Dec 19, 2023
Starting this week, Apple will stop selling the Watch Ultra 2 and Watch Series 9 in the U.S.
This move comes following an ITC order for dispute between Apple and a medical tech company, Masimo over patent related to blood oxygen sensor.
In a statement shared with 9to5Mac, Apple said the Series 9 and Ultra 2 sales will be suspended in the U.S.
The sales of both Watch models will halt from December 21 (after 12 p.m. Pacific Time) through online Apple stores.
Later, from December 24, these watches will be unavailable at offline Apple stores. However, they will remain available for purchase through other retailers.
Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 will remain available for purchase in other countries.
According to Bloomberg’s report, Apple engineers are working to change the algorithm used for blood oxygen sensor in the new watches.
There is a possibility that the company will soon release a new software update addressing the dispute cause to lift the Watch import ban.
As there’s no blood oxygen sensor available on the new Apple Watch SE. The affordable watch will remain available for purchase on the Apple Stores.