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Proposed Tech Export Ban in US Could Affect Apple iPhones

There has been no comment from Apple expressing concerns or opinions on the matter as yet

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A ban has been proposed in the US on the selling of emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), computer vision and iPhone processor technology, which could majorly affect trade, working and research of many tech giants, including Apple.

In Apple’s case, such restrictions on AI technology could hypothetically prevent the company from selling iPhones in specific markets completely, or force it to produce a version with features cut to comply with licensing rules, Apple Insider reported on Monday.

According to a document shared on Twitter by former presidential technology and national security advisor R. David Edelman, the US Bureau of Industry and Security has requested for public comments about the idea of monitoring the sales of certain technologies to other countries.

The filing is a request for public comment on “criteria for identifying emerging technologies that are essential to US national security”, due to the potential of being used as conventional weapons, weapons of mass destruction, terrorist applications, intelligence collection, or “could provide the United States with a qualitative military or intelligence advantage”, the report added.

The technologies are being tested for national security impact including deep learning technologies, computer vision, speech and audio processing, AI cloud technologies, AI chipsets, and the potential for audio and video manipulation technologies.

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An Apple store in Woodbridge, Virginia. (VOA)

Apple covers a number of products and services offered to consumers as well as the ones the company is working on which are based on AI — for example, the natural language processing and AI technologies relate to Siri, along with Apple’s other machine learning work, while computer vision would cover Face ID and vision systems used in Apple’s self-driving vehicle-oriented “Project Titan”.

Other general areas raised include navigation, quantum information, sensing technology, robotics, drones, brain-computer interfaces, advanced materials, advanced surveillance and microprocessor technology.

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American citizens can share their responses on the subject only by December 19 — giving only a one-month window for responses from the public before the Bureau starts pressing the matter further.

There has been no comment from Apple expressing concerns or opinions on the matter as yet. (IANS)

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China Bans iPhone Sales Due to Patent Dispute

China's court decision is the latest legal action in a long-running dispute between the California tech giants.

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The Apple iPhone 7 is displayed at an Apple store at the Grove in Los Angeles, California. VOA

A Chinese court has ordered a ban in the country on most iPhone sales because of a patent dispute between iPhone maker Apple and U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm.

The Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court granted Qualcomm’s request for preliminary injunctions against four subsidiaries of Apple, ordering them to immediately stop selling the iPhone 6S through the iPhone X that use older versions of Apple’s iOS operating system, according to a statement from Qualcomm Monday.

Apple said in a statement Monday its iPhones using newer operating systems remain on sale in China.

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This Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, photo shows from left the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone XR in New York. The new XR phone has a larger display and loses the home button to make room for more screen. VOA

The Chinese court found Apple violated two of Qualcomm’s software patents involving resizing photographs and managing applications on a touch screen.
Apple shares fell Monday on the news.

“Qualcomm’s effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world,” Apple said in its statement.

Qualcomm’s general counsel, Don Rosenberg, said in a statement Monday “Apple continues to benefit from our intellectual property while refusing to compensate us. These court orders are further confirmation of the strength of Qualcomm’s vast patent portfolio.”

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– The logo for Qualcomm appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. VOA

China’s court decision is the latest legal action in a long-running dispute between the California tech giants.

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Qualcomm has also asked regulators in the United States to ban several iPhone models over patent disputes, however U.S. officials have so far declined to do so. (VOA)