The Apple vs Qualcomm legal war just took a dramatic new twist

Phillip Butler
November 3, 2017

Qualcomm filed a lawsuit against Apple on Wednesday, accusing the iPhone maker of sharing proprietary information with Intel, a competing chipmaker, Bloomberg reported. In response Qualcomm is seeking to stop Apple from making and selling its smartphones in China.

Apple fired the first salvo in the prolonged legal battle this past January when it filed suit over what it claimed were unfair royalties required by Qualcomm.

The contract Apple allegedly broke surrounds software created to make Qualcomm chips work with other iPhone components, Bloomberg first reported. Apple and Qualcomm have been in a messy legal dispute since the start of the year.

"The Qualcomm modem that could be used in the next generation iPhone has already been fully tested and released to Apple", Qualcomm said in a statement to Bloomberg News.

As things now stand, Apple utilizes chips from Qualcomm and Intel, so suitable terms must be agreed before they can continue with their mutually beneficial collaboration.

Revenue from its Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) unit, which includes its chip business that supplies both Android smartphone makers and Apple, rose 13 percent to $4.65 billion.

Recent reports have claimed Apple is planning to ditch Qualcomm completely for the 2018 iPhone handsets, given the recent strife between the two firms. The person, who requested anonymity as the matter is private, added that Apple might use modem chips from Intel Corp and MediaTek Inc instead of Qualcomm's. It widened its suppliers to include Intel for some versions of the iPhone beginning with the 7 model.

Apple reportedly has until June to make its decision, although that's a bit late in the game, considering that the Cupertino company usually announces its new iPhones in September.

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