Apple Releases iPhone Update to Address Chinese Sales Ban

Posted on December 19, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Apple, iOS with 5 Comments

Apple today released iOS 12.1.2 for iPhones only, and the version available in China addresses two Qualcomm patent violations.

In the United States and elsewhere, iOS 12.1.2 includes eSIM and cellular connectivity bug fixes. But in China only, this update addresses the two patent infringements at the center of a legal dispute that Apple has lost with Qualcomm in that country. These include a new animation for manually closed apps and a new share sheet for setting contact and wallpaper images.

Whether these changes actually meet the needs of the sales ban there is unclear, but it’s unlikely. For starters, one of the patent infringements involves using multi-touch to resize photos, and this update doesn’t change how that functionality works.

Apple has separately stated that a sales ban would cause “irreparable harm” to Apple, “many other companies, consumers, and [the Chinese] government,” the latter of which “may suffer hundreds of thousands of tax losses.”

No matter. The iPhone sales ban in China is a matter of law. And it doesn’t appear that this change addresses the issue entirely.


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Comments (5)

5 responses to “Apple Releases iPhone Update to Address Chinese Sales Ban”

  1. Tony Barrett

    I think a lot of people would like to see 'irreparable harm' caused to Apple. Not that it would actually be irreparable - Apple are just sitting on too much cash for that to happen, but with the western mobile markets saturated and people hanging onto older handsets for longer, China was one of the few growth markets for Apple, and those Chinese do like their bling!

  2. dontbe evil

    apple tried to fight on patents … that's what they deserve … get punsihed with their same weapon

  3. JCerna

    It's sad but I don't see Chinese government enforcing the ban. Time will tell.

  4. Ezzy Black

    Looks like Germany jumped on the bandwagon today. Apple actually did suspend sales of the affected phones there.