Report: Apple dropping Qualcomm technology from next iPhones, iPads

Report: Apple dropping Qualcomm technology from next iPhones, iPads
Posted at 10:25 AM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 17:27:34-04

Apple's next line of iPhones and iPads will be without components made by San Diego-based telecommunications company Qualcomm, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

The WSJ, citing sources, reported Apple's ongoing legal dispute with Qualcomm over licensing agreements may be part of the reason for the company's move to ditch Qualcomm's chips.

Apple has said Qualcomm stopped providing software for the company to test iPhone chips.

10News reached out to both Apple and Qualcomm.

An Apple spokesperson said WSJ's report is "largely accurate."

In a statement, a Qualcomm spokesperson told 10News the company will not comment on speculation, but that the modem in question has already been tested and released to Apple:

“The Qualcomm modem that could be used in the next generation iPhone has already been fully tested and released to Apple. We are committed to supporting Apple’s new devices consistent with our support of all others in the industry. Qualcomm’s wireless solutions remain the gold standard for premium tier smartphones.”

The decision could impact the 2018 line of iPads and iPhones, the WSJ reported.

Click here to read the Wall Street Journal's full story

Qualcomm's stock was down 3.65 points, or nearly 7 percent, at the close of trading Tuesday.