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I'd love to see Apple creates a competitive alternative to Qualcomm.

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On 7/25/2019 at 7:06 PM, cyclone said:

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/07/apple-acquires-intels-5g-smartphone-modem-business-for-1-billion/

Deal should be completed in 4th quarter. I hope Apple can make the chips better and ultimately reduce cost due to in house production (I know it's a pipe dream)

This was really masterfully done honestly. Coming to an agreement with Qualcomm made Intel much less valuable so Apple bought them for cheap while having Qualcomm able to supply them until they come up to speed on their own modems.

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On 7/25/2019 at 11:00 PM, dnwk said:

I'd love to see Apple creates a competitive alternative to Qualcomm.

It won't be too competitive because Apple is only going to make modems for them and them only.  You'll only see an Apple radio in a Apple product.  Qualcomm will just lose Apple sales.  They won't have anything to worry about outside Apple devices.

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2 minutes ago, red_dog007 said:

It won't be too competitive because Apple is only going to make modems for them and them only.  You'll only see an Apple radio in a Apple product.  Qualcomm will just lose Apple sales.  They won't have anything to worry about outside Apple devices.

Samsung could follow Apple's lead and ditch Qualcomm

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19 minutes ago, dnwk said:

Samsung could follow Apple's lead and ditch Qualcomm

And what will they buy? It won't be an Apple modem.

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4 minutes ago, red_dog007 said:

And what will they buy? It won't be an Apple modem.

Samsung has Exynos chips. They don't dare to use them in US market for fear of retaliation. They use their own chip in European market.

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Samsung has Exynos chips. They don't dare to use them in US market for fear of retaliation. They use their own chip in European market.
The Exynos is just the SOC. I'm pretty sure they still use Qualcomm modems.

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No, Exynos is modem too. Samsung Galaxy has Qualcomm version and Exynos version. Just like iPhone has Intel version.

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9 hours ago, ingenium said:

The Exynos is just the SOC. I'm pretty sure they still use Qualcomm modems.

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No, Exynos is modem too. Samsung Galaxy has Qualcomm version and Exynos version. Just like iPhone has Intel version

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On 7/28/2019 at 1:35 AM, ingenium said:

The Exynos is just the SOC. I'm pretty sure they still use Qualcomm modems.

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They use their own in-house modems.

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I can see Apple adding 5G/LTE modems to laptops and iPads. I. can also see them offering some kind of cell service on their devices as the revenue from the iPhones keeps going down.

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