Last week Apple revealed it was going to roll out an update to avoid the sales ban in China. Now that the update is rolling out, we are finding out exactly what Apple changed within iOS.
The ban stems from an injunction Qualcomm successfully argued against Apple highlighting two specific patents. One of those patents was app management and the update confirms it’s the way apps are force closed.
First reported by MacRumors, the animation has changed from the app sliding up off the top of the screen. Now it shrinks and disappears in the middle of the display. It’s a minor change that most users won’t even notice.
With the update rolling out to users, Apple is confident that it is now in compliance with the patents Qualcomm is arguing are infringed upon. This should lift the ban placed on the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and X, but it is unlikely Qualcomm will be satisfied with the update.
The ongoing legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm has been dragging on for years now. The latest move on Qualcomm’s part was to jumpstart settlement talks, but it seems that the bad blood between the companies will be a big hurdle to overcome. Most recently, Qualcomm sought to add the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR to the listed of banned devices.