Apple is reportedly ditching Qualcomm Modems for Intel LTE Modems this year


Qualcomm and Apple are having a lot of disputes since January 2017 over patents, royalties, and more. According to a statement from Qualcomm, it looks like that fighting might have resulted in some real-world consequences.

As Per Qualcomm’s Financial Chief George Davis:
“We believe Apple intends to solely use our competitor’s modems rather than our modems in its next iPhone release.”

The word “competitor” mentioned here is probably being referred to Intel. Even though Intel is still one of the largest players in the processor space, Qualcomm’s LTE speeds have been proven to be considerably faster than what Intel’s’ achieved so far with its mobile modems.

Qualcomm partnered up with SpeedTest creator Ookla earlier this week to show the difference in network performance between the Snapdragon 845 and Intel’s XMM7480 and XMM7360 chips.

Qualcomm came out on top in every scenario with up to 68% faster download speeds on T-Mobile, 41% faster upload speeds, and 35% slower latency on AT&T.

Even though Qualcomm didn’t supply their modems this year, they might do that in the future again.

George Davis also said, “This is a very dynamic industry. If the opportunity presents itself, I think we will be a supplier of Apple.”