It seems that tech companies are out en masse against Apple these days. A report published by the New York Times a few days ago that detailed how Facebook was handling a number of things.
It mentioned how the social media giant was doing enough to handle the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Russia’s involvement in the US Presidential Elections in 2016. It also talked about how Facebook hired the services of a certain public affairs company called, Definers Public Affairs, to generate negative press about its competitors.
The NYT report goes into further detail, saying that a “third” technology company also contacted Definers for the same purpose. That third company’s name might not surprise you. Another report by Business Insider claims that third company is, in fact, the US-based chip manufacturer Qualcomm.
This is the same Qualcomm that makes chips used in nearly 90% of smartphones sold all over the world.
Business Insider’s (BI) report says that Qualcomm also contacted Definers, and is the third company referred to in NYT’s article. NBC News also said that Qualcomm was the third firm that NYT mentioned. Kif Leswing from BI said that Definer’s West Coast head, Tim Miller, asked him about a report about the fines Apple was incurring due to the legal battle between the iPhone maker and Qualcomm.
He also inquired about Business Insider’s other reports about Qualcomm and Apple.
This development has surfaced after Apple officially removed Qualcomm from its list of suppliers. Qualcomm was supplying Apple with modems for iPhones. Qualcomm, on the other hand, has blamed Apple for leaking its modem technology to Intel, which Apple has denied.
In any case, the legal battle between the two tech giants doesn’t seem to be ending in the near future. We’ll have to wait and see how this develops in the coming months.