It seems that the legal tussle between Apple and Qualcomm is taking a new turn as a Chinese court has ordered Apple to stop the sales of older iPhone models in the mainland.
According to Qualcomm, the court made this decision as Apple infringed two patents held by the chipmaking company. This ban has resulted in the banning of iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
On the other hand, Apple has said in a statement that all the iPhone models continue to remain available in China. The company has further added that the chipmaker is using foul tactics as one patent in question has already been invalidated by international courts and it has never used the other patent.
Responding to the same, Qualcomm has said that it’ll seek orders from Chinese enforcement tribunals in case Apple is violating the orders.
It’s also worth noting that the ongoing political tension might have also played a big role here. The trade war between the U.S. and China has had its impact on technology companies in the past well. Just recently, Canada announced the arrest of Huawei CFO and it’s preparing for her extradition to the U.S.