on steady ground with Apple. Back in February, the …

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