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Intel considers iOS, Windows Phone gear as Medfield options

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.




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  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    That headline doesn't make any sense.

    How can Intel "consider iOS [...] as Medfield options"?? If anything, it's Apple who would need to consider Medfield as an option, and as the article states, that's likely not gonna happen.

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