Another blow from Qualcomm.
A German court ruled that Apple violated the patent of American company Qualcomm, associated with the technology conserve battery power when sending and receiving wireless signals. The court ruled that the patent violates the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 with modems from Intel. According to the court, Apple should stop selling these models of the iPhone in Germany. However, Apple has delayed the introduction of the ban by filing an appeal.
Qualcomm vs Apple — the pressure from all sides
Apple responded to the court’s decision immediately. The company said that will really appeal — this will enable it to continue to sell all the iPhones in Germany. However, the company itself has decided to temporarily stop sales of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 with Intel modems in its retail stores.
This does not mean that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 will completely disappear from sale in Germany. Smartphone, as before, will be available from authorised Apple partners across the country.
Experts believe that the loss of the court in Germany might have on the Apple far more serious consequences than the recent case lost in China. In China, Qualcomm was accused by Apple of patent infringement related to user interface elements of iOS. The developers Apple was gone only a few days to solve the problem. Released in the beginning of the week iOS 12.1.2 has no UI elements that would infringe on Qualcomm patents.
But in Germany, Qualcomm managed to win the Apple case is much more serious of technology related to operation of the modems. It is unknown will it have the Apple as quickly to correct the problem.