HTC likely to pay Apple $6 to $8 per handset sold in 2013.
Looking a little deeper into the agreement between HTC and Apple, it appears that Apple is getting the better end of this deal.
Shaw Wu, an analyst with Sterne Agee, has talked to industry analysts and been informed that Apple will likely receive between $6 to $8 from HTC for every smartphone shipped in 2013. Wu estimates that around 30 to 35 million units will be shipped, bringing Apple somewhere in the neighborhood of $180 million to $280 million in licensing fee revenue. A Wall Street Journal source confirms Wu’s statements and added that HTC executives initiated the deal and are relived that the legal battles with Apple have been successfully resolved.
Shaw Wu also believes that this agreement with HTC will create a “blueprint” that Apple can use to bring settlements with other competitors such as Samsung and Motorola. He stated:
We think it is fair that Apple will get some licensing revenue for the intellectual property it has developed (in particular multitouch gestures) in making the modern smart phone and tablet with touch screens. Prior to the iPhone and iPad, there were arguably no products that were close in functionality and appearance.
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