Apple stops selling iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany after losing the trial against Qualcomm
Apple stops selling iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany after losing the trial against Qualcomm

The decision said that these two models of iPhone are violating Qualcomm’s intellectual property rights in connection with energy savings in smartphones, reports TechCrunch.

While the verdict was made last month, Qualcomm was asked by the court to send 1.34 billion euros in security bills before it was implemented, which is now happening. A quick check on Apple‘s German site confirms the change: only the newest models of the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max are listed; iPhone 7 and 8 can not be found anywhere.

Apple has already said it plans to appeal the decision, but as this process takes place, it will not be able to sell the iPhone 7 or 8 on its retail channels.

The ban on Germany is the latest escalation of ongoing disputes between Apple and Qualcomm, which began when Apple first accused Qualcomm of setting unfair prices for their modem processors in 2017.

Qualcomm responded with a series of claims, across the globe. Apple is also facing a similar situation in China where Qualcomm has also won a sales ban on patent infringement issues.

In this case, Apple has not revoke their products and claims that the issue was only present on older devices.

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