Apple in 'Advanced Talks' to Acquire GPU Supplier Imagination Technologies [Update: No]

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Apple is reportedly in "advanced talks" to acquire British microchip designer Imagination Technologies, according to The Verge this morning.

The information is said to come from "a source with knowledge of the discussions". When asked for comment, Imagination Technologies refused to deny the planned takeover.

The report follows the UK firm's announcement just last week that it was making additional cuts to its business as part of a significant restructuring program, which saw 350 jobs axed in the process.

Imagination Technologies
Imagination traditionally supplies the PowerVR graphics architecture found in Apple's range of iPhones and iPads. Apple has been a licensee and stakeholder in the company since at least 2008, and became a key investor in mid-2009 when it raised its stake in the firm to 10 percent. In 2014, Imagination announced an extended licensing agreement with Apple.

Imagination Technologies currently has a market capitalization of around £500 million ($714.5 million). The acquisition, if confirmed, would likely mean Apple could design future graphics architecture for its iOS devices in-house.

Update 8:25 AM: Apple tells CNBC it "did hold some talks" with Imagination but does not intend to make an offer to acquire it.

Update 8:31 AM: Apple's full statement has been published by the London Stock Exchange.

From time to time, Apple talks with companies about potential acquisitions. We had some discussions with Imagination, but we do not plan to make an offer for the company at this time.

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55 months ago

Whatever you do Apple, don't replace intel. Its been so much better the last 10 years using intel macs!

Ohhhhh boy... We all know that the clock is ticking on Intel Macs... Only a matter of time now before ARM-based Macs start rolling out.
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55 months ago
While I am cautiously optimistic, I question whether Apple has the focus to drive a highly standards based GPU technology forward. This is an area that they have been notoriously poor at on the Mac side of the house.
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55 months ago


Well I hope you invested in Imagination if your crystal ball was so clear. :D:p

The stock market is witchcraft and voodoo.:eek:

"Update 8:25 AM: Apple tells CNBC ('https://twitter.com/cnbcnow/status/712298483684876288') it "did hold some talks" with Imagination but does not intend to make an offer to acquire it."

See, witchcraft and voodoo... and speculators just making up stuff. But mainly witchcraft and voodoo.
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55 months ago

The stock market is witchcraft and voodoo.:eek:

More importantly, are you going to catch the game today? The Rays vs The Cuban National Team. Progress man. Progress.

Unfortunately I grew up with parents that failed to teach me the baseball fanaticism of the Cuban people. Instead I became a fanatic of futbol like my other Latino brethren. But I will keep an eye on the score. There was a time when the Americans could not beat the Cubans, but I think a lot of the "A" players have defected already.
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