Apple Ceases Sales of Series 9 and Ultra 2 Smartwatches
Apple has made the decision to halt the online sales of its Series 9 and Ultra 2 smartwatches in the US. This decision comes as a ban on these devices could potentially come into effect soon, causing both models to be marked as unavailable for future purchase.
Legal Battle Over Patent Infringement
The move by Apple is a result of the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) refusal to grant Apple’s request to circumvent the cease-and-desist order due to alleged patent infringement.
Masimo, a medical tech company, is suing Apple for allegedly utilizing technology from two of its patents.
Impact on Sales and Available Models
With the discontinuation of Series 9 and Ultra 2 sales, the only Apple Watch model accessible in the US market will be the budget-friendly SE model.
The fate of these smartwatches now rests on President Joe Biden’s decision regarding the cease-and-desist order, which, if not vetoed, could delay Apple’s sales until 2028, coinciding with the expiration of Masimo’s patents.
Anticipation and Preemptive Measures by Apple
Apple’s decision to stop the sales of these models comes as no surprise, considering its earlier acknowledgment that it would remove Series 9 and Ultra 2 from the online store in preparation for compliance if the ban were upheld.
Resolution Efforts and Potential Changes
While Masimo is open to settling the dispute with Apple, the tech giant reportedly has a $17 billion plan underway, aiming to adjust the algorithms used to measure blood oxygen levels.
However, Masimo’s patents focus on hardware rather than software, emphasizing the necessity for hardware modifications, not just software changes, to resolve the issue.
Potential Implications and Timeframe for Resolution
If Apple opts to adjust hardware, this could potentially impact accuracy or functionality. Should hardware replacement become necessary, it’s estimated that production and shipment of corrected models could take at least three months.
Ultimately, the resolution of this legal battle and the future availability of these smartwatches hinge on upcoming decisions and potential modifications from both parties involved.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn