The trial Qualcomm / Apple did he tip the scales? According to Korean media, relayed by the website PhoneArena, Samsung allegedly refused to supply its 5G modems to the American company Apple. The South Korean firm, a specialist in the construction of screens and modems, may not want to supply its direct competitors with a technology that will soon become essential. But the problem is elsewhere, since the financial interest of a supplier is often important – even if the supplied company plays on its flower beds.
Apple is interested in several suppliers to obtain its 5G modem: Samsung, but also MediaTek and Huawei. Not Qualcomm, since the apple brand is mired in several lawsuits with this ex-supplier, who accuses him in particular of patent infringements and theft of technology.
According to PhoneArena, if Samsung refused to supply the Exynos 5100 5G modem to Apple, it is not for the sake of competition, but because the factories of the South Korean brand would not be able to keep pace: they must already build the modems that will be integrated into the Galaxy S10 5G and the next Galaxy Note 10. Since Apple sells 200 million iPhones a year, Samsung would be hard pressed to supply them all. However, the partnership does not stop there since Samsung continues to build the OLED screens of the iPhone.