As a result of the court ruling yesterday in Munich, Apple has proactively removed all iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models from their 15 retail stores in Germany. This is the result of the sales ban that was won by Qualcomm yesterday. The injunction only impacts Apple stores themselves. Germans can still pick up an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8 model through carriers and authorized resellers.
Apple has indicated that they will be appealing the decision but will comply with the court order during the appeal process. It was reported yesterday that Apple didn’t have to comply while the appeal was happening which was not correct. They must comply now.
“Qualcomm’s campaign is a desperate attempt to distract from the real issues between our companies. Their tactics, in the courts and in their everyday business, are harming innovation and harming consumers. Qualcomm insists on charging exorbitant fees based on work they didn’t do and they are being investigated by governments all around the world for their behavior. We are of course disappointed by this verdict and we plan to appeal. All iPhone models remain available to customers through carriers and resellers in 4,300 locations across Germany. During the appeal process, iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models will not be available at Apple’s 15 retail stores in Germany. iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR will remain available in all our stores.”CNBC
The ruling yesterday has raised many questions on how the decision was arrived at by the court. The same “envelope tracking” with the combination of Intel and Quovo chips was brought to court here in the United States but Qualcomm did not win that case. However, all indications are that key evidence around this feature was not allowed in the German court which could have swayed the decision in favor of the San Diego-based chip maker.