News Intel Starts Exclusive Talks with Bidder in Patent Auction

I'd be surprised if it was anybody other than Apple.
  • Who else could outbid Apple?
  • They could pay cash for the portfolio.
  • They could also guarantee another x number of years of Intel CPU exclusivity in Macs.
  • They already develop their own mobile CPU, T2 chip and other proprietary parts.
  • They've had a long standing and bitter dispute with Qualcomm and only went back from lack of 5G choice
  • They have a premium sales volume sufficient to justify the cost of developing their own chip