Qualcomm sees 'crazy' sales rise from iPhone 12 demand

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in General Discussion edited February 4
Modem maker Qualcomm says that its sales rose 62% year on year, because of demand for the 5G chipset in the iPhone 12 range.

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf


Following Apple's strong earnings from the iPhone 12 range, modem chipset maker Qualcomm has now also reported higher year on year sales growth because of these phones. The company saw a 62% rise to $8.24 billion in the last quarter.

According to the Wall Street Journal, net income was $2.46 billion for the quarter. This beat analysts' expectations of $2.09 billion, though sales had been predicted to be slightly more at $8.27 billion.

"The chip business is really growing like crazy," outgoing CEO Steve Mollenkopf said. "It's all the things we've been talking about --growth in content and growth in devices that's significant sequentially and year over year."

Apple is reported to be developing its own 5G modems for the next iPhone, but Qualcomm says it believes it will benefit from the changing smartphone market.

"Huawei shedding so much share provides a big opportunity for us to grow," continued Mollenkopf. "The addressable market has grown, so that'll start to be a bit of a tailwind for us as we get supply and have the ability to go after it."

"Demand is far exceeding supply right now, which is something I think is going to be normalized over the next several quarters," he added.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 5,022member
    And this is the company that wanted to f-with Apple. I wondering if they’re rethinking this may have been bad idea. 
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  • Reply 2 of 6
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 5,956member
    maestro64 said:
    And this is the company that wanted to f-with Apple. I wondering if they’re rethinking this may have been bad idea. 
    That's very unlikely but money is money. QC has been able to take advantage of the perfect 5G storm. 

    Pent up demand from Apple. 
    Huawei prevented from competing. 
    Rolling demand from existing 5G customers.

    When the spikes from these 'exceptional' situations have passed, there will be a return to business as usual. There are no long terms gains here. 

    Samsung and Mediatek are ramping their own 5G efforts. 

    Apple will eventually reduce its dependence on QC hardware (but not patents). 

    Huawei will be back. In fact it had been on a year's long reduction of QC chipsets anyway until the first US ban came along. With the second move, Honor was split off and was able to place orders with QC again. 

    But being in the right place at the right time helps a lot. 
    edited February 4
  • Reply 3 of 6
    chaickachaicka Posts: 246member
    maestro64 said:
    And this is the company that wanted to f-with Apple. I wondering if they’re rethinking this may have been bad idea. 
    It would likely have been a better long-term deal if Qualcomm had took the initiative to change its charging model before Apple even started exploring the idea of developing its own modem-chip (and whatever connectivity chips). The relationship turning sour means a bigger push within Apple to accelerate development of its own 5G and other related connectivity chipset (or even integration into the A-series chip itself).
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 6
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,633member
    Crazy the market Apple created.

    Qualcomm alone benefits with knockoff devices from Huawei and others.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 6
    avon b7 said:
    maestro64 said:
    And this is the company that wanted to f-with Apple. I wondering if they’re rethinking this may have been bad idea. 
    That's very unlikely but money is money. QC has been able to take advantage of the perfect 5G storm. 

    Pent up demand from Apple. 
    Huawei prevented from competing. 
    Rolling demand from existing 5G customers.

    When the spikes from these 'exceptional' situations have passed, there will be a return to business as usual. There are no long terms gains here. 

    Samsung and Mediatek are ramping their own 5G efforts. 

    Apple will eventually reduce its dependence on QC hardware (but not patents). 

    Huawei will be back. In fact it had been on a year's long reduction of QC chipsets anyway until the first US ban came along. With the second move, Honor was split off and was able to place orders with QC again. 

    But being in the right place at the right time helps a lot. 
    More like Apple has weathered the storms of lying competitors, fake news, and relative obscurity - to become the top dog. They aren’t in the right place at the right time. They fought for that place. And everyone else exists at this time, but they are t seeing the blessings apple is - because they aren’t as good as apple. 

    That’s just the way it is. The world has wised up to just how good Apple really is - and they want in. 

    Qualcomm is reaping a temporary blessing of being a partner of Apples. But QC sucks. Apple doesn’t even like them. Once Apple has their own modems, Qualcomm is going down the tubes. 
    edited February 5
  • Reply 6 of 6
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 5,956member
    avon b7 said:
    maestro64 said:
    And this is the company that wanted to f-with Apple. I wondering if they’re rethinking this may have been bad idea. 
    That's very unlikely but money is money. QC has been able to take advantage of the perfect 5G storm. 

    Pent up demand from Apple. 
    Huawei prevented from competing. 
    Rolling demand from existing 5G customers.

    When the spikes from these 'exceptional' situations have passed, there will be a return to business as usual. There are no long terms gains here. 

    Samsung and Mediatek are ramping their own 5G efforts. 

    Apple will eventually reduce its dependence on QC hardware (but not patents). 

    Huawei will be back. In fact it had been on a year's long reduction of QC chipsets anyway until the first US ban came along. With the second move, Honor was split off and was able to place orders with QC again. 

    But being in the right place at the right time helps a lot. 
    More like Apple has weathered the storms of lying competitors, fake news, and relative obscurity - to become the top dog. They aren’t in the right place at the right time. They fought for that place. And everyone else exists at this time, but they are t seeing the blessings apple is - because they aren’t as good as apple. 

    That’s just the way it is. The world has wised up to just how good Apple really is - and they want in. 

    Qualcomm is reaping a temporary blessing of being a partner of Apples. But QC sucks. Apple doesn’t even like them. Once Apple has their own modems, Qualcomm is going down the tubes. 
    The 'right place, right time' comment was on Qualcomm, not Apple. 

    Apple was in the wrong place at the wrong time and, IMO, made critical strategic errors along the way. The fact that it is seeing a resurgence in unit sales due to changes in handset business model, pent up demand, more competitive hardware etc does not resolve the core issue with Apple's 5G plan.

    They are still behind as a result. 

    They abandoned the gigantic and costly legal initiative against QC. 

    They had to enter a multi-year agreement with the same company. 

    They basically had no other realistic options. 

    They couldn't get the modem on-SoC (competitors do, and are shipping third gen designs). 

    The one they do have is old (announced in 2019)

    Using that part has seemingly forced them to not be able to implement other improvements like ultra fast screen refresh rates. 

    If all that wasn't bad enough already, they had to purchase intel's half cooked efforts, hire new talent and begin walking down the long road to designing their own modem and getting it on-SoC. 

    All the while still forking out money to the core patent holders (QC included of course). 


    muthuk_vanalingam
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