The ongoing legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple takes another twist, as a judge fines Apple for concealing documents against the chip manufacturer. The iPhone-maker has been ordered to pay $25,000 daily if it does not provide enough evidence starting December 16, a fine that equals the income generated by Apple every 16 seconds, during the last financial year.
In response to this ruling, Apple, said in a filing that it had produced over 2.6 million documents by deadline day, and deemed the chip maker’s actions as immature.
“We had already produced millions of documents for this case and are working hard to deliver the millions more which have been requested in an unprecedented time frame. We plan to appeal this ruling”, said Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock in a statement.
After the FTC suit, Apple filed its own lawsuit accusing the chip maker of monopolising the market and charging high royalties for its proprietary technologies. Apple sued the chip manufacturer over patent violations with Snapdragon processors.
According to Apple, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 and Snapdragon 820 processors breach Apple’s own patents. The iPhone-maker alleges that Qualcomm has infringed upon nearly eight of its battery life patents.
Apple and Qualcomm entered into a legal battle back in January this year, as the iPhone-maker accused Qualcomm for charging high prices and forcing the iPhone-maker to exclusively use Snapdragon chips. Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the chip designer for abusing its taking undue advantage of its market dominance.
In response to Apple’s dispute, Qualcomm also filed a lawsuit against Apple in China, seeking to halt manufacturing and selling of iPhones in the country earlier this month. Later in October, the Qualcomm components in its 2018 iPhone and iPad line-up.
The report further added that Apple will entirely ditch Qualcomm and may use modem chips from Intel and MediaTek for its 2018 iPhones and iPad. Apple’s decision to design upcoming iPhones and iPads without Qualcomm parts is likely an outcome of the ongoing legal dispute between the companies.