Apple wanted to build an Intel communication chip into its iPad Mini 2, released in fall 2013, but Qualcomm’s hardball business methods crushed the plan, an Apple executive testified Friday in a US government case targeting Qualcomm’s power in the mobile market.

Apple didn’t like relying solely on Qualcomm for modem chips, which connect devices to mobile networks, said Tony Blevins, Apple’s vice president of procurement and a witness for the US Federal Trade Commission. In exchange for exclusive use of its chips, Qualcomm offered Apple rebates that reduced costs so they were no longer “exorbitant,” a deal that pushed Intel out of the iPad, Blevins said in US District Court in San Jose, California.

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