Graphics Chips

Technology: Apple to start designing its own graphics chips; ditches long time partner

Apple will start designing its own graphics chips, ditching long-time partner Imagination Technologies — sparking a share sell-off and a potential legal battle.

Apple uses Imagination's designs to make the GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, but Apple has been working on its own graphics design on the side.

Imagination said in a statement that Apple had ended its contract, and would stop using its intellectual property within 15 months to two years.