• 24/04/2024 08:38

Apple will stop selling smartwatches in the US: the reason given

 Apple прекратит продажи смарт-часов в США: названа причина

Photo: Apple will stop selling smartwatches in the US (Getty Images) Author: Konstantin Shirokun

Apple is suspending sales of its Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 smartwatches in the United States due to a patent dispute over technology that monitors blood oxygen levels.

This was reported by RBC-Ukraine with reference to Reuters.

The move follows a decision by the US International Trade Commission, which intends to ban Apple from importing its Apple Watch because it infringes Masimo's patent rights. The sales ban could come into force as early as December 26. Apple shares fell 1.4% on the news.

The decision is pending before US President Joe Biden until December 25, but Apple said it is already taking steps to implement it.

The company said it will suspend sales of the watch on its website starting Dec. 21 and at Apple retail locations after Dec. 24. Other models that do not contain a blood oxygen sensor will not be discontinued.

According to experts, what matters is whether Apple will be able to install a blood oxygen level sensor on its future devices. Masimo CEO Joe Ciani said he is open to negotiating a deal with Apple.

Apple owns about a quarter of the global smartwatch market, with that share trending upward in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to Counterpoint Research.

Previously, Masimo accused Apple of hiring its employees, stealing pulse oximetry technology and introducing it into the popular Apple Watch smartwatch.

Earlier it was reported that Apple plans to sharply increase iPhone production in India amid difficulties with production in China.

We also wrote that Chinese officials are prohibited from using Apple technology due to fears of using mobile devices for spying.

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