Apple is looking to scale back its reliance on Qualcomm for iPhone modem chips so it’s looking to MediaTek as a potential new supplier.
And yeah, sure, you’re thinking so what, and you’re right.
This delicious tidbit comes buried deep in an excellent Bloomberg article from Mark Gurman describing Apple’s entrenched efforts to build a powerful chipmaking business.
The patents let iPhones use only the minimum power needed to work, and causes parts of the processor to turn off when they aren’t being used.
Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss the impact the KRACK WPA2 WiFi security threat will have on us, plus they look at Qualcomm’s push to ban iPhone manufacturing in China.
The threat to Apple in this infringement claim is that a Chinese ban on manufacturing hits Apple everywhere on the planet.
The U.S. International Trade Commission is moving forward with an investigation into claims that Apple is infringing on mobile device patents Qualcomm owns.
Intel submitted a filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission saying Qualcomm’s request to ban iPhone imports is bad for the smartphone market, and goes on to say it’s just a ploy to drive competing mobile device chip makers out of the market.
The Computer & Communications Industry Association—which includes companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook—has thrown in with Apple in mobile device patent royalty fight with Qualcomm.
Apple’s iPhone manufacturing partners are suing Qualcomm for overcharging patent licensing fees, and Apple is footing the bill.
According to the chipmaker, Apple infringed upon six patents that Qualcomm owns.
Hands-on experience with the tech reveals that it’s far from perfect, but it’s a first public glimpse of what Apple is rumored to be looking into for the next iPhone.
The news is seen as a setback for Apple, but it will be little more than a blip in the iPhone’s overall trajectory.
Will Apple release an Alexa-like device as a Siri-powered hub? Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Dave Hamilton to discuss how wrong the latter two are. They also chew over Apple’s escalating royalty battle with Qualcomm.
The royalty fight between Apple and Qualcomm got real Friday after Apple suspended supplier payments ultimately destined for the chip maker. Apple said it was suspending payments until the courts decide how much Apple owes.
Qualcomm has agreed to pay Blackberry US$814.9 million for overcharging patent royalties. Blackberry entered into arbitration with Qualcomm over claims it was being forced to pay too much to use the company’s patent protected technologies in its smartphones, which sounds exactly like Apple’s current lawsuit against Qualcomm.
Now that Intel is making cell phone radio chips that support CDMA as well as GSM, Apple can source more than just Qualcomm for CDMA-compatible iPhones. That doesn’t, however, mean Qualcomm is about to lose its Apple contract. Instead, Apple has two suppliers it can rely on.
Your iPhone has an FM radio chip that you’ve never been able to use. FCC chairman Ajit Pai thinks that’s a shame, and so does Jeff Butts. While the FCC chairman isn’t going to try forcing Cupertino to turn on the chip, he’s certainly turning up the heat about it. Let’s see what the good chairman has to say, and what impact that might have on streaming music services.