Apple Warns of Serious Consequences if iPhones Get Banned


On Friday, Apple said it will push out a software update for its Chinese users early next week, to address functions covered by the patents in question. Apple's update would presumably alter or remove some of the phones' features, but the company told Reuters the functionality related to the patents was "minor".

It's no longer a big secret that iPhone XR demand has failed to meet the initial expectations of both Apple and most reputable industry analysts, but the steady popularity of the company's older models and some encouraging recent signs in the supply chain suggested the overall decline in unit shipments wouldn't be so bad after all. At the same time, Apple filed a request for reconsideration with the court which invoked the preliminary injunction.

Apple claims that the ban applies to devices running iOS 11 and earlier, whereas their new devices have been updated to iOS 12. 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.

On Monday the Fuzhou Intermediate Peoples Court in China banned the import and sale of select iPhones due to a lawsuit between Qualcomm and Apple.

The ruling from a local court - which came as Washington and Beijing embark on sensitive trade negotiations - pivots the battle over patent fees to the world's largest mobile arena.

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Apple has asked a Chinese court to reconsider the ban.

The spat between Qualcomm and Apple is showing signs of becoming the new Apple Vs Samsung - a falling out that kept lawyers busy for many years. Qualcomm has even fought back by going after Apple's manufacturing partners for continuing to produce iPhones that are said to be in violation of patents. On Thursday, Qualcomm confirmed that it has called on the court to enforce the rulings.

However, the nature of the ongoing dispute between the two companies is unlikely to just go away anytime soon.

Well, whatever the thing is, the new order from the court has the potential to disrupt Apple's business in China.

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It says the harm done by the ban to itself, the Chinese government and other companies will be "irreparable".