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Huawei is 'open' to selling 5G chips to Apple for iPhones, marking a big shift in strategy

Arjun Kharpal

Huawei is "open" to selling its 5G chips and other silicon to rival smartphone maker Apple, the company's founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, told CNBC. Apple has not yet released a 5G-ready iPhone, and Huawei could be a potential vendor for 5G modems. Huawei has used its chips exclusively in its own smartphones, and selling them to Apple would mark a significant change in strategy for the company — and a potential challenge to Qualcomm and Intel.