We already talked about the possibility of Apple opening the wallet and buy mobile modems division from Intel, making room for Ma to make its own 5G chips and move away from Qualcomm's dependence. Conversations between the two companies had been in a heavy rain until recently, but now they seem to have warmed up for good.
According to a report by the Wall street journal, which quotes people familiar with Apple's plans, the purchase of Intel's modems division is already in advanced conversation and, at this rate, can be announced already. next week Unless a very strong obstacle is encountered there, that is.
The matter does not specify values for the business, but mentions that Ma could shell out more than $ 1 billion to buy Intel's part, which includes people, patents, and technologies. The two companies have been holding these talks for about a year, but the plans had been put on the back burner when Apple and Qualcomm settled their differences in court around the world. Now something caused Tim Cook and his class to revive having a modems division to call their own.
Intel had already announced, since Apple and Qualcomm made peace, that it would exit the 5G modems market, putting the sale division to the most interested buyer. Ma, in turn, already has a team working on the chips internally, but Intel's expertise can be a good help in this process.
Current rumors are that the 2020 iPhones will come with 5G connectivity, and the modem of these phones will surely be from Qualcomm as well as some of its successors. Apple's endeavor in the segment is still a long-term plan, so with Intel or no Intel, we will still have to wait a few years to see smartphones and tablets equipped with Ma's own 5G modems.