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

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

Lindsey Duncan
December 15, 2018

Qualcomm was once a key Apple supplier, providing baseband modems and more for iPhones and other devices. Apple claims that Qualcomm's patents cover "minor functionality" of the iPhone operating system. Claiming patent infringement, Qualcomm convinced the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China to issue a preliminary ban on sales of the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X.

Apple has appealed against the ruling, and continues to sell both the older and newer iPhones in China. Even if Apple does force all iPhone users in China to upgrade to the current version of iOS, Qualcomm is still seeking a settlement. Since all of the models named in the ban can run iOS 12, Apple argues they aren't infringing on Qualcomm's patents. However, Apple's newest models, the iPhone XS and XR, were not covered by the ban because they had not yet been introduced when Qualcomm filed its lawsuit late previous year. But Apple's response underscores the importance of a Chinese market that generates about a fifth of its revenue, at a time demand for Apple's signature device is slowing. However, Apple must have changed its mind, as now it is pushing an update. This ban was a result of victory to Qualcomm in winning a preliminary junction in the court.

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

"Apple and many other companies, consumers, and government will suffer truly irreparable harm", the company said in the filing.

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Recently, a Chinese court ruled in favour of Qualcomm, which claimed Apple infringed on a couple of its patents.

In addition to the Chinese case, it's filed complaints against Apple in Munich and Mannheim, Germany, and lodged another one with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington.

We can only assume that next week we will learn whether the Chinese courts will grant Apple some leniency in this case.