The Chinese regulatory agency has ordered Apple to stop selling two variants of its iPhone 6 in Beijing after the agency sleuths found that the device look similar to that of the competitors. However, Apple says the sales will go ahead since the company had appealed.
Ruled by an intellectual property tribunal, Apple also faces serious competition from popular brands like Huawei, Xiaomi and LeEco, which had gained a substantial market share.
According to the tribunal, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus looked too much like the 100C model made by Shenzhen Beili, a small Chinese brand. Moreover, the order was issued in May but press had started to report this only this week.
Apple, meanwhile, clarified that a Beijing court stayed the administrative order on appeal and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus still were on sale.
Earlier, Apple was forced to suspend its iBooks and iTunes Movies services in April following an order by Chinese regulators. However, the company is hopeful of resuming the service at the earliest.
In May, a local court had given permission for a Chinese company to make use of the iPhone trademark on bags, wallets and other leather goods.
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