Apple Considered Purchasing Intel’s Smartphone Modem Chip Business

Apple had discussions with Intel about potentially acquiring parts of Intel’s smartphone modem chip business, reports The Wall Street Journal ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-discussed-acquiring-intels-smartphone-modem-chip-business-11556303497). 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 dispute and reached a supply agreement with Qualcomm.

Intel 5G Modem
Sources at Intel that spoke to The Wall Street Journal said that Intel is exploring “strategic alternatives” for its smartphone modem chip business, and is still interested in a sale to Apple or another company.

In an interview yesterday, Intel CEO Bob Swan confirmed that Intel is considering alternatives “based on what’s best” for Intel’s IP and employees.

Selling the modem business would allow Intel to unload a costly operation that was losing about $1 billion annually, according to another person familiar with its performance. Any sale would likely include staff, a portfolio of patents and modem designs related to multiple generations of wireless technology, said Patrick Moorhead, principal at Moor Insights & Strategy, a technology firm.

Intel announced earlier this month that it was exiting the 5G smartphone business ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/2019/04/16/intel-exits-5g-smartphone-modem-business/), just hours after Apple and Qualcomm announced a resolution ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/2019/04/16/apple-qualcomm-settlement/) to their legal troubles and a new supply deal.

Apple had been planning to use Intel’s 5G chips in its 2020 iPhones, but rumors suggested Intel was having trouble meeting design deadlines and that the relationship between Apple and Intel was souring. Just yesterday, Swan also confirmed ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/2019/04/26/intel-cites-aapl-qcom-settlement-for-5g-modem-exit/) that Apple’s deal with Qualcomm was the reason why Intel decided to stop making 5G chips.

Apple is now planning to use Qualcomm’s 5G modem chips ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/2019/04/16/apple-qualcomm-chips-5g-iphones-2020/) in its 2020 5G iPhones ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/guide/5g-iphone/). Intel has said that it is going to continue to supply 4G LTE chips to meet already established orders, which means that Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup will likely continue to use Intel chips rather than Qualcomm chips. It is too late in the design cycle for Apple to swap chips for this year’s upcoming devices.

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Apple Considered Offering Original TV Content Free to Customers Who Bought AppleCare

Apple will debut its rumored television service on Monday, and ahead of the event, The Washington Post ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/03/22/apple-auditions-hollywood-making-streaming-service) has shared some new details on the planning that has gone into Apple’s TV service.

When deciding how to distribute its original television content and at what cost, Apple reportedly considered offering free television shows to customers who paid the extra fee for AppleCare ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/roundup/applecare/) for their Mac and iOS devices.


Apple also considered an offering through the Apple TV ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/roundup/apple-tv/), and recent rumors have suggested that the content Apple offers will actually be provided through the TV app on iOS devices and the company’s set-top box. There’s also a possibility that Apple will distribute its content outside of its own platform as well, which is something else the company has mulled.

Apple’s plans are still not clear to industry insiders and Hollywood executives, and one source that provided the above info to The Washington Post said that Apple’s plans have changed multiple times.

“Whatever they try to sell on Monday, it’s not what they started with and they are trying to figure out what kind of engine to put in while the plane is in the air,” the executive said.

Film and TV creators who are working with Apple have been left in the dark about the company’s plans and do not know if content will be exclusive to Apple users or available to everyone. Creators received “obfuscation and ambiguous responses” when asking about distribution, with some speculating that Apple may not have made up its mind about the finer details of the streaming service.

“Apple is the only company in the world that can drop a couple million dollars in entertainment and get Reese Witherspoon and M. Night Shamalayan on board without any articulation of a plan in terms of marketing or distribution,” said one well-connected Hollywood executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to upset Apple.

Recent reports from The Information and Recode have suggested Apple may be planning to offer its own content in the TV app at no cost as a way to lure Apple users to purchase subscriptions for other services, such as Showtime or Starz, within the TV app.

Apple plans to offer a range of different content from various content partners, and has plans to provide bundles of cable channels ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/2019/03/21/apple-cable-bundles-streaming-service/). These partnerships are said to be the true focus of Apple’s TV service, and what will drive up the company’s services revenue.

As we’ve previously heard, Apple has invested millions of dollars in its original television shows. Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, who will star in a morning show drama tentatively called “The Morning Show,” are being paid approximately $1.1 million per episode each.

While there have been mixed rumors about Apple’s efforts to control the content that’s released on its platform, Apple has been willing to create “edgy” shows. One person involved with Apple said Apple executives in Cupertino have stayed out of the creative process.

Apple CEO Tim Cook ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/roundup/tim-cook/) has, however, “passed notes” to writers on Apple shows through Apple’s Hollywood team because Tim Cook, as we’ve heard before, is aiming to protect Apple’s brand and reputation. Apple, for example, shelved “Vital Signs,” a show starring Dr. Dre, as was reported earlier last year ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/link/https://www.appmarsh.com/2018/09/24/apple-original-programming-avoid-adult-content/). Apple could perhaps release this show sometime later, according to sources that spoke to The Washington Post.

Apple will answer at least some of the questions about its streaming service plans on Monday, March 25, which is when its “It’s Showtime” event will take place. The event will start at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, with appmarsh planning to offer live coverage both on appmarsh.com and the MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

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