Apple Uses a Software Update to Stop iPhone Ban in China
According to Qualcomm, a Chinese court ruled that several recent iPhone models infringe multiple Qualcomm software patents and has ordered a nationwide ban on iPhone sales. But Apple has laid forward a solution to this problem by announcing a software update that promises to address the problem. Apple Uses a Software Update to Stop iPhone Ban in China.
Apple wants to stop iPhone ban in China with a software update
The update, which the company will start rolling early next week, should address any possible concern about our compliance with the order according to the statement given by Apple.
If this satisfies the court, Apple would be allowed to continue selling the affected iPhone models, namely the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
Qualcomm claims that Apple infringed on two of its patents that relate to features which allow users to adjust and reformat the size and appearance of photographs and managing apps on a phone’s touch screen. Apple’s update would presumably alter or remove some of the phones’ features, but the company told Reuters the functionality related to the patents was “minor.”
The patent disputes between the two companies extend beyond China’s borders. In January 2017, Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm for essentially being a patent troll, and in May 2017, Qualcomm considered seeking U.S. import ban for Apple’s iPhones.
Apple’s proposed solution likely won’t be the last we hear of this dispute. But as it typically happens, the two sides will ultimately settle all this with a very big number.