Apple to Roll out iOS Update in China to Avoid iPhone Sales Ban

Apple will be rolling out a new software update to iPhone users in China to circumvent the two Qualcomm software patents that it is guilty of breaching.

Qualcomm was granted an injunction on the sales and import of iPhone 6s through iPhone 8 in China for violating two of its software-related patents which relate to the way applications are managed on a smartphone and how photos are resized. The injunction is only applicable on iPhone 6s through iPhone 8 which launched with iOS 11. However, Qualcomm has filed a court filing seeking to expand the injunction to include Apple’s 2018 iPhones and iOS 12.

To ensure it does not violate the patents anymore, Apple will be rolling out a minor software update for iPhone users in China.

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

“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.”

Apple has already filed a reconsideration request with the Chinese patent court asking it to reconsider the ban on iPhones. It says in its filing that a ban would force it to settle its ongoing dispute with Qualcomm which would cause irreparable harm to everyone involved. Plus, an iPhone ban in China will also harm the Chinese consumers and government as the latter stands at the risk of losing hundreds of thousands in tax.

[Via Reuters]