Apple plans to resolve China iPhone ban with a software update

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Apple will update iPhones in China with new software next week that the company says will address the contentious features Qualcomm claims infringe its patents.

Apple has pledged to update its smartphone software in China to avoid a court-imposed sales ban following a legal spat with Qualcomm over alleged patent infringements.

At the time of the ruling Apple said that it only applied to phones that were running older versions of its software and as a result all of its iPhone models would remain on sale.

Originally, Apple claimed the sales ban was irrelevant because the iPhone models in question all run iOS 12, which the company argues fixes the issues revolving around the case. Qualcomm was once a key Apple supplier, providing baseband modems and more for iPhones and other devices.

Qualcomm remedied that oversight this week, asking the same Chinese court to ban sales of the XS and XR.

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The case against Apple is basically a part of a global patent dispute between the two tech giants which comprises of several lawsuits. While the court order doesn't make specific reference to the software of the banned devices, Apple does have a leg to stand on.

Apple argues the injunction should be lifted as continuing to sell iPhones does not constitute "irreparable harm" to Qualcomm, a key consideration for a preliminary injunction, the copy of its reconsideration request dated Dec 10 shows. 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.

Qualcomm has said the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China found Apple infringed two patents held by the chipmaker and ordered an immediate ban on sales of older iPhone models, from the 6S through the X.

Apple also emphasizes the notion that an iPhone ban in the country could cost it millions of dollars per day and would also impact the Chinese government and consumers.

Apple has asked a Chinese court to reconsider the ban.

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