I wonder how much merit there is to this though? Branch prediction is an age old processor architecture feature.
Age old processor technology? Yes, like 1996 old; when WARF submitted the patent application.
Just because it's old doesn't mean it's public use. The patent is still active and Apple will likely have to pay.
This claim holds a lot of merit because, and you're welcome HotHardware, WARF and Intel settled a patent infringement action in 2009 for this exact patent. Intel payed out $110M to settle. (reference AVM vs Intel civil action 10-610-RGA in Delaware).
As always apple....
looks a lot more valid than many of the claims a.pl has made over the past years