An Apple license renewal issue is the latest in a long line of problems for the tech giant.
Apple has been struggling to meet the ever-increasing demand for its products and services, with some consumers unhappy with the quality of the software and hardware.
But Apple’s problems could grow even bigger in the coming months.
According to Recode, the iPhone maker has been issuing new licenses to licensees for years, with the company now facing the issue of whether to renew the licenses as a result of the renewed smartphone models.
Apple’s chief financial officer, Peter Oppenheimer, said in a statement that the company was considering renewing the licenses to keep up with demand, but that it was making the decision after consulting with its legal team.
As Recode reports, the situation for Apple was exacerbated by a September court decision in which a New York judge ordered Apple to issue licenses to all its licensed devices, regardless of whether they had been used in the past.
Apple appealed the ruling, arguing that the decision was inapplicable because it was not Apple that had to renew licenses.
The judge rejected Apple’s argument, but Apple had to reissue licenses in September to a small number of devices that had been in Apple’s possession for longer than a month.
Apple eventually made an additional 5,000 licenses available, and it issued a new round of licenses for some of those devices.
The court’s ruling has made it difficult for Apple to maintain its position in the smartphone market.
Apple licenses a few thousand of its iPhones each year to third parties, which make them available for a few months on a temporary basis.
These licenses typically run for five years, and they expire at the end of that time.
Despite this, Apple licenses licenses its iOS devices to the iPhone and iPad maker for about seven years, at which point the licenses are supposed to expire.
But as Recode notes, Apple has not renewed licenses for iOS devices for about a year.