Apple claims to have found a court-ordered software solution that recently banned the sale of some of its older iPhones in China. In a statement to Reuters the company said it will issue a software update "early next week," which it believes will affect "the minor functionality of the two patents in question". If the Courts Agree This update means that Apple may continue to sell the iPhones affected by the ban, including the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X.
It was recently discovered that Apple committed a breach on two of Qualcomm's patents in China allegedly related to resizing images and managing applications. When the ban was first announced, Apple CNBC claimed that iOS 1
However, it is unlikely that this update will end the dispute if Qualcomm, of which Apple claims that it wishes to reach an agreement. Just yesterday, the chipmaker has filed a further injunction to ban the sale of the iPhone XS and XR, Apple's latest iPhone models, which are pre-installed with iOS 12.
The dispute between Apple and Qualcomm in China is only part of the global dispute between the two companies. Qualcomm has previously tried to ban iPhones in the US, and also claims that Apple stole the source code and shared it with its rival Intel. Apple has meanwhile claimed that Qualcomm has dramatically overwhelmed the use of its patents.
Given the bad blood between the two companies, it seems unlikely that Qualcomm will be satisfied with a simple software update. Ultimately, however, it is up to the Chinese courts to have the last word.