Qualcomm sues Apple for breach of software license contract

Is Apple About To Ditch Qualcomm Chips?

Apple could drop Qualcomm chips from iPhone from 2018 - report

"Apple copied an Intel engineer in the email for information".

Instead, future phones may be packed with chips from Qualcomm rivals Intel and MediaTek.

In its 2017 fiscal results, Qualcomm revealed that its Q3 and Q4 2017 results were "negatively impacted as a result of actions taken by Apple and its contract manufacturers". The escalating dispute over technology licensing fees stems from Apple's initial accusation that Qualcomm charges too much, and unfairly leverages its strong market position.

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In July, Apple sought details from Qualcomm on implementing an "interprocessor" communication protocol-information that is considered highly sensitive and contains company trade secrets, according to the lawsuit. Qualcomm has tried to ban the sale of select iPhones in the USA, and has also begun an attempt to get iPhone sales banned in China. Qualcomm sent the same response to TechRadar, but referenced the WSJ's question.

Rasesh Shah claimed that Qualcomm lied to shareholders when it told them that, "unlike some other companies in the industry that hold back certain key technologies", Qualcomm offers its "entire patent portfolio for use in cellular subscriber devices and cell infrastructure equipment".

The mixed messages aren't all that surprising.

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It's already attempted to in the past, as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus carried both Intel and Qualcomm chips, as did this year's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

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The new lawsuit is the latest escalation of a long-running legal battle between the two companies. There's also a chance that we'll see a new iPad Pro as early as next summer, which could make matters even more complicated.

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In its USA case, Qualcomm alleges that it has six patents developed in the past four years that improve battery life in mobile devices and that 'Apple uses these technologies in its devices but is not paying for them'.

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