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Qualcomm sues Apple again, this time saying it shared info with Intel

Qualcomm sues Apple again, this time saying it shared info with Intel

Apple made an email request for proprietary information from Qualcomm and included an Intel engineer on the distribution list, according to the suit.

Qualcomm's Q4 2017 operating income has dropped by 82 percent compared to Q4 previous year as a result of royalty and licensing disputes with Apple and other licensees.

Qualcomm detailed another incident that allegedly involved an Apple engineer working with a competing broadband model, presumably one from Intel.

For all the animosity, though, Qualcomm sounds nearly ready to make amends in its statement to The Wall Street Journal, which was in response to the question of whether Apple was redesigning its phones specifically because Qualcomm didn't send the testing software. In response Qualcomm is seeking to stop Apple from making and selling its smartphones in China. Qualcomm sent the same response to TechRadar, but referenced the WSJ's question.

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".

The mixed messages aren't all that surprising. Apple is being sued for breach of a contract that governs the use of software needed to make chips work with other parts of mobile phones and communicate with networks.

The new lawsuit is the latest escalation of a long-running legal battle between the two companies.

Are you planning to line up for an iPhone X tomorrow?

With all of that uncertainty on the table, it's probable we'll have to wait another generation before we finally see a Qualcomm-free iPhone (if, of course, we ever do). We also contacted Apple, but did not receive a response.