The iPhone 5 is already uncovered, and in a number of countries it will be launched on September 21, while in the rest of the world on September 28. Apple’s new smartphone was announced with many anticipated features allowing the manufacturer to take the wheel in its hands again. Of course, HTC, Samsung and other top manufacturers have their own warriors that will fight till the end, but taking into account the iPhone’s popularity it will be quite difficult. This battle will be more severe because the iPhone 5 finally supports LTE. But everything can end before it even begins.
As you know the iPhone 5 is packed with an amazing chip that includes four radios allowing consumers to use the device in GSM, HSPA+, DC-HSDPA and LTE. The latter uses a standard based on hundreds of different patents. Some of them are held by HTC and Samsung. So these two companies are going to sue Apple.
According to a source, Samsung has not taken any real action yet but it seems the patent lawsuit will be filed in a few weeks. “Samsung Electronics has decided to take immediate legal action against the Cupertino-based Apple. Countries in Europe and even the United States ― Apple’s home-turf ― are our primary targets.”
As for HTC, it has the first LTE handset, the Thunderbolt, and it’s clear there are many LTE patents that belong to the Taiwanese company. So if HTC decides to enter the fight, Apple will have to worry seriously.
However, we understand all top and small manufacturers want to beat Apple in any possible way but the Cupertino-based company is not as weak as you might think. Apple has its own 434 LTE patents but it seems the clash is inevitable because just recently Apple’s lawsuit made Samsung pay $1 billion.