Apple has been investing in its own mobile chips to boost performance and features in its devices and reduce its dependence on Qualcomm.
Apple is in advanced talks to buy Intel’s smartphone modem chip unit.
A move that would help the iPhone maker control a key component, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
The Journal cited unnamed people familiar with the matter as saying the deal would cover Intel patents and staff valued at a billion dollars, but that it might not come together.
Intel earlier this year announced it was abandoning efforts to compete with modem chips for smartphones.
That they synced to new-generation “5G” networks.
The intel company made a revelation of dismissing all litigation over battles of royalty payments. These were between Apple and Southern-California based Qualcomm.
The last-minute settlement cut short a courtroom clash between the tech giants just as it was getting underway in California.
For two years, the companies had fought a multi-front brawl that could have required Qualcomm to pay billions.
At the heart of the battle were the royalties Qualcomm charges for its patented chips.
These enable smartphones to connect to mobile networks.