Apple might buy Intel’s mobile chip business | TECH(feed)

Hey everyone welcome back to tech feed i’m
juliet beauchamp. We already knew the race to 5-g was going on, but it’s about to get
even more intense. Stick around. The wall street journal reported apple is
in talks to buy intel’s smartphone modem business–that could be a step towards apple
eventually developing its own 5-g chip. But a 5-g chip from apple won’t happen overnight–or,
frankly, any time in the next few years. Here’s why. Just a few months ago, intel and apple were
in talks to develop a 5-g chip for a future 5-g iphone together. But then apple settled
a lawsuit with qualcomm. And part of that settlement calls for a six-year licensing
agreement in which apple will use qualcomm’s smartphone chips. So the first 5-g iphone
will very likely be powered by a qualcomm modem. But after those six years, apple would
probably need to negotiate a new deal with a chip maker or make its own. And this is
where intel comes in. Shortly after the qualcomm and apple settlement,
intel announced it would not enter the 5-g business. But apple potentially buying intel’s
wireless modem business still makes a ton of sense. The most important thing apple could
gain from this purchase are intel’s patents and plans for 5-g chips. Owning that intellectual
property is valuable since apple can use it as a starting point for its own potential
5-g chip plans. I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again:
just because 5-g is a hot topic right now doesn’t mean we’ll all have 5-g devices
within the next year. We still need the network infrastructure for widespread 5-g to become
a reality. But once that happens, this deal will give apple the power to be a force in
5-g devices. That includes iphones, but who knows what else apple will choose to power
with 5-g. Most of all though, this move gives apple a lot of autonomy. When 5-g is an eventual,
widespread reality, apple won’t have to rely on chip makers and licensing deals to
make 5-g devices. Good news if you want more on this deal and apple speculation in general–you
can check out our tech talk with macworld’s mike simon. We’ll link it below. Thanks for watching this episode of tech feed.
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One thought on “Apple might buy Intel’s mobile chip business | TECH(feed)

  1. Why don't you talk about the downside of 5G? The amount of Bandwidth it uses and the health concerns that lead to the decisions of its ban in many countries. The studies that have linked it to cancer should be relevant enough for you to talk about it.

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