Apple to update iPhone software after threat of China ban

Apple has a simple solution for the potential iPhone sales ban in China

Apple has a simple solution for the potential iPhone sales ban in China

"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".

In a statement to Reuters, Apple says software updates will be extended to affected devices in China early next week. The software update will be released in an attempt to circumvent the two Qualcomm patents which Apple is guilty of breaching. Qualcomm has brought patent suits in China and other jurisdictions seeking bans on the sale of certain iPhone models to force Apple to the negotiating table. The iPhone models mentioned in the ban continue to be available for purchase in China. Qualcomm may have to prove that Apple continued to infringe on these patents with iOS 12, which would require another hearing.

"We respect the Fuzhou court and its ruling", said Apple in the statement. Apple's settlement with Qualcomm will result in the latter going back to its old licensing technique with all smartphone vendors which would lead to "unrecoverable losses". However Apple claimed the chip-maker was trying to squeeze an unfair percentage of licensing fees out of the deal, and artificially control the LTE market.

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Since the ban went into effect, Apple has argued that it does not apply to any of the iPhones it now sells due to the fact they run iOS 12, not iOS 11.

The case against Apple is basically a part of a global patent dispute between the two tech giants which comprises of several lawsuits. A ban would cost Apple millions of dollars a day and affect both the Chinese government and consumers, the company added, noting it has created 5 million jobs across the country's supply chain and third-party software developers.

Apple has asked a Chinese court to reconsider the ban. "Qualcomm's effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world", Apple originally said.

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