Qualcomm sues Apple AGAIN in new row over chip code

Lena Tucker
November 3, 2017

Qualcomm believes Apple could have given Intel access to the proprietary software to help with its own chip development. Qualcomm has said Apple is mischaracterizing its practices.

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.

Qualcomm said in a lawsuit filed in California state court in San Diego on Wednesday that Apple used its commercial leverage to demand unprecedented access to the chipmaker's highly confidential software, including source code. It's hard not to see the suit as a last-ditch attempt by Qualcomm to recoup potential future losses if Apple decides to use other competitor's chipsets in upcoming iOS devices.

However, Apple has now cut off those payments, costing Qualcomm an estimated $2 billion a year in revenue.

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

Apple sued Qualcomm in January 2017 for almost $1 billion, claiming that Qualcomm had "unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with".

Apple has relied on Qualcomm chips all along until iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 series, and the iPhone X, Apple started using a mix of Qualcomm and Intel chips.

The report claims that the final straw for Apple was when Qualcomm allegedly chose to withhold the software needed to test Qualcomm's own chips on Apple's prototype devices.

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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