Apple admits defeat in Germany, restarting iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 sales with Qualcomm chips

Apple admits defeat in Germany, restarting iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 sales with Qualcomm chips
While the convoluted and increasingly ugly legal war between Apple and Qualcomm is undoubtedly far from over, the semiconductor giant managed to pull off a number of small but notable victories in Chinese and German courts recently. After finding a quick way to dodge a sales ban with minimal effort in the world's largest smartphone market, Apple needed a little more time to devise a solution for its German problem.

Instead of a minor software update, the Cupertino-based tech giant was rumored to be working on a hardware revision of sorts, and indeed, the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, and 8 Plus are making a regional comeback today with a crucial under-the-hood change. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Apple found that there was no choice but to "stop using Intel chips" in the aforementioned products to "ensure all iPhone models can again be available to customers in Germany."

At the time of this writing, the iPhone 7 and 8 duos are already listed as available again through Apple's official local website, although in-store pickup is still not an option. Obviously, you won't find the name of the modem chip manufacturer mentioned anywhere, but the company explicitly told the WSJ its older handsets will be shipped in Germany with that particular component supplied by Qualcomm going forward.

Apple famously (and infamously) used LTE modems from both Intel and Qualcomm for the iPhone 7 and 8 generations, the former of which were largely considered inferior based on various speed tests. Nevertheless, all iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR units are created equal, with Intel chips inside. But the German sales ban doesn't apply to these newer devices, despite Qualcomm's recent efforts to win additional injunctions.

FEATURED VIDEO

23 Comments

1. Shkselectah

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 26, 2018

ha ha

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6521; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'll second that. Another bruise for the fruit.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And so it begins lol. Hopefully this happened with all iPhones moving forward. Intel modems are pure crap...crap I tell ya! Yes Venom...I still have it.

3. IT-Engineer

Posts: 523; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Funny how PhoneArena calls it ugly legal wars, but when it was Apple vs Samsung with the stupid rounded corners icons it was a holy war, and they almost had an orgasm when judge LUCY ruled in favor of Apple.

4. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Samsung copied iphone in 2007 that is why they are still alive.

5. IT-Engineer

Posts: 523; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Apple copied LG Prada in 2007, and Apple in 2008-9 began copying Android, began with the Copy & Paste functionality which iPhones didn't have, imagine that! All the way until this current day! Their slide to unlock was even copied from a small time company which had the slide to unlock back in 2005 or 2006. They copied their developers work and even app icon, threw their app out of the App store and introduced the app as built in functionality in their next iteration of IOS, I mean come on how evil you have to be to do this to your own developers. But as Steve Jobs said, good artists copy and great artists steal.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes sirrr

6. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

like what? rounder icons? Lmao

10. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 493; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Apple just went after Samsung because that was Apples threat. And that stupid Judge ruled in their favour. She needs to get a move on theirs alot more OEMs with rounded icons now she going to be a busy woman.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We await your response sir.

13. Venom

Posts: 3143; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm not the one who continues to whine and complain about the Intel modem on the newest iPhone while praising the "unparalleled" Note 9 but still continue to use the device despite said flaw. I just find it funny. If I hated a device that much, I would have gotten rid of it, but that makes too much sense for you. You need the attention, hence why you are still at it right now.

15. IT-Engineer

Posts: 523; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I hate the in screen fingerprint sensor on my OnePlus 6T, but I like the phone in general and will continue using it. If he hates the Intel chip in it, that will not stop him from using his phone if he likes his iPhone in general

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I just don't get why he can't see that.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

See, I told ya I'd still have it when you responded. Intel modems are crap bruh, but I do like my Max despite its flaws, just like I like my Note 9, despite its flaws. Does that make it clear for ya?

20. Vancetastic

Posts: 850; Member since: May 17, 2017

Perhaps he likes other things about it? This isn’t difficult.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And the fact that I own it, gives me the right to credit and criticize it. If you notice, I never criticize that which I don't own, only products I use. I think Intel makes poor modems for iPhones, and if you go on Apple forums, you'll see I'm not alone. That doesn't make me hate my Max, it's just a weakness I'm gonna speak on.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Name one time you ever read me saying I hate the iPhone...I'll wait. In fact, copy the link and paste it here. If you find me saying I hate the iPhone, and paste the proof, I'll unregister my account. and never come here again.

7. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

In every other field when a way of doing things is patented, other firms either find another albeit sometimes less efficient way or pay the licensing fees. It's just so odd that out of everyone it's the wealthy Apple and iirc Samsung who complain that the fees are too high and/or can't/won't find another way to make it work, painting Qualcomm as the bad one instead.

9. IT-Engineer

Posts: 523; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

The answer is very simple, greed!

11. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

To all the iFans eat that! You said that QC was the bad one, It is now clear that fruit company was cheating and stealing! They knew they could not win this one, fruit company you truly SUCK!

14. Venom

Posts: 3143; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

P. S. Android OEMs are also at it with Qualcomm. Thought you ought to know that.

16. IT-Engineer

Posts: 523; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Yes Samsung is on it too, but that's because like Apple they are greedy

19. path45th

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Distances in Europe are so small. A weekend in Amsterdam can get you an iPhone plus a beer by a canal.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.