Apple’s next iPhones won’t use Qualcomm’s wireless chips

Apple does not have plans to use Qualcomm’s LTE chips in its next-generation devices, Qualcomm’s CFO said today during Qualcomm’s second quarter earnings call.

As part of an earnings call, Qualcomm financial chief George Davis told investors that his company believed Apple would “solely use our competitor’s (Intel’s) modems” in the next iPhones.

Losing Apple as a client, if even just temporarily, could deal a serious financial blow. The iPhone is of course one of the most popular smartphone brands in the world, often leading in key markets.

Multiple reports have hinted at Apple going Intel-only, thanks largely to the latter’s XMM7560 chip, which supports both GSM and CDMA carrier networks. The modem is now in mass production for 2018 iPhones, though until now it was uncertain if some phones would still use Qualcomm parts.