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Apple apparently plans to get around an injunction obtained by Qualcomm, banning the import and sale of some iPhone models, by updating the software on those models early in the week ahead.

The company said in a statement issued to Reuters that it would carry out the updates in order "to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order".

On 10 December, the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court granted two injunctions, stopping the import and sale of iPhone models ranging from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone X, in response to patent violation claims by Qualcomm.

The two patents in question are for functionality that allows users to reformat photos and manage applications on a touchscreen when using phone apps.

Qualcomm then indicated that it would try to get Beijing to extend the ban to the latest iPhone XS and XR models.

Apple said it believed it would be in compliance with the court orders if it delivered the update.

“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," the statement said.

Qualcomm's general counsel Don Rosenberg did not agree, claiming that Apple was continuing to disregard and violate the court orders.

In a statement, he said: "They are legally obligated to immediately cease sales, offers for sale and importation of the devices identified in the orders and to prove compliance in court.”

Apple has appealed the court verdict, claiming that continuing to sell iPhones in China does not constitute irreparable harm to Qualcomm, a major factor in the injunction being granted.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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