Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Apple plans to resolve China iPhone ban with a software update

Apple plans to resolve China iPhone ban with a software update

The filing points that the ban would force settle Apple's ongoing dispute with Qualcomm.

Apple will update iPhones in China with new software next week that the company says will address the contentious features Qualcomm claims infringe its patents.

Although Qualcomm said that the injunction against Apple "would prohibit the import and sale of nearly all iPhone models in China", that has been the case at the moment. And although the court ordered Apple to halt the imports and sales of the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X, Apple ignored the injunction and continued to sell them.

This move comes after Qualcomm successfully secured an injunction against Apple's sales of various older iPhones in China on Monday.

Apple warned that the ban would hurt Chinese manufacturers like Foxconn and noted that it had created 5 million jobs across the countrys supply chain.

"They are legally obligated to immediately cease sales, offers for sales and importation of the devices identified in the orders and to prove compliance in court", said Qualcomm general counsel Don Rosenberg in a statement to Reuters.

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While iPhones remain on store shelves pending a decision on Apple's appeal, a negative outcome could affect its sales in the world's biggest market for smartphones and benefit local rivals like Huawei Technologies Co and Xiaomi Corp.

But Apple isn't ready to capitulate to Qualcomm's demands. The court order was based on two patents and apparently it referred only to the versions before iOS 12. This ban was a result of victory to Qualcomm in winning a preliminary junction in the court. "Apple, many other companies, and consumers ... will suffer truly irreparable harm, [and the Chinese government] may suffer hundreds of thousands of tax losses".

The ban comes as the trade war between the U.S. and China rages on.

"We respect the Fuzhou court and its ruling", said Apple in the statement.

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