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Apple to Temporarily Suspend New Apple Watch Sales in the US

by Kimstore Customer Care 21 Dec 2023

Update (December 21, 2023): Apple has lost its bid to delay the import and sales ban of its Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 in the US.

Whoops, trouble seems to be brewing for the tech giant. In a published statement, Apple has confirmed that it will temporarily pause the sale of its latest Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 from both on December 21, and its retail locations after December 24.

The move is seen as a pre-emptive action by Apple following an order from the US International Trade Commission (US ITC). The US ITC had upheld that Apple infringed on the patents of medical technology company Masimo with regards to its pulse oximeter. Basically the tech that grants the watch its blood oxygen monitoring capabilities.

What’s next for the Apple Watch?

The ITC has announced the ruling back in October, upholding the judge’s initial ruling from January. From here, the case was sent to the Biden administration for a 60-day review period, where the US President could choose to veto the ruling. So far though, there’s been no word on this yet, even as the period nears its December 25 expiration date.

As such, the move appears to be a pre-emptive action on Apple’s part, just in case the administration chooses to uphold the ruling. Apple is no stranger to the process as well, having experienced a veto back in 2013 when President Obama vetoed a ban on the iPhone following the brand’s legal disputes with Android rival Samsung.

But when it comes to its devices though, only models with the blood oxygen sensor should be affected. The cheaper Apple Watch SE for example, lacks this feature and will remain available for sale across the US.

Get the best smartwatches for the best price at Kimstore, including the original Apple Watch Ultra!

How about prior Apple Watch models with blood oxygen sensors?

Should the order be upheld however, all imports of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2  will be blocked after December 25. This might also have an effect on the various retailers Apple has been working with in the US.

Fortunately, the ruling only concerns the new Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. Any previous model with a blood oxygen sensor (such as the Apple Watch Series 8) will still be allowed. Additionally, this dispute shouldn’t affect international customers (like us) from getting their hands on Apple’s latest smart wearables.

Masimo has accused Apple of 103 different instances of patent infringement across 5 different patents. The ITC only found Apple to be infringing on two of them, each related to its pulse oximeter. Until then, it remains to be seen how Apple will handle all of its smartwatches in the US going forward.

In the meantime, you can check out some of the best Apple smartwatches here at your most trusted online gadget store!

For gadgets and electronics, get it at Kimstore!

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