Hallelujah, brothers: one day after the trial of the case Apple vs. Qualcomm Starting in San Diego (California, United States), companies have just announced that they have finally reached an agreement and will end all lawsuits that have been filed against each other around the world.
And look at this: the deal does involve a payment that Apple make Qualcomm (of undisclosed value). In addition, of course, it also covers all litigation involving Qualcomm and Apple's suppliers in Asia.
The companies are signing a six-year technology licensing agreement, effective April 1, 2019, including an option to extend it for two more years, as well as a supply agreement chipsets valid for “several years”.
This “supply agreement” may therefore indicate that Apple has agreed to re-use Qualcomm modems on iPhones, iPads and other products of its own which may of course have to do with such a 5G race.
The trial of their dispute in San Diego should end, according to forecasts, in May. Fortunately, we will no longer have to keep up with this boring soap opera, which in the end only hurt us as consumers.
Update 04/16/2019 at 16:30
Wall Street, of course, reacted very well to the deal: Qualcomm shares ($ QCOM) are firing 21% right now, quoted at $ 69. Already $ AAPL is rising 0.3% to $ 199.80.
Update II 4/16/2019 6:50 PM
A source Nikkei Asian Review Next talks between the companies said it is now late for Apple to deploy Qualcomm modems on iPhones that will be released this year, but most likely Ma will use it again as a supplier by 2020 (probably on its first 5G smartphones).
"Apple was a little worried that a single modem vendor could affect plans to introduce its first 5G smartphone next year," one of the anonymous sources said.
Apple would already be conducting internal testing of Qualcomm's 5G modems for future iPhones, they say.