Intel raised more than a few eyebrows earlier this week when Intel's Shane Wall and Pankaj Kedia decided to attack the iPhone processor which is based on ARM technology. The news, of course, didn't sit too well with members of the Apple community.
"The shortcomings of the iPhone are not because of Apple," said Kedia at the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei, Taiwan. "The shortcomings of the iPhone have come from ARM. Any sort of application that requires any horse power at all and the iPhone struggles."
Wall went on to add, "If you want to run full internet, you're going to have to run an Intel-based architecture. Even if they do have full capability, the performance will be so poor."
Perhaps after feeling a bit of backlash from the comments which came across to many as sour grapes, Intel's Anand Chandrasekher stepped in to clear up any misconceptions that arose from the comments made by Wall and Kedia:
Anand Chandrasekher issued a correction on comments made by members of his team yesterday at Intel's Developer Forum in Taiwan. As general manager of the Group responsible for Intel's ultra-mobility products, he acknowledged that Intel's low-power Atom processor does not yet match the battery life characteristics of the ARM processor in a phone form factor; and, that while Intel does have plans on the books to get us to be competitive in the ultra low power domain - we are not there as yet. Secondly, Apple's iPhone offering is an extremely innovative product that enables new and exciting market opportunities. The statements made in Taiwan were inappropriate, and Intel representatives should not have been commenting on specific customer designs.
Intel has fallen slightly out of favor with Apple as its main chip supplier. Apple recently decided to use NVIDIA's GeForce 9400M single-chip platform for its new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air updates. Apple CEO Steve Jobs cited five-times faster graphics performance compared to Intel's competing solutions which require a two-chip (northbridge/southbridge) arrangement.
Apple still, however, uses Intel processors for its desktop, server, and notebook platforms.