The disputes between Qualcomm and Apple are not going to stop anytime soon. This was the same reason why people could not spot a Snapdragon chip or other Qualcomm components in the latest iPhone. The chip maker giant and Apple have been fighting regarding copyright and license disputes for a long period of time. Now, Qualcomm has made another important statement in the history of the lawsuit. The chip-maker giant says that Apple has not just stolen secrets about the modern chip design but also have shared the same with its competitor, Intel. This was allegedly done so that Intel will be able to make cheaper processors for Apple devices.
In the formal lawsuit that has been raised, Qualcomm says that “Apple has engaged in a years-long campaign of false promises, stealth, and subterfuge designed to steal Qualcomm’s confidential information and trade secrets for the purpose of improving the performance and accelerating time to market of lower-quality modem chipsets, including those developed by Intel Corporation, competitor of Qualcomm, to render such chipsets useable in Apple iPhones and other devices, with the ultimate goal of diverting Qualcomm’s Apple-based business to Intel.” It was in 2011 that Apple started using Qualcomm chips instead of Intel ones. After five years, in 2016, the company decided to move back to Intel processor set itself.
In light of the accusations raised by Qualcomm, this going-back to Intel was aided by the illegal actions that Apple has done. It means that Apple allegedly shared the modern design details in the course of five years, which enabled Intel to produce smartphone processors at lower cost. The company adds that the decision did help Apple to divert business, which was actually being given to Qualcomm, to Intel. Although Qualcomm has been making many claims throughout the lawsuit, Apple maintains that the company does not have any evidence to prove the same.
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