While the details of the suit are scarce right now, Bloomberg reports Apple "made an email request for proprietary information from Qualcomm and included an Intel engineer on the distribution list". The escalating dispute over technology licensing fees stems from Apple's initial accusation that Qualcomm charges too much, and unfairly leverages its strong market position.
Qualcomm claim that Apple hasn't protected their software sufficiently, which they legally agreed to, and say Apple aren't allowing for a proper audit to review how the iPhone handles their software.
The latest lawsuit, which was filed in California state court, comes days after Bloomberg had reported that Apple is designing the latest iPhones and iPads without Qualcomm parts. In July, Qualcomm filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission alleging that Apple has infringed on six Qualcomm patents that "enabled important features and functions in iPhones".
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"The Qualcomm modem that could be used in the next generation iPhone has already been fully tested and released to Apple", the statement read. The legal proceedings between the two companies started in January, when Apple sued Qualcomm, accusing them of overcharging for use of their patented chips.
Qualcomm has raised the stakes in its ongoing legal battle with Apple by filing a new lawsuit with potentially enormous ramifications.
Recent reports have claimed Apple is planning to ditch Qualcomm completely for the 2018 iPhone handsets, given the recent strife between the two firms.