Apple and Qualcomm may have legally settled their variations; however, that doesn’t imply that the two are out of the blue best buddies. A settlement signifies that a number of the methods each event employed throughout the lawsuit can lastly come to mild. Apple was just lately reported to have been allegedly getting ready for Qualcomm’s downfall long before than their tussle however this newest tidbit reveals the way it might have additionally been making prepared for the demise of Intel’s 5G modem enterprise.
It nearly got here as a shock that Intel instantly threw within the towel directly after Apple and Qualcomm introduced their settlement. Intel’s official stand was that it made the enterprise almost inconceivable for it. It in all probability didn’t assist that, weeks earlier than that, and it misplaced a principal engineer answerable for its 5G modems to Apple.
The Telegraph studies that Umashankar Thyagarajan was hired by Apple in February, two months earlier than the excessive-profile settlement. The job posting was, after all, public, however again nobody related the dots. It seems that Thyagarajan was the venture engineer for Intel’s XMM 8160 chip and reportedly play an essential position within the Intel modems on last year’s iPhones.
This type of “poaching” is, after all, not new on this business; however, it does shed some gentle on Apple’s lengthy-time period plans. The iPhone maker turned to Intel in fear that Qualcomm would use its monopoly of 5G modems to dictate negotiating phrases. Now, nonetheless, Apple has different plans.
It’s additionally no secret that the corporate desires to make its 5G modem, only because it makes its personal A processors. This would cut back its reliance on exterior suppliers, like Qualcomm, and take issues on its fingers. Whereas neither Apple nor Intel have commented on what Thyagarajan will be doing at Apple, it’s just about anticipated that it will not be in the direction of 5G support in future iPhones.