Apple to pull some iPhones from German stores after court ruling


Patently Apple notes in its reporting that Apple's current iPhone X models feature glass panels on both their front and back sides, and, because of that, the company could technically integrate touch sensors into the back glass panel, too. In this particular case, Qualcomm says Apple infringed on a patent that, "provides a way to mitigate power amplifier power consumption which enables the device to use power more efficiently and extend battery life in smartphones". The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR - all released this year - will continue to be available.

The iPhone models in question include devices that shipped with iOS 11, so Apple's latest iPhones like the XS, XS Max, and XR aren't affected.

"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 said in a statement last week.

"Qualcomm insists on charging exorbitant fees based on work they didn't do and they are being investigated by governments all around the world for their behavior", a statement from Apple read.

Thursday's ruling marks a second major win for Qualcomm in a month after a court in China on December 10 ordered a prohibition on iPhone sales over a separate patent dispute there.

Meanwhile, Apple is naturally appealing the injunction. All iPhone models remain available to customers through carriers and resellers in 4,300 locations across Germany.

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Because of this latest injunction, Apple is now prevented from selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in Germany. He also criticized the fact that the creator of the company's chip "wasn't given the opportunity to testify or present other evidence that disproves Qualcomm's claim of infringement" despite being in attendance.

The case in Germany is on the matter of infringing certain patents that cover the functioning of envelope tracking (ET).

The US Federal Trade Commission has sued Qualcomm over its business practices in a case set to go to trial in January.

Qualcomm was not immediately available for comment.

It comes on the heels of an earlier injunction earlier this month, which saw Qualcomm persuade a court in China that Apple infringed on its patented technology.

Apple had tried to preempt a ban based on a different feature by altering its software in Germany, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.