Smartphone sales have been struggling for quite some time now, and every company has felt the effects in one way or another. While some have tried to revive the category with expensive foldable phones, Apple got back to the basics and put out its cheapest phone in years and focused on cameras instead.
While some analysts disagreed with this decision thinking it would cost Apple in the long run, the tech giant actually posted $56 billion in sales last quarter for a 8 percent increase year-over-year.
On an earning call this week, Tim Cook said that the iPhone 11 was Apple’s top selling model every week during the December quarter and that the three new models were their three most popular iPhones.
While it wasn’t exactly an earth shattering record for Apple, who sold $61 billion worth of iPhones in Q4 of 2017, it did represent a major comeback. To compare, Apple’s recent fiscal fourth quarter saw a 9 percent year-over-year decline with iPhone sales coming in at about $33 billion. So, all things considered, this is surely something to celebrate.
But when you’re one of the “Big Four” those celebrations don’t last too long until another controversy or lawsuit lands on your desk.
This week Apple was in court alongside Broadcom, four years after being sued by the California Institute of Technology. Allegedly, the two companies infringed on four of the university’s patents on Wi-Fi data transmission.
In a report from the courtroom, Law360 says the jury has ordered Apple to pay a whopping $837 million to Caltech. The figure is based on the estimate that Apple would owe the university about $1.40 per device. Broadcom will owe $270 million based on a 26 cent per device figure.
Apple’s main argument was that they were using off-the-shelf Wi-Fi chips from Broadcom, not building any infringing tech itself, and therefore shouldn’t be sued. Apple told The Verge that they plan to appeal, but offered no additional comments beyond that.
But hey, even if the case doesn’t turn out in their favor, at least those extra iPhone sales can help out with those hefty legal fees.