Ultra-fast 5G networks are already rolling out in the United States and Apple wants to ensure its upcoming iPhones will be able to take advantage of those speeds sooner rather than later.
The deal would include a massive portfolio of 5G patents as well as Intel’s staff of experts, which could give Apple a significant boost in developing proprietary 5G technology for its own devices.
The move would also reduce Apple’s reliance on external modem manufacturers like Qualcomm, preventing the drama and costs associated with the possibility of another legal spat over royalties.
However, the main benefit of this deal lies in the hands of consumers.
As we can see today, Apple’s tight control over hardware and software in its consumer devices, like the iPhone and iPad, allow for top-notch quality and performance.
Apple creates its chipsets in-house, which routinely beat any competing processors used in flagship Android devices. With that in mind, it’s safe to assume that future 5G modems created by Apple and used in the company’s hardware will set the bar high for 5G mobile performance.