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Apple steps up quest for its own modem as it loses German case to Qualcomm

Apple has been forced to stop selling some new iPhones with Intel modems in Germany after losing one of its court battles with Qualcomm last year. Developments like that will only increase the smartphone maker’s interest in becoming self-sufficient in modems, as it has in other components such as the application processor and graphics processor. In December, Qualcomm won a victory in a German court, where it was suing Apple for allegedly violating Qualcomm patents in the area of envelope tracking, in some older iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models. At first, Apple had to withdraw the disputed handsets from its stores. Now it will resume selling the models, but only versions that have Qualcomm’s own chips in them, not…

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