Apple is set to resume the sale of its older iPhone models in Germany, however, it is only allowed to sell those that have chips from Qualcomm. It comes as a part of a long-running patent dispute between the two firms.
Last year, the tech giant needed to pull some of its iPhone models out of the country as part of compliance with a lawsuit that was won by Qualcomm. The said lawsuit argued that Apple had infringed on its patent rights.
It said that the Intel modem chips that were utilised by Apple in the iPhone 7 and 8 models violated one of the patents of Qualcomm around a so-called envelope tracking, as they included a chip that was made by Qorvo. The feature helps the iPhones to save battery power while receiving and sending wireless signals.
In a statement, Apple stated: “To ensure all iPhone models can again be available to customers in Germany, we have no choice but to stop using Intel chips and ship our phones with Qualcomm chips in Germany.”
It accused the chipmaker of attempting to “eliminate competition by any means they can, harming consumers and stifling industry innovation along the way.”
The tech giant said that both the iPhone 7 and 8, alongside their Plus models, are available to order online in Germany. It added that it will be back in retail stores soon.
The case in Germany represented the third attempt of Qualcomm to retain a ban on the sales of Apple’s iPhone as it also pursued similar patent lawsuits in China and the United States of America. The case in the US is scheduled to go to trial in April.
Last year, Apple completely dropped the chips of Qualcomm from all of its new iPhone models in favour of Intel, however, Qualcomm continues to be the supplier of the chips for some of its older models.
The move comes after Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, said that the two parties had been in settlement talks until as late as September, despite the insistence of Qualcomm that negotiations were ongoing.
Qualcomm did not immediately answer to a request for comment regarding the matter.