Apple Says China iPhone Ban Would Force Settlement With Qualcomm

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"Early next week we will deliver a software update for iPhone users in China addressing the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case".

On Monday, a statement from Qualcomm said the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court had granted the U.S. chip maker's request for two preliminary injunctions against four subsidiaries of Apple, ordering them to immediately stop selling models from the iPhone 6S to iPhone X in China. A new report from Reuters reveals that the same Chinese court has imposed a ban on the latest iPhone XS and iPhone XR as well.

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

The Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China sided with Qualcomm's argument that Apple's iDevices infringe its patents related to resizing images and using touch-based navigation apps.

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"Based on the iPhone models we offer today in China, we believe we are in compliance", Apple said. However, Apple has said it would be continuing to sell these iPhones despite the ban in the Chinese market. While the court order doesn't make specific reference to the software of the banned devices, Apple does have a leg to stand on. After bringing suit against Apple past year in an effort to ban iPhone sales in the U.S., Qualcomm came under fire from companies such as Intel for anti-competitive behavior. It is a case that is a part of the global dispute between both the Apple and 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.

Ultimately, it will be up to the Chinese courts to decide if this future software update will be enough to avoid the sales ban.

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.