Apple may end an agreement to buy up Intel's abandoned one-dollar-dollar smartphone modem business, with Wall Street Journal reporting today that an agreement could be announced already next week.  In April, Intel announced that it would leave the 5G mobile modem business earlier this year after Apple reached a surprise settlement with Qualcomm who would see Apple return to using Qualcomm's modems in their phones. Intel's CEO Bob Swan continued to clarify that Intel had left the modem business directly because of the Apple settlement – without Apple being able to conclude that the company "just didn't see a way" in the future.
According to a report by Bloomberg at that time, Apple allegedly decided that Intel could not offer a 5G modem iPhone in a timeframe that worked with its plans about giving out 5G-ready smartphones, forcing Apple to reconcile with Qualcomm after many years of disputed legal disputes. Now, an agreement for Apple to get that portion of Intel's business covering a portfolio of patents and employees worth $ 1
Following the Apple / Qualcomm agreement, Intel reportedly began searching for a buyer for its modem business. And Apple, it turns out, makes much sense as a buyer. Before Apple and Qualcomm settled, Intel became the only third-party modem provider for the 2018 iPhone models. And Apple has long been Intel's only major customer for modems – almost all other major Android phones rely on either Qualcomm or internal solutions.
While Apple has a new deal with Qualcomm, the renowned controlling technology company was already reportedly working on developing its own internal modems, similar to the existing internal CPU platform that has resulted in the iPhone and iPad's proprietary A-series. chipset. Adding Intel's portfolio and experience to the process – experience that includes existing work with 5G chips for iPhones – will probably only speed up the process and allow Apple to operate independently of a third party for its modems at some point in the future.