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Qualcomm secures "ban" on iPhone sales in China

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In the latest battle between Qualcomm and Apple, a Chinese specialised intellectual property court has decided that iPhone sales should be banned in China.

Qualcomm had asked the court to stop the sales of all iPhone devices. However, the court had approved two temporary orders by which all iPhones built in the last three years cannot be sold.

So that means iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X cannot be sold in China.  XS, XS Max and XR can still be sold, as these models were not available on the market at the time the charges were being pressed.

Qualcomm is suing 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 said (opens in new tab).

The ban comes as the trade war between the US and China rages on. Last week, 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 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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Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.