Things are getting increasingly heated in the globe-spanning battle between Apple and Qualcomm. The latter is now accusing the former of stealing its secrets and handing them over to Intel.
To recall, the fight between the two started out because Apple thinks Qualcomm is asking for too much money considering it only supplies one component (the modem) and is demanding payment for technology innovations it has nothing to do with. Qualcomm hit back with claims of its own and defended its licensing practices.
Qualcomm Accuses Apple of Stealing
As per CNBC, Qualcomm is now trying to introduce new charges to a Superior Court in San Diego. According to the chip maker, Apple has violated a master software agreement which it signed when it became Qualcomm’s customer 10 years ago.
Apple was supposed to let Qualcomm check whether its source code software and tools were being protected. Qualcomm says Apple didn’t allow this. What’s worse, the company is accusing Apple of stealing its source code specifically to help Intel overcome engineering flaws.
Intel has been providing a certain portion of modem chips to Apple since the iPhone 7 and is now the only supplier for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Its chips weren’t as fast as Qualcomm’s in the beginning and have reportedly gotten better with the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
Qualcomm thinks a combination of confidential information and trade secrets helped Intel get to this point. It alleges that Apple and Intel engineers sent emails to each other sharing all these secrets. It’s also pointing fingers at Apple’s source code development history and the code found inside Intel-running iPhones.
These are some pretty explosive accusations and only time will tell if there’s any merit to these claims. The case is set to begin in April 2019, so it’ll be a long wait.