Apple resumes selling iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in Germany after ban

Apple has resumed selling of the older iPhone models in Germany with Qualcomm chips. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 were back in stores after they were banned in December 2018 over a patents  dispute with Qualcomm.

Apple will not use intel chips in old devices to comply with German court order. Apple made a statement via email, it read –

“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. Qualcomm is working to eliminate competition by any means they can, harming consumers and stifling industry innovation along the way.”

Qualcomm won a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in December. Later the Munich court ordered Apple to halt sale of the iPhone 7 and 8 in Germany. The dispute was over infringement of Qualcomm’s technology for power savings in smartphones.

Apple and Qualcomm have been fighting over patents since 2017, this forced Apple to shift chips from Intel.

US courts are still looking at the cases against Apple.

The newer iPhone XS and iPhone XR continue to use Intel chips.