Apple fears losing chunk of market if product ban stands
APPLE looks set to take a major financial hit if a US ban on iPads and iPhones begins as scheduled next week.
The ban, which affects older iPhone 4 models still on sale, also prohibits the sale of iPad 2 devices. Sales of iPhone 4 phones make up over a third of all US iPhone sales, according to industry data.
The ban is being implemented by the US International Trade Commission following a decision that found Apple violated design patents held by arch-rival Samsung on older iPhones and iPads. Apple is refusing to pay licensing fees to Samsung, complaining that the fees are excessive. It has also requested a stay on the sales ban, arguing that the ban would "sweep away an entire segment of Apple's product offerings".
Yesterday, representatives of a number of large US tech companies (including Intel and Microsoft) made a plea to US president Barack Obama to veto the ITC iPhone ban.
Research firm Strategy Analytics said that Samsung sold 76 million smartphones to take 33.1 per cent of the market, wid-ening the gap with second-ranked Apple which saw its share shrink to 13.6 per cent.
Apple employs over 4,000 people in Cork.