17 April 2019
Apple’s older iPhones were banned in Germany due to its dispute with chip-maker Qualcomm. However, the Cupertino-based giant has stated that it will resume sales of banned iPhone models in Germany, and the devices will be equipped with Qualcomm modem chips. The news comes after reports that Apple may ship the banned iPhone models without Qualcomm chips.
The iPhone-maker has stated that it had “no choice” but to stop using Intel chips in smartphones that are sold in Germany, and had to equip them with Qualcomm’s chips. Apple had to rely on both Intel and Qualcomm as suppliers for its network modem chips.
Apple devices were pulled from 15 retail stores in Germany. Qualcomm has been engaged in illegal patent licensing practices to protect a monopoly on its modem chips. Qualcomm has alleged that Apple had infringed its patents. Apple has started using Intel’s chips from 2016 after years of using chips exclusively from Qualcomm. Qualcomm has continued to supply Apple with chips for older iPhones and the Cupertino giant states that those will only be for German iPhone 7 and 8 models.
“Qualcomm is attempting to use injunctions against our products to try to get Apple to succumb to their extortionist demands”, Apple stated. Apple stated that newer iPhones with Intel chips will remain on sale in Germany.
"Intel's modem products are not involved in this lawsuit and are not subject to this or any other injunction," Steven Rodgers, Intel's general counsel stated.