Apple Watch US sales resume following import ban appeal

The ban on Series 9 and Ultra 2 sales has been paused - for now
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Apple can resume sales of the Series 9 and Ultra 2 in the US, with the tech giant's import ban paused following an emergency appeal.

The company's latest smartwatches had been unavailable in its stores following a patent dispute, with health tech startup Masimo accusing Apple of infringing its technology and poaching staff.

Last month, the White House refused to veto the US International Trade Commission's (USITC) ruling from October, which relates to the blood oxygen (SpO2) sensor first introduced on the Apple Watch Series 6.

Following an emergency request in the US Court of Appeals, however, the sales and import ban that was in place from 26 December has now been lifted.

Apple pre-emptively removed devices from its online store on 21 December, and both smartwatches have been unavailable in-store since. Now, they will make a return.

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As of yet, however, it's unclear how long the sales will last.

This is a temporary pause while Apple waits to hear whether proposed changes to its watches would avoid patent issues - a ruling that is due on 12 January.

Further to that, the court is also considering whether the ban should be put on hold until it can rule on the wider patent between Masimo and Apple, which could see it delayed by a few months more.

Despite the good news for Apple, then, this one is far from over. And it's still very possible that the row will result in design tweaks for the next generation of Apple Watch models. 

Stay tuned for more on 12 January.

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Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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