Apple says it will continue to sell the iPhone 6 in China

Apple had appealed an administrative order last month to continue sales in its most important market. Photograph:( Getty )

AFP Washington Jun 18, 2016, 05.56 AM (IST)

Apple said today it will continue to sell its iPhones in China pending an appeal of a ruling which said the smartphones violated a patent of a Chinese manufacturer.

An Apple spokesman said in a statement that "iPhone 6 and iPhone 6Plus as well as iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone SE models are all available for sale today in China."

"We appealed an administrative order from a regional patent tribunal in Beijing last month and as a result the order has been stayed pending review by the Beijing IP Court," the statement said.

A May 19 ruling said Apple violated design patents of Chinese maker Shenzhen Baili for its iPhone6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and would be barred from selling those models.

The news comes with China an increasingly important market for Apple as it deals with a slowdown in global smartphone sales.