Out of nowhere, the bitter dispute between Qualcomm and Apple is over. The two firms have negotiated their patent royalty argument, concluding all current lawful action (comprising with Apple’s manufacturing associates). Apple has decided to pay Qualcomm an unnamed price, while both firms have struck a 6-year copyright license agreement as well as a “multiyear” wireless processor supply agreement.
It is not clear what motivated the abrupt end, even though a federal case begun this week. Obviously, at least one party was not eager to see the fight through to its very last stage. Qualcomm has grabbed a few wins, but so did Apple—and neither of them is likely keen to have some of their inner operation disclosed in court. There are surely higher shares for Apple when defeats might result in to sales prohibition on presently accessible handsets, even when they do not employ Qualcomm processors. Qualcomm, in the meantime, is mostly worried about antitrust measures that might force it to agree to low royalties.
Apple might also have technical factors for negotiating. Intel’s 5G modems are not likely to reach handsets till 2020 at the earliest and there have been speculations that Apple was losing trust in its associate’s capability of delivering modems on that pipeline.
On a related note, it is a little too simple to accidentally pay for a service via the Apple App Store if you employ TouchID. Now, Apple is finally dealing with the problem by including an additional action to the process. When you click the subscribe option and authenticate with FaceID or TouchID, you will now look at a pop-up message asking you to cancel the process if you change your mind or to verify your subscription. David Barnard (the app developer) first noticed the modification, and media has verified that it is already live.