The lawyer said that similar lawsuits aimed at Apple's latest XS, XS Max and XR models were pending in courts in Beijing, the Financial Times reported. While it remains to be seen what the court thinks of Apple's argument in this respect, it's clear that Qualcomm is forcefully trying to get Apple to engage in serious settlement discussions. Apple hastened directly to the decision by stating that the iPhone will stay in all of the variants in the country. Don Rosenberg, general counsel for Qualcomm, said in a statement, "If Apple is violating the orders, Qualcomm will seek enforcement of the orders through enforcement tribunals that are part of the Chinese court system".
For the unaware, Qualcomm recently convinced a Chinese court to issue a temporary ban on the sale of many of Apple's older smartphones in the country. RT has reached out to Apple, Qualcomm and their lawyers for confirmation.
While this ban is definitely going to give a huge relief to Qualcomm, it is also going to further worsen the relationship between the two companies. The brokerage presently has a "buy" rating on the iPhone maker's stock.
On Monday, Apple filed a request for the court to reconsider its decision. "We will pursue all our legal options through the courts".
According to several new Apple job listings Apple wants engineers to design and develop a layer one cellular PHY chip - implying that the company is working on actual, physical networking hardware.
The Cupertino company is also reportedly planning to start making its own ARM-based CPUs for Macs in 2020, which will replace current Intel-made chips.
Certain iPhone models have been barred for sale in China, but a similar ban in the USA isn't totally out of the question.
Previously, Chinese manufacturers like Huawei, ZTE were imposed on a ban on USA markets, but, an American tech giant like Apple receiving a ban from a Chinese court to stop selling the devices in their country is indeed unusual. All three venues offer it the chance - if successful - to shut down or limit the sale of the iPhone, a product that generates the majority of Apple's revenue.