Apple Confirms iOS 12.1.2 Addresses Qualcomm Patents, Introduces New Force Closing App Animation in China

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple on Monday released iOS 12.1.2 exclusively for iPhones. The software update fixes bugs related to eSIM activation on the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, and addresses an issue that could affect cellular connectivity in Turkey on those devices, according to Apple's release notes.


    In China, as planned, iOS 12.1.2 also implements minor changes to address two Qualcomm patents that led to a Chinese court issuing a preliminary injunction on the iPhone 6s through iPhone X last week, according to Apple's release notes in Chinese. These changes were not mentioned in any other countries.

    A translation of the iOS 12.1.2 release notes in China:
    MacRumors uncovered a video on Weibo of the new animation for force closing apps on an iPhone running iOS 12.1.2 in China. Rather than moving up and off the screen when swiped closed, which looks familiar to Qualcomm's patent in China, apps now appear to shrink into themselves when swiped closed.

    Video Credit: ??? / Weibo

    As noted on Twitter by our editor-in-chief Eric Slivka, it appears that Apple may have rushed the release of iOS 12.1.2 to address the Qualcomm patents and possibly other time-sensitive bug fixes. The update that was previously intended to be iOS 12.1.2 will likely be transitioning to become iOS 12.1.3.

    In a statement issued on Tuesday, Qualcomm's chief lawyer Don Rosenberg said that Apple continues to "flout the legal system" by violating the preliminary injunction, which should have resulted in affected iPhones being unavailable for purchase in China, and by releasing misleading statements about the ruling.

    Apple called Qualcomm's efforts "another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world," and said that "Apple and many other companies, consumers, and government will suffer truly irreparable harm" if an iPhone sales ban were to be upheld in China.

    Article Link: Apple Confirms iOS 12.1.2 Addresses Qualcomm Patents, Introduces New Force Closing App Animation in China
  2. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
  3. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Qualcomm's animation patent is almost as dumb as patenting round corners. Oh wait…
  4. Xytal macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2010
    Actually kind of like that animation more, honestly. It actually fits with the app shrinking back into itself when you go home (either via button or swipe).
  5. Stickrbox macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2014
    Did you even read the article?
  6. HacKage macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2010
    2 updates to counter this Qualcomm patent in the space of a week, but of course they were guilty of infringing on it in the first place...:rolleyes:
  7. adamdport macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2011
    The courts said "stop selling it" right? So even if they fix it, they're still violating the court order?
  8. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
    I don't get it why does shutting app animation stop selling iPhones in china?
  9. Bornee35 macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2013
    Qualcomm, a company that does not produce mobile operating systems, managed to copyright the way an app appears to close in china. Literally a patent troll.
  10. Spoon! macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2018
    Because pettiness.
  11. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    So iOS 12.1.3 beta 1 will be what 12.1.2 beta 2 would’ve been?
  12. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
    that's crazy omg
  13. Baymowe335 macrumors 68040

    Oct 6, 2017
  14. Bacillus, Dec 19, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2018

    Bacillus Suspended


    Jun 25, 2009
    If there are some wicked wireless technologies half-way licensed from Qualcomm that can be SW-annihilated - then why use it in the first place ?
    Ooops sorry, we customers are too stupid to get informed
  15. jezbd1997 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2015
    Melbourne Australia
    Read the article... as someone else said
  16. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    What changed about the Share Sheet in the China?
  17. genovelle macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    They purchased both of the patents they used in this case, likely to weaponize them in this way.
  18. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Hadn't heard before that Qualcomm has a "preliminary injunction". In most countries, when you get a preliminary injunction but not a final one, and the preliminary injunction caused damage, you pay for the damage. And in most countries, you put the money for that damage into escrow.
  19. ggibson913 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2006
    It seems to me that Qualcomm is pursuing this series of suits because they are scared to death that someone else (Intel) will start making mobile chips and give them actual competition. Apple is big enough to take this attempted monopoly on.
  20. darksithpro macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2016
    So, Qualcomm... who doesn't make phones, or operating systems managed to patent the way you would close apps on a phone in a foreign country? Really? I could see legit stuff like CDMA technologies and modem stuff, but the patent stuff like this is just ridiculous.
  21. jardinager macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2015
    Not interested in any more slap-shod releases by the formerly great Apple.
  22. jezbd1997 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2015
    Melbourne Australia
    It’s getting really petty. Apple needs to settle this somehow
  23. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a


    May 14, 2014
    nyc upper east
    intel alrdy making radio chips for apple and they are getting their butt kicked big time by qualcomm
  24. Diamond Dog macrumors member

    Diamond Dog

    Apr 6, 2018
    Why didn't you read the article?
  25. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    These are from the Palm operating system—which if you remember had a card system that looked and functioned nearly identically to the current iOS multi-tasking.

    Qualcomm owns those Palm patents.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 19, 2018 ---
    Apple could have bought the Palm patents if they had wanted. They really did copy the Palm interface (or independently came to a very similar conclusion).

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