Up until yesterday, Apple and Qualcomm were on the cusp of what would have undoubtedly been a sensational anti-trust trial. While there's no telling which way the jury would have leaned, there's no denying that the settlement agreement both companies announced yesterday works out well for both sides. Apple, of course, now has a secure pipeline of 5G modems, while Qualcomm doesn't have to worry about the entirety of its business model being put underneath the microscope and potentially being torn to shreds.
Apple and Qualcomm's settlement, though, doesn't bode well for Intel. For quite some time, it was largely assumed that Apple would tap Intel to supply 5G modems upon the release of its 2020 iPhone lineup. With Qualcomm and Apple now working together again, Intel is out of the picture. That said, it's perhaps not surprising that Intel, in the wake of Apple and Qualcomm's settlement agreement, announced its intention to exit the 5G modem business as it pertains to smartphones.
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