Interdigital already sells parts to Samsung and Nokia. The deal with Apple is said to be worth in the region of $56m over the next seven years.
What this confirms to us is that the 3G Iphone is on way - at some stage - as if that was really in any doubt. Jobs' mob has long contended that 3G support was a matter of battery life and form factor size, rather than network restrictions or political will.
As the Ipod Touch shows, the company's engineers have clearly got a handle on how to shrink the electronics even further, meaning that room for a 3G radio should open up in the next few months - perhaps even in time for a British, country-wide-3G launch?
We wonder if releasing a 3G Iphone before Christmas, however, would be political suicide for Apple at this point. With fans and analysts alike only just recovering from the $200 price drop debacle last week, kicking even more sand in the face of early adopters with an uprated Iphone would be suicidal. µ
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