Apple plans iOS update after sales ban in China

US tech company, Apple Inc. is planning to release an iOS update to iPhone users in China next week, as it attempts to overcome a court-imposed sales ban on several of its older iPhone models.

Apple said they will release the iOS update at the start of next week “to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order”, the company said in a statement sent to Reuters.

“Based on the iPhone models we offer today in China, we believe we are in compliance”, it added.

Court battle

Apple is currently in the midst of a prolonged legal dispute with Qualcomm Inc. for allegedly violating two specific patents related to features on its older iPhone models. These two patents relate to a user’s ability to resize photos and manage apps on their smartphones.

Earlier this week, Qualcomm secured an injunction that temporarily prevents Apple from selling and importing older iPhone models including – iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

Apple filed an appeal against the ruling and ignored the original injunction, and instead continued selling all models on its Chinese website.
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“Irreparable harm”

The company argued that selling their iPhones does not cause “irreparable harm” to Qualcomm, which is why their iPhone models remained available for consumers to buy.

Apple’s reconsideration also says that the injunction would not only have a massive impact on Apple’s revenue, but it would also affect Chinese suppliers, consumers, and the tax revenue it pays to authorities.

Qualcomm is required to pay 300m yuan (£34.6m) bond to cover any potential liabilities for damage. However, Apple said they would rather pay a “counter security” bond of double that amount to get the ban lifted, according to its reconsideration request.

Qualcomm said yesterday that they are now calling on the court to enforce the injunction.

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