Qualcomm wants iPhone Xs, Xs Max, XR banned in China too

Joanna Estrada
December 14, 2018

The Cupertino-based company plans to release a software update for iPhone users in China, which is meant to address the minor functionality of the two patents at issue. The court found evidence of infringement and has granted Qualcomm's injunction to get iPhones starting from the iPhone 6s all the way to the iPhone X in China.

This move comes after Qualcomm successfully secured an injunction against Apple's sales of various older iPhones in China on Monday.

Apple Inc, facing a court ban in China on some of its iPhone models over alleged infringement of Qualcomm Inc patents, said on Friday it will push software updates to users in a bid to resolve potential issues. On Thursday, Qualcomm confirmed that it has called on the court to enforce the rulings. It creates uncertainty over Apple's business in one of its biggest markets at a time when concerns over waning demand for new iPhones are battering its shares. The problem is Qualcomm is asking the Chinese court to ban sales of Apple's newest models as well, so we'll see how that goes.

The patent infringement suits are seen as Qualcomm's way of getting back at Apple, after the latter sued it in the USA in January 2017 for allegedly overcharging on patents. Apple representative was quoted to say that the company “will be forced to settle with the Respondent, causing all mobile phone manufacturers to relapse into the previous unreasonable charging mode and pay high licensing fees.”.

The dispute in China comes at a time when Apple's Greater China sales - the third-largest contributor to Apple's revenue by region - are already under pressure as the U.S. company faces stiff competition from domestic players offering high-spec models with lower price tags than high-end iPhone handsets.

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