In a strategic move that solidifies Apple’s commitment to innovation, the tech giant has entered into a new long-term agreement with Arm to supply chips “beyond 2040,” according to Arm’s recent initial public offering (IPO) documents.
Arm, the British semiconductor and software design company, unveiled its pricing parameters for the IPO, aiming for a groundbreaking $52 billion deal, which is anticipated to be the largest of its kind in the U.S. this year. SoftBank Group, the owner of Arm, intends to offer 95.5 million American depositary shares of the company at prices ranging from $47 to $51 apiece, as outlined in the IPO documents.
Arm’s significance in the tech world lies in its ownership of the intellectual property that underlies the computing architecture of most smartphones. This technology is licensed to Apple and numerous other companies. Apple, in particular, leverages Arm’s intellectual property as it continues to develop its proprietary chips for its iconic devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
The historical connection between Apple and Arm runs deep. Apple was one of the pioneering companies that backed Arm when it was founded in 1990. This partnership led to the release of the Newton pocket computer in 1993, a groundbreaking device at the time, powered by an Arm-based processor chip. Although the Newton didn’t find enduring success, Arm’s low-power consumption technology was a game-changer, particularly for cell phone chips, allowing batteries to last significantly longer.
In a testament to their ongoing collaboration, Apple was among several major technology companies that collectively invested $735 million in Arm’s recent IPO. Reuters was the first to confirm Apple’s involvement as one of the strategic investors who committed to purchasing shares.
Interestingly, this extended agreement between Apple and Arm, beyond 2040, was not mentioned in the initial Arm IPO documents made public on August 21. This indicates that the deal was signed sometime between that date and September 5.
As of now, both Arm and Apple have remained tight-lipped about the specifics of this extended agreement. Arm declined to provide additional comments beyond the information available in its documents, while Apple has not yet responded to requests for comment.
This development underscores Apple’s unwavering dedication to staying at the forefront of technological advancements. The continued collaboration with Arm, a pioneer in low-power computing, hints at Apple’s intent to push the boundaries of innovation and set new standards in the ever-evolving tech landscape. The implications of this partnership “beyond 2040” are sure to reverberate across the industry and pave the way for groundbreaking advancements in computing technology.