Tuesday in CE: Apple May Ditch Qualcomm; Sprint Dumps T-Mobile Again
If you can remember back a ways, the bickering between Apple and Qualcomm all started because the former accused the latter of using its “market dominance” in order to create a rather large mismatch and unfair advantage in the wireless chip space. That leverage, Apple alleged in a January court filing, was used to block competitors in the space from doing business with Apple and to charge exorbitant patent royalties. Qualcomm, of course, denied those claims and has since been trying to block the sale and export of iPhones and iPads the world over.
Qualcomm’s legal actions have really just served as empty threats. But now, Apple is hitting back at an incredibly soft spot for the wireless chipmaker—and it’s one that could take a huge chunk of business away.
According to several reports, Apple is actively exploring the possibility of developing next year’s iPhones and iPads with a new wireless chipmaker. Already, Apple started using Intel chips for some models of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus produced last year, and some models of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus released last month. The move now, according to those reports, would be for Apple to completely ditch Qualcomm and go with a mix of Intel’s chips and some possibly from a company called MediaTek.