Apple, Qualcomm spar over CEOs’ comments on settlement talks

Pearl Mccarthy
January 11, 2019

While Cook got yet another salary hike in 2018 off the robust sales performance by Apple, this year might not be so favourable.

Qualcomm and Apple have been embroiled in several ongoing lawsuits surrounding hardware patents for the chips in Apple's iPhone and other products, which Qualcomm argues infringe on its intellectual property. Recently, Apple also revealed that its wearable devices - Apple Watch 4 and the AirPods did very well past year. The Apple CEO also said the Apple Watch and AirPods have sold between four and six times as many units as the iPod if you compare the numbers after a similar time period since the product's launch.

Cook also highlighted the importance that Apple's services such as iTunes, the App Store, and Apple Music will have in 2019. Cook predictably would't talk about anything specially, but he did say that Apple was going to be offering new services during the next year.

It is in "the best interests" of both the United States and China to reach an agreement over their trade dispute, Cook said in an interview with USA news outlet CNBC.

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There would be major changes in the design and undoubtedly would be the most powerful device of the S series of the year. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite will be announced along with Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus smartphones in the coming month.

Apple's ambitions in health monitoring and services are a secret to no one at this point.

Here's what Cook thinks about what's next for his company, U.S. Apple's stock grew to record highs previous year before taking a big hit in the last quarter after Wall Street grew concerned over iPhone sales and production issues. With Disney and other major companies entering the video streaming business, if Apple wants to take a good piece of the pie, then the streaming service has to be on multiple platforms.

In fact, looking back from the future, Cook said, Apple's "greatest contribution" won't be the iPod, or the iPhone, but rather its health technology.

A Qualcomm spokesperson responded to the comments in a statement: "We have been consistent for the last 18 months in making clear that we have, at various times, been in discussions with Apple about a possible resolution to our licensing dispute".

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