Apple abandons UK graphics firm Imagination Tech, shares plunge
Apple has said that it is going to use new graphics technology on its upcoming iPhone models abandoning British firm Imagination Tech.
Shares in Imagination Tech crashed 69% on Monday after its biggest customer Apple said it would stop using the British firm's graphics technology in the iPhone and other products in up to two years' time.
Shares in Imagination, in which Apple holds an 8% stake, plunged to a seven and a half-year low.
Imagination said Apple, its biggest customer, was developing its own independent graphics processing chips, which would reduce its reliance on the company.
Imagination, however, said it doubted that Apple could go it alone without violating Imagination' patents, intellectual property and confidential information.
"This evidence has been requested by Imagination but Apple has declined to provide it," it said on Monday. It said that Apple's notification had triggered talks on alternative commercial arrangements for the current license and royalty agreement.
Apple paid Imagination license fees and royalties totalling 60.7 million pounds for the year to end-April 2016, half of its total revenue, and is expected to pay about 65 million pounds for this year, Imagination said.