Apple to dial x86 for iPhone?

Suddenly, Apple's apparent downer on third-party iPhone software development becomes much clearer. Taiwanese moles claim the company is considering founding future iPhones on the next generation of Intel's Ultra Mobile Platform. Today's iPhones are based on ARM processor technology. Intel abandoned its ARM chip line in practice last year, but focused its efforts on its own x86 processor platform in spirit back in 2005. Since the two are incompatible, moving to x86-based iPhones would by necessity render all existing iPhone apps unusable on the new platform.

Now, Apple has managed such transitions in the past, on the Mac. First, it moved from Motorola's 680x0 family of CPUs to the PowerPC platform. More recently, it migrated from PowerPC to x86. In both cases, Apple did a good job, but the size of its userbase made putting big resources behing the migration essential.

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Mobile x86 has a long way to go. ARM chips are used in virtually every embedded device due to their efficiency and performance. I had had to pleasure of doing some embedded x86 software and I can tell you that per clock efficiency is dramatically lower on the x86 chips (AMD Alchemy).

its not like the iphone is really a smartphone.
because IS NOT.
and already apps are unusuable since the 1.1.1 update.
symbian for win

Joseph21 said,
its not like the iphone is really a smartphone.
because IS NOT.
and already apps are unusuable since the 1.1.1 update.
symbian for win :laugh:

LOL the person with bad grammar claiming that something else isn't smart.

Until they can squeese one under 32nm x86 in a mobile form is pretty much useless. nobody wants an iphone that equal that of an apple form of UMPC as of current x86 chips can't be squeesed small enough into a device the size of iphone/ipod touch so until then i wouldn't worry about this because it would be at a minimum 2 years away at least also the battery life would take a major hit even trying with ULV core 2 pentiums/celerons.

On mention of rendering 3rd party apps useless, considering they only allow first hand "web apps" they counts them out of being useless and 3rd party "hacks" apps could still function by means of an emulator i'm sure wouldn't be too hard to make rather then recompiling but then again by the time this all comes around there'll be little need for the apps that exist now with what will be around and the quality then when this occures if it does.

Digix said,
Until they can squeese one under 32nm x86 in a mobile form is pretty much useless. nobody wants an iphone that equal that of an apple form of UMPC as of current x86 chips can't be squeesed small enough into a device the size of iphone/ipod touch so until then i wouldn't worry about this because it would be at a minimum 2 years away at least also the battery life would take a major hit even trying with ULV core 2 pentiums/celerons.

On mention of rendering 3rd party apps useless, considering they only allow first hand "web apps" they counts them out of being useless and 3rd party "hacks" apps could still function by means of an emulator i'm sure wouldn't be too hard to make rather then recompiling but then again by the time this all comes around there'll be little need for the apps that exist now with what will be around and the quality then when this occures if it does.

Source?????????? You do know that current 65nm intel cpu's can have some of it's components removed to make it smaller and thinner right?
You also do know that if you use battery powered device and not let it be in SLEEP MODE, the battery will die within 2-3 hours right?

moving to x86-based iPhones would by necessity render all existing iPhone apps unusable on the new platform.

Recompile and they work again