The injunction allegedly affects iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X, although Apple denies the scope of the ban. It is alleged that the order only affects iPhones running on older versions of iOS, and that iOS 12 (which is compatible with all of the above devices) does not infringe the patents, CNBC said.
"Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property system while refusing to compensate us," said Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm's General Counsel, in a statement to Reuters .
"Qualcomm's efforts to ban our products is another desperate step for a company whose illegal practices are irrelevant to regulatory investigations around the world," Apple said in a statement to CNBC . "All iPhone models continue to be available to our customers in China, and Qualcomm has filed three patents that they have never registered before, including one that has already been invalidated, and we will pursue all of our legal remedies."
The Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court (which had banned some imports of Micron memory chips earlier this year) issued the preliminary injunction against four Apple subsidiaries. Qualcomm filed the lawsuit late last year.
Apple and Qualcomm are also involved in litigation in the US and are facing trial in April for a patent dispute. Meanwhile, the next month before Qualcomm, the Federal Trade Commission will fight for antitrust litigation in connection with ̵
As of 12:10:18 1:35 PM ET: This post has been updated to reflect Apple's plans to appeal to lift the ban on sales.