Apple to Resolve Qualcomm's Patent Dispute Through a Software Update in China

Apple to Resolve Qualcomm's Patent Dispute Through a Software Update in China

In order to overcome this scenario in China, the Cupertino giant is now set to push a new update to old iPhones starting early next week. According to The Financial Times (via Engadget), Qualcomm is now pushing for the sales ban to also include the Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Apple did not immediately respond to questions about the reconsideration request and Reuters was not independently able to confirm its authenticity. As a result, Apple announced a few hours ago that it will launch a software update to resolve any possible patent infringement.

"We respect the Fuzhou court and its ruling", said Apple in the statement.

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The iPhone maker has appealed the decision.

Apple and Qualcomm are not the best of friends at the moment, and the relationship breakdown is playing out in the courts. "It's all a game of high-stakes poker and Apple is going to fight this Qualcomm case with an iron fist", said Daniel Ives, an analyst at Wedbush.

The move will also negatively affect Chinese companies like Foxconn and its other vendors who manufacture the iPhone for Apple.

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The dispute in China comes at a time when Apple's Greater China sales - the third-largest contributor to Apple's revenue by region - are already under pressure as the USA company faces stiff competition from domestic players offering high-spec models with lower price tags than high-end iPhone handsets. Interestingly enough, a United States company banning another USA company on the foreign ground will boost the domestic competitors even more.

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. There are more than a dozen lawsuits around the globe that both the companies are meddling with each other. All three venues offer it the chance - if successful - to shut down or limit the sale of the iPhone, a product that generates the majority of Apple's revenue.

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