Apple to tweak Chinese iPhones next week, Business News & Top Stories

Apple to tweak Chinese iPhones next week, Business News & Top Stories

As a result, Apple announced a few hours ago that it will launch a software update to resolve any possible patent infringement.

Apple will send software updates to several iPhone models in China to remove features disputed by Qualcomm as illegal.

Earlier this week, a Chinese court ordered a sales ban of some old Apple iPhone against Qualcomm's patent violations. A new report from Reuters reveals that the same Chinese court has imposed a ban on the latest iPhone XS and iPhone XR as well. Currently, all the models of the iPhone are available in China. Apple is claiming that iOS 12 does not infringe on either of the two patents at the core of the latest dispute with Qualcomm.

The two patents have to do with resizing photographs, and managing apps on a phone's touch screen.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm is pushing even harder on Apple, apparently emblazoned by the preliminary injunctions win this week.

Apple warns that banning iPhones in China could have serious consequences for both the company and the local economy, with the Cupertino-based tech giant reminding that it created 5 million jobs locally.

The patent infringement suits are seen as Qualcomm's way of getting back at Apple, after the latter sued it in the U.S. in January 2017 for allegedly overcharging on 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.

Apple admitted that if it can not avoid the Chinese sales ban, it will be forced to settle with Qualcomm. However Apple claimed the chip-maker was trying to squeeze an unfair percentage of licensing fees out of the deal, and artificially control the LTE market.

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

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