Apple to stop potential iPhone ban in China with a software update


The initial injunction was based on Qualcomm's claim that Apple has infringed upon two patents dealing with software. Apple's update would presumably alter or remove some of the phones' features, but the company told Reuters the functionality related to the patents was "minor".

Although Qualcomm said that the injunction against Apple "would prohibit the import and sale of nearly all iPhone models in China", that has been the case at the moment.

All iPhone models were available for purchase on Apple's China website on Friday. However, Apple says that none of the supposedly infringing code is in iOS 12.

The request adds the injunction could force Apple to settle with Qualcomm.

Qualcomm's allegations come after Apple accused it of unfairly increasing its royalty fees due to its dominance over the chip market.

Qualcomm was quick to declare victory in the aftermath of the ruling, though Apple countered with some cold water.

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Now, however, it appears that Apple has an elegant solution for the issue - a software update.

The case against Apple is basically a part of a global patent dispute between the two tech giants which comprises of several lawsuits.

The ongoing dispute between Apple and Qualcomm has lead the Chinese court to ban sales of older iPhones - from iPhone 6s - iPhone X, a couple of days ago. 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.

Like Apple, Chinese smartphone makers had argued for years that Qualcomm - which owns a swathe of patents essential to modern wireless communications - is abusing its position and levying punitive fees.

"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.