No apology necessary for such a well-written and intelligent post. It is encouraging that these pages still contain such useful contributions, despite the increasing number of OldWhiners and trolls that seem to have discovered AI, and the resultant tedium all round.
I agree. Most here so far have assumed that Apple will now start to aggressively sue other companies for patent violation, without considering that this may well be primarily a defensive move. By securing patents for virtually everything that is happening on the iPhone it precludes the possibility of anyone else suing Apple over it.