Apple will update iPhones to end Qualcomm legal battle

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In a statement to the wire service, the iPhone maker said, "early next week we will deliver a software update for iPhone users in China addressing the minor functionality of the two patents at issue in the case".

Now, in a statement to Reuters, Apple has said it will also be pushing out new software to Chinese iPhone users to make sure their phones are compliant. That meant, it said, phones like the newest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR could remain on sale.

Qualcomm was able to win the ban by arguing that it would likely win an eventual patent infringement case against Apple.

The ruling from a local court - which came as Washington and Beijing are locked in sensitive trade negotiations - pivoted the battle over patent fees to the world's largest mobile arena. Qualcomm was once a key Apple supplier, providing baseband modems and more for iPhones and other devices.

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The case against Apple is basically a part of a global patent dispute between the two tech giants which comprises of several lawsuits.

Since the ban went into effect, Apple has argued that it does not apply to any of the iPhones it now sells due to the fact they run iOS 12, not iOS 11. Apple has accused Qualcomm of charging exorbitant licensing fees and disputes the chipmaker's claim that Apple is legally required to give it a percentage of iPhone sales revenue.

iPhone models being banned in the Chinese market will also result in Apple losing hundreds of thousands in tax. This software update will change and/or remove the disputed Qualcomm technology, which Apple hopes will allow the company to avoid the sales ban.

Apple warned that the ban would hurt Chinese manufacturers like Foxconn and noted that it had created 5 million jobs across the countrys supply chain. Qualcomm has not provided us with details of the specific patents Apple has infringed, but software patents often cover broad, vaguely worded concepts, leaving it open to interpretation which software might infringe them.

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