Qualcomm accuses Apple of 'flouting the legal system' with insufficient iOS update
After quickly appealing last week’s preliminary ban on sales of older iPhone models in China, Apple promised to further “address any possible concern about our compliance with the order” by issuing a new software update.
Yesterday’s iOS 12.1.2 rollout start appeared to fit the description, either removing or revising the functionality found in violation of Qualcomm-owned patents in addition to fixing a number of eSIM and cellular connectivity-related bugs.
But this doesn’t seem to be enough to appease Qualcomm, which claims Apple “continues to flout the legal system by violating the injunctions.” Don Rosenberg, the San Diego-based company’s general counsel, insists Apple is deliberately attempting to “obfuscate and misdirect” with its actions following the Chinese court order, as “sales, offers for sale and importation of devices identified in the orders” should have been immediately halted.
That obviously never happened, although it feels highly unlikely that Apple is simply and brazenly ignoring a clear-cut ban. Instead, the company appears to be taking advantage of the court’s ambiguity in requesting devices using certain software features be prohibited for sale.
Interestingly, while it was initially believed the orders made clear mention of older iOS versions violating Qualcomm patents, Reuters says that’s not really the case after carefully examining a copy of official documents.