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

by Linda Olson December 15, 2018, 0:57
Apple will update China iPhones to prevent ban, but Qualcomm still fighting

Qualcomm was quick to declare victory in the aftermath of the ruling, though Apple countered with some cold water.

It's important to note that the infringement only applies to handsets running iOS 11 and not the more recent iOS 12.

Jiang said additional suits covering Apple's new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR models were pending in courts in Beijing, Qingdao and Guangzhou.

Qualcomm has said the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China found Apple infringed two patents held by the chipmaker and ordered an immediate ban on sales of older iPhone models, from the 6S through the X. "They are legally obligated to immediately cease sales, offers for sale and importation of the devices identified in the orders and to prove compliance in court".

However, Qualcomm is at the same time fighting for the potential sales ban to cover even more iPhone models. It also pointed out that such a move would have a detrimental impact on what taxes it pays in China.

The update, which the company will start rolling early next week, should "address any possible concern about our compliance with the order", Apple told Reuters on Friday. It's unclear exactly what changes that will encompass, and how noticeable they'll be to actual iPhone owners.

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Qualcomm says that Apple infringed on two its patents related to resizing photos and managing apps.

Like Apple, Chinese smartphone makers had argued for years that Qualcomm - which owns a swathe of patents essential to modern wireless communications - is abusing its position and levying punitive fees.

Now, however, it appears that Apple has an elegant solution for the issue - a software update.

Apple will send software updates to several iPhone models in China to remove features disputed by Qualcomm as illegal.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm has persuaded the US International Trade Commission to consider banning imports of iPhones that use Intel chips, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Qualcomm retaliated with a campaign touting how much better their wireless modems are than Intel's.

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