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Apple looking beyond Qualcomm for smartphone components

03 November 2017

Qualcomm are claiming Apple breached their contracted agreement, which was arranged regarding the software necessary for mobile chips to interact with the rest of an Apple handset.

Apple then chose to stop making licensing payments to Qualcomm, which led to a massive drop in revenue for Qualcomm. "Apple copied an Intel engineer in the email for information".

Qualcomm sues Apple is a headline which isn't surprising for those who are familiar with a recent string of lawsuits between the two, which have collectively created considerable tension in and out of court.

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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. But the escalating legal action is taking a toll on Qualcomm's financial performance-a 90 percent year-over-year drop in quarterly profit, the company CEO said on Wednesday.

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

"We continue to see strong growth trends for global 3G/4G device shipments", Chief Executive Steve Mollenkopf said.

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The mixed messages aren't all that surprising. Apple has accused its chip supplier of unfairly charging companies for using products from other manufacturers.

Qualcomm has raised the stakes in its ongoing legal battle with Apple by filing a new lawsuit with potentially enormous ramifications.

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. We also contacted Apple, but did not receive a response.

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Apple looking beyond Qualcomm for smartphone components