Apple is still selling older iPhones in Germany amidst an on-going disagreement with its chipmaker Qualcomm.
The dispute started after Qualcomm sued Apple in Germany of selling iPhones which allegedly violated its patents, meaning to say, Apple is still putting its older iPhones in the market although it uses non-Qualcomm chips.
The argument revolves around a feature called “envelope tracking” which uses chips that allow phones to improve its battery life while they send and receive signals. Qualcomm claimed that some of the non-Qualcomm chips Apple was using infringed those patents and requested that it should be removed from the market.
German courts’ decision was in favor of Qualcomm which resulted in the banning of iPhones that used those chips. This ruling forced Apple to completely remove those phones from sale in both of its retail and online stores while an appeal continues.
For now, Apple is back on Germany’s mobile industry where it will be selling those phones that only use the versions featuring Qualcomm chips so it will be in line with the court’s decision. All of the iPhone 7 and eight models that are returning to the market will use the chipmaker’s components. However, Apple vowed to remain committed to fighting against the argument that led to the ban.
“Qualcomm is attempting to use injunctions against our products to try to get Apple to succumb to their extortionist demands,” an Apple spokesperson said. He also throws fiery remarks on Qualcomm, saying that in many cases, the company is using patents they purchased which have nothing to do with their cellular technology to harass Apple and other industry players.
Qualcomm is working to eliminate competition by any means they can to the extent that it already harmed consumers and stifled industry innovation along the way, responded by Apple’s management team after hearing reports in Germany that iPhone models can again be available to customers as long as they use Intel chips and ship phones with that of Qualcomm.
“We are as committed as ever to standing up for innovation, and we will continue to fight for what’s right.” The dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is sense across the world. In early December, Apple was also ordered to stop selling some of its iPhone products in China due to a similar argument.