British microchip-maker Imagination Technologies have called off a threatened legal action against Apple over a dispute regarding its graphics technology.
In 2017 it emerged that Apple planned to design its own iPhone graphics processors instead of using Imagination’s designs. Imagination’s shares crashed and eventually it was sold off to Canyon Bridge for £550m.
Imagination had started a “dispute resolution procedure”, and questioned whether Apple was capable of designing its own chips without Imagination’s intellectual property.
Imagination’s designs featured in every iPhone and iPad from 2008 until 2017, when Apple started reducing its reliance on the company. Apple describes the graphics units in its new iPhones as being completely Apple-designed.
Imagination does not know if it would continue to receive any royalties on the new iPhones. However, it was now concentrating on applying its expertise to new areas such as artificial intelligence, and hoped Apple would license its technology again in future.
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