The fight between Apple and Qualcomm stayed behind. The companies made peace out of court and eventually ended all disputes around the globe in a six-year technology licensing agreement (with the possibility of extending it for two more), as well as a settlement agreement. supply chipsets Valid for several years.
Although all is settled, some unfolding of this fight continue to appear. O The Washington Post had access to some sealed documents (used in the process) which reveal that Apple was speaking one thing publicly but internally another.
One of Apple's tactics was to minimize the importance of Qualcomm's technology in order to pay less for its technology. Internal memos, on the other hand, spoke just the opposite. In one of them, Apple's senior vice president of hardware, Johny Srouji, stated the following about Qualcomm's technology: “In engineering terms, they have been the best.”
The documents also show that Apple already planned to sue Qualcomm in 2014, but preferred to wait until the end of 2016. The reason? An agreement whereby Qualcomm would pass billions of dollars to Apple ended just at the end of 2016. The strategy was to hurt Qualcomm financially and jeopardize Qualcomm's licensing model, in order to get a better deal in the end.
Another example of the tactics used by Ma: the company entered into contracts with Huawei and Ericsson to show how Qualcomm was abusing its prices, as Apple's deal with rivals involved double patents but cost only a fraction. The problem that Apple signed these contracts with Huawei and Ericsson just to "create evidence" made Qualcomm look more expensive (at least that was the argument used by the chipmaker's lawyer and was not hit by Apple).
They went to these other companies and negotiated very cheap deals in the last two years to create the evidence, come here and say that these guys are the good guys because they are getting less for their patents and we are the bad guys.
In the end, the The Washington Post He suggested that Apple chose to make peace with Qualcomm not only to be able to use 5G modems on its iPhones by 2020, but because it saw that it could not succeed in court with its arguments.