Apple says Qualcomm lawsuit was kickstarted by Intel envy


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Intel muscled in on Qualcomm's previous contract with Apple.
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Apple claims that Qualcomm’s motivation for taking Apple to court is because it was upset that Apple had switched to using Intel chips in iPhones. Prior to 2016, Qualcomm had enjoyed five years of being Apple’s exclusive chip maker.

The suggestion was made by Apple’s counsel in closing remarks Wednesday during the patent infringement trial in San Diego.

Lawsuit takes aim at Apple’s cellular devices


Apple is accused of violating multiple LTE patents.
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Apple is on the receiving end of a new lawsuit, claiming that it is infringing more than seven patents relating to LTE cellular standards. The lawsuit potentially affects devices including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and others.

The lawsuit was filed by multiple firms under the umbrella group Optis Wireless Technology. They are asking for damages “in the form of reasonable royalties.”

Qualcomm renews efforts to block certain iPhone imports in U.S.


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Certain iPhone models could potentially be blocked from sale in the U.S.
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Qualcomm has ramped up its efforts against Apple as part of the long-running battle between the two tech companies.

The chip maker has asked U.S. trade regulators to reverse a previous judge’s ruling. This would allow it to block the import of certain iPhone models into the United States.

Apple sued over fatal fire allegedly caused by defective iPad


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A fire allegedly starting by an iPad caused the death of Bradley Ireland.
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Apple is being sued by a person whose husband died from injuries caused by a fire, allegedly started by a defective iPad.

The fire took place back in February 2017. It was reportedly, “caused by a defect in the subject tablet, specifically affecting the subject tablet’s battery pack.”

Lawyer claims FaceTime bug was used to eavesdrop on a client


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Apple's FaceTime bug could land it in court.
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Unsurprisingly, Apple’s recently exposed FaceTime bug — allowing other people to see or hear you before a call starts — is already landing the company in hot water.

According to a new lawsuit filed against Apple, the bug allowed an unknown individual to eavesdrop on a private conversation between a lawyer and their client.

Lawsuit over Apple Watch’s heart-tracking tech has been settled


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Apple Watch's heart rate-tracking abilities is a major selling point for the device.
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A three year battle over Apple Watch technology has been resolved with Apple and biometric sensor company Valencell reportedly coming to terms over a dispute.

Valencell sued Apple back in 2016 over the heart rate-sensing technology in the Apple Watch, which has gone on to become one of the device’s big selling points. The company claimed that Apple met with its executives prior to launching the Apple Watch, but ultimately failed to reach an agreement.

Apple and Qualcomm can’t agree on whether or not they’re talking


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The battle goes on.
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Qualcomm has blasted comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook as “misleading.”

During his recent CNBC interview, Cook said that there had been no recent settlement talks between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm, meanwhile, insists that there have been. But Apple disagrees with Qualcomm’s disagreement. What was it that we said about this case having more twists than a pretzel?

Possible class action suit takes aim at Apple’s falling share prices


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Apple's stock has struggled over the past several months.
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Investing in the stock market invariably carries a degree of risk. But one New York-based legal firm isn’t happy with the way Apple conducted itself during the recent stock-plummeting revelations about the company’s missed earnings guidance.

The firm of Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC is investigating potential claims from shareholders that Apple might have violated federal securities laws.

Aw Snap! ‘Influencer’ sued for not wearing Spectacles on Instagram


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Luka Sabbat wearing Snap Spectacles. He is being sued for not wearing them in more Instagram posts.
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Life as a social media influencer has its share of heavy lifting.

But a 20-year-old actor and model is facing a $90,000 lawsuit because he allegedly failed at the seemingly easy job of wearing Snap Spectacles in a few posts on Instagram.

Apple sued over misleading iTunes season pass bundles


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Apple is accused of misleading wording.
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Apple has been hit with a class action lawsuit for allegedly tricking iTunes customers into buying its TV season bundles by misleading them over how many episodes are contained.

iTunes sells shows by individual episodes, whole seasons, or season passes, which includes current and future episodes not yet available. The lawsuit takes aim at this last option, claiming that Apple sneakily counts promotional clips as episodes.