ABI Research: 'soft underbelly for Apple exposed'
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

ABI Research: 'soft underbelly for Apple exposed'


Royalties raised from 4G cellular technologies in 2017 will be quadruple that of 2012, reaching over US$6 billion in 2017. This correlates with the growth of 4G devices and is dominated by handsets.

Just as the market for 4G royalties is taking off, Apple is entering the 4G market in a bigger way with its LTE-enabled iPhone 5. After being on the offensive with design and software patents, Apple may have to defend itself, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

"Samsung, Apple’s prime target because of its market share, is strong in 4G patents and will look to use that against Apple," notes research director Phil Solis. "The only problem is that mobile technology patents for LTE are subject to FRAND rules."

Handsets are vital to 4G royalties paid to patent holders because of a decreasing share of 4G royalties for data devices over the forecast period. There are a few reasons for this, Solis says. While non-smartphone devices are still set to grow during the forecast period, handsets with LTE will grow much faster.

Another reason is the difference in the way 4G royalties are applied to handsets and negotiated versus data devices. Finally, there are some gating factors holding back the growth of data devices.

One limiting factor holding back non-handset mobile devices is the extra monthly fees to add devices to data share plans, though ABI Research expects those to be reduced or eliminated while mobile operators focus on the size of the data plan sold. Another has to do with the additional costs to add mobile to a data device such as a consumer electronics device.

"There are the component costs and then also the mobile technology royalties," says Solis. "Two hopeful things for mobile CE devices though are that the attach point of the device is calculated differently than the traditional way done for handsets, and the promise of 4G-only devices will eliminate 2G and 3G royalties."

These findings are from the report "Data Device Royalties for 4G Beyond the Handset,” which is part of ABI Research’s "Mobile Device Patents and Royalties Research Service."

 
AAPL
$100.75
Apple Inc.
+0.64
GOOG
$577.36
Google Inc.
+1.00
MSFT
$46.36
Microsoft Corpora
-0.08
MacNews Search:
Community Search:

Latest Forum Discussions

See All
view counter

view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter
view counter

WW2: Sandbox. Strategy & Tactics (G...
WW2: Sandbox. Strategy & Tactics 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Sandbox is the unlimited sequel to our Strategy & Tactics: World War II. We've abandoned historical restrictions and turn limits making your task deceptively simple - take command of any European... | Read more »
apeFilter (Music)
apeFilter 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $6.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Shred It! Review
Shred It! Review By Jennifer Allen on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: :: GORGEOUS BUT BASICUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad It might look lovely, but Shred It! is a pretty shallow endless runner/snowboarding game.   | Read more »
It Came From Canada: Angry Birds: Transf...
Anyone afraid that throwing Transformers into the Angry Birds mix would result in a Michael Bay-level of childhood pillaging can rest easy. While Rovio’s famous fowls may be a 21st century staple, Angry Birds: Transformers wears its affection for the 80s on its sleeve. But is mere retro reverence enough to justify this crossover? We find out in... | Read more »
Galaxy Trucker Review
Galaxy Trucker Review By Rob Thomas on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: :: IN FOR THE LONG HAULiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad We got a great big convoy, rockin’ through the night… the endless night of outer space, that is. And the ships are made out of pipes. Don’t question it. It’s Galaxy Trucker and it’s now on iPad! | Read more »
Moon and Sun – children’s book Review
Moon and Sun – children’s book Review By Amy Solomon on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: Moon and Sun is a fable-like children’s book with lush illustrations.   Developer: Marcio Monteiro Price: $3.99 Version: 1.0 App Reviewed on: iPad 3 | Read more »
Kairosoft Finally Brings The Pyraplex to...
Kairosoft Finally Brings The Pyraplex to iOS Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 30th, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Yeti’s Parole Officer Review
Yeti’s Parole Officer Review By Jennifer Allen on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Yeti’s Parole Officer proves that looks aren’t everything in this entertaining, if plain, piece of interactive fiction.   | Read more »
Record Keeper and World Wide Words – Two...
Record Keeper and World Wide Words – Two New Final Fantasy Games Arrive on iOS in Japan Posted by Ellis Spice on September 30th, 2014 [ permalink ] | Read more »
iPollute Review
iPollute Review By Nadia Oxford on September 30th, 2014 Our Rating: :: iPOLLUTE, uPOLLUTEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad iPollute is a delightful-looking pollution simulator, though it’s a bit light on “game” content.   | Read more »
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.