Hate to break it to ya, but you're relying far too much on speculative benefits to Apple to reach your conclusions. The truth is there's no sign Android licensees are backing off. If sales numbers show anything, they've just gotten more aggressive. The lousy outlook, if there even is one, is not the result of lawsuits. I think you're seriously confusing cause and effect.
Again, you're going off unproven assumptions to reach your conclusions.
Oh, if only patent law were such a simple field. Then again, who am I to question? Tons of teeny boppers on Apple Insider have suddenly declared themselves to be MBAs and patent lawyers.
Here are the known facts:
1. Apple has sued some companies.
2. Apple has been sued by some companies.
3. Apple has a team of lawyers who are responsible for recommending litigation where appropriate or settlement.
4. Apple has a management team selected by the Board which is responsible for making decisions on whether to sue or settle.
5. The Board is elected by Apple's shareholders and therefore represents the shareholders.
Now, given that, what makes you think that anyone cares whether YOU think that Apple is gaining anything from these legal battles? Apple obviously does and they're the ones in a position to know. One doesn't need to be an MBA or patent lawyer to recognize that it's Apple's decision based on whatever knowledge and experience they have - which is many, many orders of magnitude higher than yours.