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Apple circumvents German iPhone sales ban

Apple finds German-specific solution by using Qualcomm modem chips in iPhone 7/8 at the expense of Intel tech.

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Last year Apple was taken to court for infringement of Qualcomm patents with regards to Intel 4G modems in the iPhone 7/8. This resulted in the removal of the affected iPhone models in Germany.

According to HotHardware Apple has chosen to not reach an agreement with regards to the use of Qualcomm patents but has instead opted for using the company's modem chips and removing Intel chips, thus not breaching any patents on the Intel 4G modem chips.

This does, however, mean that Apple is now forced to pay licensing fees to Qualcomm, which is something that Apple has tried to avoid at any cost.

Since there, in reality, are no other major 4G modem suppliers other than Qualcomm and Intel, Apple claims to have no other choice. HotHardware has quoted Apple as saying:

"Qualcomm is attempting to use injunctions against our products to try to get Apple to succumb to their extortionist demands"

"To ensure all iPhone models can again be available to customers in Germany, we have no choice but to stop using Intel chips and ship our phones with Qualcomm chips in Germany. Qualcomm is working to eliminate competition by any means they can, harming consumers and stifling industry innovation along the way."

An alternative for the German market would have been to pay license- user-fees for the use of Qualcomm's patents, but that has apparently been too expensive, and Apple has not been able to engineer their way out of the problem.

Apple circumvents German iPhone sales ban


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