Apple Plans to Buy Intel’s German Modem Unit

If the deal finalizes, Apple will get access to the patents and products of this Intel unit, and it will add another feather to the crown of success for the brand.

It is already known that Apple quite likely to bring its 5G-capable iPhones in 2020. As per the news, the brand had plans to introduce Intel 5G modems but Intel failed to meet design deadlines. The recent report suggests that Apple may buy Intel’s German modem unit to move on with the plan.

According to the report, Apple has already gone through a session of discussion with Intel about buying a section of its business last year. Though the dealing price is not yet disclosed, it is said that the deal could most likely hire “hundreds” of modem engineers to Apple.

Intel had acquired chipmaker Infineon’s wireless unit in 2011 for $1.4 bn and has been involved with the production of wireless chips for Apple iPhones from 2007 to 2010. The ex-employees of Infineon was absorbed in Intel’s German arm. Apple is interested now in this section and talks to buy it, in what is being termed as an acqui-hire. The company is interested in the deal from last year and the talks are already going on. Though according to the recent report, the deal may also fall apart.

Interestingly, Stefan Wolff, the former manager of Intel’s German modem outfit has joined Apple a couple of months back. Apple will quite likely to use Qualcomm’s 5G modems in the iPhones which will be coming next year. The two companies have come to a multi-billion dollar settlement last month. Apple moves with a strategic plan as it wants to cut off its dependence on third-party hardware maker and wants to manufacture its own modems. Though, this plan cannot be materialized before 2025.