Nearly a week ago German website WinFuture reported that Apple was planning to introduce modified iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models in Germany’s retail stores in spite of sales ban imposed by the local authorities. Now, Reuters has confirmed that Apple will ship iPhones with only Qualcomm chips to German stores.
Notably, Qualcomm had won the legal battle over patent infringement by Apple in Germany. Now, Apple will comply with a patent infringement lawsuit as it has “no choice” but to replace Intel chips in the iPhone models from Qualcomm to sell them again in Germany.
Apple Has “No Choice” But to Sell Modified iPhone Models in Germany
Reuters quoted Apple’s spokesperson as saying, “Qualcomm is attempting to use injunctions against our products to try to get Apple to succumb to their extortionist demands. In many cases, they are using patents they purchased or that have nothing to do with their cellular technology to harass Apple and other industry players”.
The spokesperson further added, “To ensure all iPhone models can again be available to customers in Germany, we have no choice but to stop using Intel chips and ship our phones with Qualcomm chips in Germany. Qualcomm is working to eliminate competition by any means they can, harming consumers and stifling industry innovation along the way.”
Readers, who are not familiar with Apple-Qualcomm legal battle, should know that the global chip maker had sued the iPhone maker in Germany, alleging that Apple violated Qualcomm patents in the production of iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.
In its ruling, the court sided with Qualcomm and imposed a ban on iPhone models with Intel model chips. This forced Apple to recall devices from 15 retail stores in Germany and online stores as well.
This can be a temporary solution by Apple as the iPhone maker is not going to surrender to “extortionist demands.” One must not forget that it is a compromise made by Apple and there are chances the company will bounce back with more power in the future.
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