Cupertino based technology giant Apple and American chipmaker Qualcomm have been involved in a legal battle over licensing and royalty fees for over two years now and this has led to a complete breakdown of the two companies’ relationship. However, some media reports have emerged indicating that there may be more to what has led to this situation between the two companies.
According to a report, Bloomberg has seen some of the leaked emails that were exchanged between Apple’s Jeff Williams and Qualcomm’s CEO Steve Mollenkopf. The report further says that the two companies may have cut ties with each other because of software access.
While Williams wanted Apple’s association with Qualcomm to continue in spite of their ongoing legal battle, the chipmaker accused the smartphone giant of leaking Qualcomm’s code that was required to customise mobile processors. After this, Williams reportedly offered to “firewall” the engineers in Apple’s team who used the Qualcomm software and also added that nothing valuable was obtained from the code by the company.
The reports have quoted his email saying, “In my wildest imagination of some evil intention of Apple, I have trouble coming up with a real scenario where anything of significant value could be leaked based on this code.”
In return for this, Mollenkopf reportedly told Williams that he wanted to protect Qualcomm’s proprietary information. He also added that when Apple was offered to use software from Qualcomm, the company committed to using chips from Qualcomm in at least 50% of the iPhones produced in the next two years.
Following this, in September 2018, Qualcomm accused Apple of stealing confidential information and trade secrets from the company and passing it on to Intel, which is a rival chipmaker.
According to Bloomberg, the software dispute between the two companies was the primary reason why they cut ties with each other as at first, both appeared to continue working with one another in spite of the legal battle. We should point out that because of this legal battle, iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and iPhone X models have been banned in China and Germany as Qualcomm has won the case in these countries.