Apple to stop potential iPhone ban in China with a software update

Apple to update iPhone software after threat of China ban

Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XR Sales Could be Banned in China, As Qualcomm Urges Chinese Courts To Act on

The filing points that the ban would force settle Apple's ongoing dispute with Qualcomm. After bringing suit against Apple past 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.

Now, in a statement to Reuters, Apple has said it will also be pushing out new software to Chinese iPhone users to make sure their phones are compliant.

Earlier this week, a Chinese court issued a set of preliminary injunctions in the patent fight between Apple and Qualcomm. In response, Apple is saying that "Based on the iPhone models we offer today in China, we believe we are in compliance", and "Early next week we will deliver a software update for iPhone users in China addressing the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case".

"This is what Qualcomm needed to get some leverage to try to get Apple to finalize a deal", said Mike Walkley at Canaccord Genuity LLC.

While iPhones remain on store shelves pending a decision on Apple's appeal, a negative outcome could affect its sales in the world's biggest market for smartphones and benefit local rivals like Huawei Technologies Co and Xiaomi Corp.

However, it appears a software update won't appease Qualcomm.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm is pushing even harder on Apple, apparently emblazoned by the preliminary injunctions win this week.

The ban as it now stands means the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 6s can't be sold in China.

Apple hasn't commented on Qualcomm's latest strike, but the firm essentially ignored the original injunction, arguing that the case only applies to devices running iOS 11. What are your thoughts on the Apple-Qualcomm dispute over potential patent infringements?

In addition to the Chinese case, it's filed complaints against Apple in Munich and Mannheim, Germany, and lodged another one with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington. It says the harm done by the ban to itself, the Chinese government and other companies will be "irreparable".

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