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. Earlier this week, Qualcomm saw some success in the Chinese courts and got most iPhones banned from sale and import into China due to patent infringement.
"Apple continues to disregard and violate the Fuzhou court's orders". After bringing suit against Apple previous 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.
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It's easy to harangue Apple for its gravitation toward proprietary hardware and near criminal prices - which we do - even we have to admit the Cupertino-based company's W1 chip promotes a seamless Bluetooth audio experience for ... However, Apple must have changed its mind, as now it is pushing an update.
However, it appears a software update won't appease Qualcomm. While the court order doesn't make specific reference to the software of the banned devices, Apple does have a leg to stand on. 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.
Despite Apple's claims that specific iOS versions do not infringe upon patents, Qualcomm is still seeking an injunction against the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR which all ship with iOS 12 installed.
The case against Apple is basically a part of a global patent dispute between the two tech giants which comprises of several lawsuits. Interestingly enough, a USA company banning another U.S. company on the foreign ground will boost the domestic competitors even more. "We will pursue all our legal options through the courts".