The spat between Apple and chipmaker Qualcomm just keeps getting nastier and nastier, and apparently Apple may finally have had enough of it.
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. Notably, the lawsuit comes days after a report that Apple is designing future generation iPhones that don't use a Qualcomm chip at all. An Intel engineer was allegedly copied on the email, according to Bloomberg, which was the first to report on the lawsuit.
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". But the escalating legal action is taking a toll on Qualcomm's financial performance-a 90 percent year-over-year drop in quarterly profit, the company CEO said on Wednesday.More news: Here's How Team India Paid Tribute to Retiring Ashish Nehra
Although Apple doesn't use Snapdragon processors in its iPhones, it's still on the hook for numerous patents Qualcomm owns.
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". In July, Qualcomm filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission alleging that Apple has infringed on six Qualcomm patents that "enabled important features and functions in iPhones".
If Qualcomm loses that business, it would cut the company's revenue by about 7.5 percent, Raymond James & Associates estimates.