Qualcomm: Apple Told Manufacturers To Break Their Contracts

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hellwig

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Apple's strategy seems to be "Bankrupt Qualcomm before they win a decision". Qualcomm's practices are just as dirty as Intel's were in the 90's/00's against AMD (funny how they're now complaining), but Apple's hands are far from clean.
 

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The goal is not to bankrupt them but to make them review their licensing fees. That would allow other companies to issue products competitively priced against those chinese low cost and relatively high end specs sold by Xiaomi, Huawei etc. which I strongly suspect of being hardware backdoored as the majority of chinese network products...
 

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Every single device out there has a hardware backdoor to stop bad flashes destroying good hardware at the factory, even if it must be accessed by JTAG. SIM technology is secure enough, but only when your baseband ROM cannot be flashed easily and the keys are not known or accessible to the user.

Chinese, Japanese or American designed, they are all made in the same factories in China and those 'backdoors' are in the hands of Chinese employees. If you have a xenophobia of Chinese hackers, then don't buy a smartphone period, but you, I and the hacker universe are not getting into a mfg backdoor without an electron microscope to map out the microcode etched into the litho, a LOT of time, and the baseband keys to understand what exactly the QC chip does at the lowest levels, provided the platform and OS let you get that low level... In fact, you certainly have far less chance of someone hacking your Xiaomi in the US than someone hacking your Apple in China OR the US because of the fact there aren't exactly a ton of other Xiaomi's it will meet with exactly the same OS image, internals and thus vulnerabilities. Mac OS has been using security by obscurity successfully for 35 years now, and even the most replicative virii cant spread past a classroom.

Also, FYI, all those Xiaomi and Huawei cheap phones are made with MediaTek parts, which have nothing to do at all with Qualcomm and are a separate Chinese based ARM fabless semi dev.
 
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