Rumors are true and Apple tonight has confirmed that they have acquired the majority of Intel's smartphone model division. Rumors suggest that as much had circulated for several weeks.
The deal itself will cost a cool dollar of $ 1 billion and will see 2,200 Intel employees go over to Apple. That will mean that Apple will acquire a number of Intel's patents ranging from "Mobile Standards to Fashion Architecture and Modem Drive" protocols, according to an Apple press release.
However, Intel will still be able to design modems for use in settings that are not smartphones such as PCs and, interestingly, autonomous vehicles. Apple has even rumored to have been working on a separate autonomous vehicle for years.
Apple also confirmed that with the addition of Intel's patents, it will now have a portfolio of wireless technology patents that are more than 17,000 strong.  "Apple is excited to have so many great engineers joining our growing mobile technology team and knowing they will enjoy Apple's creative and dynamic environment. They, along with our significant acquisition of innovative IP, will help accelerate the development of future products and allow Apple to further distinguish ahead. "
It is not yet clear when this move will bear fruit. Apple says it expects the deal to be completed by the end of 2019.
The acquisition of Intel's modem business comes after it signed a multi-year agreement to use Qualcomm shares. It was among reports that Apple was concerned about Intel's ability to design a 5G iPhone usage modem and that Intel then withdrew from the smartphone modem industry. The company cited the loss of Apple's business as the main driver of that decision.
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