Apple in Race Against Time: Tweaking Apple Watch to Avoid US Ban Amid Patent Battle
Apple’s in a real scramble, hustling to tweak the software on its Apple Watch to dodge a potential ban in the US. The reason? A patent dispute that’s hanging over its head, as reported by Bloomberg. This patent drama revolves around the blood oxygen sensor, a nifty feature that debuted with the Apple Watch 6 in 2020. Enter Masimo, a California-based company that threw a lawsuit at Apple in 2021, claiming the sensor on Apple’s turf infringed on two of its patents linked to light-based blood-oxygen monitoring. Cut to October, and the International Trade Commission (ITC) sided with Masimo, stating that Apple did indeed step on some patent toes.