Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Qualcomm files new suit against Apple for breach of contract

Apple looking beyond Qualcomm for smartphone components Apple could drop Qualcomm chips from iPhone from 2018 - report
Garry Little | 03 November, 2017, 00:32

Apple made an email request for proprietary information from Qualcomm and included an Intel engineer on the distribution list, according to the suit. Qualcomm has countered that Apple, one of its largest customers, has lied to regulators in an unfair attempt to bully it into charging less.

Instead, future phones may be packed with chips from Qualcomm rivals Intel and MediaTek. The suit alleges breach of contract over the software needed to make Qualcomm's chips work with various iPhone components and provide network communications.

These are but new chapters in a long series of unfortunate events.

For all the animosity, though, Qualcomm sounds nearly ready to make amends in its statement to The Wall Street Journal, which was in response to the question of whether Apple was redesigning its phones specifically because Qualcomm didn't send the testing software.

Qualcomm says the move violates its software agreement; it is seeking damages from Apple. Qualcomm sent the same response to TechRadar, but referenced the WSJ's question. Qualcomm reckons that Apple used this access to help Intel in its quest to compete in the LTE modem market.

The mixed messages aren't all that surprising.

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. It widened its suppliers to include Intel for some versions of the iPhone beginning with the 7 model.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Qualcomm's lawsuit follows hot on the heels of a report that Apple is considering to drop its modems entirely.

Qualcomm's fight with Apple has taken another turn, as the company has filed yet another lawsuit.

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