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Intel Unveils 10th-Generation 'Comet Lake' Chips With Speeds Over 5GHz

Monday January 6, 2020 8:41 am PST by Juli Clover
Intel at CES shared details on its upcoming 10th-generation 45W "Comet Lake" chips, which could be slated for future 16-inch MacBook Pro models. As highlighted by AnandTech, the new 10th-generation chips will be built on the 14++nm architecture and will reach higher than ever speeds. The Core i7 chips will hit 5GHz speeds, while the Core i9 models will exceed 5GHz. Intel hasn't shared...

Apple's Acquisition of Intel's Smartphone Modem Business Completed, Intel Admits 'Multi-Billion Dollar Loss'

Monday December 2, 2019 7:28 am PST by Joe Rossignol
Intel today announced it has completed the sale of the majority of its smartphone modem business to Apple for $1 billion following regulatory approval. The transaction was first announced in July and includes intellectual property, equipment, and approximately 2,200 Intel employees joining Apple. The deal sees Apple acquire a large portfolio of wireless patents from Intel. Apple now holds...

Apple and Intel Sue SoftBank-Owned Firm Over 'Endless, Meritless' Patent Lawsuits

Thursday November 21, 2019 5:34 am PST by Joe Rossignol
Apple and Intel on Wednesday jointly filed a lawsuit against SoftBank-owned investment firm Fortress Investment Group, accusing the company of violating U.S. federal antitrust laws by pursuing "endless, meritless" patent litigation. The complaint alleges that non-practicing patent assertion entities like Fortress aggressively pursue patent litigation against large companies like Apple and...

Apple Reiterates Commitment to FRAND Licensing of Standards-Essential Patents Following Intel Deal

Monday November 18, 2019 7:22 am PST by Joe Rossignol
In light of its acquisition of the majority of Intel's smartphone modem business earlier this year, including many cellular patents, Apple has shared a letter on its website to reiterate its stance on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory or FRAND licensing terms for standards-essential patents. Apple says it values intellectual property and recognizes the important role of developing...

Intel Launches New W-2200 Xeon Chips Appropriate for an Updated iMac Pro

Monday October 7, 2019 11:13 am PDT by Juli Clover
Intel today launched new W-2200 Cascade Lake-X Xeon chips that are potentially suitable for a new iMac Pro should Apple be planning to refresh the machine in the near future. Right now, Apple uses custom Intel Xeon-W chips for its ‌iMac Pro‌ models, but could use a stock version of the W-2200 Xeon chips or a custom version. There are up to 18 AVX 512 enabled cores in the new W-2200 chips, ...

16-Inch MacBook Pro Will Reportedly Use Intel's 9th-Gen Processors With Up to 8 Cores

Tuesday August 6, 2019 8:15 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Apple's widely rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro will be powered by Intel's 9th-generation Coffee Lake Refresh processors, in line with the 15-inch MacBook Pro released in May, according to IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin. If accurate, this means the 16-inch ‌MacBook Pro‌ will be configurable with up to an 8-core Core i9 processor with a 2.4GHz base clock speed and a max Turbo Boost frequency of...

Intel Reveals New 10th-Gen Core Processors Suitable for MacBook Air and Base 13-Inch MacBook Pro

Thursday August 1, 2019 10:30 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Intel today introduced its first 10th-generation Core processors, codenamed Ice Lake. Built on a 10-nanometer process, the chips are designed for thin-and-light notebooks, meaning they could potentially make their way to future entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models. Intel says the Ice Lake chips have increased board integration, allowing manufacturers like Apple to release...

Apple in 'Advanced Talks' to Buy Intel's Smartphone Modem Chip Business

Monday July 22, 2019 2:54 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple is now in advanced talks to purchase Intel's smartphone modem chip business, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with Apple's plans. A deal that covers a portfolio of patents and staff valued at $1 billion or more could be established as soon as next week if the talks continue. Apple and Intel have reportedly been in on and off talks for approximately a year. As...

Intel Reportedly in Exclusive Talks With Unnamed Buyer Over 8,500 Wireless Patents

Wednesday July 10, 2019 8:25 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Just weeks after Intel reportedly put around 8,500 wireless patents up for auction, the chipmaker has now taken the portfolio off the market and entered into a period of exclusivity with an unnamed buyer for a substantial portion of the assets up for sale, according to IAM. While the hopeful buyer has not been disclosed, the report speculates it could be Apple:Intel gave no indication of who ...

Apple Hires ARM's Lead CPU Architect Amid Rumors of ARM-Based Macs as Early as 2020

Wednesday June 26, 2019 9:18 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Multiple reports have indicated that Apple plans to transition to its own ARM-based processors in Macs starting as early as 2020, and the company recently made a significant hire that lends credence to that objective. ARM's lead CPU and system architect Mike Filippo joined Apple last month, based out of the Austin, Texas area, according to his LinkedIn profile. Filippo led the development of ...

Apple in Talks to Purchase Intel's German Modem Unit

Tuesday June 11, 2019 4:05 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple is in talks to buy Intel's German modem unit, which could help Apple develop its own modem chips more quickly, reports The Information. Intel is considering selling its modem business in pieces, and this is not the first time we've heard word that Apple's interested in a purchase. Back in April, The Wall Street Journal said that Apple had held discussions with Intel about acquiring parts ...

Apple-Designed iPhone Modems Could Take Until 2025, Intel Confirms Interest in Its Modem Business

Wednesday May 15, 2019 7:32 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
The Information has published a lengthy look into Apple's seemingly deteriorating relationship with Intel in terms of iPhone modems, leading to Apple's rekindled relationship with rival chipmaker Qualcomm last month. The report claims that Apple's frustrations with Intel's modem efforts began much earlier than some previous reports had indicated, and involved struggles with modems for the iPh...

iPhone XS Max Signal Strength Compared to OnePlus 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10

Tuesday May 14, 2019 11:24 am PDT by Juli Clover
The Samsung Galaxy S10 and the new OnePlus 7 Pro are both flagship smartphones that are designed to compete with the iPhone XS Max, and to see how their LTE chips compare, PCMag teamed up with Cellular Insights to test the signal strength of the new devices. Apple's ‌iPhone XS‌ Max is equipped with an XMM7560 modem chip from Intel, while the Galaxy S10 and the OnePlus 7 Pro are using...

Apple Considered Purchasing Intel's Smartphone Modem Chip Business

Friday April 26, 2019 12:07 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple had discussions with Intel about potentially acquiring parts of Intel's smartphone modem chip business, reports The Wall Street Journal. Apple was interested in Intel's technology to speed up its own efforts to build modem chips for smartphones. Intel and Apple entered into discussions last summer and the talks continued for months, but ended right around the time Apple settled its legal ...

Intel Cites Apple-Qualcomm Settlement as Reason Behind Exiting 5G Smartphone Modem Business

Friday April 26, 2019 7:54 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Last week's surprise Apple and Qualcomm settlement and multiyear chipset supply agreement was the driving force behind Intel exiting the 5G smartphone modem business, according to Intel CEO Bob Swan. "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 ...

Intel Exiting 5G Smartphone Modem Business, Won't Make 5G iPhone Chips at All

Tuesday April 16, 2019 4:51 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Intel this afternoon announced plans to exit the 5G smartphone modem business to instead focus on opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, internet of things devices, and other data-centric devices. The announcement comes just hours after Apple and Qualcomm reached a settlement and agreed to drop all litigation against one another. Intel said that it will continue current customer...

Apple Plans to Use Qualcomm Chips for 5G iPhones in 2020 Following Settlement

Tuesday April 16, 2019 2:36 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Apple is planning to purchase 5G modem chips from Qualcomm for use in its 2020 iPhones, according to a source with knowledge of today's settlement plans that spoke to Nikkei. Apple won't be able to use Qualcomm chips in its 2019 iPhone lineup, but has already been testing Qualcomm's 5G chips for 2020 devices. "It is too late for Apple to use Qualcomm's chips this year, but for 2020 it will...

Qualcomm 'Running Out' of Time to Win 5G Modem Orders in 2020 iPhones Amid Legal Battle With Apple

Thursday February 28, 2019 7:32 am PST by Joe Rossignol
Qualcomm may be running out of time if it wants to supply Apple with 5G modems for its 2020 iPhones as some rumors suggest. In a research note today, analysts at investment bank Barclays said that while they originally thought Qualcomm had an opportunity to supply the 5G modems to Apple, they now believe that time "seems to be running out" unless the two companies can settle their bitter...

Intel's 5G Chips Won't Appear in Mobile Phones Until 2020

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:35 am PST by MacRumors Staff
Reuters reports that Intel has confirmed it does not expect its 5G chips to be in consumer products until 2020. Intel Corp executives said on Friday its 5G modem chips will not appear in mobile phones until 2020, raising the possibility its biggest customer, Apple Inc, will be more than a year behind rivals in delivering a device that uses the faster networks.Intel's timeline is tied closely...

Intel Expecting Apple to Transition to Custom ARM-Based Chips Starting in 2020

Thursday February 21, 2019 12:36 pm PST by Juli Clover
Apple is planning to ditch Intel and transition to Mac chips starting in 2020, based on multiple rumors we've heard in the past from Bloomberg. Axios today confirmed Bloomberg's reporting and said that multiple sources have suggested Apple will transition to custom ARM-based chips next year. According to Axios, developers and Intel officials are expecting Apple to begin using ARM-based chips...