Qualcomm beats revenue estimates despite tussle with Apple

Is Apple About To Ditch Qualcomm Chips?

Apple looking beyond Qualcomm for smartphone components

It also alleges an Apple engineer working with a competitor asked a colleague to request information from Qualcomm on data download technology. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday at the California State Court in San Diego.

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf suggested that the company would likely settle with Apple out of court and it could be a situation "where a solution just appears".

According to the report, the lawsuit states that Apple emailed Qualcomm asking for product information with an Intel engineer copied on the message.

Apple sued Qualcomm in January 2017 for almost $1 billion, claiming that Qualcomm had "unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with".

The report claims that the final straw for Apple was when Qualcomm allegedly made a decision to withhold the software needed to test Qualcomm's own chips on Apple's prototype devices.

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Reuters reported earlier this week that Apple would drop Qualcomm's chips altogether from its iPhones and iPads beginning next year.

It's already attempted to in the past, as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus carried both Intel and Qualcomm chips, as did this year's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Recent reports have claimed Apple is planning to ditch Qualcomm completely for the 2018 iPhone handsets, given the recent strife between the two firms.

In contrast, revenue from Qualcomm's licensing business fell 36 percent to $1.21 billion in the quarter ended September 24.

Qualcomm has raised the stakes in its ongoing legal battle with Apple by filing a new lawsuit with potentially enormous ramifications. The escalating dispute over technology licensing fees stems from Apple's initial accusation that Qualcomm charges too much, and unfairly leverages its strong market position.

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