Qualcomm sues Apple for hobbling the iPhone chips to make Intel demeanour better

After Apple strike Qualcomm with a fusillade of lawsuits progressing this year, a chip builder is countersuing Apple right back. Qualcomm currently filed a Answers and Counterclaims to Apple’s Jan lawsuit, filed in a Southern District of California. The full sum of a fit can be review in a 139-page request (PDF) expelled by Qualcomm, though a association has 5 pivotal complaints — including a explain that Apple deliberately didn’t use a full intensity of Qualcomm chips in iPhone 7 phones so that they wouldn’t perform improved than a modems supposing by Intel.


Qualcomm says that Apple “chose not to implement certain high-performance facilities of a Qualcomm chipsets for a iPhone 7 (preventing consumers from enjoying a full border of Qualcomm’s innovation),” and when Qualcomm iPhones presumably outperformed Intel iPhones, “Apple secretly claimed that there was ‘no distinct difference’ between” a dual variants.

The association also says that Apple prevented it from divulgence to business “the border to that iPhones with Qualcomm’s chipsets outperformed iPhones with Intel’s chipsets.” As partial of a 5 core arguments, Qualcomm says Apple “threatened” it to keep still about a differences between Intel and Qualcomm iPhones, preventing Qualcomm from “making any open comparisons about a higher opening of a Qualcomm-powered iPhones.”

Other complaints in a countersuit embody claims that Apple breached and mischaracterized agreements and negotiations with Qualcomm, speedy attacks on a association in a series of markets by misrepresenting contribution and creation fake statements, and interfered with Qualcomm’s existent agreements with other companies.

Apple’s strange fit opposite Qualcomm was filed in Jan this year in a United States, and claimed $1 billion from a chipmaker, arguing that it had been drastically overcharging for a use of patents. That was followed adult by dual additional suits — one in China and one in a United Kingdom — that also focused on patents and designs. A box filed in Beijing claimed 1 billion yuan ($145 million) for Qualcomm’s abuse of China’s corner laws.

Tim Cook pronounced that Apple had “no choice” though to sue Qualcomm, even after a dual companies had worked together for many years, observant that he and his association “didn’t see another approach forward.” According to Cook, Qualcomm was “insisting on charging royalties for technologies that they had zero to do with,” collecting income on facilities like Apple’s TouchID fingerprint readers and cameras.

The Apple suits came after a Federal Trade Commission filed a possess lawsuit opposite Qualcomm in January. The FTC also took displeasure opposite Qualcomm’s use of a patents: specifically, how it wouldn’t sell modems to companies who didn’t also determine to compensate royalties on phones that didn’t use Qualcomm modems. As partial of a FTC’s case, some of a chipmaker’s other behind-the-scenes deals also came to light — including a 2007 agreement with Apple that saw Qualcomm reinstate some obvious royalties if Apple promised not to make a WiMAX phone.

In today’s countersuit, Qualcomm says it seeks — among other things — indemnification from Apple for “reneging on a promises in several agreements,” and to stop Apple interfering in deals with manufacturers for iPhone and iPad parts.


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