Apple has resumed sales of its older iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 handsets in Germany, after they were banned last year following a legal victory by Qualcomm.

Apple and Qualcomm are of course locked in a bitter legal battle, and on 20 December last year, a court order from the Munich District Court ruled that Apple had infringed Qualcomm patents on power-saving technology used in smartphones.

Qualcomm then managed to post security bonds totalling 1.34bn euros in order to enforce the court order in Germany.

This meant that Apple had to pull the iPhone 7 and 8 models from its own 15 retail stores in Germany (plus its online store) during the appeal process.

But now according to Reuters, Apple and Qualcomm have reached an agreement whereby Apple can resume selling the two iPhone models again.

Qualcomm and Apple are fighting legal battles around the world at the moment, but in Germany Qualcomm had sued Apple which had been selling some older iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models that contained chips from Apple supplier Qorvo Inc – whose chip was only present in older phones with Intel modems.

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