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After Qualcomm announced the issuance of 1.34 billion euros of security bonds to implement Germany's preliminary injunction on Apple's iPhones, Apple has then stopped selling iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in Germany, as the company found to be infringing Qualcomm patents related to power savings technology in smartphones.

Currently, these four iPhones are no longer available for purchase via the Apple online store in Germany, and all 15 Apple retail stores in Germany have stopped selling it. The latest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR models are not affected by the verdict and can still be purchased at Apple.

However, if Apple successfully appeals, Qualcomm's equivalent of $1.5 billion in security bonds will be used to cover sales losses. Qualcomm said Apple was also ordered to recall infringing iPhones from third-party resellers in Germany, but some German resellers are still selling iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.

Apple and Qualcomm are launching a major legal battle across multiple countries. The dispute between the two companies began in early 2017, when Apple sued Qualcomm, claiming that Qualcomm detained the $1 billion worth of patent royalties that it had promised to return. Qualcomm defends itself by saying that it collects royalties is untrue. Qualcomm also accused Apple of issuing misleading statements, sharing its trade secrets with Intel, and many other violations.

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According to Reuters and CNBC, a German court today ruled that some iPhone models featured with Intel modems infringe Qualcomm's patents. The court has issued an initial sales ban, influenced by the ban, Apple has confirmed will stop selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models in Germany.

Judge Matthias Zigann ruled Thursday that Apple infringed Qualcomm's patent on iPhones with Intel and Apple supplier Qorvo moderns violated one of Qualcomm's patents so-called "envelope tracking," a feature that helps preserve battery life when sending and receiving wireless signals, however, there's no doubt that Apple will definitely appeal. Apple's statement via CNBC:
Qualcomm's campaign is a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies. Their tactics, in the courts and in their everyday business, are harming innovation and harming consumers. Qualcomm insists on charging exorbitant fees based on work they didn't do and they are being investigated by governments all around the world for their behavior. We are of course disappointed by this verdict and we plan to appeal.
In the statement, Apple stated that the latest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR can still be purchased normally, while iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models will no longer be available through the Apple Store, but consumers can purchase it from authorized resellers and carriers. Apple is also dealing with similar legal issues in China, but continue selling these models in China.

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Qualcomm held the third Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii, on the first day, the chipmaker announced the new Snapdragon 855 Chip. This chip is not only the standard chip for the next generation of Android flagship smartphones, but also the world's first commercial platform to support 5G, though Qualcomm didn't reveal any speed improvements, it did beat Samsung's Exynos 9820.

Here are the new technologies that included in this chip:
  • 3D Sonic Sensor: an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor with fast and accurate unlocking experience
  • Snapdragon 855 is first commercial platform to support multi-gigabit 5G. Samsung says it will have a 5G ready phone in 2019, which likely to be the Samsung Galaxy S10.
  • Includes Qualcomm's 4th-gen multi-core AI engine, deliver up to 3x performance boost in AI performance over the Snapdragon 845.
  • World's first to have computational photography and video capture capabilities.
  • New Snapdragon Elite Gaming will bring new gaming experiences to high-end smartphones.
  • Uses 7nm process, caught up A12, but unclear how much it improved, although Antutu scores shows that 855 rivals Samsung's Exynos 9820.
Since Snapdragon 855 includes support for 5G, Qualcomm's Cristiano Amon said that by the end of next year, every Android phone manufacturer will launch a flagship phone supporting 5G. Apple, on the other hand, unlikely to release a 5G iPhone until 2020, as the company still battling with Qualcomm on the patent issues that started nearly 2 years ago. (Via CNET)

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According to Bloomberg, Apple is actively hiring engineers at Qualcomm headquarters in San Diego, they are looking for designers who can help the company develop iPhone wireless components and chips, a move that will further weaken Qualcomm, one of the largest chipmaker in the world, considering it's in battle in its dispute with Qualcomm on patent lawsuits.

In the past month, Apple has released 10 job postings in San Diego, California to find engineers to help the company research neural network engine artificial intelligence processors and wireless modems. It's the first time that Apple has publicly recruited these types of talent in the area for such thing.
This month, Apple published 10 job listings on its website for chip design-related positions located in the city, marking the first time the Cupertino, California-based technology giant has publicly recruited for such roles in the Southern California hotbed for chip design. Apple is advertising for engineers to work on multiple types of chip components, including engineers to work on the company’s Neural Engine artificial intelligence processor and wireless chips.
It was reported that Apple was developing its own wireless chip for future iPhone models, however, so far, Apple still relies on companies such as Qualcomm and Intel to develop such technologies. After the battle with Qualcomm (not over yet), Apple chose Intel as the main wireless modern supplier of iPhone XS, XS Max, as well as iPhone XR, and expected it to supply these moderns in next year.

Qualcomm announced today that Apple's new iPhones will not use the company's LTE chips. Despite Qualcomm has been supplying moderns to Apple's older iPhones that are still on sale, the chipmaker has completely lost its business in the future.

A report from CNBC said that Qualcomm financial officer George Davis commented on this in the earnings conference call today. Davis said that Qualcomm believes that Apple intends to use only the competitor's moderns in the next-generation iPhones.

We believe Apple intends to solely use our competitors' modems rather than our modems in its next iPhone release. We will continue to provide modems for Apple legacy devices.

The so-called "competitor" of Qualcomm certainly refers to Intel. Apple has adopted the company's moderns since the iPhone 7. At present, the relationship between Apple and Qualcomm is relatively tight, and the two companies have been able to fight in court on the issue of unfair royalties.

Eailer of this week, Reuters reports that Apple has filing a countersuit against Qualcomm and claiming that the supplier's Snapdragon chips, which used in many Android devices -- infringe on the Cupertino company's patents. Soon enough Qualcomm responded, they filed three new patent infringement claims against Apple.

Qualcomm accusing the Cupertino company of violating a total of 16 Qualcomm patents with its most recent iPhones, including the iPhone X. Most of the patents in question cover technologies like carrier aggregation, memory designs, and power management features that are designed help to reduce battery usage.

Especially in one claim, Qualcomm says Apple is using a depth-based image enhancement technique for Portrait mode that violates a Qualcomm patent. While the chip maker's latest request to the U.S. International Trade Commission seeks an import ban on iPhone 8 and iPhone X variants that use modems from Intel on AT&T and T-Mobile.

Qualcomm seeking damages in an amount to be proven at trial, a permanent injunction against Apple, and attorneys fees. Qualcomm's latest filing follows a countersuit from Apple that was filed earlier this week. Apple claims that Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips infringe on "at least" eight battery life patents owned by Apple.

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm kicked off in January this year, it continues to escalate and there’s no sign of an end in sight. Both Qualcomm’s CEO and Apple’s Tim Cook have expressed a desire to settle the various cases, but hope of that has seemingly gone out the window. Apple is looking to drop using Qualcomm chips completely.

Via MacRumors And 9to5Mac, Image Credit CNN Money

According to Bloomberg report, Qualcomm recently filed lawsuits in China in an attempt to stop Apple from selling and manufacturing iPhones in the country. Much of Apple's iPhone assembly process takes place in China, as does the manufacturing of many iPhone components. China is also an important market for Apple, accounting for 22.5 percent of Apple's sales in 2016.

In a filing with the Beijing intellectual property court on September 29, Qualcomm claimed patent infringement and requested injunctive relief. "Apple employs technologies invented by Qualcomm without paying for them," said a Qualcomm spokesperson about the filing. The lawsuits are based on three non-standard essential patents covering power management and the Force Touch technology.

Qualcomm Inc. filed lawsuits in China seeking to ban the sale and manufacture of iPhones in the country, the chipmaker’s biggest shot at Apple Inc. so far in a sprawling and bitter legal fight, Bloomberg News reports.

The fight between Apple and Qualcomm started back in January after the FTC filed a complaint which Qualcomm forced Apple to use its baseband chips for higher patent royalties. Apple followed with a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm three days after the monopoly complaint. At that time Apple stopped paying licensing fees to Qualcomm, so did Apple suppliers.

Apple maintains that Qualcomm charges excessive licensing fees by requesting the percentage of an iPhone's entire value, while Qualcomm responds its technology is "at the heart of every iPhone." The chipmaker has since countersued and filed several patent infringement lawsuits against Apple. They also asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to block imports of some iPhone and iPad models.

Of course, Apple can't afford to lose the Chinese suits, as the iPhone is its primary revenue source, and the vast majority of units are assembled in China before being shipped elsewhere. Manufacturing in India is in its earliest stages, limited to the iPhone SE. It will likely take sometime before Chinese legal action makes progress. Apple will probably fight to have the cases dismissed if at all possible.

Via MacRumors And AppleInsider, Image Via TechCrunch And CNBC
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