iPhone 4G Release: What could it cost Apple?

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We can now say that we are almost certain that Apple is to launch a new iPhone in the summer, which could be announced at WWDC 2010. However what we do not know is its name, it could be the 4G, HD or Pro. Anyway whatever Apple decide to call its fourth-generation iPhone one thing is certain – it could end up costing more than Apple had hoped.

The reason for this is because of the current patent problems with HTC. Apple filed a lawsuit earlier this year stating that HTC infringed on 20 of its patents that were released to the iPhone. Apple it seems was not happy with HTC using their technology.

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Now HTC have hit back at Apple and have gone one step further by demanding that Apple stop importation and the sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the U.S. HTC claims that Apple have infringed on five patents. This latest move by HTC – makers of the EVO 4G and the Droid Incredible – is seen as a counter-attack against Apple.

If you visit Engadget you will see full details concerning HTC’s claims, some certainly look like a stretch.

We cannot see anything come of this, but what if it did? Could we never see a new iPhone or will they have to pay millions per year to HTC for the privilege of selling the best selling smartphone? We are certain that this is not the last we have heard from Apple or HTC on this.