Last April, we released a report from the Wall Street Journal which said that Apple had considered buying the division of Intel responsible for the development of 5G modems, but that abandoned the plans sometime between the end of last year and the beginning of this year.
Now, a news item published by The Information suggests that Apple is still talking to the chip maker about a possible deal, with Intel looking to sell its modem business in several parts.
According to the report, Apple would be keeping an eye on Intel’s chip division at Germany, which is considered one of its strongest. Despite this, it is not known how far the conversations are between the two companies, but the The Information claimed that a likely deal with Intel would send «hundreds of modem engineers to Apple».
As we reported, Intel announced, about two months ago, its exit from the race for 5G in the smartphone market, after several problems involving the manufacture of these chips. Apple, which at that time had recently re-signed with Qualcomm, planned to use Intel’s 5G chips in future iPhones, but now that option will fall on the San Diego supplier.
In addition, Apple also aims to reduce its dependence on chip makers by producing its own modems. Thus, the acquisition of part of Intel’s business would be very welcome, since the company still needs a few years for this technology to be 100% ready.
Once again, the The Information pointed out that Apple does not expect to launch devices with its own modems until 2025. We will see.