What you need to know
- Apple is suing its former engineer.
- Gerard Williams III was the lead on Apple's A-series processors.
- He has since set up his own chip company.
Apple's suing Gerard Williams III after he left its employee and set up a chip company of his own. That company then hired more former Apple employees and after Apple filed a lawsuit it has now picked up some tentative and preliminary victories.
As Bloomberg notes, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Mark Pierce has been ruling on an attempt by Williams to have the suit tossed out of court. Williams initially claimed that Apple's behavior was illegal after it inserted an anti-compete clause in the engineer's contract.
Williams also attempted to claim that by reading his SMS messages, Apple had breached his privacy. However, it appears that the phone in question was owned by Apple and the judge doesn't believe that any data obtained was done so illegally.
These are of course very early days and there is more than enough time for us to see a few swings in this case. And even these rulings aren't set in stone – the attorney acting for Williams intends to contest them.
Williams left Apple in February 2019 after being the head of the company's A-series design team. He then set up Nuvia, a company that, you guessed it. Designs chips.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.