In a new court filing that is related to the ongoing dispute with Qualcomm, may result in a partial ban on iPhone sales in China, and Apple this week warned that upholding this ban would cause “truly irreparable harm” to Apple, and other companies as well, and also to consumers if Apple is forced to withdraw it’s devices from the market, according to Bloomberg.
The ban would cost Apple millions of dollars a day and affect both the Chinese government and consumers, the company added, noting it has created 5 million jobs in China across the supply chain and third-party software developers.
The Chinese government “may suffer hundreds of thousands of tax losses” from the iPhone ban because of lost taxes from sales of the devices, the company also said, citing estimates of 50 million units sold in the country in 2017. […]
“Apple and many other companies, consumers, and government will suffer truly irreparable harm,” the company said in the filing.
And as a result of this, Apple is now saying that this ban would force Apple to settle with Qualcomm, which is a move that would lead the entire mobile phone industry to “relapse into the previous unreasonable charging mode and pay high licensing fees”.
Qualcomm and Apple have been locked into a patent battle over the chip related license fees, though the current issue instead is stemming from separate patents that actually cover consumers to “adjust and reformat the size and appearance of photos” and this also means “managing applications using a touch screen when viewing and navigating apps”.
Qualcomm also, earlier on this week, won an import ban on the iPhone 6S through iPhone X models, though Apple has argued that the ban does not apply to devices that are running iOS 12, so they have continued with sales for the time being. In a new effort to expand it’s victory over this, Qualcomm is also now seeking to include Apple’s latest iPhone XS and iPhone XR devices in this new ban.