"maybe aapl will give vhc a huge sum to buy its rights to all of its patents or to settle all cases."
There are no more cases. The low probability BS appeal to SCOTUS is it. Their "Secure Domain Name" patents are all expired. And the newer unexpired patents are in mature niches with plenty of alternatives and work-arounds.
VHC is toast, and has already received all the money out of Apple that they are going to get.