One of the biggest losers of the mobile business that Apple shaped for the past 10 years - you know, aside from all the smartphone makers the iPhone destroyed - is Intel. Qualcomm, of course, is hoping to both ink a 5G patent licensing agreement with Apple as well as sell its 5G silicon to the iPhone vendor. Apple would have reportedly been the "key mobile customer" and "main volume driver" for the modem, according to the documents, which likely means that it stopped being worthwhile to pursue the project. The report from CTech by Calcalist claims to have seen internal communications between the two companies and cites people familiar with the matter.
A new report claims that Intel Corp. has halted development on a planned high-speed modem chip after Apple Inc. opted against using the product in its 2020 device lineup. If Apple were to make its own chip, it wouldn't need to buy chips from Qualcomm, as it now does for the majority of iPhones, but may still need to pay licensing fees depending on the result of the legal battle.
Keddy admitted that Intel has a "late start" in this market and believes the company was now on track to be a leader in 5G. However, it does beg the question that if not Intel then what. Apple is also reportedly planning to dump Intel's x86 chips in favor of its own custom-designed processors in at least some Macs sometime in the same year. A research memo published by Northland Securities Inc. last month posited that Apple may replace Intel's chips with hardware from Taiwanese rival MediaTek Inc. rather than make its own.
Still, all of this is another cloud hanging over Intel's head as its board searches for a new CEO, after Intel's former CEO Brian Krzanich, suddenly and unceremoniously resigned. Intel's board said Krzanich's departure was because he was found to have had an affair with an Intel employee that began before he was CEO and had previously ended.