Later on last year 2018, Apple got banned for selling some of it’s iPhone devices in China as moved by Qualcomm. The company won’t stop at nothing to see their own side of the story heard after it claimed that Apple had infringed it’s patent deal with Qualcomm.
Just last month again, a Munich judge awarded Qualcomm an injunction against Apple in order to bar both the importation and sales of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models in Germany all still based on patent dispute.
Qualcomm doesn’t want only the 15 official Apple Stores in Germany to stop selling these Apple devices but also the move is to ban any other third-party vendor selling those devices as well. The company has deposited security bond to the court in the realms of $1.52 billion which is way more than what was earlier thought as the maximum limited injunction.
While the iPhone sales last year 2018 wasn’t very amazing especially with the iPhone XR not getting so much attention as it should, some of Apple fans were pulling back to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus smartphones. With the German mobile market being one of Apple’s largest market in the whole of Europe, the sales ban on these devices might b=have a significant impact on Apple’s support for those devices and the company’s value itself.
Although the move isn’t yet in implementation as the court ruling, there are still of course tons of third party retailers who are selling both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8 devices. And while Apple is appealing the decision for it’s older iPhones banned in Germany, Qualcomm would rather move to see more of newer Apple’s iPhones like the iPhone XS and the iPhone XR models banned as well.