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Apple allegedly dropping Intel as modem chip supplier

By Shawn Knight · 7 replies
Jul 5, 2018
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  1. Apple’s rumored break-up with Intel could extend beyond the processors used to power Macs. A recent report from Israeli tech site CTech claims Apple has notified Intel that it will not be using the company’s 5G modem chips in iPhones scheduled to arrive in 2020.

    As a result, further development of the component in question, codenamed Sunny Peak, has been halted. The team working on the hardware will be reassigned to other projects, CTech said, although in what I can only view as being a bit contradictory, the publication a few paragraphs later says:

    “Intel’s executives said the company is now looking to further improve Sunny Peak to get the modem into Apple’s 2022 mobile devices. The company intends to redirect the team that worked on Sunny Peak to other efforts, in an attempt to boost Intel's 5G programs, they added.”

    Whatever the case, CTech said it gathered its data from internal Intel communications involving company executives. In the documents, Intel reportedly described Apple as its key mobile customer for the 5G modem and thus expected the Cupertino-based company to be the “main volume driver” for the product.

    Bloomberg last month reported that Intel might lose Apple’s modem business to MediaTek, adding a bit of credibility to CTech’s more recent report. We also heard in April – again, via Bloomberg – that Apple is planning to switch to its own processors for the Mac as early as 2020.

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  2. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,551   +1,545

    Gonna be a tough one for the haters to comment on.... Apple haters will be mitigated by their hatred of Intel :)
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  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,403   +5,022

    This camp only has hatred for Apple.
    Reehahs likes this.
  4. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,008   +3,503

    Just rumor for now though but this has been a long time coming. Apple has had home-made chip ambitions for some time now. Don't know about dropping Intel wholesale though, it's wiser to replace one Intel chip at a time. Of course this would also mean that AMD's GPUs could also one day be replaced.
  5. Carlos GarPov

    Carlos GarPov TS Enthusiast Posts: 40   +21

    I thought the same thing... Could had we been friends in other lives? hahaha
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  6. tomkaten

    tomkaten TS Maniac Posts: 251   +166

    About 60% of Apple's revenue is generated by iPhone sales. Macs make up for about 10% of the total figure and most are portables. Since the A11 is already spanking most of Intel's mobile chips, I guess there's no need to maintain that partnership.

    Not sure what they would use in desktops though. Is Apple still selling any desktops ?

    Also, Intel's modem chips have been shown to perform worse than Qualcomm's. And Intel was probably charging a premium for them (when aren't they ?). Going for Mediatek chips will increase Apple's profit margins.
    Reehahs likes this.
  7. tsr628

    tsr628 Banned

    *cough* A11 is made by Intel and is still spanked by Qualcomm *cough*
  8. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,551   +1,545

    It’s actually designed by Apple and manufactured by TSMC... and it crushes Qualcomm in most benchmarks.... as does the a12.... maybe do a bit of research before you necro a thread?
    tsr628 and cliffordcooley like this.

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