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Apple keen on acquiring Intel’s 5G smartphone modem business

Apple keen on acquiring Intel’s 5G smartphone modem business

Apple is reportedly looking to buy Intel's modem division since previous year but could not strike a deal. According to The Information, Intel is still looking to sell its smartphone modem business. The company has been rumored to be interested in Intel's smartphone business in the past, but a new report from The Information is claiming that Cupertino is in talks to buy a portion of Intel's smartphone modem business. The engineers that ended up in that division previously worked on chips that ended up in the iPhone about a decade ago.

The portion in question appears to be the former Infineon teams based in Germany - Intel paid $1.4 billion for that unit in 2011.

Apple is reportedly considering the possibility of purchasing its German arm, which is one of the "strongest pieces" in Intel's arsenal. Apple is aware of the market structure; it knows the iPhones are already late in adopting 5G and hence the settlement though comes at a price, is in favor of Apple's more significant interests.

Even if it gets access to Intel's 5G technology, Apple is probably still going to need at least 3-4 years to develop its own modems and put an end the forced partnership with Qualcomm.

Pilot killed in crash wasn't certified to fly in bad weather
The aircraft did, however, contain other devices for recording data, and investigators continue to search for them, he said. According to official reports, a crash sparked a fire on the roof of the building, however, no-one inside was hurt.

Sources told The Information that a potential deal between the two technology heavyweights would include Intel's products as well as patents.

Past year it bought UK-based power management chip firm Dialog Semiconductor in a deal that involved patents, staff and products and it is speculated that any deal with Intel would be similar. Apple will quite likely to use Qualcomm's 5G modems in the iPhones which will be coming next year.

But it seems that Apple was never really happy with Intel. That also be a reason for Apple to acquire the Germany modem business. As per the news, the brand had plans to introduce Intel 5G modems but Intel failed to meet design deadlines. Apple moves with a strategic plan as it wants to cut off its dependence on third-party hardware maker and wants to manufacture its own modems.

Since Apple's first acquisition back in 1988, almost 12 years after the company was founded by Ronald Wayne, Steve Wozniak, and Steve Jobs, the company has acquired the full rights to 108 other technologies or assets, adding up to a total of 109 acquisitions.


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