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Intel is Selling. Is Apple Buying?

As soon as Apple patched things up with Qualcomm, Intel let the world know that they were getting out of the modem business. That is probably for the best since it looks like they were years away from catching up to the top players in the industry. Apple was the only thing keeping them in the game and they have now wisely moved on.

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Business Beats Personal: Apple and Qualcomm Settle Up

Two days ago, I wrote an article based on a piece in the Wall Street Journal about how personal the legal battles between Apple and Qualcomm had gotten. The primary point was how little connection and commonality there was between CEOs Tim Cook and Steve Mollenkopf and that because of that, how remote the possibility of a quick settlement seemed.

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It’s Not Business, it’s Personal: Apple and Qualcomm Go To the Mattresses

Apple and Qualcomm have been battling through motions, injunctions and trade disputes across the globe, but their big trial finally begins this week in San Diego. The Wall Street Journal ran a great piece yesterday that gets into some of the background of the fight between these two tech giants. More importantly, it touches on the disconnect between their two leaders, Steve Mollenkopf and Tim Cook.

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When it Comes to Apple and 5G, Healthy Skepticism is Still Warranted

We see another classic repetitive cycle playing out in Apple supply chain and analyst-driven news right now. Last year, Bloomberg relayed a note from Northland analyst Gus Richard saying that Apple may pass on using Intel 5G modems in 2020 because they won’t be ready in time. Now Fast Company claims to have inside sources reporting that Apple IS passing on Intel and that they have doubled down on producing their own 5G modem.

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Apple is Extending its Chip Prowess to 5G Modems

In one of the least surprising stories of the year, Reuters has reported that Apple is now working on developing its own 5G modems. Considering Apple’s ongoing and increasingly ugly legal showdowns with Qualcomm and their dramatic rise as a force in the world of chip design and optimization, this is an obvious and expected move.

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Is Apple Going 5G in 2019? Remember the Difference Between Considering and Doing

According to a report from Reuters, Apple is considering using either Samsung or MediaTek to supply 5G modems for their 2019 iPhones. You read that right. Apple is considering moving to the latest network technology as soon as it rolls out. This is something that Apple has never done, even sticking with the anemic 2G EDGE instead of going with 3G right off the bat. They later waited an extra year before going to LTE. Is Apple about to change course?

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The Qualcomm-Apple Saga is Really Getting Old

Apple accuses Qualcomm of predatory business practices. Qualcomm accuses Apple of infringing on patents. Apple won’t pay Qualcomm and tries to get their patents invalidated. Qualcomm sues Apple and files for injunctions. Apple counter-sues. Apple won’t use Qualcomm’s modems anymore, hitting them where it really hurts. Qualcomm accuses Apple of sharing secrets with their rival Intel, which they may actually have some proof of. Maybe this will actually make it trial someday. And then it will be appealed…indefinitely. And on, and on, and on, and on…..

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Apple Slices: Bite-sized Apple News of the Week

It’s been an up and down week for Apple

It’s been a week of highs and lows for Apple with some good news, some not so good, and other stories that seem to go either way depending on who’s doing the reporting. Let’s get into some of the highlights.

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Apple Pulls a Trump Card on Qualcomm

If you haven’t been keeping up, Apple and Qualcomm have been waging quite the slap battle across the globe. Apple sued Qualcomm. Qualcomm countersued for patent infringement. Qualcomm called for a ban against iPhones in China covering both sale and production, which would cripple Apple. Qualcomm then asked the ITC and US District Court to all ban imports of iPhones.

Since then, Apple has fired back and sued again with allegations that Qualcomm’s business model of double-charging for their technologies is illegal, which would be severely damaging to them. Qualcomm countered. Again. Apple filed a THIRD suit in US and then sued Qualcomm in China for an additional 145 million.

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Apple Slices: Upgrades and Updates

The last week has brought us a critical iOS 10.3 update, and rumors of an upgrade to the iPhone SE. Of course, we also have the obligatory iPhone 8 rumors du jour, and more tidbits about Apple and Qualcomm’s legal wrangling. Let’s get right to the news.
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Apple Slices- The Calm Before the Storm


Apple news has been fast and furious the last two weeks, but this week things seem to have gone into neutral. There is no shortage of WWDC Keynote predictions, and there are the obligatory “Apple is Doomed!!!!” articles, as usual this time of year. I will have none of that here, so I will keep it brief this week and stick to actual news.

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