Qualcomm aims to ban iPhone XS and iPhone XR in China too

Apple warned that the ban would hurt manufacturers like Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. - known also as Foxconn - and other suppliers.

"Early next week we will deliver a software update for iPhone users in China addressing the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case", Apple said.

Apple's patent battle with Qualcomm in China has intensified this week, with Qualcomm seeking a broader ban and Apple claiming it has a workaround to avoid Qualcomm's patents.

"Qualcomm's effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world", Apple said in a statement earlier this week.

On Monday, Qualcomm announced that a Chinese court had banned the sale of most iPhone models.

"We plan to use the same patents to file suit against the three new iPhone models" Jiang Hongyi, a lawyer at Lexfield Law Offices who is representing Qualcomm, told the Financial Times.

It's easy to harangue Apple for its gravitation toward proprietary hardware and near criminal prices - which we do - even we have to admit the Cupertino-based company's W1 chip promotes a seamless Bluetooth audio experience for ... Well, Apple has prepared to eliminate the infringed features from the iPhones by providing an update.

However, it appears a software update won't appease Qualcomm.

The request adds the injunction could force Apple to settle with Qualcomm. Apple claims that the current version, iOS 12, doesn't infringe Qualcomm's patents-though Qualcomm denies this.

Apple will return to court to contest the preliminary injunction, making a note of this software update.

As of now, Apple is not allowed to sell smartphones from the iPhone 6, 7, 8, and X ranges in China.

Qualcomm has countered that Apple is using its intellectual property without paying for it and that the legal cases are aimed at forcing it to lower licensing charges.

"Apple and many other companies, consumers, and government will suffer truly irreparable harm", it says.

The ban comes as the trade war between the USA and China rages on. "We will pursue all our legal options through the courts".


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