Apple to issue software update to avoid Chinese iPhone sales ban

Apple to issue software update to avoid Chinese iPhone sales ban

Apple to issue software update to avoid Chinese iPhone sales ban

Apple's settlement with Qualcomm will result in the latter going back to its old licensing technique with all smartphone vendors which would lead to "unrecoverable losses". On Friday, Apple said it will push out a software update for its Chinese users early next week, to address functions covered by the patents in question.

Unsurprisingly Qualcomm disagreed. "Apple continues to disregard and violate the Fuzhou court's orders", Don Rosenberg, general counsel at the chip-maker, argued, suggesting that it wasn't down to Apple to decide what did and did not meet the terms of the court order.

Apple warns that banning iPhones in China could have serious consequences for both the company and the local economy, with the Cupertino-based tech giant reminding that it created 5 million jobs locally. Apple Appeals Against Broad iPhone Sales Ban in China.

"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, told the Financial Times.

"This is what Qualcomm needed to get some leverage to try to get Apple to finalize a deal", said Mike Walkley at Canaccord Genuity LLC.

Apple to update iPhone software after threat of China ban

According to Apple, the case only applies to devices running iOS 11, and since its iPhones have now been updated to iOS 12, it believes that its iPhones can remain on sale.

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

The two Qualcomm patents in dispute in China enable users to adjust and reformat photos and manage applications through touch-based navigating apps on their phones. Apple's response underscores the importance of the Chinese market, as well as Qualcomm's crucial role as a technology provider to the likes of Huawei Technologies Co. and Xiaomi Corp.

Apple says Qualcomm's patent claim can be undone with a software patch, and it is planning to do just that next week.

Apple will return to court to contest the preliminary injunction, making a note of this software update. Interestingly enough, a USA company banning another U.S. company on the foreign ground will boost the domestic competitors even more.

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