Apple to offer iPhone software update following sales ban in China
Apple is planning to offer a software update to iPhone users in China in response to a court-imposed sales ban on several iPhone models that allegedly infringe two Qualcomm patents.
In a statement sent to media outlet Tech Sina on Friday, Apple said it will offer the update to all iPhone users in China early next week to "address any possible concerns about our compliance". Apple also said it took measures immediately after the ban was announced to make sure the company "understands and abides by it."
An Apple store in Beijing. [File Photo: VCG]
On Monday the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court banned the sales of most iPhone models in China when it granted a pair of injunctions requested by Qualcomm. The American chip maker claims that Apple violated two of its patents in the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X.
Apple later said that iPhones remain on sale in mainland China, and that it has requested a review of the ban.
On Thursday, Qualcomm said it was asking courts in China to ban the sales of the latest iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. Qualcomm is also reportedly trying to persuade the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban imports into the United States of iPhones that use Intel chips.