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Apple pushes out a new software update to avoid iPhone ban in China

Earlier, Chinese court had banned the sale and import of most iPhones after it granted Qualcomm an injunction against Apple, in which Qualcomm claimed that Apple violated two of its patents.

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New Delhi Updated on: December 20, 2018 13:59 IST
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Apple pushes out a new software update to avoid iPhone ban in China

With lots of steam boiling over the iPhone ban in China, Apple has gone and made small changes in its software that would help the company stick its neck out and avoid the ban.

Earlier, the Chinese court had banned the sale and import of most iPhone models after it granted Qualcomm an injunction against Apple, in which Qualcomm had claimed that Apple had violated two of its patents.

According to The Verge reports on Wednesday, in order to avoid the ban, Apple went on and released a small update for iOS this week, adding that iOS version 12.1.2 has software changes exclusive to China.

Reports by MacRumors suggest that in a bid to avoid Qualcomm patent around app management, the update goes on and changes the animation when an application is forced to close.

The report mentioned that rather than moving up and off the screen, apps now appear to shrink into themselves when swiped closed.

Both Apple and Qualcomm are suing each other in courts around the world, wherein Apple has appealed against the Chinese court ruling.

Apple has accused Qualcomm of playing dirty tricks, which included asserting a patent which was already invalidated by international courts and other patents it had never used before.

Apple went on and said in a statement last week that, "Qualcomm's effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world".

Note that the ban does not cover the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus or iPhone XR that were not even available when Qualcomm filed its lawsuit.

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