Qualcomm looking to block iPhone imports into the USA

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In the on-going battle between Apple and Qualcomm, the San-Diego based chip manufacturer is throwing what seems like a hail mary pass. In the midst of Apple continuing to refuse royalty payments and the recent $500 million revenue outlook cut that Qualcomm had to make in response, they’re starting to fight back. In a report by Bloomberg, who cite an anonymous source, Qualcomm will soon approach the International Trade Commission to try to block iPhone shipments to the USA.

That’s a big deal, considering Apple manufacturers the devices in Asia. Should the ITC see ground to approve the request, it could mean that the next batch of iPhones slated for this fall will not reach their biggest market. Nearly 40% of all iPhone sales occur in the United States, making it a vital market for the already waning profits that Apple is seeing in return. Qualcomm’s request might seem brash and almost impossible to approve, but it’s all part of a growing feud between the two companies.

Problems started when Apple became the first company to refuse payments to Qualcomm over licensing fees on their chips. The iPhone 7, which makes use of a mix between Intel and Qualcomm chips, was the first not to use the Qualcomm technology outright. Qualcomm, however, hold patents that seem to allow them to charge royalties on any device that is capable of high-speed data transfers, irrespective of if they’re using Qualcomm chips or not. Apple doesn’t seem to like that monopoly, and hence cut off their payments to contract manufacturers. Which, in turn, cut off payments to Qualcomm.

Apple will undoubtedly seek to fight this matter in court, as the company simply cannot afford to have its new iPhone miss American markets. It seems like a fight that Qualcomm is set to lose, but it’s a major stand for the company. Without fighting Apple, Qualcomm invites other companies to start cutting off royalty payments too. And if Apple makes up a third of their expected licensing revenue already, they simply can’t let that happen.

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Last Updated: May 4, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • I have to agree. Fuck that monopoly right. Like saying because America laid the foundations for the internet anyone using it must pay them now.

  • Hammersteyn
    • Original Heretic

      Watching this over and over again, that’s some Rain Main shit going on there.

  • Original Heretic

    Apple’s waning profits? Oh shame, they only made $1 Billion instead of $2 billion last year. Poor little rich company.

    Though I doubt it will happen, I really hope Qualcomm wins the case.

    • Hammersteyn

      Same here, that Apple is rotten

      • Original Heretic

        Someone should invent a smart thing called Worm. Worm would be designed to eat Apple.

    • If that was the case, they would have reason for concern, a 50% drop in profits is staggering!

      • Original Heretic

        There go all the peon bonuses.

        The execs will still get their slices, though.

    • Magoo

      I googled to compare real life profits to your joke. They make about $40bn/year. Profit. Off $200bn revenue.

      In America, you pay about $1 per 3 minutes of talk time on a public phone.

      Turns out the human race has paid Apple about 1,15 million years of talk time.


      • Original Heretic

        Which means that even a 50% dip in profits still puts them well over the poverty line. 1% of their profits could keep me going for, well, the rest of my life, actually!

  • Oh shame. How does it feel, Apple? Being on the receiving end of a thing like this?
    Remember when you took on so many others for STUPID little things because of similarities in shape?

    Yeah karma is…..

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