Apple was firing with all chambers on Wednesday, with the majority of the focus on its “Back to the Mac” media event. But the company also found time to unleash a few software updates and even quietly offer a speed bump on its MacBook Pro.
In a deal announced on Monday, Intel will acquire German mobile chip manufacturer Infineon -- who makes the baseband chip used in the iPhone -- in a deal valued at $1.4 billion. Prior to making the move, Intel’s chief claims that he solicited Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ opinion, who is said to be “happy” with the deal.
This morning, Intel announced that it will acquire Infineon, the German mobile chip manufacturer that makes the baseband chip found in the iPhone, for $1.4 billion. The deal is expected to be finalized and official by the first quarter of 2011.
The acquisition will expand Intel's current Wi-Fi and 4G WiMAX offerings to include Infineon's 3G capabilities and Intel's plan to advance LTE. Currently, the technology will only be used in Intel's Core processor-based laptops and Intel Atom processor-based mobile devices.
The Federal Trade Commission settled charges today against Intel. The charges stated that the processor manufacturer illegally tried to cut down competition in the computer chip market. According to the settlement, Intel's past business tactics led to a loss of competition in the market. The FTC hopes to restore the chip market to its previous form, thereby increasing competitive prices.
Get ready, because the rumor mill is running full speed ahead once again. Currently, there is speculation over what role Intel might play in the next iteration of the iPad. In the past, there have been whispers that the chip manufacturer's wares might find a home nestled in the heart of Cupertino's smartphones and tablets. So far, that hasn't panned out. This time around however, there may well be some substance to the scuttlebutt.
It’s been a long, cruel wait for Mac Pro fans, but Apple has finally delivered for you Tuesday, with a new model packing up to 12 processing cores with Intel Xeon processors. The bad news is, they won’t physically arrive until next month -- but hey, that’s right around the corner, right?
Intel has released a trio of chips that it claims can beat the stuffing out of any mobile chips on the block, including Apple’s A4 processor, used first in the iPad and now in the iPhone 4. And Intel would be more than happy to save Apple the trouble of developing, say, an A5.
Unfortunately, we members of the great unwashed can’t directly compare the A4 with Intel’s new chips, developed under the platform codename of Moorestown. While Intel, whose chips power Apple’s Mac but not its iPhone/Pad/Pod, will tell you practically anything you’d like to know, Apple has released next to nothing about the A4.