"For its part, HTC officials said earlier this month they believe Apple would rather sue than compete "fairly in the market." "
As opposed to HTC who would rather rip stuff off than compete fairly in the market.
Apple always recognised that they needed to pay Nokia for these licenses (they are mainly to do with mobile phone technology Nokia developed with others well before Apple got into phones). The dispute was over the terms. Nokia were demanding larger royalties from Apple than from other manufacturers, so Apple threw their own patents back at Nokia. Now they've finally agreed terms, terms we'll probably never know.
I wouldn't put too much credence in the Daily Mail, it's far from a quality newspaper (search for Daily Mail headline generator) and most stories are based on substances either curing or causing cancer. It's more likely they've just copied the story from the other news outlets that already mentioned this.