What Apple can learn from tepid iPhone X sales

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It seems that Apple is getting ready to up the pressure on Qualcomm by switching to Intel modems for this year's iPhone line up. Now, MacRumors reports, the analyst is suggesting that Qualcomm modems may be off the order books altogether.

In a three memo research seen by AppleInsider, known analyst Ming Chi Kuo has added few more details about Apple's 2018 portfolio, expecting a decline in the need for LCD models in the future. For the 2018 devices, the company is set to rely on Intel as the exclusive supplier, saying that it can meet the Cupertino-based company's technical requirements and offers more competitive prices. Qualcomm has supplied Apple components for years but had an issue last year when Apple blamed Qualcomm of overcharging the price of their chips and their refusal to pay $1 billion in rebates.

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Apple's new found love for Intel is also understandable considering the high stakes legal battle that Apple and Qualcomm have got embroiled themselves in. It means next iPhones will not be powered by Qualcomm chipsets. Apple typically likes to diversify its suppliers and could give back orders to Qualcomm in exchange for more favorable licensing terms.

Apple got exhausted of paying a royalty it considered unfair and asked Qualcomm to give them a break on standard-essential patents.

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This move would make sense, given the recent bad blood between Qualcomm and Apple. Intel is said to use its XMM 7560 modem in the new iPhones that include faster LTE speeds with 4x4 MIMO technology. Qualcomm even went so far as to file suit against Apple's device manufacturers (Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron, and Compal Electronics). In the latest instance in January, the European Commission slapped the company with a $1.23 billion fine and said its practices prevented competitors, such as Intel, from supplying 4G LTE radios to Apple for five years. However the relationship between the two companies turned sour past year when Apple accused Qualcomm of overcharging for chips and refusing to pay some $1 billion in promised rebates. In 2018, Apple is going to source all its chips exclusively from Intel for all its devices.

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