Apple Reportedly Wants to Buy Intel's Smartphone Modem Business

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2019

Apple is expected to launch a 5G iPhone in 2020 using Qualcomm chips.

According to a report from The Information, Apple wants to buy a part of the Intel smartphone modem division, and that part is none other than the German team which reportedly plays the most important role in the development of new tech. "Any deal with Intel for the business would likely send hundreds of modem engineers to Apple".

Apple is still looking into the possibility of acquiring Intel's Germany-based modem business, The Information claimed yesterday, citing sources familiar with Apple's plans. The report does not quote any figure for this acquisition.

The Cupertino-based company has made its own processors for the iPhone and iPad since 2010, while in 2017, it announced it planned to stop including United Kingdom chip manufacturer Imagination Technologies' graphics technology in favour of an alternative developed in-house.

It's not clear how far the talks have come so far, but the report claims that there are chances of the deal falling through. If the deal goes through, Apple will also get access to the patents and products of this Intel unit.

High profile names Stefan Wolff, former manager of Intel's German modem outfit was hired by Apple a couple of months back.

In future, Apple is said to be working to completely cut off its dependence on third-party hardware maker. Apple has already set up shop in San Diego, hoping to attract engineers over from Qualcomm, but it might not be until 2025 that the first iPhones with Apple-designed modem chips will appear. The final acquisition agreement is similar to Apple's acquisition of Dialog Semiconductor. In terms of technical prowess, Drive.ai had a limited number of pilot tests and Apple's self-driving technology is quite ahead in the game.

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