"Based on the iPhone models we offer today in China, we believe we are in compliance", Apple said in a statement. Apple claims that Qualcomm's patents cover "minor functionality" of the iPhone operating system.
Apple issued a statement earlier this week saying that "all iPhone models are still available for our customers in China" and, to this day, that remains true. If this comes to pass, it would be an enormous win for Qualcomm in its years-long fight with Apple over alleged patent licensing infringement.
"Apple will be forced to settle with the Respondent, causing all mobile phone manufacturers to relapse into the previous unreasonable charging mode and pay high licensing fees, resulting in unrecoverable losses in the downstream market of mobile phones", the iPhone maker said in the December 10 filing to the court.
Apple admitted that if it can not avoid the Chinese sales ban, it will be forced to settle with Qualcomm.
The new software may be part of Apple's attempt to keep the impact of the sales ban away from its latest devices. Apple has accused Qualcomm of charging exorbitant licensing fees and disputes the chipmaker's claim that Apple is legally required to give it a percentage of iPhone sales revenue. "Qualcomm's effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world", Apple originally said.
On Monday the Fuzhou Intermediate Peoples Court in China banned the import and sale of select iPhones due to a lawsuit between Qualcomm and Apple.
Once Apple does push out an iOS update to its Chinese users, Qualcomm is unlikely to change its course of legal action.
Tax losses would also be caused to the government, Apple says, as it pays millions in feeds for the devices it sells in the country.