Feb 23 2010

Apple Wants to Expand iPhone OS

According to a recent job posting on Apple’s website, the company is looking to expand its iPhone OS to work on other devices. Those platforms will also be powered by a similar processor to the A4, Apple’s own processor that is going to be used in the iPad.

Apple is looking for an engineering manager to head a team that will expand the iPhone OS. Apple describes the team as follows:

The team is responsible for low level platform architecture, firmware, core drivers and bring-up of new hardware platforms. The team consists of talented engineers with experience in hardware, firmware, IOKit drivers, security and platform architecture.

Some analysts are speculating that Apple may eventually transform some (maybe eventually even all) of its laptops to run ARM-based processors such as the A4.

This news about the expansion of the iPhone OS shows that Steve Jobs really meant it when he said that OS X was always meant to be “platform independent.”

Via Ars Technica, image via CrystalXP.net.

Feb 22 2010

Apple A4 Chip Could be a $1 Billion Investment

A report in The New York Times has estimated that Apple’s new A4 chip was a $1 billion investment for the company. The report was profiling the rise of competitors to Intel such as Apple, Nvidia, and Qualcomm.

Intel has been trying to get companies to use its Atom processor for mobile devices, but Atom chips cost more and use more power than competing ARM chips, like Apple’s A4. The upcoming iPad will contain a 1 GHz Apple A4 processor. New laptops from HP and Lenovo will also contain ARM chips.

Apple first invested in chip-making when it bought P.A. Semi for $278 million. Of course, if the A4 really did cost $1 billion to build, then Apple’s investment went beyond the buying of P.A. Semi.

Apple has claimed that its chip is extremely power-efficient and will give users 10 hours of battery life on the iPad and up to a month on standby. Apple’s claims about battery life are always exaggerated, in my experience, so I would not expect the iPad to have that kind of battery life.

Via AppleInsider, image via AppleInsider.

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