Intel May End Up Inside Apple's iPhone
Apple reportedly is working with Intel to get the chip maker's upcoming LTE wireless modem into some of its new iPhones in 2016.Intel, despite several years of trying to push its processor technology into smartphones and other mobile devices, has had relatively little to show for its efforts. Asus' ZenPhone 2 is powered by an Intel Atom chip, but most of the devices on the market are powered by processors based on the ARM architecture. However, Intel officials are eyeing another avenue into the space: the wireless modem chip. And the chip maker's new 7360 LTE modem reportedly will find a home—in this case, a socket—in a version of one of Apple's upcoming iPhones due for release in 2016. According to anonymous sources cited in a report by the news site VentureBeat, Intel's 7360 LTE modem—which is scheduled to be released later this year, with devices using the product hitting the market next year—will be used in a version of the iPhone that will be offered in emerging markets in such regions as Asia and Latin America. Qualcomm has been the primary provider of wireless modem chips in Apple's mobile devices, but sources in the VentureBeat story said Apple was interested in finding a second source of the technology and is opting for Intel, whose 7360 LTE modem has impressed device makers. Intel has been building out its wireless modem capabilities since buying Infineon Technologies' wireless business in 2010 for $1.4 billion.
The report said that Apple engineers for months have been traveling to Munich, Germany—where Intel develops its modem technologies—to work with their Intel counterparts to get Intel's LTE modem ready for the iPhone.