Qualcomm: Apple has stolen information about modems and given them to Intel

Sep

25

2018

Qualcomm claims that Apple has stolen confidential information about modems and modem technology from the company and provided it to Intel so that it could make better modems for iPhones. That is in a charge of Qualcomm against Apple.

Intel modem in iPhone XS (source: TechInsights)
Modem in iPhone XS. Source: TechInsights
According to Qualcomm, Apple used the stolen information to switch to Intel modems, writes Bloomberg on the basis of the court document. Qualcomm claims that it involves large amounts of data about its modems. Apple wanted that data to make adjustments to its software in order to make the modems in iPhones work better.

According to CNBC, Qualcomm does not show any direct evidence for the allegations, but points to discussions between Apple and Intel employees who would show that Intel engineers have confidential Qualcomm info. Apple has not yet responded to the accusations.

The accusations are the most recent development in a legal battle between the two American companies that has been running for more than a year now. That started in 2017. Meanwhile, both companies have filed charges against each other.

Apple used modems from Intel and Qualcomm in iPhones in the last two years, but this year it switched to only modems from Intel for the iPhone XS and XS Max for the first time. The modem is therefore now an x86 processor .

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