Apple in China is not having the best of times in the country which also happens to be the biggest market for Apple outside of the US as a result of iPhone sales and app revenue. Shockingly, a court in China has passed an order stopping Apple from selling two models of the iPhone in Beijing. These models are the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus which are said to have been designed replicating a Chinese smartphone by Shenzhen Baili. The smartphone in question is the 100C; we have shared the image of the phone below and leave it to the judgement of the readers.
Strangely, Apple CEO Tim Cook visited China recently, last month, and the court order to halt sales of iPhones in Beijing follows closely behind. However, Apple was allowed to appeal against the order involving “patent infringement” and so it did. Apple said in a statement later that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone SE models “are all available for sale today in China. We appealed an administrative order from a regional patent tribunal in Beijing last month and as a result the order has been stayed pending review by the Beijing IP Court.”
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Beijing Intellectual Property Office determined Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus violate the patent of Chinese phone maker Shenzhen Baili, and as such, Apple should stop selling these iPhone models in Beijing. The Chinese phone manufacturer claimed that Apple’s phone design was copied from its 100C phone.
Patent infringement legal issue has been one of the many setbacks faced by Apple in China in the recent past, including the shutting down of its iTunes Movies and iBookstore. Last month, Apple had also lost the rights to the iPhone name. Leave your thoughts in the comment section: Do you think Apple copied the design from Chinese smartphone 100c?