updated 12:15 pm EST, Thu January 12, 2012
Apple likely to refuse use of Intel chips
The VP of Intel's architecture group, Dave Whalen, says the company has been "talking to everybody" about using its Medfield chips in mobile devices, according to UK paper The Telegraph. "When we took over [development] in April we took a conscious decision to focus on Android," Whalen elaborates. "Windows, other operating systems -– we recognize that there will be opportunities. It’s not a 'no,' it's just not now. When the time's appropriate we'll look at other OSs."
On the subject of Apple, Whalen simply states that as iOS continues to grow, "we talk to everybody." Apple is extremely unlikely to use Intel processors in the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch however, as it switched to custom-designed processors for iOS in 2010. These have allowed special performance tweaks that might be difficult or impossible with stock hardware. Apple does use Intel processors, but only in Macs.
Any changes to Intel chips for cellphones will be based on demand, says Whalen. "It's down to our customers -– at the moment our customers are asking for Android," he remarks.