Apple considered Samsung, MediaTek to deliver 5G modems for 2019 iPhones

FILE PHOTO: A chef walks past an Apple store in Beijing, China, January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

(Reuters) – Apple Inc considered tapping Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. MediaTek Inc., together with the existing supplier of Intel Corp to supply modem chips to 2019 iPhones, according to an Apple executive testimony at the trial between Qualcomm Inc. and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday.

Apple has been using for years on the San Diego-based Qualcomm as the sole supplier of these chips, which help the iPhones to connect to wireless networks. Starting in 2016, Apple split the business between Intel and Qualcomm, but in 2018, Apple’s move exclusively to Intel for the latest phones.

But Apple’s supply chain executive Tony Blevins testified on Friday, Apple has also considered as MediaTek and Samsung, one of its biggest rivals in the smart phone market for the delivery of the chips.

Reporting by Stephen Nellis; Editing by Frances Kerry

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