– Qualcomm Inc said it believes that Apple Inc. remains in violation of a Chinese court order to stop selling iPhones despite a software update that Apple pressed on Monday.
PHOTO: A participant uses a new iPhone X during a media presentation in Beijing, China, October 31, 2017. REUTERS / Thomas Peter / File Photo
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But on December 14, Apple said it would push a software update to its iPhones this week. The Cupertino, California-based company said it believed it was in accordance with the court order but that it would update the software "to resolve any concerns about our compliance with the order."
The update was pressed on Monday, Apple confirmed to Reuters.
"Despite Apple's efforts to suppress the importance of the order and its claims in various ways, it will cope with the violation, Apple apparently continues to bend the law by breaking the injunctions," said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm's Secretary-General Reuters in a statement on Monday.
Apple never commented publicly last week about why or how it believed that today's current iPhones for sale in China followed the order of the court. Patents applied to software features to switch between apps on a smart phone and resize images before they were set as wallpaper on a phone.
Several media, including CNBC, reported that Apple believed that the court orders only applied to iPhone that runs older versions of its iOS operating system. However, the court order, a copy like Qualcomm went to Reuters, did not mention operating systems and focused only on software features.
"Apple's statements after the issue of the provisional ban have been deliberate attempts to confuse and misrepresent," Qualcomms Rosenberg said in a statement on Monday.
Qualcomm believes that Apple is still in violation of the court order because Apple continues to sell phones and has not received an explicit order from the Chinese court so that it can do so.
"They are legally obliged to immediately cease sales, offer for sale and import of the devices identified in the order, and to prove compliance in court," said Rosenberg until December 14 in a statement.
Referred to by Reuters on Qualcomm's statements, Apple reiterated its earlier statements that it believes it is in accordance with the court order.
Reporting by Stephen Nellis; Editing Greg Mitchell and Lisa Shumaker