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Here’s Why Apple’s Next iPhone Could Be A Huge Deal for Intel
When smartphones and tablets started taking off, Intel famously missed out.
The chipmaker was outpaced by Qualcomm’s superior mobile processors, and has never fully caught up.
In 2014, Intel lost more than $4 billion from its mobile division. Source: Intel.
But Intel’s mobile prospects may be about to change. The company is reportedly working to bring its LTE XMM 7360 chip to the next iPhone.
According to VentureBeat, Intel has about 1,000 employees working on getting Apple’s business. Source: VentureBeat.
That would be a huge deal for Intel, considering Apple relies exclusively on Qualcomm for its LTE modems right now.
It’s likely Intel wouldn’t win an exclusive contract to supply the iPhone modems, but even supplying some of them would be a major accomplishment.
But Intel’s also competing to become a fabricator of Apple’s next system on a chip (or, SoC).
This means that Apple would design the SoC, but then hire Intel to build it at one of its fabrication plants.
It’s still not clear whether or not Intel will get its LTE modem into the next iPhone.
But if it does, Intel could boost its mobile revenue by $1.25 billion, or higher if it wins Apple’s SoC fabrication business. Source: Barron’s.
Either way, gaining any of Apple’s business would make Intel a serious competitor in the mobile space for the first time.
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