Apple is reportedly in “advanced talks” to buy Intel’s smartphone modem business. The deal is pegged to be around $1 billion and would include Intel’s expansive patent portfolio along with the entire modem team.
Weeks ago Intel had put nearly 8,500 wireless patents for auction. Now Intel has taken the patents off the market and is allegedly entering into negotiation with an unnamed buyer.
After losing out 5G modem orders from Apple and withdrawing from the modem business, Intel will now reportedly auction off its entire IP range related to wireless networks. The company is looking to sell off around 8,500 patents, out of which 6,000 are related to 3G, 4G, and 5G standards. The remaining 1,700 patents relate to other wireless technology.
The cellular modem situation for Apple’s iPhones (and iPads) has been in a bit of a rocky state lately. But it looks like the settlement with Qualcomm may have finally calmed things down. At least as far as third-party help is concerned. But what about Apple’s custom cellular modem dreams? Those may have been pushed back a bit.
‘ZombieLoad’ Flaw in Intel Chips Could Lead to Stolen Sensitive Information; Apple Patched it in macOS 10.14.5
Security researchers have discovered a critical flaw in Intel chips, which have left almost every Mac dating back to 2011 vulnerable to potential security issues. But while this is big news in itself, there is good news at the end.
After Apple and Qualcomm announced that they have dropped all lawsuits against each other, Intel has now announced that it is exiting the 5G modem business. The company will continue to invest in its 5G network infrastructure business.
2019 is the year of the 5G phone, at least from companies like Samsung and LG. But rumor has it that Apple won’t be jumping on the bandwagon until 2020.
There have been rumors for quite some time that Apple is developing ARM-based Macs. And apparently even Intel buys them.