Apple Isn't Talking Settlement Over Qualcomm Case – Report

Dan Jones
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Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

Apple reportedly isn't talking to iPhone chip Qualcomm supplier about a settlement ahead of a trial next year.

"There is absolutely no meaningful discussion taking place between us and Qualcomm, and there is no settlement in sight," Reuters quoted a source familiar with the matter as saying. "We are gearing up for trial."

Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) has been the modem chipset supplier for the iPhone since the smartphone was launched in 2007. Early last year, however, Apple sued Qualcomm over a licensing fee dispute. Qualcomm struck back saying that Apple owes it $7 billion in unpaid royalties. (See Apple Trying to Drop Qualcomm – Report and New iPhones Have Intel Inside.)

The 2018 iPhones are equipped with rival Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) modems instead.

The companies have not responded to questions on the issues yet.

The topic, however, is likely to come up on Qualcomm's earnings call late Wednesday afternoon.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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