Is HTC One's external design from the cross-licese with Apple?

Someone commented on the post about HTC One that its external design of round rectangle was possible thanks to the cross-license with Apple. (FYI. Apple had sued HTC too but, unlike the Samsung case, they made the cross license deal eventually.) The comment also claimed the reason Apple included the design in the cross license list with HTC was to decrease Samsung's market share in Android using HTC as a proxy. I'm not sure whether it's just the speculation or the truth. Anybody has clue?