Over the last two years, Apple and Qualcomm, a company that makes communications chips and holds a number of critical patents, have been locked in a legal battle. But as opening arguments were being heard in court overnight, the two giants reached a settlement. And that could change the face of the next iPhone.
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When I first started using PCs regularly, back in the early 1990s, systems using Intel processors were priced at a premium. So that meant my first couple of Windows PCs (we had a Commodore 128 at home before that) ran a Cyrix processor - a 486DLC if memory serves.
But through most of the 1990s Intel ruled the roost. Their "Intel Inside" campaign was one of the most successful marketing campaigns of all time. But the world has moved on and we are on the cusp of a new processor era.
There are reports saying US chip-maker Qualcomm has won an injunction against Apple in China. The injunction bans the import of a number of iPhones ranging from the iPhone 6S to the iPhone X,. Qualcomm says Apple has infringed on its patents in iOS 11 and earlier, with the chip-maker alleging Apple has "borrowed" tech involved in image resizing and how apps are managed on touchscreens.
Apple has been knocking heads with Qualcomm, the company that supplies them with the comms chips that let your iOS devices connect to all sorts of networks. But the two companies have been arguing over Qualcomm's competitive practices and Apple has been shifting from being very Qualcomm-dependent to a more diversified set of components.