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

Laverne Mann
December 15, 2018

Earlier this week, a Chinese court ordered a sales ban of some old Apple iPhone against Qualcomm's patent violations. The software update next week will therefore be targeted specifically at iOS 11 users.

Patents in question are related to how images are resized and how applications are managed. Details on the matter are quite scarce at this point but what we do know is that the injunction is based on iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 which were shipped with pre-iOS 12 releases of the software.

Now, in a statement to Reuters, Apple has said it will also be pushing out new software to Chinese iPhone users to make sure their phones are compliant.

"We plan to use the same patents to file suit against the three new iPhone models", Jiang Hongyi, a lawyer at Lexfield Law Offices who is representing Qualcomm in its patent suits, told the FT.

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On Monday, December 10, Qualcomm announced a Chinese court, the Intermediate People's Court in Fuzhou, had granted the company's request for two preliminary injunctions against 4 Apple subsidiaries, ordering them to stop selling 7 iPhone models: the iPhone 6, 6s, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The injunctions are based on alleged patent infringement relating to photo manipulation and touchscreen apps.

The Chinese court's ruling handed an initial victory to Qualcomm, which is locked in a worldwide dispute with Apple over the licensing fees it charges for the use of technology that underpins all modern phone systems. Furthermore, it was also stated that it could potentially cause irreparable damage to anyone involved.

Qualcomm has paid a 300 million yuan (US$43.54 million) bond to cover potential damages to Apple from a sales ban and Apple is willing to pay a "counter security" of double that to get the ban lifted, the copy of the reconsideration request shows.

This is all for now, folks. Apple is claiming that iOS 12 does not infringe on either of the two patents at the core of the latest dispute with Qualcomm. Share your views with us in the comments section below. Despite Apple revealing that the iPhone XR has remained the top-selling iPhone model since launch, and despite reports that Apple's manufacturing partners saw substantial revenue growth in November, it's impossible to ignore the sheer number of reports pointing to somewhat disappointing demand for the entry-level iPhone XR.

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