Chinese AI firm seeks to stop Apple’s iPhone production, sales ahead of new device launch next week
- Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology, also known as Xiao-i Robot, continues to push its nearly decade-long patent dispute with Apple over Siri
- Apple is expected to launch the new iPhone 13 line and other devices in the US at an event on September 14
Xiao-i Robot chief executive Yuan Hui said in the statement that Apple did not respect its intellectual property. “Apple should immediately stop the infringement, take down and stop selling the related products,” Yuan said.
The statement came a few hours before Apple, with a market capitalisation of US$2.59 trillion as of Wednesday, announced a “special event” in the US on September 14, when the company is expected to launch its latest iPhone 13 line and other devices. This event, like Apple’s other product launches since 2020, will be held online.
“Siri does not contain features included in their patent, which relates to games and instant messaging … Independent appraisers certified by the Supreme People’s Court have also concluded that Apple does not infringe Xiao-i Robot’s technology,” Apple said in its statement at that time.
Xiao-i Robot’s latest filing for preliminary injunction continues its nearly decade-long legal dispute with Apple over Siri, the digital voice assistant that is currently deployed on the iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Apple Watch and the HomePod mini.
Apple’s Asian supply chain is expected to initially produce an estimated 90 million units of the iPhone 13, up from the initial batch of 80 million units for the iPhone 12 launch last year, according to Dan Ives, managing director at investment firm Wedbush Securities, in a research note on Tuesday.
Ives said Apple is targeting to ship from 130 million to 150 million new iPhones in the second half of this year.