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Amid iPhone crisis, Apple may have restarted talks to buy Intel’s modems

As iPhone sales continue to fall, Apple is reported to be interested in increasing its control of future devices by acquiring Intel’s modem business. Intel, of course, shut down its 5G modem activities following the loss of Apple’s business. The iPhone maker, apparently dissatisfied with the progress of Intel’s 5G chip, was forced to settle its long-running legal battles with Qualcomm and return to that vendor for the forthcoming 5G iPhone. But that will have held back the progress of the new smartphone, potentially leaving Apple with a choice of delaying it, or launching it with a modem that is not quite cutting edge. The loss of market share, and general mystique, for the current iPhones will make the decision…

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