Apple May Start Selling Watches Again; US Ban Lifted (Temporarily)

Apple May Start Selling Watches Again; US Ban Lifted (Temporarily)

Apple’s Ban Lifted in the U.S.

Apple has recently received some uplifting news regarding the lifting of its sales ban in the United States. We are specifically referring to the sales ban of the latest Apple Watch models, for which more details can be found below.

Background on Apple’s Smartwatch Sales Ban

At the beginning of December 2023, Apple faced a ban on selling its smartwatches in the United States after a court ruled in favor of Masimo, a company holding patents related to SpO2 monitoring. Apple appealed to the federal court for a stay of the ban, but the damage was already done. The Christmas season found Apple unable to sell its Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2 in stores.

Current Status of Apple Watch Sales

The banned Apple Watch models were pulled from both Apple’s online and offline stores, while third-party retailers were allowed to sell their existing stock until it was depleted. At present, the ban has been put on pause, and Apple can resume sales, at least until the next court hearing scheduled for January 12, 2024.

Uncertain Future for Apple Watch Sales

The Court of Appeals could potentially extend the period during which the ban is delayed, allowing Apple to continue selling their watches over a longer term. However, there is also the possibility that the decision might once again go against Apple, resulting in a renewed ban. We will have to wait a few more weeks to find out the outcome. Ultimately, if Masimo receives a suitable sum, the case may be resolved
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