Apple COO says Qualcomm refused to provide chips for 2018 phones

Bradley Prior

MyBroadband Journalist
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Super Moderator
Oct 16, 2018
Apple COO says Qualcomm refused to provide chips for 2018 phones

Apple Inc. Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams said Qualcomm Inc. refused to provide cellular modems for the 2018 iPhones after Apple sued the chipmaker in 2017.

Williams’s testimony Monday in the Federal Trade Commission antitrust trial against Qualcomm, indicates the chipmaker forced Apple to use Intel Corp. modems exclusively in the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR released in September and October, rather than the decision being a choice by the Cupertino, California-based iPhone maker. [Bloomberg]

Happy Days

Senior Member
Feb 14, 2017
Wait, wait. Apple sues Qualcomm because Qualcomm forces Apple to buy from them. Qualcomm then says "F-U, no chips for you" and now Apple is moaning because they had to buy from Intel instead :unsure:.

Reading between the lines here, the one sentence that says it all is "Dual-sourcing chips allows Apple to drive down costs ..." This tells me that Apple is miffed that they couldn't play two companies off against each other to force prices down.


Expert Member
May 23, 2006
Poor old Apple, just put your prices up, your lemming customers will still buy convinced it's a good phone!