updated 11:35 am EDT, Wed October 22, 2008
Intel rags on iPhone chips
The iPhone lacks power because it relies on ARM processors, claims Pankaj Kedia, Intel's director of ecosystems in the ultra-mobility group. Kedia spoke at the Intel Developer Forum in Taiwan yesterday, adding to comments from the company's VP in the mobility group, Shane Wall. "Any sort of application that requires any horsepower at all and the iPhone struggles," said Wall. Kedia accuses ARM of hurting the smartphone world as a whole, specifically by underpowering a number of devices.
Regarding the iPhone, Wall says that its success is mainly attributable to a well-designed interface, and the promotional ability of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The phone would be considerably better with Intel technology inside, he suggested on Tuesday, arguing that Intel chips are two to three times faster than ARM equivalents. "If you want to run full Internet, you're going to have to run an Intel-based architecture," claimed Wall.
Although Intel is not famous for its cellphone technology, the company has been expanding in that direction, and is rumored to be Apple's choice for future iPhones. The iPhone 3G currently relies on Samsung ARM processors, but Intel technology is used throughout all Macs, as well as the Apple TV.