Apple asks court to block Qualcomm double-dipping

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Apple doesn't want to pay twice for Qualcomm chips.
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Apple’s ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm just got even more interesting after the iPhone-maker branded its partner’s license agreements invalid.

Cupertino is fighting to prevent Qualcomm from taking a cut of every iPhone sold, and to prevent the chipmaker’s alleged double-dipping to maximize revenue it earns from its modem chips.

Intel is reaping the rewards of Apple’s scrap with Qualcomm

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Intel has gained unexpectedly high iPhone chip orders.
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Intel is benefitting from Apple’s current standoff with Qualcomm, with Apple reportedly upping its wireless “baseband” chip orders from Intel for the iPhone.

Apple first added Intel as a second baseband supplier in 2016. This was part of its strategy to diversify the number of suppliers that provide each of its components, to allow Apple to lessen its risk and negotiate more favorable terms for components.

Android creator takes wraps off new Essential Phone

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Essential Phone with its stunning edge-to-edge display.
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Android creator Andy Rubin has finally unveiled his new Essential Phone, a device that aims to break barriers with a unique design and support for modular upgrades.

Its edge-to-edge display and sleek form factor make the iPhone look even more outdated, while its internal specifications give even the Galaxy S8 a run for its money.

Apple nabs Qualcomm VP to continue chip development

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Apple is bringing more of its chip development in-house.
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Apple has hired a former Qualcomm Engineering VP to act as the project lead on its wireless “System on a Chip” (SoC) project, hinting that it may be planning to develop its own cellular modems.

The hiring of Esin Terzioglu, who joined Qualcomm back in 2009, comes at a time when Apple is locked in a legal battle with the company.

Qualcomm asks a court to force iPhone makers to pay up

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Qualcomm says Apple is playing dirty.
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Qualcomm has asked a court to force iPhone suppliers to keep paying it royalty payments while it is in the middle of its standoff with Apple.

The tech giant has updated one of its lawsuits to include what it claims is additional evidence about Apple instructing third-party suppliers not to pay money they owe to Qualcomm. Qualcomm suggests that this is an underhanded tactic on Apple’s part to force it to settle sooner.

Four Apple suppliers get dragged into Qualcomm conflict

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Apple apparently wants its manufacturers to withhold payments to Qualcomm.
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Qualcomm has filed a complaint against manufacturers Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal as part of its ongoing conflict with Apple.

In a statement given today, Qualcomm noted that while iPhone makers Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal don’t dispute “their contractual obligations to pay for the use of Qualcomm’s inventions, the manufacturers say they must follow Apple’s instructions not to pay.”

Qualcomm: Apple is cutting off our iPhone royalties

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The Qualcomm/Apple standoff is getting nasty!
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The battle between Apple and Qualcomm is intensifying, with Qualcomm claiming that Apple is set to stop making licensing payments related to the iPhone.

The result of this is that Qualcomm will have to revise its earnings forecasts to give a smaller number, due to Apple cutting off one of its major sources of revenue until the dispute is resolved.

Apple places massive chip orders for iPhone 8

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Apple plans to sell 230 million next-gen iPhones.
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Chip orders reveal demand for the next-gen iPhones is set to exceed 50 million units during the second half of 2017, and hit a total of 220 million to 230 million units, according to a new report.

The new handsets are likely to be Apple’s biggest iPhone refresh since 2014’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus-era devices, and promise to boast major new features. And it seems Apple’s willing to bank on that leading to massive demand!