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iPhone 7 and 8

Apple stopped selling iPhone 7 and 8 in its German stores 
after a Qualcomm court win

The latest development in the ongoing battle between Apple and Qualcomm

Apple withdrew sales of iPhone 7 and 8 from its website and German stores, after a ruling in the Munich District Court

The ruling said the two iPhone models were violating the intellectual property of Qualcomm, which is associated with energy savings in smartphones, via TechCrunch.

IPHONE 7 and IPHONE 8 can not be found anywhere
While the verdict was issued last month, Qualcomm was sued by the court for publishing 1.34 billion euros in security bonds before it was enforced, which is now happening. 

A quick check of Apple's German website confirms the change: Only the latest iPhone XR, XS and Max XS are listed; iPhone 7 and 8 can not be found anywhere. 

Apple has already said it intends to appeal the ruling, but while the process is underway, it will not be able to sell iPhone 7 or 8 in its retail channels.

It is not clear whether vendors and third-party telecommunications companies will be allowed to sell phones

Qualcomm said the court "also ordered Apple to remind iPhone devices violated by other vendors." But in December, Apple said: "All iPhone models are still available to customers through shipping companies and vendors in 4,300 locations across Germany," even as they resume a ban on their own stores.


The ban in Germany is the latest escalation of the ongoing dispute between Apple and Qualcomm, which began when Apple Qualcomm was first accused of charging unfair prices for its modem chips in 2017. 

Qualcomm responded with a variety of lawsuits around the world. Apple also faces a similar situation in China, where Qualcomm has also won a ban on sales due to patent infringement issues. 

In this case, Apple did not withdraw its products and claims that the problem existed only on older devices.

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