Apple been poaching Qualcomm's top radio engineers for years ...for work in their Chinese RnD centre (no non-compete enforcement there)
My speculation is maybe their talks with Huawei were more fruitful than known to the public.
Who will be your first option for supplier of 5G PHY chips other than standard's original authors?
True story: I was born in a opressive communist dictatorship, escaped with my family to freedom and democracy. It's very hard to observe the vanguard of democratic capitalism, become 99% communist, with a couple guys in California rounding the corners and painting the boxes...