Apple will update China iPhones to prevent ban, but Qualcomm still fighting

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Reuters reports that, in a bid to ensure its iPhones aren't yanked from shelves, Apple has confirmed that it will push out a software update on at the start of next week "to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order". The software update will be released in an attempt to circumvent the two Qualcomm patents which Apple is guilty of breaching.

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.

Originally, Apple claimed the sales ban was irrelevant because the iPhone models in question all run iOS 12, which the company argues fixes the issues revolving around the case. What are your thoughts on the Apple-Qualcomm dispute over potential patent infringements?

Apple representative was quoted to say that the company “will be forced to settle with the Respondent, causing all mobile phone manufacturers to relapse into the previous unreasonable charging mode and pay high licensing fees.”. However Apple claimed the chip-maker was trying to squeeze an unfair percentage of licensing fees out of the deal, and artificially control the LTE market.

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The U.S. company was responding to a Chinese court that ruled this week Apple infringed two Qualcomm patents and issued injunctions against the sale of six older versions of the iPhone.

The case against Apple is basically a part of a global patent dispute between the two tech giants which comprises of several lawsuits.

Apple has asked a Chinese court to reconsider the ban. At the same time, Apple filed a request for reconsideration with the court which invoked the preliminary injunction.

Apple, however, has not complied with the ban, and is continuing to sell the iPhones that have already been banned by the court, citing that the injunction only applies to phones running on iOS 11. But it looks like the chipmaker is hell bent on preventing Apple from selling any iPhone in the country.

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