Apple completely stopped the sale of Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 in the USA
Apple has completely stopped selling the flagship smartwatch Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in the United States. The reason for the ban on the sale of the gadget was a patent dispute between Apple and the medical equipment manufacturing company Masimo.
The Cupertino-based corporation removed the marked smartwatch models from its online store on December 21. Now the company has removed the gadgets from the Apple Store sale. Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 will not be available for purchase after retail stores open on December 26.
In late October, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) found that the blood oxygen sensor in Apple’s smartwatch infringes two Masimo patents. The regulator issued an order banning the import and sale of two models of the corporation’s smartwatches.
The ITC then referred the case to the administration of US President Joe Biden, which has 60 days to review the appeal. The American leader can veto the decision of the commission. The period for the administration’s verdict expires after December 25.
From December 26th, the Apple Watch SE, which does not use a blood oxygen sensor, is still available in Apple stores.
The corporation said it will continue to take all measures to get the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 back on sale as soon as possible. Apple also intends to appeal the ITC’s decision.
Currently, the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 remain on sale only at third-party retailers, including Amazon and Best Buy. However, once existing stocks of smartwatches are exhausted, retailers will not be able to purchase a new batch of products.
Masimo sued Apple in 2020. The plaintiff alleges that Apple used the designs of Masimo and its subsidiary Cercacor Laboratories to create the Apple Watch.