The Qualcomm dispute has been a major blow to Apple. After getting the authorities to ban the sale of several iPhone models in China, the ban was extended days later to other countries such as Germany. This mainly affects relatively recent versions of the company’s smartphone , such as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 , as well as their Plus versions.
To avoid the ban, Apple released a special iOS update in China for these devices that would supposedly allow it to bring them back to market. However, this was not enough and still infringed Qualcomm’s patents in Germany.
It seems that the only solution Apple has found to sell new iPhones in Germany is to exchange some components for others that do not violate the ban .
The German digital media WinFuture, which enjoys great popularity, says that several stores in the country have confirmed that they are waiting to receive new models of iPhone 7 and 8 that can be marketed in the territory.
The first units will arrive in about four weeks , and the sellers have already received the lists with the specific models of the smartphones. They will receive units of the iPhone 7 Plus Black with 128GB of storage and the iPhone 8 in 64GB space gray, among others.
The reason for the ban on these terminal models in Germany is that they use Intel modems that infringe Qualcomm patents . Therefore, the Apple stores and the authorised dealers cancelled all orders so that no more mobile phones of this kind would be sent to them.
There is no official confirmation from Apple yet , but due to WinFuture’s good hit history it is very likely that it is true. Four weeks go by very quickly, and then we’ll see if these iPhone 7 and 8 tuned to Germany arrive.