Apple is ordered to stop sales in China after a Beijing intellectual property board ruled that the iPhone-producing company didn’t comply with design patents of Shenzhen Baili with its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
In turn, Apple is ordered to halt its sales of both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China. According to the Beijing intellectual property board Beijing intellectual property board, Apple’s two above-mentioned devices violated the design patents of Baili’s 100C smartphone.
The ruling was announced last month but it’s unclear when exactly the board ruled the decision. Apple responded to the ruling, saying that both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are currently still on sale while the sales order has been put under review by the court.
The two models went on sale in 2014 and ever since their launch Apple has gradually decreased the order of sales because of newer models like the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus and SE.
The ruling comes after a series of setbacks Apple has suffered in China. In particular, the company has been hit by Chinese regulators on a number of issues. In May, Apple lost a four-year legal dispute as, a result of which a Chinese manufacturer is still allowed to use the iPhone name for its mobile accessories.
And in April, Apple shut down its iBooks and iTunes Movies services in China. In the statement released shortly after the shutdown, Apple said it hoped “to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible.”
The company has never elaborated why it shut down its services in China, but the move was made nearly two months after China’s government announced new rules requiring the government to approve online content from foreign companies before letting Chinese customers watch videos, play games or read books online.
In fact, Apple CEO Tim Cook recently made a trip to Beijing, shortly after his company announced it would invest $1 billion in Didi Chuxing, Uber’s top rival in Asia, and China in particular. The move was widely interpreted as Apple’s efforts to improve its relations with China’s government.
Moreover, Apple has experienced quite a drop in demand for mobile phones despite the fact that China’s tech consumer market continues to demand more and more gadgets. But in China, Apple has been getting unfavorable numbers, as sales went down by 26% in the first three months of 2016.
And the main factor to blame is the fact that Apple doesn’t have much to offer while competing with such Chinese tech giants as Huawei, Xiaomi, OPPO and vivo.
In other news, Google has been reaching new heights in its artificial intelligence development, as the company has recently opened its new Research Centre dedicated to advancing the technology in Zurich.
The artificial intelligence crew will develop new technologies in such fields as natural language understanding, machine learning as well as computer perception.
Emmanuel Mogenet, who is set to lead the team, says that the main focus of the center will be teaching computers common sense. There was, according to him, “no limit on how big I grow the team.”
“We are very ambitious in terms of growth. The only limiting factor will be talent,” Mogenet told reporters gathered in Zurich to report about Google’s AI moves.
In fact, Mogenet revealed that machine learning is already the “secret sauce” that comes in lots of Google products such as translation service, searching, spam filtering as well as content removal. In fact, even such new products as virtual helper Google Assistant and even self-driving cars benefit from that “secret sauce.”