Apple complies with German court order, halting regional iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 sales

Apple complies with German court order, halting regional iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 sales
As if Apple didn’t have enough on its plate dealing with weaker than anticipated demand for its newest iPhone generation, which was partly blamed for a big downward revision of the company’s latest revenue forecast, Qualcomm took its legal war against its erstwhile ally to the next level yesterday.

By posting bonds of over $1.5 billion required by a German court in a December 20 ruling, the semiconductor giant forced Apple to halt local sales of a number of older iPhones found to be in infringement of some of Qualcomm’s patents relating to the handsets’ power-saving technology. 

While the Cupertino-based company never complied with a similar court order in China, rushing out a software update as a loophole of sorts meant to dodge the regional ban, the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and 8 Plus have indeed suddenly vanished from the online Apple Store in Germany.

Can you spot the missing iPhones?

Can you spot the missing iPhones?


It seems there was nothing to do to evade the embargo around those parts, which likely covers sales in physical retail locations as well. But even though Qualcomm expects third-party German sellers to follow Apple’s suit, that hasn’t happened yet.

At the time of this writing, the four iPhone models in question are still available through the local arm of Amazon, not to mention key Apple partners like Gravis are specifically promoting the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 lineups on their homepages.

While it remains to be seen whether or not Qualcomm’s interpretation of last month’s court verdict will eventually be shared by other iPhone 7 and 8 sellers, Apple is naturally in the process of appealing the ban, which many experts expect to end successfully. If that happens, Qualcomm’s $1.52 billion bond will be used to cover Apple’s losses during this period of prohibited sales. Basically, the war is only getting started. 

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10 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 942; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Qualcomm really is going all out huh.

2. japkoslav

Posts: 1206; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Since companies usualy do not go that hard on each other, I can only wonder what Apple did to piss them off so much. I have theories ocf. but it would be interesting to know what straw broke camel backs.

5. foldablephone

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

It seems to have started when Apple (Cook) accused them in public of holding the monopoly on component prices. Yes it’s hilarious that Apple would the type of company to complain things are too expensive. But perhaps there’s more too this now...

8. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Qualcomm accused Apple of stealing IP and giving it to Intel. They already had their payment disputes before that, but I think Apple switching to Intel is what did it.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 578; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

It’s karma!!!

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2806; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Fruit company complies because they got caught! If you cheat, lie and steal eventually you will get burned! Just ban this crappy company.

6. dimas

Posts: 3212; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Top manager's faults and the blue-collared people will suffer, this year of the pig don't want any silver apple in the mouth. I hope apple settle these lawsuits properly. I don't care about their top executives with fat savings, I am concerned for their lower employees that may lose their small jobs.

7. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

Apple stole Qualcomm's modem technology and sold it to Intel but they can't copy it well.

9. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1058; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Reverse engineering takes time, creating your own design based on what you learn takes even longer. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple didn't give anything to Intel but instead chose to keep what they learned for themselves to aid in the development of their own modem so they no longer need Intel either.

10. IT-Engineer

Posts: 415; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

That's an interesting point you got there sir! Apple (as a corrupt company) most certainly can do so.

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