Apple ordered to stop selling iPhone 6, 6 Plus in BeijingA regulator says two iPhones run afoul of another company's patent.
The Apple iPhone has more trouble in China. This time, a Beijing regulator has told Apple it can no longer sell the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in the city. The regulator said those models of iPhone [UNKNOWN] of a patent held by [UNKNOWN]. That patent relates to the exterior design of the company's 100C smartphone. The 100C and the iPhone 6 do resemble each other. They're both phones dominated by a touch screen with rounded corners. The ear speakers also share a similar design. The Intellectual Property Office said the Apple iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have minor differences from Baili's 100C. The differences are so tiny that the average customer could not notice. So this case falls into the patent rights protection category. What kind of impact will this order have? Well, some Beijing stores have already stopped selling the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, favoring the newer 6s and 6s Plus. The order also seems odd since the iPhone 6 and 6s are virtually identical. What's the difference between these two models? An S on the back. There's one more color available in the iPhone 6S. That's not a lot from a visual standpoint. Beijing had a population of 11.51 million people as of the year 2000. Unofficial estimates say the population now is more like 20 million people. Reportedly Apple has already appealed the ban which would keep the phones on sale for the time being. That's it for this Tech News Update. I'm [UNKNOWN] and you can stay on top of the biggest stories at www.cnet.com/update. [MUSIC]