The Apple Watches hit by a US ban are still for sale at some retailers – Business Insider

Apple isn’t selling its banned Apple Watch models in the US — but you can still find them at other retailers

The Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 are still available at third-party retailers even if Apple isn’t selling them.

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The Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 are no longer on shelves at US Apple stores or its website.That’s after the ITC ruled that Apple infringed patents owned by health-tech firm Masimo.Some other retailers still have the models in stock, though it’s unclear for how much longer.

If you were planning on buying one of Apple’s newest smart watches, there are still places you can secure one despite a US ban.

The company has pulled its Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2 off its shelves — both physical and online — in the US after the International Trade Commission ruled against the tech giant in a patent dispute over blood oxygen monitoring technology. The Biden administration also dealt Apple a blow on Tuesday, opting not to veto the ITC ruling.

But while the two smart watches might be unavailable from Apple, third-party retailers still have ones available to buy.

A Best Buy representative confirmed to Business Insider that it will continue to sell both models, and it appears that other retail giants like Target, AT&T, and Amazon were also selling the devices as of December 26. Target, AT&T, and Amazon did not immediately respond to BI’s request for comment.

On Best Buy’s website, the least expensive fully packaged Series 9 watch retails for $399, while the least expensive Ultra 2 goes for $799. Some colorways were not available when BI checked.


However, it’s unclear how long the smart watches will remain available. The ITC ruling bans further imports of the models. Apple — which one analyst estimated could lose $300 million-$400 million in holiday sales from the ruling — is still selling older models of the Apple Watch.

Apple announced the halt in sales earlier this month after the ITC said it infringed on blood-oxygen sensing patents owned by health-tech firm Masimo. Apple said it strongly disagreed with the US decision not to veto the ITC ruling, and is “taking all measures to return Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 to customers in the US as soon as possible.”

A spokesperson for Masimo, however, called the ruling “a win for the integrity of the US patent system, and ultimately American consumers.”


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