Why is Huawei suddenly ‘open’ to selling 5G chips to Apple? (video)

Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei sent a signal on CNBC Sunday. But to whom?

“Mr. Jobs was great not because he created Apple, but because he created an era, the mobile internet era,” Ren told CNBC. “Saying that he was great is an understatement. I think he was super-great.”

From CNBC:

My take: Who’s he trying to persuade? Tim Cook, who’s said to have 1,000 Apple engineers racing to design their own  5G modems? Or Donald Trump, who has been warned by spymasters (and Fox News) that Huawei’s chipsets could contain a Chinese Trojan horse?

UPDATE: Apparently Huawei has been sending the “open” signal for nearly a week. This from Engadget on April 9:


  1. Ralph McDarmont said:
    I want Apple to thrive with 5G and that means buying chips from anyone around. Immediately. Cook is a supply chain master and knows this better than anyone. Tim also knows Huawei is a lightening rod for conspiracy nuts and Trump. In my mind the best solution is to kiss Qualcomm’s posterior, settle for a few billion, then rewrite the contracts and rebuild a very important relation for both sides.

    April 15, 2019
    • Dan Scropos said:
      There’s absolutely zero reason to launch 5G anytime before 2020, arguably 2021, and even less reason to work with a den thieves, which describes both Qualcomm and Huawei. Huawei has a publicly known pay-for-play IP theft program in place and Qualcomm has been stealing margin from Apple’s high end phones for years. I’d rather Apple waited, as opposed to working with either of those integrity-deprived companies. In the end, though, Tim Cook is a lot smarter than me and I’ll trust his decisions.

      April 15, 2019
  2. Jerry W Doyle said:
    China has an extensive track record of stealing intellectual property from private businesses to strengthen its own economy and military while weakening the economy and military of a rival. Knowing China’s 5G chips are in my device will cause me to pause and reassess my loving relationship with Apple.

    Surely Apple’s engineers are aware fully of the “Manchurian Candidate” scenario. A Chinese engineer at a factory in Chengdu designs a “kill switch” into a complex, custom computer chip. China then exports these secretly embedded “Manchurian” chips to the US where they become embedded in American devices. Meanwhile, just as in the classic film “The Manchurian Candidate,” these chips await some kind of signal from Chinese hackers that activates them.

    Planting such Manchurian chips is remarkably easy to do since China has become the world’s de facto factory floor. Such chips already have been discovered in the American defense system.

    A University of Cambridge researcher found a back door in a military-grade chip that was supposed to be one of the “most impenetrable” in the American arsenal. The chip was the PA3, used not just in weapons but also in civilian applications like nuclear power plants and pubic transport. As “Aviation Week” noted: “…The potential for specialized microchips from China to find their way into US computers and networks, or even into conventional Western weapons system, isn’t just a frightening prospect, it is a chillingly reality.”

    US citizens must become cognizant fully that a new and very different kind of war between China and the United States already is well underway.

    April 15, 2019
    • David Emery said:
      I’d be interested in links to ” Such chips already have been discovered in the American defense system.” (that aren’t the Bloomburg report that has been so widely discredited.) I’m not saying you’re wrong, just want to be able to follow up.

      April 15, 2019
  3. Robert Paul Leitao said:
    Apple is well known for privacy and security. A deal with Apple would be used to brandish Huawei’s image while in the thick of concerns over the lack of security in its products.

    I can’t imagine Apple would accept a deal. But it’s good to see the CEO of Huawei touting the legacy of Steve Jobs. It might help Apple in Huawei’s home market amidst trade tensions between the two nations.

    April 15, 2019

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