Apple: Qualcomm refuses to sell LTE chips
After Qualcomm has recently been able to ban the sale of various iPhone models in court in various countries (including countries like Germany), Qualcomm now appears to be attacking apple in yet a another way.
Apple's COO Jeff Williams told the US Federal Trade Commission today that Apple had planned to use Qualcomm LTE chips in its new iPhone models as well. However, Qualcomm refuses to sell these chips to Apple, which forced the company to switch to Intel. This is also relevant in so far as Qualcomm is already being investigated in the USA for the possible exploitation of a monopoly position. This refusal to sell could also be relevant to these investigations. Furthermore, the Apple COO has put on record that Qualcomm charges 5 times more than usual for its chips. However, since Apple was dependent on Qualcomm's production capacities, Apple had to pay the price for better or worse.
So the legal war between Apple and Qualcomm, which is being fought all over the world, is far from over.