As the legal dispute between Apple and Qualcomm shows no signs of ending anytime soon, it’s now predictably being reported that Apple wants to reduce its reliance on its legal foe. According to a new report, the company is looking to ink a partnership with MediaTek to source baseband modem chipsets for the iPhone in 2018. Apple currently sources these chipsets from Qualcomm.
Apple has gradually been reducing its reliance on Qualcomm ever since the lawsuit was filed earlier this year. Reports suggest that Apple has transferred orders for almost half of all iPhone modem chipsets from Qualcomm to Intel.
It was first reported back in October this year that Apple was thinking about sourcing modem chipsets for the iPhone from MediaTek. The latest report suggests that MediaTek meets all three key principles on which Apple judges its suppliers – they must be technologically competitive, they must have comprehensive product blueprints, and that they provide robust logistical support.
The report even goes so far as to claim that Apple and MediaTek may also collaborate on future products like smart speakers and wireless chargers. If that’s true, MediaTek chips might find their way into products like the HomePod at some point in the future.
There’s hasn’t been an official confirmation of this yet, though, so nothing is set in stone right now.