Apple will stop repairing some Apple Watches after warranty

The suspension of sales of Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 in the United States due to patent infringement by Apple, brings with it very bad news for users who currently have these or other models from previous generations. Company You will not be able to perform out-of-warranty hardware repairs on Apple Watch Series 6 and later. Apple informed its employees about this through a message that it had access to. Bloomberg.

This means that if a user has a series 6 or later that has a broken screen, Apple will not be able to replace italthough the company will maintain an active technical support to be able to help users solve their questions about the software, which could also solve some problems or errors on the device.

The decision not to carry out the repairs, which had to be carried out due to a ban imposed by the US International Trade Commission when it found that Apple infringed two patents related to blood oxygen measurement technology, affects a total of 6 models. He Series 6, Series 7, Series 8he Apple Watch Ultra first generation and recently announced Apple Watch Series 9 y Apple Watch Ultra 2. All have an SpO2 sensor.

Apple Watch SE is exempt, as well as all models before 2020, because they do not include the ability to measure blood oxygen and therefore did not infringe any patent. On the other hand, and according to the mentioned media, the company stressed to its employees that it must inform users of the cancellation of the ban on not repairing devices after the warranty.

Apple no longer sells the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 in the United States

Apple Watch Series 9

Although the United States International Trade Commission’s ban does not take effect until December 25, AApple has already pulled the sale of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 from its website. However, the device will continue to be sold in brick-and-mortar stores until that date; and in retail stores while supplies last.

Society, we repeat, infringed two patents related to patented blood oxygen measurement technology Masimo Corp; a medical technology company. Apple attempted to appeal the trade commission’s decision, seeking to avoid removing the two affected Apple Watches from the market by limiting the functionality through a software update. However, according to Masimo, the patent infringement also applies to hardware.

Now Apple has to settle with Masimo in order to resume sales of the Apple Watch. Users who have recently purchased the affected model can still return it, but the company ensures that exchanges (such as other sizes or colors) cannot be made.

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