Making up. After years of legal court battles and a lot of public sniping, Apple and longtime frenemy Qualcomm has kissed and made up. The two companies settled their patent infringement cases out of court, Apple paid an undisclosed sum to Qualcomm and now the landscape of future 5G phones has shifted. Apple’s apparent decision to skip the 5G revolution in 2019 for a slower path to the 5G iPhone in, perhaps, 2020, was a direct result of its battle with Qualcomm. The chip company is providing 5G modems to much of the rest of the smartphone industry. Numerous 5G-ready handsets have already been announced by Android handset manufacturers, including Samsung and Motorola. Apple was betting on Intel, which is now out of the 5G race. Long story short. Apple will use Qualcomm 5G modems and, depending on who you talk to, we’ll see a 5G iPhone this year or next.