Apple and Qualcomm sued each other several times.
Qualcomm said that Apple owed several billion dollars, and Apple said that it paid more for Qualcomm modem chips. The situation was very bad between the two companies that Apple relied exclusively on Intel modem chips for the 2018 iPhone model. According to one count taken during the summer, the two companies were involved in more than 50 separate intellectual and antitrust properties submitted in 16 jurisdictions, including six country.
But today on CNBC, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said that his company was "on the doorstep" to resolve the differences that exist with Apple. Speaking with Jim Cramer from CNBC, the executive said that the two companies spoke. Using a sporting analogy, Mollenkopf said that the battle with Apple was in the "fourth quarter of the game, and not the first quarter." The CEO of Qualcomm has talked about the feud with Apple that will end as soon as October 2017.
Even if Qualcomm and Apple kiss and make up before the end of this year, it might be too late for Qualcomm modem chips to be used on the 2019 iPhone model. But chip makers can get a 5G modem on the iPhone 2020, which can be Apple's first handset to support wireless connectivity the next generation.