Apple makes changes to iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 line to avoid German sales ban
by Alan Friedman / Feb 06, 2019, 1:13 PM
You might recall that back in December, a court in Munich, Germany ruled that Apple had infringed on a Qualcomm patent. As a result, a sales ban was imposed on Apple, preventing the company from selling the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus in the country. As Apple pointed out in a statement made after the ruling, German consumers can still buy the affected models through local carriers and 4,300 resellers in Germany. But a three-judge panel forced Apple to stop repeating that statement, because the comment makes it sound that the carriers and resellers have unlimited quantities of the devices to sell, when they do not.
Today, a report from WinFuture (translated), says that in a month, Apple will import into German new versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 range. These models will not include the "low-voltage power-efficient envelope tracker" chip that led to the Munich court finding Apple liable of patent infringement. In fact, new model numbers have already been released for some of the models carrying a new envelope tracker chip. The latter is used to help conserve battery power when the phone's modem is in use.
From Apple's standpoint, removing the offending chip also removes any legal hold that Qualcomm has on Apple as far as these older iPhone models are concerned. In addition, if this news is true, Qualcomm just might want to cancel the $1.5 billion bond it posted with the Munich court. These funds were required for the iPhone sales ban to begin in Germany, and would be used to reimburse Apple for lost sales of the affected iPhone models in the country in the case of a successful appeal.
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One of the great things about being Apple is that they "infringe" while everyone else blatantly, shamelessly "copies".
posted on Feb 06, 2019, 1:29 PM 12
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If Apple was doing nothing wrong like they initially said. Then why make any changes, hmmm? Could it be that Apple was caught in a lie? Oh, yes they were. Poor Apple, I mean the poor company that does nothing wrong. Even respects it's customers privacy and security. Look at their FaceTime for a prime example. ;-)
posted on Feb 06, 2019, 3:22 PM 8
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"Apple is no better than any other company, and should be treated as such." This is what us Android users (most anyway) have been trying to say for a few years now. Many here buy into the apple hype...pay more thinking they were getting more - blah blah blah. Horseshit!! I like how apple now incorporates Apple Care into their revenue earnings...it's kind of ironic actually. (Android users still don't require a 'genius bar'...our products typically do better than 'just work')
posted on Feb 06, 2019, 8:17 PM 0
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It's complicated and not that simple as you say. Apple did not copy or infringe on any patent, some of these patents are either licensed or are under the FRAND licensing agreement. The problem started when Qualcomm asked for MORE MONEY from Apple for the same stuff they are being using for years.
posted on Feb 06, 2019, 9:22 PM 1
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No the problem started when Apple signed into contract that they would pay and decided not to pay. They want a cheaper price after using the product. Basically, its like buying a house with a mortgage contract. Then becoming a squatter in that house, refusing to pay the terms of the loan and demanding that you should only pay 10% of what you initially agreed to pay. So the court is rightfully siding with QC for the most part.
posted on Feb 06, 2019, 11:45 PM 1
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They've see this coming months before, they know they won't win this case, so they order new part, and make newer model. So when it come, they can sell the new model right away. (Probably they'll just move the older model to other country, where QC won't sue them, lol.)
posted on Feb 07, 2019, 7:07 AM 0
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