Apple will sell iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany again – with Qualcomm Chips
Apple is about to sell iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany again – in a modified version with Qualcomm chips.
This may seem a bit absurd, as Apple and Qualcomm are arguing with each other in court. Qualcomm accuses Apple of infringing on patents that allow the mobile modem used to be particularly energy-efficient. These chips were previously made by Qorvo for iPhones with Intel modem and Qualcomm managed to prohibit the sale of these models in Germany.
The only way for Apple to be able to sell the devices again is to buy Qualcomm products – an absurd situation. Soon the devices will be sold again in Germany, as the Independent writes. Whether the changes will apply to all devices shipped worldwide is not yet clear.
Apple is quoted with the following words:
To ensure all iPhone models can again be available to customers in Germany, we have no choice but to stop using Intel chips and ship our phones with Qualcomm chips in Germany. Qualcomm is working to eliminate competition by any means they can, harming consumers and stifling industry innovation along the way.
So one is aware of the situation and continues to blame Qualcomm. It will be exciting to see how the litigation between the two powerful companies continues, also against the background of different jurisdictions in different countries.