Apple needs chips that will connect the iPhone to the new, fifth-generation wireless networks being introduced now or risk falling behind its rivals. The company had bet on Intel Corp., but recently decided its would-be 5G supplier wasn’t up to the task.
That led Apple back to Qualcomm — and spurred a sudden end to a long-running court fight over patents, component costs and royalties for one of the most critical parts of an iPhone.
This is a well written walkthrough of the sequence. A short read, worth your time.
My absolutely favorite line:
Apple’s decision to cut a deal with Qualcomm was an indictment of Intel’s modem efforts.