Apple preps iOS update as Qualcomm demands iPhone XS ban

While the court order doesn't make specific reference to the software of the banned devices, Apple does have a leg to stand on.

"Based on the iPhone models we offer today in China, we believe we are in compliance", Apple said.

Apple will update iPhones in China with new software next week that the company says will address the contentious features Qualcomm claims infringe its patents.

Apple has pledged to update its smartphone software in China to avoid a court-imposed sales ban following a legal spat with Qualcomm over alleged patent infringements. Apple is claiming that iOS 12 does not infringe on either of the two patents at the core of the latest dispute with Qualcomm.

Qualcomm and Apple have been locked in legal battles over patent licensing fees for years.

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Apple warned that the ban would hurt Chinese manufacturers like Foxconn and noted that it had created 5 million jobs across the countrys supply chain.

The request adds the injunction could force Apple to settle with Qualcomm.

Since the ban went into effect, Apple has argued that it does not apply to any of the iPhones it now sells due to the fact they run iOS 12, not iOS 11.

The patent infringement suits are seen as Qualcomm's way of getting back at Apple, after the latter sued it in the U.S. in January 2017 for allegedly overcharging on patents.

The dispute in China comes at a time when Apple's Greater China sales - the third-largest contributor to Apple's revenue by region - are already under pressure as the United States company faces stiff competition from domestic players offering high-spec models with lower price tags than high-end iPhone handsets. And although the court ordered Apple to halt the imports and sales of the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X, Apple ignored the injunction and continued to sell them. Interestingly enough, a USA company banning another U.S. company on the foreign ground will boost the domestic competitors even more.

  • Delia Davidson