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Apple Wanted to Buy Intel’s Phone-modem Chip Business: Report

Intel had been working on a chipset for the iPhone maker, with the chip expected to be part of iPhones by 2020

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Apple held talks with chip-maker Intel about acquiring its smartphone-modem chip business in a multi-billion dollar deal to ramp up the development of wireless technology for iPhones, the media reported.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Friday, the two companies were in talks since last year, though those conversations have now “stalled.”

Apple has been working on its own chips for quite some time. Acquiring Intel’s technology could have helped the iPhone maker accelerate its plans.

“Intel is now exploring strategic alternatives for its modem chip business, including a possible sale,” the report added.

The chip-maker has received expressions of interest from a number of parties and has hired Goldman Sachs to manage the process.

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This Jan. 1, 2018, file photo shows an Intel logo on the box containing an HP desktop computer on sale at a Costco in Pittsburgh. VOA

Intel has confirmed the “surprise” settlement between Qualcomm and Apple pushed it to exit the mobile 5G race.

“In light of the announcement of Apple and Qualcomm, we assessed the prospects for us to make money while delivering this technology for smartphones and concluded at the time that we just didn’t see a path,” said Bob Swan, Intel CEO.

Intel on April 16 said it plans to cease working on modems for 5G, the next-generation of wireless technology expected to supercharge mobile connections.

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The news that Intel had exited the 5G modem business came barely hours after the Qualcomm-Apple agreement was announced.

Intel had been working on a chipset for the iPhone maker, with the chip expected to be part of iPhones by 2020. (IANS)

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Upcoming Apple iPhone May Have Qualcomm Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor

Apple might be using OLED displays from Samsung that are thinner than the displays currently being used

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As per the report, Apple may use Qualcomm's X55 modems in all its 2020 iPhones, which support both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum. Pixabay

Apple is reportedly planing to use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor technology in one iPhone model, set to be released in 2020.

The iPhone maker was partnering with Taiwanese touchscreen maker GIS to develop an iPhone for 2020 or 2021 that could use the under-display tech, MacRumors reported on Wednesday.

Qualcomm unveiled the new 3D Sonic Max ultrasonic fingerprint reader on Tuesday at its third annual Snapdragon Technology Summit.

Qualcomm supplies ultrasonic fingerprint sensors for Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note10 smartphones. But iPhones could use an even more advanced version of the technology by 2020 or 2021 rolls in.

J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee believes, Apple will release a 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and one 6.7-inch iPhone with 5G connectivity in 2020.

Chatterjee predicts the company may introduce two high-end models (one 6.1-inch and one 6.7-inch) with support for mmWave, as well as a triple-lens camera and “world facing” 3D sensing for improved augmented reality capabilities.

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Apple is reportedly planing to use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor technology in one iPhone model, set to be released in 2020. Pixabay

While, two low-end models (6.1-inch, 5.4-inch) will not have mmWave or World facing 3D sensing, and will have a dual-lens camera.

As per the report, Apple may use Qualcomm’s X55 modems in all its 2020 iPhones, which support both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum.

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All four iPhone models will have OLEDs. Apple might be using OLED displays from Samsung that are thinner than the displays currently being used. (IANS)