Qualcomm places high-stakes bet on iPhone injunction in Germany

“Today, Apple indicated that they will stop selling iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany due to an injunction issued as part of a long battle between Apple and Qualcomm,” Gene Munster and Will Thompson write for Loup Ventures. “There is a lot more at play here than what meets the eye, including Qualcomm’s high-stakes bet that these iPhone injunctions will not be successfully appealed.”

“Most important to note, the impact to Apple’s business from the Germany injunction is insignificant. Based on rough math, we believe the injunction affects about 0.2% of Apple’s revenue,” Munster and Thompson write. “Qualcomm also won a similar injunction in China that affects more models (iPhones 6s through X), but the scope of the ban is much narrower, as an update to iOS 12 will void Qualcomm’s claims. As of now, all iPhone models are available in China.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: All of these little moves are just markers along the road to settlement which will result in better terms for Apple and worse for Qualcomm than either had before Apple finally had enough of Qualcomm’s extortion racket and began this process. So, basically, the saga continues until Qualcomm finally figures out that the jig is up and settles.

Qualcomm’s unreasonable, illogical, and irrational licensing scam, which charges a percentage of the total cost of all components in the phone, even non-Qualcomm components, must end.

Interns, tap the first Christmas keg!!! Prost, everyone!

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  1. According to Apple iphone 7 and 8 will still sell through carriers .

    “Apple said that it will stop selling iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models in Germany at Apple retail stores whilst the appeal process goes ahead. iPhone XS and iPhone XR are unaffected, and older iPhone models will still be on sale at third party resellers and carriers.

  2. i don’t understand how Qualcomm is entitled to these patents… but Apple’s multi-touch doesn’t get a dime…

    that should be an “essential” patent… all phones, tablets, screen interfaces require this ability.

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