Intel said to be in talks to produce chips for Apple

Intel said to be in talks to produce chips for Apple
According to a person who is close to one of the two companies involved, Intel is said to be talking to Apple about building chips for the iPhone manufacturer based on Apple's specs. This is not Intel's usual MO, but if turning into a contract manufacturer helps it gain a higher profile in the mobile world, Intel doesn't seem to mind. Last week, the chip maker said that it would build chips for Altera using the latter's design, thus helping Intel enter the "foundry" business. Intel already has a line of chips for mobile devices, and some handsets, like the Motorola RAZR i are built with them inside. ZTE also used Intel silicon inside the ZTE Grand X IN, but these are off the shelf chips and not produced using another company's design.

Supposedly, this isn't the first time that Apple and Intel have had these discussions. Some analysts are wondering why Intel is talking and not just signing the deal. Pat Becker Jr, of Becker Capital Management says that this deal is a no-brainer for Intel considering the other party involved. Becker says such a deal also is beneficial for Apple.

Even though becoming a foundry is risky, with business heavily dependent on the state of the economy, most analysts agree that this is a step Intel needs to take. Without a strong presence in mobile, Intel could lose its place as the top chip maker, a title already threatened by Samsung. And speaking of Apple's Korean rival, Intel's $2 billion addition in capital expenditures this year to $13 billion helped fuel the fire that Intel was ready to take over the production of Apple's chip needs from Samsung.


source: Reuters

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21 Comments

1. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

pentium 5?

2. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Pentium 5S haha

3. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Welp, Intel just got put on my sh*tlist...

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Intel said to be in talks to produce chips for Apple" Sad because Apple may ruin Intel's good reputation or maybe even sue Intel for some silly reasons. :(

5. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Did they ruin Samsung's reputation? Would it have ruined TSMC's reputation? They're just making chips for some money and to put more than their foot in the door. It's true that I have an android phone and tablet, but my sister has an iPad and I did find it fun to play around with. While I'll say that I probably like android more in general, the complete lack of objectivity from the commenters on this site is astounding. It doesn't matter which you're a fan of. Both types are not ok and both should DIAF.

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Did they ruin Samsung's reputation?" Wake up, they are everyday in the court!

7. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Did I miss something? If anything, it only made Apple look worse and had people defending Samsung. How exactly was Samsung hurt in that regard? A billion dollars, while definitely hurting, is not necessarily damage in reputation in the eyes of consumers.

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Could you tell me please how bad "friends" can improve your reputation? I think that in one or another way they can only ruin your reputation but not improve it!

15. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I know what you mean, but you're forgetting that Steve Jobs was the one who wanted war against Android. If you've been keeping up, news actually showed that internally, Tim Cook was the one who objected. And guess what? Steve Jobs is gone and Tim Cook has taken over. Just like when Google acquired Motorola Mobility, they also had to adhere to Motorola's 2 year product roadmap even if they didn't like it, before they could collaborate on a new device. The court system moves slowly, and it's not as easy as a snap of fingers to cancel everything that Steve Jobs initiated. It could take another year or two.

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Exactly, Steve Jobs is dead but Apple is not stopping suing other companies. You say that need time to stop some processes but fore some reasons even after Steve Jobs death (October 5, 2011) new lawsuit are still coming.

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"It's true that I have an android phone and tablet, but my sister has an iPad and I did find it fun to play around with." What it has to do with my comment? "It doesn't matter which you're a fan of." If i don't like Apple as a company that doesn't mean that I'm fan boy of something.

12. idroidequis

Posts: 103; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Its because the only people who come to these sites and comment are either pro android or pro apple.

10. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Dont do it Intel...these guys like to sue people!

11. moslondon

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Iphone Core with more than 4'' (Iphone 6)???

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31069; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Powerful chips they are. Powerful chips

16. moslondon

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

what about (example) an intel core i5/i7 inside an iphone?

17. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

apple wanna make big things because of their rivals. htc and sony are coming very well. and samsung also did it well. and sammy will come with s4.

19. Tux_Alan

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

That would call for a huge ios overhaul to flatten all the bumps migrating to X86 instruction sets would imply...

20. Hemlocke unregistered

They aren't going to fab x86 chips for them with this move (They already do for the Mac line), they would fab ARM chips of Apple's design in Intel foundries.

21. nikenturd unregistered

Intel's mobile architecture will only improve once battery technology improves...right now, they are at the bottom of the foodchain.

22. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

Celeron Iphone?

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