Kuo explained this week that it is very likely that the futures iPhone 15 from next year continue to mount a 5G modem from the firm Qualcomm instead of one of its own developed by Apple. A very strange thing, since Cupertino has been developing this chip for years, and even more so since Apple bought Intel’s 5G transmission division in 2019.
And three years after this takeover, with more than 2,000 employees, they have still not succeeded in developing a 5G modem? Lo más probable es que sí lo tengan muy avanzado o ya listo para su fabrication, pero puede que no lo puedan hacer por legal cuestiones, ya que hay dos patentes muy fuertes y claras subre la tecnología 5G propiedad de Qualcomm, y aquí puede de residir el problem. It suits me better now.
A few days ago I explained the latest information from our friend Ming Chi Kuo. In one Tweeterthe Korean analyst assured that next year’s iPhone 15 will continue to mount a Qualcomm 5G modem, instead of the one planned by Apple of its own manufacture.
And in my article I explained that it was very strange, since in 2019 Apple bought the 5G division of Intel for more than 1,000 million dollars, with the intention of developing its own 5G chip for its devices, and therefore not depending on Qualcomm. It is very strange to assume that this division, which had more than 2,000 employees when it was taken over by Apple three years later, was still unable to present a 5G modem.
Two patents are to blame
[Company Update] Qualcomm (QCOM.O)
My latest investigation indicates that Apple’s iPhone 5G modem chip development may have failed, so Qualcomm will remain the exclusive supplier of 5G chips for new iPhones in 2H23, with a 100% supply share ( compared to the company’s previous estimate of 20%.
—Ming-Chi Kuo (@mingchikuo) June 28, 2022
New information has surfaced today that could explain what Kuo announced a few days ago. It seems that the problem is not technical, but legal. Maybe Apple yes, you already have your 5G chip ready (or almost), but due to patent issues, you cannot use it. It would suit me better, no doubt.
In an in-depth analysis of patents from Foss Patents, there is the explanation of the problem. In order for Apple to mount its 5G chip on its devices, it must invalidate two very powerful and clear patents on the 5G transmission which belong to Qualcomm.
Some time ago, Apple had already appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States to request the cancellation of these patents, but the accusation was dismissed. So the laws protect the owner of said licenses: Qualcom.
So Apple has no choice but to go through the tube, and agree with Qualcomm. If those in Cupertino want to use their own 5G chip, they will have to come to terms with the chipmaker and agree on a royalty for each of the patents. That’s why Kuo explained the continuity of Qualcomm’s 5G chips in Apple devices. Unless they come to an agreement soon and the bitten apple goes through the Q-shaped tube….
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