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Apple ordered to suspend iPhone 6 sales in Beijing

Beijing tribunal said iPhone 6 and 6 Plus looked too much like the 100C model made by Shenzhen Beili

AP/PTI  |  Beijing 

Apple ordered to suspend iPhone 6 sales in Beijing

A Chinese regulator has ordered Inc. to stop selling two versions of its in after finding they look too much like a competitor, but says sales are going ahead while it appeals.

The ruling by an tribunal is the latest legal stumbling block for in its second-biggest global market following the suspension of its movie service in April.

The company also faces rising competition from local brands including and Xiaomi, which have gained market share.

The order by the tribunal said the and 6 Plus looked too much like the 100C model made by Shenzhen Beili, a small Chinese brand. The order was issued in May but reported this week by the Chinese press.

Apple said a court stayed the administrative order on appeal and the and 6 Plus still were on sale.

Apple suspended its iBooks and movies services in April, which news reports said was due to an order by Chinese regulators. The company said it hoped to resume service soon.

In May, Apple suffered another setback when a court ruled that a Chinese company is allowed to use the iPhone trademark on bags, wallets and other leather goods. Apple said it would appeal.

First Published: Sat, June 18 2016. 13:02 IST
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