Even though Apple’s processors are manufactured by Samsung, TSMC, and others, Cupertino has gained a lot of fame for designing them. At a time when processors have more cores than the average engine, Apple has figured out a way to keep its dual-core 64-bit technology on the cutting edge speed and power. The problem is that it seems that this technology wasn’t really invented by Apple, and today it has to pay for it.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison sued both Apple and Intel back in 2014 for the technologies used on certain Intel chips, and Apple’s A7, A8, and A8X processors that powered Cupertino’s last batch of iPhones and iPads. It isn’t clear exactly what technology Apple infringed on, but the University actually won the case against Intel, and wanted $400 million from Apple, if you consider $2.74 per device sold. The final ruling ended up forcing Apple to pay just $234 million in damages, as the judge considers that Apple didn’t willingly infringe the patents.
The problem is that this does open the door for Apple to continue paying for more lawsuits, and as expected, the University has now filed another lawsuit for Apple’s A9 chip as well. Cupertino said it would appeal the patent to avoid further problems, so we’ll see where all this drama leads.