Apple Trying to Take Over Intel's Modem Business

While the current state of the talks is unknown at this point, Apple trying to take over parts of Intel's modem business isn't necessarily surprising, especially after the company already poached several high-profile employees of the chip maker. A Wall Street Journal report in April claimed that Apple was looking into making an acquisition then.

A deal between the two companies would also likely include Intel patents and products, according to the report, which says the arrangement would resemble the deal Apple reached with Dialog Semiconductor previous year, which saw Cupertino snaffle up patents and 300 engineers from the Anglo-German company. The final acquisition agreement is similar to Apple's acquisition of Dialog Semiconductor. Dialog Semiconductor is a United Kingdom company that specializes in designing electronic device energy management chips. If the deal goes through, Apple will also get access to the patents and products of this Intel unit.

Apple has been negotiating with Intel since a year ago, but The Information warns that negotiations may still be fruitless. Apple is expected to launch a 5G iPhone in 2020 using Qualcomm chips.

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So says The Information, which has heard from "four people briefed on the discussion" that Apple is interested in Intel's German business, which is considered to be one of its strongest pieces; Intel's chip production facilities are headquartered in Germany after a 2011 purchase of chipmaker Infineon.

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. Apple is not in much of a hurry to develop its own chip since it was able to resolve its legal cases with Qualcomm.

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