But Qualcomm paints the payment quite differently: it says that Apple insisted on the $1bn payment as an "incentive" and to cover the costs of switching to its radio modem chips from Infineon to Qualcomm in its new phone designs.
For some time, Qualcomm has been scrapping with Apple over Cupertino's use of its chips and other Qualcomm-related tech in its older iPhones, which the chipmaker claims Apple owes it royalties for. "This has been a challenge".
Williams even contacted Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf to try and convince him to sell the modems to Apple, but he refused.
Apple wouldn't give Qualcomm a promise to buy a minimum number of Snapdragon modems, Mollenkopf noted, so the company pushed to become the exclusive supplier.
In 2013, Apple and Qualcomm renegotiated their deal. What is clear is that Apple prefers to have at least two modem suppliers. In contrast, Qualcomm has already announced its 5G modem, which will be used in as many as 30 Android devices coming later this year.
Qualcomm owns a number of smartphone-related patents, for which it charges ridiculously high royalties.
That would hint that Qualcomm is ready for another round of court battles with Apple lawyers, who seem like they are never out of court given all the cases folks and firms try to bring against the house Jobs and Woz built. And the most recent line of 2018 iPhones came exclusively with Intel chips.
It is in this context that he said Apple had been trying to source the 5G chipsets. Qualcomm has been licensing technology for Apple's iPhones since 2007, but the iPhone maker didn't start using Qualcomm chips until it added support for CDMA networks in 2011. It is known that Intel's LTE modems are slower than Qualcomm. But Qualcomm flat out refused to supply chips for 2018 iPhones.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed to consider the validity of two Qualcomm patents, according to notices posted on its electronic docket Tuesday.
Yesterday, January 15, the Mannheim Regional Court dismissed the Qualcomm suit as "groundless" and said the European patent in question, for a "switch with improved biasing" (Number EP2460270), was not violated by the installation of Qualcomm's chips in Apple's smartphones.