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Apple said to design iPhones, iPads without Qualcomm parts

Apple is designing iPhones and iPads for 2018 that do not use elements from Qualcomm amid an escalating dispute between the companies, according to a person familiar with the matter. The merchandise plans are at the early phases and might still vary, said the person, asking not to be identified as the issue is private. Apple may use modem processors from Intel Corp. and MediaTek Inc. instead of Qualcomm's, the person said.

Apple made the decision amid a dispute within the iPhone maker's entry to Qualcomm's proprietary technologies, said people knowledgeable about the issue. Apple and Qualcomm are battling each other on patent accreditation using the iPhone manufacturer resisted the chip developer of abusing its market dominance with high royalties. Qualcomm has struggled back and is seeking to stop Apple from selling and making its own smartphones in China.

An Apple representative said the company does not comment on future products. Apple decided about next year's merchandise since San Diego-based Qualcomm withheld software needed to check processors in prototypes, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The Qualcomm modem that could be utilised in the next generation iPhone has already been fully tested and released to Apple, Qualcomm said in a statement. We are committed to supporting Apple's new apparatus consistent with our support of all others in the business. Qualcomm's wireless solutions remain the gold standard for superior grade telephones.