The spat between Qualcomm and Apple is showing signs of becoming the new Apple Vs Samsung - a falling out that kept lawyers busy for many years.
Apple claims that the ban applies to devices running iOS 11 and earlier, whereas their new devices have been updated to iOS 12. The iPhone maker argues the company abuses its position as the biggest supplier of smartphone chips, while Qualcomm counters that Apple is using its intellectual property without paying for it.
"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". Currently, all the models of the iPhone are available in China.
Qualcomm has also brought patent suits in China and other jurisdictions, seeking bans on the sale of iPhones to force Apple to the negotiating table.
Qualcomm has said the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court in China found Apple infringed two patents held by the chipmaker and ordered an immediate ban on sales of older iPhone models, from the 6S through the X.
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Note that Qualcomm asked Chinese courts to ban Apple's newer phones - the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR - just days after it won the first injunction against Apple.
The Chinese court's ruling handed an initial victory to Qualcomm, which is locked in a worldwide dispute with Apple over the licensing fees it charges for the use of technology that underpins all modern phone systems.
"That's one of the reasons why in a very complicated patent litigation case the judge would be reluctant to grant a preliminary injunction", said Yiqiang Li, a patent lawyer at Faegre Baker Daniels. Apple didn't respond to requests for comment. But it was not clear whether this referred to the latest case or their broader legal dispute.
The new software may be part of Apple's attempt to keep the impact of the sales ban away from its latest devices.
"This is what Qualcomm needed to get some leverage to try to get Apple to finalize a deal", said Mike Walkley at Canaccord Genuity LLC.