Qualcomm's latest Apple suit involves Intel

Delia Watkins
November 3, 2017

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

However, Qualcomm alleges that Apple tried to share the confidential information with Intel, which now supplies a baseband modem found in iPhones.

Reuters reported earlier this week that Apple would drop Qualcomm's chips altogether from its iPhones and iPads beginning next year.

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.

The chipmaker filed the lawsuit against Apple on Wednesday in California state court in San Diego, adding yet another front to their bitter legal battle.

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The contract Apple allegedly broke surrounds software created to make Qualcomm chips work with other iPhone components, Bloomberg first reported.

Qualcomm has not alleged that Intel chips violate its patents but claims that the way Apple implements them in the iPhone does. Apple has accused its chip supplier of unfairly charging companies for using products from other manufacturers.

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. This access was "unprecedented", according to Qualcomm, but Apple insisted it was necessary and Qualcomm agreed.

Shah said that these statements were "materially false", "misleading" and "failed to disclose adverse facts pertaining to Qualcomm's business, operational and financial results, which were known to [Qualcomm] or recklessly disregarded by them".

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