Qualcomm Seeks to Ban Sale of iPhone XS, XR in China Too

Posted on December 13, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Apple, iOS with 14 Comments

Using the same set of two patents that triggered a sales ban on iOS 11-based iPhones in China, Qualcomm now seeks to ban the sale of the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR in that country too.

“We plan to use the same patents to file suit against the three new iPhone models,” a Qualcomm attorney told The Financial Times.

As you may have seen, Qualcomm on Monday won a sales ban on several iPhone models in China. But the impact of that ban was significantly reduced when it was later revealed to only impact those iPhones still running iOS 11.

Apple had told CNBC that the patent violations were resolved with iOS 12, the latest version of its mobile software. But Qualcomm’s new action suggests that is not the case. And that it far more likely than the previous ban only impacted iOS 11-based iPhones because of the time frame in which the original suit was made.


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14 responses to “Qualcomm Seeks to Ban Sale of iPhone XS, XR in China Too”

  1. Daekar

    This is exactly what they should do if they actually believe their case is legitimate.

    Are these actually... "good" patents? Or are they of the "rounded corners" variety?

  2. waethorn

    This will likely go through because Samsung builds Android phones (and still a few Tizen models) and would likely be persuaded to include spyware for The Party.

  3. dontbe evil

    that's what apple deserve

  4. provision l-3

    "But the impact of that ban was significantly reduced when it was later revealed"

    This is kinda funny, given that it was part of the ruling and widely reported the same day.

  5. PeterC

    Qualcomm to apple: You will buy our modem chips, you will stop buying modem chips from Intel, You will stop the R&D/manufacture process of making your own modem chips.

    Qualcomm to Intel: You will be barred from making 5G modem chips when we prove you "acquired our IP" from apple and you will back down and let us ship ARM chips for Windows.

    Apple to both Intel and Qualcomm: We are making our own chips. For everything, very soon. Goodbye.

  6. dontbe evil

    but but apple was the one who cared so much about patents and intellectual properties... now is just a minor issue?

  7. locust infested orchard inc

    The day when the iPharce, succeeded by the iNotch, are banned from the global market, will truly be a momentous day for all, save the iSheeple who will shed more than a tear or two, whoops, fleece – ahhh, bless their woolly socks, not.