Jobs had to be pushed to use ARM in iPad
The hot-selling biography of Steve Jobs has revealed that the Apple CEO at one point wanted to use Intel's Atom chip for the iPad. He had contended that Intel was reliable for mobile chips, even when the iPhone was already shipping with ARM. Then-key executive and later Nest Labs founder Tony Fadell was not only adamant that ARM would be better but even threatened to resign on the spot at a board meeting where Jobs was making the case for the Atom.
Samsung may give Apple 4X chips in 2011
Apple could be asking for four times as many processors from Samsung this year, reported sources claimed Friday. The iPhone designer may have stepped up its orders from 5,000 chip sheets last year to 20,000 in 2011. Multiple executives reportedly told the Korea Times that demand would be so high that Apple would be taking up half of Samsung's total 45 nanometer processor production for the year, outpacing even what Samsung needs for its smartphones and tablets.
Apple hiring CPU architect for future iOS hardware
Apple in a low-profile move has posted a job listing for a CPU Microarchitect. The hire would work out of the company's Cupertino headquarters to shape the microarchitecture of a processor. Like most positions, it didn't give a clue as to the product but stressed the mobile side, as the team member would focus on designing around "power, [clock speed] timing, and [chip] area."
Galaxy S Pro gets unofficial early hands-on
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S Pro smartphone has received preliminary, unofficial specs from a reliable tipster, courtesy of AndroidCentral. The phone is still said to be in the testing phase, however, so some of the below specs may still change. The QWERTY slider is said to be about a half-inch shorter but thicker than the Sprint Evo 4G.
Apple takes ARM specialist away from Samsung
Apple today was confirmed to have bought out Intrinsity. The deal rumored in progress earlier is now said to have been finalized and may be made public soon. Apple representative Steve Dowling didn't either confirm or deny the buyout and said the company doesn't declare its ultimate aims when it does acquire other companies.
Intrinisty staff join Apple en masse
Several clues have surfaced that suggest processor design house Intrinsity may have been acquired by Apple. At least 13 engineers at the company, such as Mark Nodine, have either changed their LinkedIn profiles to reflect work at Apple as of April or have said they were starting work as of Thursday. Jim Blomgren is known to have posted the status only to retract it later as a possible hint that Apple may not approve of some of the early status changes.