Following the global patent settlement between Apple and HTC, the former is said to be set to pocket over quarter of a billion dollars from the deal.
Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu said he has spoken with industry sources who told him that Apple will generate around $6 to $8 in licensing fees for each smartphone HTC ships next year.
When factoring in his estimate of 30 million to 35 million shipments, Wu believes Apple will generate between $180 million to $280 million in licensing fees alone.
To add credence to Wu's report, a Wall Street Journal source has backed up the analyst's claim by stating they have knowledge of the deal. That said, the source didn't know any details pertaining to how much Apple will receive in the deal.
The unnamed source did, however, tell WSJ that HTC's executives are relieved that its two year battle with Apple is over. The settlement itself covers all current and future patents for a duration of a decade.
So, we have Apple wanted to be what Microsoft was, Microsoft wanting to be what Apple is, and Google wanted to be everything Microsoft was, is, and ever will be, with a touch of Apple thrown in.
I always thought I would love to see Microsoft brought to their knees, and while they are a failing company, it's not nearly as pleasing as I thought. There's always another company doing the same nonsense and trying to gain the same control. The only difference is Apple and Google make products people want (not always sure why ...), whereas Microsoft makes stuff people need, but don't really want, and now they're even trying to make us like it (like that rubbish called Windows 8).
At least Intel makes spectacular products. The rest, not so much.
Why is it so many of Tom's commenters so full of hyperbole these past few months?
Well, we just finished a big election year in the US, so everyone here has spent the last WAY TOO LONG being whipped into a rhetorical fervor and led to believe that a politics-driven apocalypse is right around the corner. Wouldn't surprise me if that's what's got everyone in an uproar over just about everything now...
Another stupid comment of the day.
Motorola is asking Microsoft for around $4 billion PER YEAR for less than 50 patents which are part of a standard (the least costly of all patents to license). And you think Apple asking for $1/4 billion per year for a whole pool of patents including non-standard patents (the most expensive type of patent to license) is outrageous?
HTC was sabre-rattling all year long (just like Samsung with their "we'll never settle" rhetoric) talking about how they'll keep on fighting. In the end they licensed. And all the Android companies bashing Microsoft ended up signing license agreements too. I bet Samsung will also license.
Unless he can copy and paste it from another source I don't think we will :P