Apple and the Qualcomm found themselves in court this week over an ongoing patent dispute that had turned very, very ugly. The two companies have kissed and made up, however, in a move that has taken many by surprise.
Apple and Qualcomm are currently locked in a legal dispute that will see the pair go to court next week. However, in a new report, we’re beginning to learn more about how the problems began and it stretches all the way back to 2017.
Despite having previously been banned in Germany, Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 are again going on sale, according to reports. The whole situation stems from a legal spat between Apple and Qualcomm, with the latter winning out in a court ruling in December, which saw the older iPhones removed from sale.
The legal spat between Apple and Qualcomm looks set to rival that which saw Apple and Samsung go head-to-head for so long, but the iPhone maker has come out on top in one small way after a federal judge ruled that it cannot be held liable for any patent infringements that took place before the lawsuit was filed.
Qualcomm has been on a roll when it comes to winning court cases against Apple of late, but it's suffered a loss in Germany after a court dismissed what one patent expert called a "nuisance suit" against Apple.
Apple supply chain exec Tony Blevins says that the company considered using 5G modems from multiple companies for its 2019 iPhone lineup. It’s unknown what the ultimate decision was there with Apple rumors having said that it didn’t plan to offer 5G this year.
After China, iPhone sales are going to be banned in Germany following Qualcomm's law suit against the Cupertino-based giant.
In China, iOS 12.1.2 addresses two Qualcomm patents that have been causing Apple some legal trouble, including a new animation for force-closing apps in the multitasking screen.