An anonymous source told Reuters that Apple and Intel discussed a chip manufacturing deal in the past year but no agreement has been reached. It's unclear whether the talks were unsuccessful or still ongoing.
Intel said last week it will open up its prized manufacturing technology to make chips designed by fellow chipmaker Altera -- snagging its first sizeable customer in a contract manufacturing, or "foundry", business expected to grow.
That has spurred talk of an Apple deal. A source close to one of the companies says Intel and Apple executives have discussed the issue in the past year but no agreement has been reached.