A failed 'iPhone killer' is Qualcomm's new weapon against Apple
The chipmaker owns several patents related to Palm and webOS, and is accusing the iPhone X of copying its user interface.
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But Qualcomm is bringing up a blast from the past in its complaint: the cult classic Palm Pre.
It turns out, Qualcomm in 2014 purchased several patents from Palm, including technology relating to its webOS operating system and user interface. While the Palm Pre, which debuted in 2009 as the purported "iPhone killer," never met the initial hype, Qualcomm is bringing it back as a weapon against Apple.
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This is the latest wrinkle in the escalating fight between the two tech giants. Apple is one of the largest consumer technology companies in the world, with arguably the strongest brand in the industry, while Qualcomm is the world's largest supplier of mobile chips.
At the heart of this fight is a disagreement over how much Apple should pay Qualcomm for technology licenses. Apple believes the fee should be based on a percentage of the Qualcomm modem that goes into the
, while the chipmaker believes the percentage should be based on the value of the entire phone.
Qualcomm alleges that the new iPhone X, which offers users the ability to bring up different windows of apps with a swipe, copies the interface used by the Pre. Qualcomm cites tech sites The Verge and TechCrunch's commentary that compares the
operating system to the Pre's "card-based multitasking system."