Apple Fires Back at China Ban of iPhones

Apple is disputing legal claims by a rival phone maker after a court in China banned the import and sale of most iPhones there.

The action came due to an injunction from an Apple competitor, Qualcomm, which is alleging violations by Apple of two patents that allow users to reformat the size and appearance of photos and control apps on a touch screen.

Apple disputes the claims, saying the injunction only effects features in the iOS 11, not phones running the latest operating system, iOS 12.

“All iPhone models remain available for our customers in China,” said Apple in a statement. “Qualcomm is asserting three patents they had never raised before, including one which has already been invalidated. We will pursue all our legal options through the courts.”

Qualcomm fired back, stating: “We deeply value our relationships with customers, rarely resorting to the courts for assistance, but we also have an abiding belief in the need to protect intellectual property rights.”

When news initially hit on the Apple ban in China, Apple stocks fell as much as 3 percent Monday, only to recover to 0.7 percent at close. Many investors believe that the ban will do little to hinder Apple due to only the older iPhones being effected and not the higher selling newer devices.

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