Apple and Qualcomm may have settled their differences legally, but that does not mean they're suddenly best friends. In fact, an agreement means that some of the strategies that both parties use during the lawsuit can finally come to light. It is reported that Apple has been preparing for the demise of Qualcomm long before the dispute, but this latest tidbit reveals, as it may have prepared for the demise of Intel's 5G modem business.
It was almost a surprise that immediately after Apple and Qualcomm announced their location, Intel immediately threw in the towel. Intel's official stance was that this made the business almost impossible. It probably did not help that weeks before it lost to Apple an important engineer in charge of the 5G modems.
The Telegraph reports that Umashankar Thyagarajan was hired by Apple in February, two months before the high-profile settlement. The job advertisement was of course public, but at that time no one connected the points. It turned out that Thyagarajan was the project engineer for Intel's XMM 81
Of course, this kind of "poaching" is not new in this industry, but it does shed light on Apple's long-term plans. The iPhone maker turned to Intel and feared that Qualcomm would use its monopoly of 5G modems to dictate negotiating conditions. Now, however, Apple has other plans.
It's no secret that the company wants to build its own 5G modem, just like its own A processors. This would reduce the dependency on external suppliers such as Qualcomm and take the matter into their own hands. While neither Apple nor Intel has commented on the activities of Thyagarajan at Apple, it is expected that it will be at least a support for 5G in future iPhones.