>> Apple suffering a potential blow in one of its most important markets. A Chinese court, Monday, handing down a preliminary injunction, banning the sell of older iPhones, from the 6S, all the way to the iPhone X, and phones that use an older version of Apple's iOS operating system.
The ban is a result of a lawsuit brought by Qualcomm, the world's biggest maker of chips used in mobile phones accusing Apple of violating patents. Qualcomm telling Reuters "Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us.". But Apple called the lawsuit, quote, another desperate move, and says it has already upgraded the software to avoid Qualcomm's infringement claim.
Reuter's Steven Ellis is on the story.>> This Qualcomm patents actually concerns software, rather than hardware. Specifically some feautures around how you resize photos and how you manage applications on a touch screen device. So, it's possible that Apple could have made changes to it's software that would resolve the issue, and Apple is saying all our phones are made available in the country.
>> Apple shares which have been in a freefall as of late, dropping into negative terittory for the year, before taking up slightly for the day. The stock has been dogged by persistent worries. The company's newest iPhones aren't selling well.>> The way this really adds up is, it's just one more bump in the road for Apple, regardless of whether it actually has any material impact on sales.
It's a bad headline at a time when Apple has already had a lot of bad headlines.>> Apple's legal troubles aren't over. It is set to face off in a US court with Qualcomm next year over a different patent dispute than the one fought in China. Apple says it will challenge the ruling made in the Chinese courts.