Intel making a huge push for the iPhone chipmaker position

intel apollo lake cpus pentium celeron launched intelhq
Shutterstock
Intel wants to be the modem supplier for the next iPhone, and has tasked a team of over 1,000 engineers to make it happen. The Santa Clara-based chip maker has been meeting with Apple over the past few months to discuss the implementation of the 7360 LTE modem in the iPhone 7.

It would be the first time Apple has not used a Qualcomm modem chip, though according to VentureBeat, the company is planning to dual-source the modem. Apple uses a similar approach to sourcing the A9 chip, using TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) and Samsung to manufacture the chipset.

The new Intel 7360 modem is capable of providing 3G CDMA, critical for Apple’s operations in China and Verizon Wireless in the United States. The modem offers max speed of 450 mbps and 3X carrier aggregation, which is faster than current LTE modems. The Qualcomm 9X45 is the current LTE modem in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which only offers 100 mbps and 2X carrier aggregation.

Intel is not content with just modems however, and is apparently also gunning for the position of system-on-a-chip (SOC) manufacturer. Apple took an interest to Intel’s advanced work on a 10-nanometer process, which should be available in two years. This could vastly reduce the size and energy needed for the mobile battery, while maintaining its power.

The report mentions that over a dozen workers from Infineon — a company acquired by Intel in 2011 — are now working for Apple. This is part of a supposed deal struck between Apple and Intel to build LTE modem, but most of the engineers have been at Apple for over three years now, making it seem like a somewhat poorly timed arrangement.

Intel needs to win some ground in the mobile market, after completely failing to capitalize on the growth in the early years. The company has been struggling to win Android manufacturers, but is investing a large amount into wearables and smart home devices as well in a separate bid to capture these emerging markets.

Computing

T-Mobile goes after big cable companies, pilots wireless home internet service

In a shot at big cable companies, T-Mobile is launching a new pilot program to bring an unlimited wireless LTE home internet service to up to 50,000 homes across the United States by the end of 2019.
Mobile

5G's arrival is transforming tech. Here's everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.
Mobile

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G might be a few short weeks away from launch

Samsung has announced a whopping four new Galaxy S10 devices, from the low-cost S10e to the triple-camera S10 and S10 Plus. But it's the Galaxy S10 5G that steals the show as it's among the first 5G-ready smartphones to hit the market.
Deals

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for March 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for March 2019.
Wearables

Fossil is working on a smartwatch with BMW, and it’s coming next year

Fossil, the watch company that makes smartwatches under its own name and partners with other major brands too, intends to launch a smartwatch with car manufacturer BMW in the future.
Social Media

A Facebook, Instagram bug exposed millions of passwords to its employees

Facebook, Facebook Lite, and Instagram passwords weren't properly encrypted and could be viewed by employees, the company said Thursday. The network estimates millions of users were affected.
Mobile

Diesel’s denim-inspired smartwatch straps are a casual, colorful must-own

Diesel will release two new versions of the On Full Guard 2.5 smartwatch later this year, with seriously cool, denim-inspired straps in classic Diesel colors. We tried them on at the Baselworld 2019 show.
Movies & TV

Apple’s next big event is set for March 25: Here’s what you can expect

Apple's next big event takes place on March 25 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to make several announcements related to its services, including Apple TV, so follow our guide to get ready for the big event.
Wearables

Tips and tricks to get you started with your new Fitbit Inspire HR

The Inspire HR may be an entry-level fitness tracker in Fitbit's lineup, but the device still has plenty of features to explore. These are our favorite tips and tricks to help you use the Inspire HR to its fullest potential.
Mobile

How three simple words could be the difference between life and death

What3Words’ app-based address system gives a three-word code to every three-meter-square patch on the planet, with its accuracy and ease of use now catching the attention of first responders in the U.K.
Mobile

The Moto G7 Power, with its massive battery, is now available for purchase

After a number of leaks and rumors, the Motorola Moto G7, Moto G7 Play, and Moto G7 Power are finally here. The devices represent quite a spec bump over the previous-generation Moto G6 phones, yet still come at a reasonable price.
Mobile

Got gadgets galore? Keep them charged up with the 10 best USB-C cables

We're glad to see that USB-C is quickly becoming the norm. That's why we've rounded up some of the better USB-C cables on the market, whether you're looking to charge or sync your smartphone. We've got USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A.
Computing

Get ready to say goodbye to some IFTTT support in Gmail by March 31

If This Then That, the popular automation service, will drop some of its support for Gmail by March 31. The decision comes as a response to security concerns and is aimed to protect user data.
Mobile

This is the easiest way to save your iPhone data to your computer

Living in fear of losing your contacts, photos, messages, and notes on your iPhone? Fear no more -- in this guide, we'll break down exactly how to back up your iPhone to your computer using Apple's iTunes or to the cloud with iCloud.