"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".
Jiang said additional suits covering Apple's new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR models were pending in courts in Beijing, Qingdao and Guangzhou. However, Apple says that none of the supposedly infringing code is in iOS 12.
Qualcomm described the two patents in question as dealing with ways to edit images, including how "to adjust and reformat the size and appearance" of photos, and methods "to manage applications using a touch screen when view, navigating and dismissing applications on their phones".
"Apple will be forced to settle with the Respondent, causing all mobile phone manufacturers to relapse into the previous unreasonable charging mode and pay high licensing fees, resulting in unrecoverable losses in the downstream market of mobile phones".
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This flows through to substantial power when it comes to online search advertising, as well as the referral of traffic to news sites.
Since the ban went into effect, Apple has argued that it does not apply to any of the iPhones it now sells due to the fact they run iOS 12, not iOS 11. Earlier this week, Qualcomm saw some success in the Chinese courts and got most iPhones banned from sale and import into China due to patent infringement.
Now, however, it appears that Apple has an elegant solution for the issue - a software update.
Chip giant Qualcomm hopes to extend the range of iPhones banned in China, the Financial Times reported Thursday, December 13. In a filing obtained by Bloomberg, Apple argues that a Chinese ban will force it to settle its bruising battle with Qualcomm - an outcome that may harm the country's smartphone industry by hiking licensing fees. At the same time, Apple filed a request for reconsideration with the court which invoked the preliminary injunction.
The two U.S. companies are locked in a global dispute over licensing fees that Qualcomm charges for use of technology that the chip maker says underpins all modern phone systems.