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Apple to update iPhone software after threat of China ban

Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XR Sales Could be Banned in China, As Qualcomm Urges Chinese Courts To Act on

In a statement to Reuters, Apple says software updates will be extended to affected devices in China early next week.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple's response comes days after Qualcomm won a preliminary injunction that bans the import and sale of the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

Earlier this week, a Chinese court ordered a sales ban of some old Apple iPhone against Qualcomm's patent violations. The initial injunction was based on Qualcomm's claim that Apple has infringed upon two patents dealing with software.

Apple is rushing to release an iOS update in China to resolve potential infringement of Qualcomm patents.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm is pushing even harder on Apple, apparently emblazoned by the preliminary injunctions win this week. In all fairness, Apple isn't technically wrong.

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

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 and many other companies, consumers, and government will suffer truly irreparable harm", the company said in the filing.

Unsurprisingly Qualcomm disagreed. "Apple continues to disregard and violate the Fuzhou court's orders", Don Rosenberg, general counsel at the chip-maker, argued, suggesting that it wasn't down to Apple to decide what did and did not meet the terms of the court order.

Strict enforcement will appear to be an issue as the legal battle between the two tech giants rages on - not just in China but in other parts of the world - including Germany, where Qualcomm is contending that Apple infringed due to its Spotlight search and power management feature. 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.

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