US Bans Popular Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 prove to be a big blow for Apple company.
Apple Watch Series 9 & Ultra 2: Banned in US, Ousted from Stores! Masimo Patent Woes Bite Deep
Apple’s sleekest smartwatches, the Series 9 and Ultra 2, just vanished from US soil.
A patent dispute with Masimo over blood oxygen tech landed them in hot water, leading to a ban by the International Trade Commission (ITC).
President Biden’s recent decision not to intervene cemented their exile.
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The blow is two-fold:
- No more sales: Say goodbye to seeing these beauties in Apple stores or online marketplaces. They’re officially out of the picture in the US.
- Existing watches affected too: Even if you snagged one before the ban, you might be out of luck for repairs or replacements. Apple can’t import devices with the disputed tech, leaving owners in a tricky spot.
Masimo holds the key: Their patent on blood oxygen measurement tech proved too powerful for Apple. The ITC ruled in their favor, forcing the ban. Apple’s appeals, both to the ITC and then to the White House, came up short.
- Apple’s options are limited: They can either redesign their watches to bypass Masimo’s tech, negotiate a licensing deal, or simply accept the ban.
- Consumers face uncertainty: Existing Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 owners might have to rely on third-party repair shops or hold on to their devices for as long as they can.
- The smartwatch market shifts: Competitors like Samsung and Garmin might see a boost as Apple’s dominance in the US takes a hit.
This saga is far from over. The battle for blood oxygen tech supremacy continues, leaving consumers and Apple fans in the crossfire. Stay tuned for updates on this unfolding drama!
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