Apple in Talks With Intel To Supply iPhone And iPad Processors

By Vamien McKalin | Dec 05, 2012 11:31 AM EST

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Apple and Samsung are both business partners despite the obvious feud between both companies. However, now Apple is working tirelessly to remove the business aspect of this relationship and it seems that the company may find a savior in Intel.

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Speculation has been rife over the past couple months on who Apple will team up with for chip supplies. Many reports claim TSMC would be the best choice for Apple, but there seems to be another supplier lurking in the shadows with plans not only to supply Samsung ARM-based chips, but that of its own.

This chip supplier is none other than Intel, the largest chip semiconductor chip maker based on revenue. According to an RBC Capital analyst Doug Freedman, Apple is in talks with Intel supply ARM chips for the iPhone and iPad; however, Intel wants to use this deal to help propel in mobile chips into the market and what better company to do this for Intel than Apple.

"If an industry analyst is to be believed, Apple may soon move the production of its ARM processors from Samsung to Intel. This dovetails neatly with the news earlier in the year that Intel was moving into the foundry business - but it isn't quite that simple," reported ITProPortal.

If Apple wants Intel to supply chips for the iPhone, the company must agree to switch future iPad devices to Intel based x86 chips instead of ARM. There is a problem here though aince ARM and x86 are two different architectures, which means iPad apps would no longer work or would require more work by developers to convert apps to work on an Intel-based iPad.

Take the Microsoft Surface RT for example, which runs Windows RT with ARM inside; however, legacy applications are not supported because those apps were built on the x86 architecture.

Another thing to take note of, current Intel x86 mobile chips are power hungry, which is not a good thing when Apple has to keep up with the 10-hour battery life of the iPad. Judging by the scenario, it seems unlikely that Apple agrees to this deal. If the company does go through with it, then Intel has would have come a far way with its chip designs.

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