Apple will recall two of its smartwatches in the United States just before Christmas. Specifically, these are the popular models The Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. This is reported by the Bloomberg agency.
According to the agency, the reason is a legal dispute over patents between the electronics manufacturer and the technology company Masimo, whose products are used in medicine. Both types of watches mentioned above measure blood oxygenation using a built-in sensor. According to the company Masimo, the technology used is its own, and it has already sued Apple in the past.
The International Trade Commission ruled in Masi’s favor in October, and the deadline for a review from the president’s office has been running ever since. According to Bloomberg, the deadline should not expire until December 25, but Apple reacted as a precaution and will stop offering both models in the US.
Apple told 9to5Mac: “Apple teams work tirelessly to create products and services that provide users with cutting-edge health, wellness and security features. Apple strongly disagrees with the order and will use a number of legal and technical options to ensure that the Apple Watch is available to customers.”
9to5Mac also writes that the watch will not be available online from Thursday, December 21, and in stores from Sunday. According to tradition, in America, gifts are not given on the evening of December 24th, but on the morning of the 25th. The loss of the popular product at a busy time of the year sent the company’s shares down 1.2%, according to Bloomberg.