What Apple said about using Qualcomm chips again

Doris Richards
February 14, 2019

So what exactly is Apple doing to start selling the iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany once again? But in order to be able to bring them back to Germany, the company is leaving Intel's modems out in the cold and swapping them with Qualcomm parts.

Apple as of now has resumed sales of its iPhone 7 and 8 family of devices with Qualcomm chips in Germany.

On December 20 past year, a court in Munich found that certain iPhone models infringed Qualcomm's patents, specifically those relating to power-saving technology.

The court issued an order requiring Apple to stop the sale and importation of the devices in question and to recall affected iPhones from resellers in the country.


The iPhone maker has alleged that Qualcomm engaged in illegal patent licensing practices to protect a monopoly on so-called modem chips, which connect mobile phones to wireless data networks. Qualcomm has in turn alleged that Apple has infringed its patents. A major case between the two goes to trial in the United States in April.

Apple appealed the decision but has conceded the only way to get around the restrictions is to ensure the affected models use Qualcomm technology.

Qualcomm and Qorvo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

What just happened? Qualcomm's legal team just outmaneuvered Intel to ban their modems from being used in German iPhones through a roundabout manner.

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