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Apple May Buy Intel’s Modem Business for $1bn

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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Apple which is looking to buy Intel’s modem division since last year is reportedly in “advanced stage” to strike a deal for $1 billion.

It was reported last month that the Cupertino-based iPhone maker is in talks to buy part of Intel’s modem business.

The latest report in Wall Street Journal details that an agreement “could be reached in the next week” if the talks don’t fall apart, reports TechCrunch.

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

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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FILE- 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 confirmed that the “surprise” settlement between Qualcomm and Apple – once pitted against each other over patent violation issues — 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 did not see a path,” said Bob Swan, Intel CEO.

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Apple may have paid chip-maker Qualcomm somewhere between $5 billion-$6 billion for an agreement to dismiss all ongoing litigations, including those with Apple’s contract manufacturers.

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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Apple Releases Dark Mode for its iTunes Remote App

iTunes Remote is a free app for controlling music libraries and other content on the Mac with the iPhone. It can be downloaded from the iOS App Store

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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA

Apple has released a new version of its iTunes Remote app for iOS, featuring Dark Mode and enhanced support for the new Music and TV apps included with macOS Catalina.

Following new iOS update and the macOS 10.15.2 update, the iTunes Remote app can be used to control playback in the Music and TV apps in macOS Catalina.

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iTunes was formally launched in 2001 and its music store was launched two years later. Pixabay

“iTunes Remote is the best way to control Apple Music, iTunes and the Apple TV app from anywhere in your home. Simply download the app to your iPhone or iPad and connect directly to Apple Music, iTunes or the Apple TV app on your Mac or PC,” the company said in a statement recently.

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As per report, Apple probably also fixed some bugs and improved the overall performance of the app with the new update, although the release notes did not mention it,

iTunes Remote is a free app for controlling music libraries and other content on the Mac with the iPhone. It can be downloaded from the iOS App Store. (IANS)