Another day another lawsuit, although this time it is a bit different. For once, Apple seems willing to settle, but of course on their terms. Needless to say, the terms aren’t going to be appreciated by Android vendors. So far Apple has proposed settlements to Samsung and Motorola. The proposed deal has each Android vendors paying Apple $5 – $15 per handset. If the report is true, it marks a slight shift in Apple’s strategy: previously that of the late Steve Job who famously decreed,
I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong, I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.
We’ll see how Android vendors respond to these steep fees, many of which are already paying royalties to Microsoft.