Apple's soured partnership with Qualcomm may have hurt its chance to release a 5G iPhone early
MANILA, Philippines – In July 2018, Apple terminated its exclusive partnership with Qualcomm to have the chip-maker supply modems for its iPhones. But even before that, business between the two was somewhat on track to go bad as both companies have, over the years, filed lawsuits against each other for a whole host of reasons.
More details have now emerged of their soured partnership from the US Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) trial against Qualcomm.
Although Apple makes its own processors for its iPhones, it still relies on third-party companies to supply its modem chips.
Apple said the original plan was to order chips from both Qualcomm and its competitor, Intel. But Qualcomm, as the trial took place, would not sell Apple its chips so it was forced to contact Intel, and ask them to supply them with additional chips.
Qualcomm executives denied these claims and stated in numerous occasions that they were always open to work with Apple.