Apple is currently fighting a lawsuit against chip maker Qualcomm for patent infringement. Qualcomm claims that Apple stole its source code and gave it to Intel. Apple has accused Qualcomm of using its market dominance to unjustly raise prices. The first real victory for Qualcomm came last week when they won a preliminary injunction from the Chinese courts banning the import and sale of many iPhone models. These include the 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8,8 Plus, and X. The court ruling stated Apple is violating software patents that Qualcomm holds that are related to resizing pictures and managing applications.
Apple released a statement to Reuters in response saying, “Qualcomm’s effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world.” Qualcomm is being investigated and has been fined hundreds of millions of dollars for taking advantage of its modem monopoly in Taiwan and China.
Implications for Users in the US?
Right now, nothing, but that could change in the coming days. Apple has announced that it will be sending out iOS updates that will change some functionality of the devices. The company Apple hasn’t detailed what these changes will be, but they will likely alter how iPhone users can resize pictures and manage applications. Apple states that these changes are ‘minor’. However, they a fundamental function of the iOS so any change will be more then ‘minor’. Apple will be pushing these updates in China, where the ban is in place. Qualcomm has attempted to get a similar ban in place in the US. It is likely users stateside will see these changes happen regardless to help prevent any further action.
How Can Users Prepare?
Download iTunes to a computer and connect the device with a Lightning to USB cable (the cable you charge your phone with). Unlock your phone, as it will ask you to trust the computer if it is the first time you have connected it to it. In iTunes, select the device icon and select summary from the sidebar. You will see a menu to back up the device, select this computer and click backup now. You can encrypt the backup if you want an added layer of security. Once the backup is complete you can unplug the device or update it through iTunes.
Unfortunately, these updates are going to be unavoidable. Whenever an update for any computer or phone comes out that radically change how it operates, there is bound to be issues. Apple has had update troubles in the past. Periodically backing up data is a safe practice to use, especially in today’s age where we are more and more reliant on our devices. If you have any questions or need help backup up your device feel free to stop by one of our shops for assistance.