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Qualcomm accuses Apple of violating the iPhone sales ban in China, despite today's iOS 12.1.2 release



Earlier today, Apple launched iOS 12.1.2 with bug fixes for eSIM, as well as patents involved in Qualcomm's legal battle. In a statement to Reuters Qualcomm says that Apple continues to bend the law by violating orders, despite today's iOS update.

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The situation has become incredibly complicated during the past week. On December 10, China Qualcomm awarded an order against certain iPhone models, with Qualcomm claiming that the order banned "import and sale of almost all iPhone models in China." However, Apple said that "all iPhones" would remain available for sale to customers in china. And they did.

Later, Apple said that while it was already in compliance with the court order, it would release an update to iOS to resolve the three patents involved in the Qualcomm case. Apple confirmed Reuters today that iOS 12.1.2 contained those changes.

Now Qualcomm says that despite today's iOS 12.1.2 update, Apple continues to break the ban that would see iPhone sales banned in China. Qualcomm believes that Apple is still in violation of the legal order because it continues to sell iPhone and has not been explicitly authorized to do so.

"Despite Apple's efforts to downplay the importance of the order and its demands in various ways to persuade the violation, Apple apparently continues to bend the law by violating orders," said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm's Secretary General, to Reuters in a statement on Monday

"Apple's statements after the issue of the provisional prohibition have been deliberately attempting to confuse and misrepresent," Qualcomms Rosenberg said in a statement on Monday.

It is still unclear what the Chinese ban said. Last week, the ban only touched iPhone running older versions of IOS, but Reuters today says that a copy of the legal order "Unless mentioned operating systems and focused only on software features."

Apple, when asked by Reuters about the details and about Qualcomm's statements said it believes it is still in compliance with the court order.


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