The chances of Apple using Intel’s factories to manufacture iPhone and iPad chips have just rocketed upward.

Intel on Tuesday expanded its custom manufacturing business so it can fabricate chips based on ARM architecture.

Apple’s cutting-edge A-series chips, used in the iPhone and iPad, are based on ARM architecture. Intel will provide state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities with the 10-nanometer process, and that could be attractive to Apple.

The deal between ARM and Intel increases the chances that Apple would run their products through Intel, said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy.

“Intel has improved on their methods, tools, and willingness to work with companies on big volumes. Intel needs to prove that Apple needs to come to them to be competitive and that first chance will be on Intel 10-nanometers,” Moorhead said.

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