Apple’s forward progress in developing its own 5G smartphone modem is stymied by two Qualcomm patents
A few months before the settlement with Qualcomm was announced, Apple CEO Tim Cook went on CNBC and said, “The issue that we have with Qualcomm is that they have a policy of no license, no chips. This is, in our view, illegal. And then, secondly, they have an obligation to offer their patent portfolio on a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory basis and they don’t do that. They charge exorbitant prices.”
Apple will need to work around Qualcomm’s current patents
Cook said that Apple would fight with Qualcomm to the very end. But one can almost feel the same desperation that Cook felt once it was apparent that kowtowing to Qualcomm was his best course of action. And last March the FTC refused to label Qualcomm’s despised “no license, no chips” policy as being anti-competitive.
Regardless of any deal it strikes with Qualcomm, Apple will no doubt continue trying to build its 5G smartphone modem around Qualcomm’s patents although the crew in Cupertino is apparently stuck until that happens.