Apple copied an Intel engineer in the email for information, Qualcomm alleged.
Qualcomm sues Apple is a headline which isn't surprising for those who are familiar with a recent string of lawsuits between the two, which have collectively created considerable tension in and out of court.
Instead, future phones may be packed with chips from Qualcomm rivals Intel and MediaTek. If Apple did share code with Intel, then this would be seen as a huge breach of contract.
These are but new chapters in a long series of unfortunate events.
Qualcomm says the move violates its software agreement; it is seeking damages from Apple.
Apple then chose to stop making licensing payments to Qualcomm, which led to a massive drop in revenue for Qualcomm. When making the request, Apple sent out a message that CC'd an Intel engineer. Qualcomm sent the same response to TechRadar, but referenced the WSJ's question. "We are committed to supporting Apple's new devices consistent with our support of all others in the industry".
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". It widened its suppliers to include Intel for some versions of the iPhone beginning with the 7 model.
The US chipmaker Qualcomm's legal battle with Apple did not dampen its growth as the company beat estimates with $5.96 billion in sales in the fourth quarter of its fiscal year that ended September 30.
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Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf suggested that the company would likely settle with Apple out of court and it could be a situation "where a solution just appears". We also contacted Apple, but did not receive a response.