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This week on AI: Qualcomm legal battle heats up, Imagination row continues, 'iPhone 8' rumors abound and more

This week was relatively slow in terms of major Apple developments, allowing a few minor "iPhone 8" rumors to bubble to the surface. The biggest developments related to Apple's ongoing legal battles with Imagination and Qualcomm, the latter of which filed a U.S. ITC request to block imports of iPhones not using its technology.

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Everything you need to know:

  • Qualcomm fired a shot over Apple's bow by asking the ITC to implement an import and sales ban on iPhone and iPad > >
  • Imagination Technologies slammed Apple abruptly ending its GPU licensing arrangement > >
  • But Apple refutes Imagination's timeline > >
  • Wild rumors claim Apple will completely replace Touch ID with facial recognition on "iPhone 8" > >
  • At the same time, suppliers are supposedly seeing an "influx" of next-gen iPhones with rear-mounted Touch ID sensors > >
  • Apple decreased iPhone and iPad prices in India to match tax reforms in the country > >
  • Apple will announce quarterly earnings for Q3 2017 on Aug. 1 > >
  • Apple Music scores Jay-Z album 4:44 despite indications it would remain a Tidal exclusive > >
  • Apple Maps expands its van mapping initiative to Spain and three new U.S. states > >

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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:

Qualcomm asks ITC to block import and sale of Apple iPhone, iPad

Imagination Technologies slams Apple for ditching its iPhone GPU tech in earnings call

Apple challenges Imagination's timeline, declares it stopped taking new IP in 2015

Rumor: Apple intends to replace Touch ID fingerprint scanner with advanced facial recognition

Questionable report claims Apple shipping 'influx' of next-gen iPhones with Touch ID on back

Apple reduces cost of iPhones, iPads in India following sales tax reforms

Apple to report Q3 2017 earnings on Aug. 1

Kanye West cuts ties with Tidal, Jay-Z's '4:44' pops up on Apple Music

Apple Maps vans adds Spain, three U.S. states to list of survey locations

Watch: 2017 13" MacBook Pro vs. 2017 12" Retina MacBook

Apple invention appears to detail HomePod's adaptive acoustics

Red announces $1200 Hydrogen One smartphone with holographic screen coming in 2018

Spanish media claims iPhone 6 with Secure Enclave unlocked by Cellebrite in course of investigation

Feds said to have filed appeal opposing Apple's retroactive $14.8 billion Irish tax bill

Apple could invest up to $2.62 billion in LG's new iPhone OLED factory