What Apple said about using Qualcomm chips again

“We have no choice but to stop using Intel chips and ship our phones with Qualcomm chips in Germany.” — Apple PR

Full text of Apple’s statement, from The Verge: “Apple’s workaround to Qualcomm patent woes in Germany is to use Qualcomm chips“:

Qualcomm is attempting to use injunctions against our products to try to get Apple to succumb to their extortionist demands. In many cases they are using patents they purchased or that have nothing to do with their cellular technology to harass Apple and other industry players.

To ensure all iPhone models can again be available to customers in Germany, we have no choice but to stop using Intel chips and ship our phones with Qualcomm chips in Germany. Qualcomm is working to eliminate competition by any means they can, harming consumers and stifling industry innovation along the way.

We are as committed as ever to standing up for innovation and we will continue to fight for what’s right.

My take: Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it?

5 Comments

  1. Fred Stein said:
    Germany has a population of 82M, or 10% of the combined US/Canada, Western Europe and Japan where iPhones sells well.. This would have minor fiscal impact on either company.

    Apple’s bigger issue is the China’s smartphone sales in China and emerging markets.

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    February 14, 2019
  2. Alan Birnbaum said:
    Recommend checking out Fosspatents (today) to get a better idea of how badly QCOM is doing ( from a legal standpoint) and how Apple will stand to gain from this.

    Also, isn’t there a 5% rule of ownership that is skirted by BRK”s selling off a trivial amount of shares?

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    February 14, 2019

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