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Apple’s new iPhones could be banned in China

If the chipmaker gets its way.
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Apple’s older iPhones have been banned in China because of a court case with chipmaker Qualcomm, and now its new iPhones could be next. Qualcomm has asked Chinese courts to issue an injunction that bans Apple from selling the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR in China. The reason? Patent infringement.

So far, Apple has ignored the sales ban on older iPhones, arguing that a software update will negate the issue.

The case came about because Apple was found to be infringing upon two of Qualcomm’s patents in China. These reportedly relate to resizing images and managing applications. Apple argues that the ban would only relate to handsets running iOS 11, as iOS 12 doesn’t involve the patents in question. Hence a simple update to iOS 12 would avoid the ban.

The order from the courts doesn’t mention any version of Apple’s operating system, however. So there could be more legal wrangling still to come.

Earlier this week, Qualcomm won a ban against the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X by demonstrating that it would likely win a patent infringement case.



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