China bans local sales of iPhone X, 8 and older for violating two Qualcomm patents

Peter, 10 December 2018

Qualcomm scored a win in its legal battle with Apple – a Chinese court has issued a preliminary order banning the import and sale of select Apple phones in China. The affected models include the iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8 Plus and older models going back to the 6s generation.

Apple violated two patents held by Qualcomm, the court has found. They relate to resizing photos and navigating apps on a touchscreen. These are software patents and Apple claims that iOS 12 does not violate them.

The company also issued a statement saying “all iPhone models remain available for our customers in China”. The 2018 generation – XS, XS Max and XR – are not affected by this ruling.

This is just one battle in the war between Qualcomm and Apple. The chip maker asked US courts for a similar ban, but they are siding with Apple for now.

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