Update for iPhone in china to avoid sales ban

After facing the ban on selling the iPhone in China, Apple has decided to roll out the software update for iPhone in China to avoid the sales ban. According to a report in The New York Times on Friday, the Cupertino-based tech giant said it would update thesoftware of iPhones in China early next week to try to resolve the legaldispute.

On Monday, a Chinese court had ordered a sales ban of some older Apple iPhone models for violatingtwo patents of Qualcomm, though intellectual property lawyers said enforcementof the ban was likely still a distant threat.

The case, brought by Qualcomm, is part of a global patent dispute between the two US companies thatincludes dozens of lawsuits.

Talking about the development Apple said in a statement that it would update its iPhones in China early next week “to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order.” Adding to it Apple said “its update would change the iPhones’ softwareso it did not infringe on Qualcomm patents, which relate to switching betweenapps and changing the size and appearance of photographs.”

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Apple, however, is still selling iPhones in China. According to Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Apple is violating the court’s order.

“They are legally obligated to immediately cease sales, offers for sale and importation of the devices identified in the orders and to prove compliance in court,” he wasquoted as saying. Apple has also appealed against the Chinese court ruling. Itaccused Qualcomm of playing dirty tricks, including asserting a patent that hadalready been invalidated by international courts, and other patents that it hadnever before used.

“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. The ban does not cover the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus or iPhone XR, which were not yet available when Qualcommfiled its lawsuit.

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