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Apple Removes Withings Products From Online Store Amid Nokia Lawsuit

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On Friday, Apple removed all Withings products from its online store and presumably its brick-and-mortar retail stores. The move comes as Apple is in the middle of an ongoing lawsuit with Nokia.

When Apple ceased Withings sales is unclear, but devices made by the Nokia subsidiary are no longer listed on Apple’s website. Previously, Apple carried a wide range of iOS-compatible Withings devices in its retail stores, including the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor and Body Cardio Scale.

Withings, a French firm specializing in health-related connected accessories, enjoyed happy retail partnership with Apple for more than two years. While competing Withings products like the Steel smartwatch remained off-limits, most of the firm’s iOS-compatible products were available to purchase through Apple’s retail stores.

Product sales continued after the company was purchased by Nokia in April for $192 million. However, the recent lawsuit between Apple and Nokia seems to have ended that relationship.

On Wednesday, Nokia filed suit against Apple in the United States and Germany, accusing the iPhone manufacturer of violating 32 patents acquired in portfolio purchases in 2013 and 2016. Apple fired back with its own lawsuit against nine patent holdings firms and Nokia itself. Apple is alleging that the two patent assertion entities have been working with Nokia, in an attempt to collect excessive fees for its patents from Apple and other companies.

Whether or not the recent Withings removal is related to Nokia’s shady legal dealings has yet to be confirmed.

[via MacRumors]

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  • Joe

    Withings products are terribly overpriced and not very reliable anyways (check out all the Amazon reviews). I had a $50GC for Apple and was looking for a smart bathroom scale… checked out the Withings at the Apple Store in Oakridge. They start at $200, have a high failure rate, and only have a one year warranty!

    In the end, I bought a much better scale (according to reviews, anyway) from Bed Bath Beyond for $100 and it’s covered by BB&B’s amazing Costco-like return policy. Syncs with iphone and does everything the Withings model did, looks nicer, and costs less.

  • Kalid

    Lol I bought the body scale a day before! Saw it on the Apple Store and got a cheaper deal at BestBuy.

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