There's more to this story than the article lets on?
Ignored was for example how Apple neglected to keep its master software agreement terms with Qualcomm. And how the media is apparently also in bed with Qualcomm's enemies. Like the WSJ misrepresentation of the dispute a day before Qualcomm's earnings announcement etc.
And the FTC is in a number of tech companies' pocket anyway, doing the bidding for those companies affiliated with the CFR in one manner or another.
Until we get to the lawsuit, or maybe even long after, I'd suspect media coverage is not to be believed at face value.