After two years, Apple’s legal spats with Qualcomm have come to an anticlimactic end.
There’s a lot to parse from the settlement itself, but one main takeaway is that Apple now has a faster path toward building a 5G-compatible iPhone.
Neither company officially specified exactly why two years of sniping came to an end, but there are good reasons to believe that access to Qualcomm’s 5G modems was at the heart of it.
Previously, the bad blood between the two companies meant Apple would have to rely on Intel to deliver 5G modems and recent reports hinted that it looked increasingly likely the Cupertino-based tech giant would have to wait until 2021 for Intel’s chip to be ready.
And almost as soon as that news arrived, Intel announced that it’s dropping out of the 5G modem game.
This, combined with news that a six-year licensing deal is part of the Apple-Qualcomm settlement, it seems safe to assume Apple will be using the San Diego chipmaker’s 5G modem.