Qualcomm attempting to ban sale of iPhone X by select US carriersBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 1 December 2017 | Categories: news
Qualcomm and Apple have been going at it for the past couple of years now, and the pair's legal battles show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The latest installment in the saga has Qualcomm looking to ban the sale of iPhone X devices in the US by carriers AT&T and T-Mobile, according to The Verge.
This action stems from three lawsuits currently under dispute, with Qualcomm claiming that Apple's most recent phones infringe upon mobile technology contained within 16 different patents. The majority of the patents pertain to charging, with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X all sporting wireless charging functionality now. One of the other patent infringements suggests that phone's Portrait Mode also utilises technology that is not Apple's.
Qualcomm is seeking unspecified payments for the respective patent infringements, and is seeking an intervention by the US Federal Trade Commission to restrict the import of iPhone X devices that use modems provided by Intel, which are specifically sold Stateside by AT&T and T-Mobile.
At this stage it's unclear whether Qualcomm has sufficient grounds to make these claims, but the company has tried similar tactics in other countries with little success. Perhaps the bigger question for consumers, however, is what happens to the iPhone X units that have already been sold by AT&T and T-Mobile?
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