Qualcomm wants Apple iPhone sales ban in China

In a swift turn of events that involved superpowers, like the USA and China, going head-to-head in a not so subtle trade war, we saw Chinese phone maker Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, getting detained on December 1st in Canada for violating the US’s trade sanctions against Iran.

This week Qualcomm won a patent infringement ruling against Apple in China. The patent in question had to do with resizing images and app management. Following this verdict, Apple should immediately cease its iPhone sales in that country.

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Apple won’t use Qualcomm’s 5G modem

Just recently, Qualcomm acknowledged that Apple would not be using its modems for the future iPhones. The news of Apple hiring new engineers for their cellular modem systems supports Apple wants its own 5G modem. Most probably, it will be equivalent to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G Modem.

In a new development, the iPhone ban in China will be limited to Apple products with iOS 11. As a result, this leaves the newest iPhones like XR, XS, and XS Max which use iOS 12 unaffected by any sales ban in China due to the patent infringement verdict.

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iPhone XR, XS, XS Max

Qualcomm is seeking to ban the latest iPhone sales ban in China. In a company statement to The Financial Times, Qualcomm has stated that it plans to use the same patents to file suit against the three new iPhone models.

In turn, Apple has appealed in the Chinese court. Needless to say, the company does not want the recent legal saga to negatively influence its iPhone sales. At the least, Apple wants a temporary reprieve so its year-end revenue figure in China is not affected.

Apple is working on a new software update to take care of the two software features in iOS 11 under scrutiny. However, there is no further statement from the company about when the new update on iOS 11 will be made available for customers already using the Apple mobile OS version.


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