Apple to update iPhones in China to address Qualcomm's patent claims

Apple to update iPhones in China to address Qualcomm's patent claims
UPDATE: We've been approached by Qualcomm with a short statement on the matter. Here is what Don Rosberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, has to say about Apple's attempts to lift the injunction: 


Apple will roll out a software update to all iPhones models in China that infringe on Qualcomm's patents, the company told Reuters earlier today. The Chinese court has granted Qualcomm an injunction against Apple that could potentially block the sales of older iPhone models up to X. 

Although Apple continues to sell all iPhone models in China, that might not last too long unless the company doesn't settle the patent claim or does something to remove the functionality subject to Qualcomm's patent claims.

And it appears that Apple has found a way to avoid having the sales of its iPhones blocked. The Cupertino-based company plans to release a software update for iPhone users in China, which is meant to address the minor functionality of the two patents at issue.

Since the injunction affects only iPhones running pre-iOS 12 software, the update won't be released for newer models like iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. The problem is Qualcomm is asking the Chinese court to ban sales of Apple's newest models as well, so we'll see how that goes.

The patents that Apple allegedly infringed are related to resizing photos and managing apps. However, according to Apple, the case only applies to iPhones running iOS 11, and since all the models mentioned by the Chinese court in the ruling have already been updated to iOS 12, it means that it doesn't infringe on Qualcomm's patents.

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23 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

So fruit company is misbehaving, this was clear from the beginning. I would say ban them forever!

3. whatev

Posts: 2210; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You should be banned forever in this planet

6. IT-Engineer

Posts: 535; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Alone changing the code in IOS 12 as they claim would not infringe on the patents is a confession that they already did. For that alone they need to pay damages for Qualcomm, they asked Samsung to pay for Round Corner ICONS!

20. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Qualcomm bought some iPhone 8's in China, and they were on the latest iOS 12. The showed how Apple was still in violation. Also Qualcomm brought that up in court as well. Why is Phonearena not telling the whole story. Oh, wait this is PhoneaArena.

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

No. This is all about the trade war between USA and China. iPhone has never infringed upon any of the Qualcom patents and they have no reason to do so, because Apple is superior to them in every aspect. They've been building iPhones for more than a decade now. They know what they are doing. This is all about Qualcomm loosing their modem orders to Apple and the US-China trade war!!!

14. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1379; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Actually this is purely about Apple using patented technology without consent and then when they got caught, trying to get rid of it and replace it with their own version of it to avoid paying damages and royalties. They've done it lots of times before.

15. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Apple stewls from everyone and several courts have busted them and caught them redhanded. Fornyoubto say otherwise shows you are a completely brainwashed sheep as you have successfully been labelled.

18. apple-rulz

Posts: 2041; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Please post proof of Apple having been caught stewling.

21. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

Let's completely ignore the fact that Apple's defense was that iOS12 doesn't infringe on the patent

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah we know you know. You work for Apple, Qualcomm, and TSMC.

2. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Apple is just copy pasting code from github and call it their own. The worst part is they pretend that they invented anything. What a shame.

7. IT-Engineer

Posts: 535; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

There is also one important factor that started all this, the Ban war started by the US on Huawei, China doesn't generally care about patents, but this is a blow back response to the ban on Huawei, and i agree that they should ban all iphones, because the US took this step to protect Apple sales, it has nothing to do with spying, Remember US are the ones who were caught spying on the phone for prime minister of Germany. Since they took this anti-competitive step to protect their domestic tech company, then China has all the right to do the same, Qualcomm only gave them the excuse.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It got nothing to do with Huawei, Qualcomm vs Apple case is way older than Huawei vs US.

10. IT-Engineer

Posts: 535; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

You probably didn't read the whole comment, i said Qualcomm gave China the excuse to give a response back on the ban.

17. apple-rulz

Posts: 2041; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Proof please.

4. ijuanp03

Posts: 572; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

"Allegedly" but they have already infringed the patents, hence, a sales ban in China. Nice one, PA.

5. Whitedot

Posts: 775; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Spot on. pA vessels do what they told to.

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"That's fake news" - PA

11. OneLove123

Posts: 972; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Apple won for rounded corners.ahahahaha

12. phonearenaviewer

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Whats goes around comes around.

16. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

PA, your saying allegedly Apple is guilty? So you guess they are guilty? A court found them guilty. Apple is the biggest frikkin patent troll and when tbeybwere suing, every article had you basically saying, because Apple said they stole it, then that means they stole it. Because why else would they spend the money to go to court. So why is it not the same about everyone else. QUALCOMM is suing Apple because Apple is using their technology they got from QC that they signed a contract for and isnt paying. So QC file this suit to just help their other case. I am sure Apple is right that QC probably charges them more money. But Apple only uses who gives them the est price. APPLE must have thought the price was ok because they signed a contract. The problem is, Apple sales have drop and they need to rating as much money as they can, so not laying helps them do that. Qualcomm Is seeking remedy by suing Apple who sued them first. No court has ruled in Apple favor on what they are being charged. So that means Apple should pay until a court says otherwise. If QC is found to be wrong then the court will make them give whatever money back. But to not pay at all when you signed a contract I'd wrong. Try that with your landlord. Sny court will tell you even if your place has issues. You have to pay rent. You can still use to get things fixed or fix them yourself and give a receipt and deduct it from the rent. But you cant just not pay. Dont pay and you ce still be evicted and removed The ITC is wrong for finding Apple guilty and not doing anything in the US, because Obama overturned it last time and Trump will again. Which is why Samsung took it to the Supreme Court because no President can change their ruling without an act if Congress. Your bias is so open. It's cool though. we are now witnessing true signs that Apple is falling. And notice, after Obama saves Apple from laying Samung, Apple turned around and spit in the US Givt6face by refusing to unlock one phone. Ever since, Apple has been losing sales losing lawsuits and now has less their market valuation which is NEVER gonna reach a trillion ever again.

19. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Qualcomm bought some iPhone 8's in China and they were updated to ios12, and they still showed that Apple was in violation. Qualcomm also showed that to the courts. So Apple is a liar.

22. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Look Apple, here's common sense: if you bought a banana, then ditched that banana a minute later (and buy something else), you still gotta pay for that banana. Meaning you "used" iOS 11 and older, thus should have paid the royalty. If you don't, then get banned, even if you upgrade it.

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