Precedent will be set and pieces that were in limbo will fall seamlessly into place. Then Apple's arrogance will prove fatal. Cook thinks the Apple nerd cult following will save his company. Doubtful. Even nerds want secure devices.
timing, no judge is going to ruin his reputation and livelihood by ruling against AAPL. He may make them pay some minor royalty, but it will just be for show. Notice he is taking as long as possible to rule because he doesn't want to.