Done Deal: Apple Takes Over Intel’s Smartphone Modem Business

Apple has completed the takeover of Intel’s smartphone modem business after the official announcement regarding the deal was released in July.

The acquisition basically means that Apple can push harder for building its very own modems for future-generations iPhones, as the company is trying to reduce reliance on third parties and create more components on its own.

Earlier this year, Apple and Qualcomm settled their long-time patent dispute, with Cupertino agreeing to use Qualcomm modems for the launch of the very first iPhone with 5G capabilities in the fall of 2020. While iPhones are likely to continue to come with Qualcomm chips for several more years, Apple’s plan is to equip the device with its own modems at some point in the near future.

iPhone with Apple in-house modem

People familiar with the matter said Apple’s plan was originally to bring an in-house built modem in the 2022 iPhone, but others claimed the company is trying to do this as e… (read more)

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