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Qualcomm bans the sale of iPhones in another country, this time Germany

On December 10, Qualcomm announced that it had succeeded in a court case that got certain iPhone models banned from being sold in China. A little over a week later, we're now seeing the same thing happen in Germany.

Per Qualcomm:

The injunction covers all models of iPhones that contain the infringing functionalities and apply to Apple's European Union entities as well as Apple Incorporated. The judgment is immediately enforceable once Qualcomm posts bonds covering potential damages incurred by Apple should the judgment be overturned or amended on appeal.

The iPhone models in question include devices that shipped with iOS 11, so Apple's latest iPhones like the XS, XS Max, and XR aren't affected. Shortly after Qualcomm issued its press release, Apple came back with its own, saying:

During the appeal process, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models will not be available at Apple's 15 retail stores in Germany. iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR will remain available in all our stores.

It's pretty crazy that Qualcomm's been successful with these attempted bans in two countries already, and it'll be fascinating to see where we go from here. In this particular case, Qualcomm says Apple infringed on a patent that, "provides a way to mitigate power amplifier power consumption which enables the device to use power more efficiently and extend battery life in smartphones."

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  • Welp time for me to buy more Qualcomm Stock🤗🤗😂😂😜
  • Anytime someone creates heat for Apple it makes me smile.
  • Why? Apple does a lot of things well. I don't like Apple but welcome the competition that strives to make Android better!
  • Those are the 2016 and 2017 model iPhones. I seriously doubt this is going to sway too many buyers. If they want an iPhone, chances are they are not going to swap to an Android phone (hardly anyone switches platforms), they will just buy the latest models. For most people it was probably a question of buying an old model or new model anyway. This will just push them to buy the newer model. Ask yourself, if you couldn't buy a 1 or 2 year old Android phone, would that mean you would automatically switch to an iPhone, or just buy a newer Android? You know what the answer would be.
  • I only clicked to say that the headline is terrible. Qualcomm doesn't have the power to ban anything.
  • Their lawsuit created the ban, fool.
  • Courts ban, lawsuits create the reason for it. The title ">Qualcomm bans< the sale of iPhones in another country, this time Germany" is incorrect. It's you who is the fool. :)
  • Haha good for Evil Apple
  • I hate these petty patent lawsuits but I remember when Apple used to do it back when Android was first starting, so this is kind of funny.