A U.S. jury on Tuesday found the company accountable for using processor chip technology owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison without permission in many of its iPhones and iPads.
The jury in Madison, Wisconsin, also said the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) patent, which improves processor efficiency, was valid. The trial will now move on to determine how much Apple owes in damages.
Apple could face up to $862 million in damages for patent infringement.
Rather than paying the damages, and in an effort to maintain its integrity among loyal Apple fanatics, the company has chosen to recall the phones and tablets in question, and will replace them with all-new devices using Apple-owned processor chips.
Replacement could take as long as six months. Apple has to open new factories in China and the Philippines in order to manufacture the replacement phones.