Apple and Qualcomm are embroiled in a bitter legal battle over licensing and royalty fees that’s lasted for two years now and has led to the breakdown of the relationship between the two companies, but there may have been other factors in the breakup.
Leaked emails between Apple COO Jeff Williams and Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf seen by Bloomberg suggest the two companies may have cut ties over software access.
Williams wanted to continue to work with Qualcomm despite the legal battle, but Qualcomm accused Apple of leaking Qualcomm computer code needed to customize mobile chips. Williams offered to „firewall“ the Apple engineers using the [...]
In a court filing related to the ongoing dispute with Qualcomm that has resulted in a partial ban on iPhone sales in China, Apple this week warned that upholding the ban would cause „truly irreparable harm“ to Apple, other companies, and consumers if Apple is forced to withdraw its devices from the market, according to Bloomberg.
The ban would cost Apple millions of dollars a day and affect both the Chinese government and consumers, the company added, noting it has created 5 million jobs in China across the supply chain and third-party software developers.
The Chinese government „may suffer hundreds of thousands of tax losses“ from [...]
Facebook-owned social network Instagram is testing a feature that would allow location data collected by Instagram to be shared with Facebook, reports TechCrunch.
A prototype Location History being tested within Instagram suggests that a Location History stored when Location Services is turned on in the Instagram app will be used to bolster Facebook’s ad targeting. From the setting:
Allows Facebook Products, including Instagram and Messenger, to build and use a history of precise locations received through Location Services on your devices.
The feature was discovered by a TechCrunch reader who often digs into new functionality that Instagram is testing. [...]
Apple CEO Tim Cook remains against the idea of merging the Mac and iPad to create one unified hardware and software experience, according to a brief conversation he had at Apple’s education event in Chicago last month.
„We don’t believe in sort of watering down one for the other,“ said Cook, speaking with The Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter Wells. „One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two … you begin to make trade offs and compromises.“
„So maybe the company would be more efficient at the end of the day, but that’s [...]