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Apple considered Samsung, MediaTek to supply 5G modems for 2019 iPhones

January 11, 2019 9:48 PM
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(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) held talks with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) and MediaTek Inc (2454.TW) along with existing vendor Intel Corp (INTC.O) to supply 5G modem chips for 2019 iPhones, according to an Apple executive’s testimony at a trial between Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday.

Between 2011 and 2016, Apple relied on San Diego-based Qualcomm as the sole supplier of such chips, which help iPhones connect to wireless networks. Starting in 2016, Apple split the business between Intel and Qualcomm, but in 2018, Apple moved solely to Intel for its newest phones.

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