Apple accuses Qualcomm of predatory business practices. Qualcomm accuses Apple of infringing on patents. Apple won’t pay Qualcomm and tries to get their patents invalidated. Qualcomm sues Apple and files for injunctions. Apple counter-sues. Apple won’t use Qualcomm’s modems anymore, hitting them where it really hurts. Qualcomm accuses Apple of sharing secrets with their rival Intel, which they may actually have some proof of. Maybe this will actually make it trial someday. And then it will be appealed…indefinitely. And on, and on, and on, and on…..
Now we have Qualcomm finally getting a win, as China has agreed with them and placed an injunction against Apple selling devices in the country. This certainly comes at a very bad time for Apple, as their stock price is down and rumors of poor iPhone sales abound. I’m sure that fact wasn’t as all lost on Qualcomm.
Now Apple has made an end-around of this injunction by stating that iOS 12 doesn’t violate the patents that Qualcomm used to get the injunction. Since iOS 12 is installed on all newly sold iPhones by default, they don’t seem too worries about the Chinese Court’s edict. They are still selling all models of iPhones and Qualcomm certainly isn’t happy about it. And it will keep going on, and on, and on, and on…
Frankly, this whole thing is just getting old. It makes my head hurt having to write about it. Apple v. Qualcomm looks more like a slap-fight between a couple of pre-teens than a battle of tech titans. All of the posturing. The ridiculously and needlessly petty and spiteful public statements. At the end of the day, both companies will go their separate ways and conduct business apart. Great. Go with God. They should both do tech enthusiasts and the economies of the world a giant favor and end this stupidity. I’m as sick of writing about it as much as I’m sure you are sick of reading about it.