The Apple vs Qualcomm legal war just took a dramatic new twist

Apple looking beyond Qualcomm for smartphone components

Apple could drop Qualcomm chips from iPhone from 2018 - report

In the filing, Qualcomm says Apple demand "unprecedented access" to its "very valuable and highly confidential software". Qualcomm stock dropped by nearly 8% today in the wake of the news. Apple requested that its contract manufacturers withhold royalties to Qualcomm until the dispute is resolved.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Qualcomm's lawsuit follows hot on the heels of a report that Apple is considering to drop its modems entirely.

Qualcomm's legal spat with Apple is growing nastier; the chip giant now claims Apple tried to give rival Intel a sneak peek into Qualcomm's trade secrets. Qualcomm has tried to ban the sale of select iPhones in the U.S., and has also begun an attempt to get iPhone sales banned in China.

Qualcomm said its "modem that could be used in the next generation iPhone has already been fully tested and released to Apple". The legal proceedings between the two companies started in January, when Apple sued Qualcomm, accusing them of overcharging for use of their patented chips.

Rasesh Shah claimed that Qualcomm lied to shareholders when it told them that, "unlike some other companies in the industry that hold back certain key technologies", Qualcomm offers its "entire patent portfolio for use in cellular subscriber devices and cell infrastructure equipment". It widened its suppliers to include Intel for some versions of the iPhone beginning with the 7 model.

Qualcomm's fight with Apple has taken another turn, as the company has filed yet another lawsuit.

Are you planning to line up for an iPhone X tomorrow? There's also a chance that we'll see a new iPad Pro as early as next summer, which could make matters even more complicated. But, recent news reports from The Wall Street Journal suggest Apple are designing products which don't require Qualcomm components, which would free Apple from Qualcomm's influence. We also contacted Apple, but did not receive a response.

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