Mobile Devices

Intel completes sale of smartphone modem business to Apple

04 December 2019

In July, Intel made plans to sell the majority of its smartphone modem business to Apple. The two companies have now completed the transaction with Apple grabbing the technology needed to help it create its own 5G modems for future iPhones.

For Intel, the move allows the company to focus on developing technology for 5G networks but also retains an option to develop modems for non-smartphones including PCs, internet of things (IoT) and autonomous vehicles.

For Apple, the deal will allow the company to build its own 5G modem for iPhones. For current generation iPhones, Apple has been using third party modems from Qualcomm. The ability to build its own 5G modem will also allow Apple to get better deals with other major 5G patent holders.

While most experts believe Apple will use Qualcomm modems for its first 5G iPhone in 2020, internally developed 5G modems will likely be developed for future smartphones.

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