Apple to sell iPhones in Germany with only Qualcomm chips

Apple to sell iPhones in Germany with only Qualcomm chips

Apple to sell iPhones in Germany with only Qualcomm chips

Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 will be on sale in Germany again, though now with Qualcomm chips.

Back in December, Qualcomm won an injunction against the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 blocking them from being sold within Germany. The versions that've returned to sale in Germany did so with a change unique to this country: They've created iPhones with only Qualcomm hardware inside where elsewhere in the world they're also using tech from Intel.

See, Apple uses either Qualcomm's or Intel's telephony technologies for the disputed iPhones. Qualcomm past year also won a ban on sales of some iPhones in China. Qorvo's chip is only used in iPhones that have Intel modems within them, hence Intel may not be directly at fault.

The ban was a victory in Qualcomm's legal conflict with Apple. While the old devices used Intel modem chips, and the new devices use Qualcomm modem chips, both devices have essentially identical functionality for the average iPhone owner. Qualcomm has frequently claimed Apple has violated its patents, while Apple says Qualcomm is abusing its dominant position in the market and charging extortionate fees.

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On Thursday, Apple said it'll resume sales of the older iPhone models at its German stores.

Qualcomm and Qorvo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"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, said in a statement.

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