The relationship between Apple and Qualcomm further deteriorates as the latter has requested Chinese courts to issue an order that bans Apple from selling the latest iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR within the country due to the case of possible patent infringement.
However, by this request filed against latest iPhone XS and XR, Apple’s problems will escalate in the country as it already ignored a court-ordered sales ban. Qualcomm won (earlier this week) an initial ban on the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X by indicating to a court that it was likely to win a patent infringement case.
Apple says that even if Qualcomm does win, those patents wouldn’t be infringed by its newest operating system, as the ban only applies to phones running iOS 11 and earlier, which means the sales ban isn’t being violated. Since the phones are now running iOS 12, Apple believes they can remain on sale, and so it has continued to sell them.
The two companies are in a state of war across the globe, and Qualcomm has mostly been on the losing side(so far). Not only has Apple sued it, but many governments have also gone after Qualcomm for anti-competitive behavior. In several countries, Qualcomm has already lost.
For the moment, let’s be specific to the legal battle in China. As stated by the Financial Times, the Chinese court’s order didn’t specifically mention any version of iOS. That doesn’t necessarily mean Apple is wrong, but it does mean that there’s more clarity required from the court regarding its order. however, that part of the world is best known for its unpredictability. So, we wait for the official words until we have our say on the matter.