Qualcomm sues Apple back; Piper Jaffray analyst predicts iPhone future

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In all, Qualcomm has filed three lawsuits alleging that Apple has infringed upon 16 Qualcomm patents in several Iphone models including iPhone 7, 8, and the newly launched Iphone X.

The latest lawsuit and sharpening rhetoric will fuel fears on Wall Street that Apple might drop Qualcomm's modem chips from the next iPhone, as relations between the two companies continue to deteriorate.

The report explains that Apple has already patented a technology that ensures each part of the phone's processor consumes minimum power, to essentially offer improved battery management.

The suit mainly focuses on the Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 820. Intel is well-positioned to become the main manufacturer of mobile chips for future iPhones if Apple and Qualcomm end up terminating their partnership.

The day began when Apple filed a counter-claim (pdf) at the US District Court for the Southern District of California.

Generally whenever Apple announces a new iPhone it also announces a new System-on-a-Chip, and this year was no different.

In other related news, WSJ earlier reported that Apple wont use Qualcomm components in its 2018 iPhone and iPad lineup.

In the amended filing on Wednesday, Apple wrote that Qualcomm asserts "weak patents that nibble at the edges of the smartphone platform and cover concepts that Apple simply does not use". While the technology was originally developed by Palm, Qualcomm purchased the company's patent portfolio in 2014.

The latter filed its patent breach case at the same time it submitted a complaint with the International Trade Commission asking to stop the import of Apple iPhones that have Intel Corp chips due to the alleged patent violations.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has asked the company's suppliers not to pay Qualcomm any royalties until the two resolve their legal disputes.

The first complaint accused Apple of infringing USA patent numbers 8,683,362; 8,497,928; 7,844,037; and 9,203,940, relating to a range of technologies including those which allow multiple apps to run at once, camera focusing techniques and methods of responding to incoming calls and texts.

In better news for Apple, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says the iPhone X will lead to a longer "super cycle" and the company "may be increasingly well positioned to experience a strong multi-year iPhone trajectory". This would prevent the device from being sold on AT&T and T-Mobile. It means you will easily be able to get your hands on the iPhone X during the holiday shopping season.

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