Qualcomm wants to ban the latest iPhone models in China

The recent trial has stalled sales of older iPhone models in China. Now Qualcomm goes one step further.

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What would a smartphone be without the perfect interaction between excellent hardware and error-free, user-friendly software? To ensure that this always works as best as possible, the individual software components are optimally tuned to the hardware. That took in recent months, the American semiconductor manufacturer Qualcomm as a reason to sue the popular technology group Apple . Specifically, Apple is said to have used its iPhone source code from Qualcomm and resell it to its direct competitor Intel .

An initial verdict, Qualcomm now won in China and caused as a result of a court-ordered ban on selling models iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Now you want his strategy continue and also the latest models of the Californians (iPhone XS, iPhone XS and iPhone XR) disappear from the market. Meanwhile, Apple is quite unimpressed and continues the sale of his equipment without further notice. The company said patent infringement only occurred in the context of iOS 11 operating system. But since they have already offered an update to iOS 12 for the affected devices, the sales ban is obsolete.

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As the Financial Times reported, the court did not specifically decide on the software version, but rather on the devices themselves. Therefore, the current approach could have financial consequences. At a request of the newspaper, the smartphone manufacturer has not yet responded.

As is customary in the smartphone market, Qualcomm is most likely not only concerned with its patents, but also with the development of its own power. For example, the San Diego-based company is handling dozens of lawsuits against Apple worldwide, and may wish to seek a settlement with its recent success. Because if you look at the worldwide "statistics", then the success rate in court at Apple looks much better. Several governments also complain to Qualcomm that the manufacturer is acting anticompetitive through its belligerent approach.

So it remains to be seen to what extent the Chinese judges or even Qualcomm will punish the violation. One thing is clear from the many lawsuits, however: The quarrels that we only knew at that time between the major manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung are shifting ever further forward into the production chain. Because one thing the hardware manufacturers do not want to be: interchangeable suppliers, which can be easily replaced within a short time.

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