Apple says Qualcomm's patent claim can be undone with a software patch, and it is planning to do just that next week.
Recently, a Chinese court ruled in favour of Qualcomm, which claimed Apple infringed on a couple of its patents. The media claim the ruling will block the sales of a number of iPhone models (from iPhone 6S all the way up to iPhone X). Apple is still selling these phones in China, even though the court’s preliminary injunction orders an immediate block.
However, the company isn’t leaving anything to chance, and claims there's just one model running pre-iOS 12 that was in violation.
"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,“ it told Reuters (opens in new tab).
Qualcomm had sued Apple over two patents, one about photo editing and the other one about touchscreen gestures. “Qualcomm’s effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world,” Apple originally said (opens in new tab).
The ban comes as the trade war between the US and China rages on. Earlier this month, Huawei’s CFO was arrested in Canada under suspicion of fraud, and is facing extradition to the US and a potential 30 years in prison.
The US is claiming Huawei is being used by China (opens in new tab) to spy on its adversaries, and is urging its allies to kick the company out of its 5G network infrastructure project. Earlier this year, ZTE was fined $1 billion for failing to comply with US embargo against Iran and North Korea.
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