The latest Apple Watch models, including the Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2, may be removed from store shelves due to a ruling by the US International Trade Commission. President Joe Biden has until the end of Christmas day to overturn the ruling, but it is unlikely that he will intervene. Apple has already removed the offending watch models from its online store, and Apple Store locations are expected to open without them in stock. The ban would affect the Apple Watch Series 6 and later, as well as all models of the Apple Watch Ultra. The ruling stems from a patent violation related to a pulse oximeter technology owned by medical device maker Masimo. Apple has marketed its smartwatch as a life-saving device, but this legal dispute threatens its reputation. Apple has started removing the affected watch models from stock in anticipation of the ruling, and the review period ends on Monday if no intervention occurs. The company is exploring legal and technical options to ensure the availability of the Apple Watch to customers, but there is no guarantee that the ITC will accept any potential solution. Masimo CEO Joe Kiani believes that Apple deliberately infringed on his company's patents, and the two companies have been in conflict for several years. While it is unlikely for President Biden to intervene, there is precedent for such action, as President Barack Obama vetoed an ITC ruling against Apple in 2013.
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