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iPhone to migrate to Intel x86 processors?

updated 01:20 pm EDT, Wed March 12, 2008

iPhone moving to x86 chips

The Apple iPhone will be migrating from its current processor to something based on Intel's x86 architecture, information suggests. Multiple unnamed sources, including some who were correct about the switch of Macs to Intel technology, say that the iPhone will join Apple's computers within a year or two. More substantial evidence is said to have come out of last week's CeBIT expo in Hannover, Germany, in which an Intel slide presentation depicted the iPhone as a next-generation mobile Internet device (MID).

The slide specifically lists the iPhone as using Intel's Moorestown technology, a successor to its Silverthorne UMPC platform. As this is only due in 2009 at the earliest, however, it is likely that the iPhone will add features such as 3G broadband before moving away from Samsung's ARM processors. [via The Inquirer]

by MacNN Staff



  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969


    slide means nothing

    The slide means nothing. Intel may be positioning the chip for smartphones, but the person who made the slide probably has no knowledge of Apple's plans and probably just used the iPhone graphic as it looks cool and is in the "in" thing.

    Apple very well may do this at some point but the evidence given so far is non existent in terms of credibility.

  1. jameshays

    Joined: Dec 1969



    No 'news' can be derived from this picture.

  1. Zkatz007

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Especially since the article says "within a year or two." I can predict a LOT of things will happen "within a year or two."

    Stupid article.

  1. JohnnyFive

    Joined: Dec 1969


    it's a meizu


  1. JacquesDav

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh puh-lease...

    I agree with the first two posts. This slide, taken from a presentation illustrates the market segment size and Intel's penetration, nothing more. And showing it outside of the presentation takes it entirely out of context, and thus is evidence of absolutely nothing. If the presentation had clearly been about to which Intel clients their chips and chipsets are committed to going, and for what purpose, AND the illustrated smart phone clearly said "Apple iPhone" and was not a representation of the smart phone market (they can't show every brand, can they?) then the story might have been worth publishing. But the slide clearly says "segment opportunities" and only suggests where they want to be, or to expand their market. Any other assumptions are just bad journalism. Talk about reaching...

    Look up "smartphone" in Google images and an iPhone is the very first hit. That's the real news story here... "Local Intel AV grunt finds iPhone photo while preparing his bosses Powerpoint presentation" END OF STORY. (rolls eyes)

  1. macslut

    Joined: Dec 1969


    But common sense tell you

    The slide means nothing, but the it's very clear that Intel is going to go very aggressively into the smartphone/MID space. They will have the best processor for iPhone like devices. Apple has developer tools already for Intel's processors including their upcoming ones. The migration would actually be easier than continuing to develop for ARM. There's really no reason why Apple wouldn't migrate. It would be silly to speculate otherwise.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: but common sense

    I don't know why you just assume they will have the best processor for iPhone devices.

    And, in case you didn't realize, the whole switch to intel was made easier (and backward compatibility the same way) by the fact that OS X applications can support multiple chip architectures. Based on your argument, you might as well say all companies should just abandon PPC macs, because its easier to do so.

    What would be silly is for Apple to just decide "We're going to jump to Intel" because intel is promising some special chip, or doing it because they got a good deal. The only reason to use one chip over another should be price/performance. A slower chip that would give us iPod Touches for $150 would be a good trade-off. A slower chip so Apple can save $5 a device (without passing the savings on) is not a good deal.

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