Apple and Qualcomm, as you may or may not know, are not in right term at the moment, as both companies are battling out in court. Qualcomm won an injunction against Apple earlier this week, followed by Apple’s ban from selling specific iPhone models in China.
Although so far Apple has ignored the ban, it is now looking to put an end to this debacle with a software update. In a statement to Reuters, Apple said it would be issuing an iOS update addressing ‘the minor functionality of the two patents at brought in the case.’
If the courts agree to this decision, then Apple may continue to sell its iPhones that are affected by the ban which includes the iPhone 6S through to iPhone X. that being said, it is highly unlikely that Qualcomm will agree with Apple’s move to push a software update. After all, the company just recently requested the ban of even the newer models of iPhones like the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.
Also, the details of Apple’s iPhone update are yet unknown. But from what i can understand, it looks like Apple will be rolling out the latest version of iOS, the one that does not incorporate Qualcomm‘s patent-infringing technology.
It is also worth pointing out that Apple has filed a request for reconsideration with the court to invoke the preliminary injunction. So, it looks like we will have to wait to see what the court has to say.