Taiwan lets Qualcomm off majority of big $773 million fine

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Qualcomm just scored a lucky break in feud with regulators.
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Qualcomm just saved itself the best part of $700 million , due a settlement with Taiwan’s antitrust regulators.

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission had accused Qualcomm of abusing its position in the marketplace by refusing to provide products to clients who would not agree to its terms and conditions. Qualcomm was issued a record $773 million fine last year, but most of that has now been reversed.

Apple and Qualcomm could work together again in 2019

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Qualcomm is a major player in 5G technology.
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Apple and Qualcomm have been feuding for the past year-and-a-half, but they may make peace in time for the upcoming 5G era.

According to a new report, sources in the supply chain think the companies will patch up their relationship next year, due to the fact that it would be too risky for Apple to bet on 5G smartphone production adopting non-Qualcomm chips. Qulacomm is one of the leaders when it comes to 5G chip technology.

2018 iPhone won’t be as fast as it could be

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Rather than Qualcomm LTE modems, the 2018 iPhone will use chips from other suppliers that aren't as fast.
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The Apple vs. Qualcomm battle just escalated to the point where the next iPhones won’t include LTE modems produced by this chipmaker. That means these iOS devices will be slower accessing the Internet.

Apple certainly has other options for LTE chips. But none are as good as Qualcomm’s products.

Apple could snub Qualcomm with new iPhone modem supplier

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Could Intel lose out instead?
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Apple is considering a new iPhone modem supplier as it looks to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm.

The company is yet to decide whether it will add MediaTek to its supply chain for its next-generation iPhone lineup. But Apple is keen to limit its dealings with Qualcomm after a recent legal spat in which the latter attempted to ban iPhone imports into the United States.

Microsoft plans to take on iPhone with folding dual screen Surface

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Microsoft's pocketable device might look something like this.
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The iPhone might be about to get some fresh competition from Apple’s oldest rival in the tech scene.

Microsoft has reportedly been working on a mysterious new Surface device codenamed Andromeda. The device has supposedly been in development for the last two years and features a dual-display design that can fold to fit into your pocket.

Apple fans fight back against Qualcomm ban on iPhone imports

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This battle isn't going away any time soon.
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Apple’s heated battle with Qualcomm is continuing and, as part of it, the company wants a legally sanctioned block to be placed on import iPhones featuring Intel chips.

However, a group of Apple consumers is striking back, arguing that any kind of an import ban would, “freeze out Intel’s nascent challenge to Qualcomm’s illegal monopoly” and “injure competition in a market already suffering from Qualcomm’s anticompetitive behavior.”

Apple challenges Qualcomm patents as legal battle rages on

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Apple to Qualcomm: "I wish I knew how to quit you." But the companies continue to do business even as they drag each other to court.
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“Coopetition” best describes the relationship between Apple and Qualcomm. Wireless modems made by Qualcomm are used in iPhones even as the two companies are locked in a years-long patent dispute over billions of dollars.

The fight reached a new phase today as Apple challenged four Qualcomm patents, arguing they shouldn’t have been awarded in the first place.

Intel cranks out speedy new modems for 2018 iPhones

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Intel will take the majority of orders from Apple.
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Intel has reportedly started production of the new faster XMM 7560 modem chips for Apple’s 2018 iPhones, marking the first time Intel has manufactured modem chips in-house for Apple.

While Intel has supplied Apple with modem chips for the past couple of years, previously it has outsourced production to TSMC.

Qualcomm feud could cost Apple billions

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Apple doesn't want to pay twice for Qualcomm chips.
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A complicated, multibillion-dollar intellectual property battle between Apple and chipmaker Qualcomm will soon move through courts and hearing rooms across the globe.

More than 50 lawsuits have been filed in six countries, however, the outcome from upcoming hearings in the U.S. China and Germany could prod the feuding tech companies to negotiate a settlement, according to a Bloomberg report.

Facebook wants to become your internet service provider

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A Facebook Terragraph network provides broadband access without cable or fiber.
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Facebook and Qualcomm are working together to provide high-speed connectivity to urban areas. They’ll use Facebook Terragraph technology to build a multi-node wireless system based on 60GHz technology from Qualcomm.

The goal is to provide multi-gigabytes per second speed at a lower cost.