After the legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm, the U.S. based chipset manufacturer has managed to pull off a few local victories on markets such as China and Germany. While Apple managed to fight limitations in China by releasing a software update, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 has been removed from the market in Germany. To be able to sell these models in Germany, Apple gave in to pressures and equipped the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 for the German market with chipsets built by Qualcomm.
Qualcomm’s problem is about refusing to pay for the patents of some technologies that optimize energy consumption and the way the devices are charged, especially for iPhone smartphones equipped with Intel modems. To be able to sell the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in Germany, Apple needs to equip the phones with Qualcomm equipment. There is the possibility for this components to not require extra payment for patents because it is already included in the price.
So, all iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 models that will arrive on the market in Germany will be equipped with Qualcomm modems, which might be a very good news for consumers who are gonna buy them. Multiple speed tests were conducted and revealed that models equipped with Intel modems were slower than iPhone models equipped with Qualcomm modems.
After the iPhone 8 generation, Apple has switched to modems built by Intel for the iPhone XS and iPhone XR models.
The Qualcomm victory over Apple might have an influence on other lawsuits between the two companies, lawsuits that are taking place all over the world. In case Qualcomm wins, Apple might have to pay outstanding licenses, and this ads up to a few billion dollars.