Apple tries to dodge iPhone sales ban in China with software update

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

The Chinese government "may suffer hundreds of thousands of tax losses" from the iPhone ban because of lost taxes from sales of the devices, it said, citing estimates of 50 million units sold in the country in 2017. Apple warned that the ban would hurt manufacturers like Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. - known also as Foxconn - and other suppliers.

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

"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. Qualcomm has now filed a plea to Chinese courts requesting another injunction against Apple's newest handsets, the iPhone XR, Xs, and Xs Max.

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However, Apple must have changed its mind, as now it is pushing an update.

Qualcomm and Apple disagree about whether the court order means iPhone sales must be halted.

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Ultimately, it will be up to the Chinese courts to decide if this future software update will be enough to avoid the sales ban.

Apple has asked a Chinese court to reconsider the ban.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm is pushing even harder on Apple, apparently emblazoned by the preliminary injunctions win this week. Qualcomm has not provided us with details of the specific patents Apple has infringed, but software patents often cover broad, vaguely worded concepts, leaving it open to interpretation which software might infringe them.

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The ban comes as the trade war between the USA and China rages on. There are more than a dozen lawsuits around the globe that both the companies are meddling with each other. "We will pursue all our legal options through the courts".

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