Apple preps iOS update as Qualcomm demands iPhone XS ban

Enlarge  iPhones are seen at an Apple Store in Tianjin

Enlarge iPhones are seen at an Apple Store in Tianjin

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.

As Reuters reports, Apple intends to release a software update in China early next week that will address "the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case".

Apple is pushing updates to older iPhones in China as a result of its failed court case against Qualcomm which resulted in a preliminary injunction banning iPhone sales in China. While iPhones remain on store shelves pending a decision on Apple's appeal, a negative outcome could affect its sales in the world's biggest market for smartphones, where the company generates about a fifth of its revenue.

According to Financial Times, it looks like Qualcomm has now asked Chinese courts to ban Apple from selling even the newer 2018 iPhone models i.e.

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Ultimately, it will be up to the Chinese courts to decide if this future software update will be enough to avoid the sales ban.

But Apple isn't ready to capitulate to Qualcomm's demands.

The ban as it now stands means the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 6s can't be sold in China.

The new software may be part of Apple's attempt to keep the impact of the sales ban away from its latest devices. Qualcomm may have to prove that Apple continued to infringe on these patents with iOS 12, which would require another hearing. But the trade agency said it would take a closer look at a recommendation by a judge in September that an import ban would hurt America's competitive edge in the development of 5G. There are more than a dozen lawsuits around the globe that both the companies are meddling with each other.

"We respect the Fuzhou court and its ruling", said Apple in the statement.

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