Rumored deal could go a long way toward the development of Apple’s own modem chips


We have documented the difficulties that Apple has had securing 5G modem chips for the iPhone, and the surprise settlement with Qualcomm that gives Apple a multi-year chip supply agreement with the chip maker. Apple already bit the hand that feeds it once when it testified against Qualcomm’s controversial chip selling practices in front of the Korean FTC. At the time, Apple was getting its modem chips exclusively from Qualcomm and was earning a $1 billion incentive payment every year. But Apple’s testimony and decision to also use Intel’s modem chips on the iPhone 7 led to the nasty legal …

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