According to a recent report by The Information, Apple is looking to acquire Intel’s German modem business. If the report is accurate, then the upcoming acquisition will help Apple significantly to its development of 5G chips for iPhone.
If you have followed iPhone’s development over the years, then you might already know that Apple switched to Qualcomm in 2011 after using modems from another German company Infineon. Shortly after Apple launched iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Qualcomm and Apple became part of a legal dispute. However, both companies settled their dispute earlier this April which resulted in Intel leaving the 5G modem business.
At the time, Intel’s CEO Bob Swan told the Wall Street Journal that the company has seen significant interests in its 5G modem business. Shortly afterwards, reports claimed that Apple might not be able to include its own modem in iPhone until 2024 or 2025. As chipsets are some of the most complex and expensive parts of smartphones to produce, the upcoming acquisition of Intel’s modem business will help Apple significantly to cut down its reliance on other manufacturers going forward.
At the moment however, we will have to wait to find out if Apple can introduce 5G iPhone anytime soon. While most of the major manufacturers’ 5G smartphones are already available, rumors suggested that Apple might not be able to bring 5G iPhone at least until next year. However, if the company manages to acquire Intel’s business, then it’ll mark a significant step towards right direction to meet the company’s goal to bring 5G iPhone sometime later next year.