HTC had shipped blocked phones with Apple patent work around; release coming?
did not ship to the States with the same menu that violates Apple's patent. Nope. The Taiwan based manufacturer played a real life version of chess and was thinking two steps ahead when it loaded a work around into the U.S. bound HTC EVO 4G LTE and HTC One X models. Now when a U.S. user of either model clicks on a link, the appropriate app is launched which gives users less flexibility, but also keeps Apple's attorneys away. And if the user wants to use a different app, he can click on "Settings" and then "App Associations" to make a selection.
So this should clear everything up and lead to the instant release of all of those poor smartphones cooling their heels at Customs, right? Well, Apple could claim that the work around still infringes on its patent. If HTC's work around is sufficient, well, we see no reason why the phones couldn't hit the States by Friday.
source: TheVerge via Phandroid