HTC may have access to Apple technology thanks to licensing agreement.
HTC has said that its licensing agreement with Apple will see the Taiwanese handset manufacturer deliver better smartphones in 2013.
It's believed that due to the deal, HTC has been granted access to some Apple technology other Android manufacturers aren't able to utilize.
"The settlement with Apple will start to pay off next year (2013), and the fourth quarter of this year is still going at a set pace," said HTC China president Ray Yam. "The biggest benefit to us is that we can put more energy into innovation, which is more important than anything else for a technology company."
The two firms had been facing each other in court regarding patent disputes. However, they agreed a deal that saw HTC paying Apple a one-off amount, as well as monthly installments.
Apple were expected to receive up to $280 million on an annual basis, but the report was later debunked by HTC.
HTC is rumored to be working on the M7 smartphone, with the handset said to sport a full HD 4.7-inch screen with a pixel density of 468 PPI (pixels per-inch), as well as being powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor.