Qualcomm believes that Apple is still violating Chinese court orders of not merchandising iPhones even Apple has released the iOS 12.1.2 software update on Monday. On December 10 Qualcomm said, “We have won a preliminary court order in China which bans Apple from selling some of its older iPhone models which the court found violated two Qualcomm software patents.” But the same day Apple announced that all its iPhones will be available in the Chinese market for sale.
On December 14 Apple declared that it would push a software update for its iPhones this week. The company further added that they understand it was according to courts orders and they would upgrade their software “to address any possible concern about our compliance with the order.” General Counsel of Qualcomm, Don Rosenberg said Reuters on Monday, Despite Apple’s attempts to devalue the importance of the order and its claims of various ways it will address the violation, Apple apparently continues to disregard the legal system by violating the orders. Many iPhone users reported that an upgrade has been pushed on Monday, but Apple has yet not confirmed the same to Reuters. Apple has publically yet not commented about its stand that current iPhone for sale in China is following the court’s order. The order was concerned about the software features patented by Qualcomm for switching between applications on a smartphone or changing the size of photographs prior to set as wallpaper.
According to reports by CNBC and other media channels, Apple understands that the courts’ orders apply to only those iPhones which are running older versions of its iOS operating System. But a court has mentioned only features, and there is no mention about the operating system. Reuters received a copy of court order from Qualcomm. Qualcomm maintains that Apple is presently breaching the court orders by the continuing sale of iPhones since Apple has not received any notification from a Chinese court to continue sale, Rosenberg told Reuters on December 14 in a statement. But Apple maintains its previous stand that it is in agreement with the court order.