Apple preps iOS update as Qualcomm demands iPhone XS ban

Noel Cummings
December 15, 2018

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".

Earlier this week, a Chinese court issued a set of preliminary injunctions in the patent fight between Apple and Qualcomm.

All iPhone models were available for purchase on Apple's China website on Friday.

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

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Qualcomm described the two patents in question as dealing with ways to edit images, including how "to adjust and reformat the size and appearance" of photos, and methods "to manage applications using a touch screen when view, navigating and dismissing applications on their phones".

"Apple 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, resulting in unrecoverable losses in the downstream market of mobile phones", Apple was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.

Apple admitted that if it can not avoid the Chinese sales ban, it will be forced to settle with Qualcomm.

The chipmaker claims it is out billions of dollars of royalties from Apple's suppliers while the hardware giant warns of major disruptions to mobile phone makers who could be subject to a costly licensing regime if Qualcomm gets its way.

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Qualcomm has also brought patent suits in China and other jurisdictions, seeking bans on the sale of iPhones to force Apple to the negotiating table.

Since the initial decision, Qualcomm has asked Chinese courts to add Apple's current lineup of iPhones - the XS, XS Max and XR - to the list of banned devices.

Apple has appealed against the ruling, and continues to sell both the older and newer iPhones in China.

Apple's reconsideration request also says any ban on iPhone sales would impact its Chinese suppliers and consumers as well as the tax revenue it pays to authorities.

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