Apple Will Change iPhone in China to Avoid Sales Ban

Posted on December 15, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Apple, iOS with 19 Comments

Apple says that it will make two major changes to the iPhone software in China to avoid a patent-infringement sales ban. But Qualcomm, which owns the patents in question, says that Apple must immediately stop selling the affected iPhones in that country.

“[Apple] is legally obligated to immediately cease sales, offers for sale, and importation of the devices identified in the orders and to prove compliance in court,” Qualcomm executive vice president and general counsel Don Rosenberg said of Apple’s ploy.

Qualcomm has asked the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court, which had earlier ruled in its favor, to enforce its injunction against iPhone sales.

Apple, meanwhile, has asked the court to reconsider its ruling since the firm would lose millions of dollars each day should a ban be enforced; Apple told the court that it made $13.3 billion on iPhone sales in China in the first quarter of 2018.

Apple also said that it would remove two infringing software features from the iPhone next week in order to meet Qualcomm’s legal rights. These features are related to app switching and using touch to change the size and appearance of photos.

As you may recall, Qualcomm revealed last Monday that it had won a patent infringement ruling against Apple in China that required Apple to immediately stop selling the iPhone in that country. But a few days later, it became clear that this ruling only applied to iPhones running iOS 11. So Qualcomm launched a new suit aimed at halting the sale of the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.

 

 

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