In a strategic move showcasing its confidence in Arm’s technology, Apple Inc. has fortified its long-standing partnership with the semiconductor and software design company, Arm.
According to Arm’s latest documents submitted concerning its IPO on Tuesday, the freshly-inked deal is expected to span over two decades, stretching “beyond 2040”. This agreement signifies the deep-rooted alliance between the two tech behemoths and foresees a future steeped in technological advancements and mutual growth. This pivotal moment was announced in the midst of Arm’s unfolding plans for a monumental $52 billion initial public offering (IPO), a figure that positions it to be the most substantial IPO in the United States this year.
Arm, which is currently under the umbrella of SoftBank Group, disclosed its intention to make 95.5 million American depository shares available to the public. These shares, belonging to the UK-based giant, are anticipated to be priced between $47 and $51 each, potentially elevating the company’s valuation exponentially.
A big player in the semiconductor industry, Arm holds the intellectual property supporting the computing architecture found in most smartphones globally. This technology has been a cornerstone in Apple’s blueprint for crafting custom chips integral to its array of products, including iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers.
The alliance between Apple and Arm dates back to the early 90s, with Apple being one of the founding partners of Arm. The partnership heralded the release of Apple’s “Newton” handheld device in 1993, equipped with an Arm-based processor chip. Despite Newton not gaining traction as expected, this collaboration planted the seeds for Arm’s meteoric rise in the mobile chip sector, owing to its energy-efficient technology that significantly prolongs battery life.
In a testament to their ongoing symbiotic relationship, Apple demonstrated its unwavering support by investing a staggering $735 million in Arm’s IPO this Tuesday. This investment aligns Apple with a consortium of heavyweight tech firms rallying behind Arm’s public offering initiative. Interestingly, this notable development was absent from the previous IPO documents released by Arm on August 21, suggesting that the negotiations and finalizations transpired within the tight window between late August and early September.
As both companies venture into this extended agreement, it reflects a rich history of collaboration and charts a course for innovative and dynamic developments in the tech industry in the years to come.