First, Apple typically doesn't respond to rumors and second do you have any proof whatsoever that Apple initiated any of these rumors? IMO this whole beats thing is all pure BS, as find it hard to fathom that Apple would spend 3.2B on a beats acquisition.
I know it was claimed during the trial that Google had slide to unlock before Apple patented it but no evidence was presented to validate that claim. It is very easy to claim you did something first, proving it is whole different story.
Please don't try to confuse us with logic, most just assume that since Apple has unlimited financial resources all R&D and acquisition costs are readily absorbed by Apple in general and don't affect selling prices at all./s