iPhone 11 uses Intel’s last 4G modem

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The days when iPhones use Intel modems are almost over, but not yet.
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The end of the Apple’s war with Qualcomm didn’t come soon enough for this chip maker to get its 4G modems into the 2019 iPhone models. All three of Apple’s new handsets use a modem designed before Intel got out of this business.

Which possibly means this phone isn’t as fast as it could be.

Intel CEO explains why it sold its 5G modem business to Apple

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Intel CEO Bob Swan.
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Intel CEO Bob Swan has shed a bit more light on the deal in which Apple spent $1 billion buying Intel’s modem business.

Speaking with CNBC, Swan said the company decided to sell its 5G mobile modem business because selling modems to Apple only would not have provided big enough returns. Intel was due to produce Apple’s 5G modems before Apple patched things up with Qualcomm.

Apple’s big spend on Intel modems is pocket change in Silicon Valley [Opinion]

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Apple just snapped up Intel's modem business for $1 billion.
Apple just snapped up Intel's modem business for $1 billion.
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The $1 billion Apple spent on Intel’s modem business is the second-largest acquisition in the company’s 42-year history.

Still, while a huge amount of money by most normal standards, rival tech giants regularly dwarf Apple’s big spend on Intel. For a variety of reasons, Apple just doesn’t roll that way.

Apple buys Intel’s phone modem business in $1 billion deal

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This Intel modem will likely power the first 5G iPhone.
This modem may soon bear the Apple name.
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Apple will pay $1 billion to acquire Intel’s smartphone modem business in a deal that was announced by the two companies this afternoon..

Apple will absorb patents, equipment and about 2,200 Intel employees if the deal meets regulatory approval. The two companies hope to close the deal by the end of the year.

Why Intel wants out of modem biz (and Apple wants in)

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Intel CEO admits there just weren’t enough companies interested in Intel phone modems.
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Intel CEO Bob Swan says his company decided to bail out off the phone modem business because these products had too few customers to make much money.

Apple is the primary buyer of Intel modems, and the iPhone maker is now reportedly going to acquire Intel’s related patents as it prepares to make its own 5G modems.

Apple might drop $1 billion on Intel’s modem biz

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This Intel modem will likely power the first 5G iPhone.
One of Intel's first 5G modems.
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Apple could soon become the new owner of Intel’s giant trove of modem-related patents according to a new report on the two sides’ negotiation.

Intel decided to get out of the 5G modem game earlier this year after Apple struck a deal to use Qualcomm’s modems for the next couple of years. It appears that Intel’s loss could be a big win for Apple’s own efforts to become less dependent on third-parties for iPhone chips.

Intel chip shortages put a crimp in Mac sales

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Not enough Intel Core processors is the reason Apple can’t meet demand for its computers.
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Intel continues to struggle to provide enough processors to meet demand from PC makers, and one of the victims was Apple. This is likely the cause for a slight drop in Mac shipments during the second quarter of this year.

Newest 13-inch MacBook Pro brings unbelievable speed boost

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The new MacBook Pro will knock your socks off.
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Apple promised its newest 13-inch MacBook Pro would deliver faster performance than the previous model. But we weren’t expecting to be up to 83% faster!

That’s the kind of speed increase you’re getting with the latest model, according to early benchmarks. It gives existing owners a massive reason to upgrade — even if they have no interest in the Touch Bar.