Apple to Halt Sales of Select iPhones in Germany After New Qualcomm Injunction

Last week, a Chinese court granted Qualcomm’s request for preliminary injunctions against Apple resulting in a sales ban of select iPhone models in the region and today, the chip maker has been granted a second injunction against the iPhone maker in Germany, banning it from selling select iPhone models in the country (via CNBC News).


Earlier this year, Qualcomm sued Apple in a regional court in Munich, seeking an injunction to halt some iPhone sales in Germany as well as monetary damages. Today’s ruling bans Apple from selling select iPhone models in Germany that use chips from Intel and some parts from Qorvo.

Although Apple has said it will appeal the ruling due to which today’s ruling would not go into immediate effect, the Cupertino company has announced that it will not be selling iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models in its 15 retail stores in Germany throughout the appeal process. iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR will, however, continue to be sold in those stores.

Apple said in a statement, “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.”

Apple has also stated that all iPhone models will still be sold through carriers and other third-party retailers in the country.