Ironically, in our last podcast we touched upon the topic of Apple’s current handheld platform morphing into a UMPC or MID. We even made some predictions and one of those is now the latest buzz in the tech world: Apple may move the iPhone to an Intel x86 architecture.
DigiTimes suggests that Apple is considering such a move, one that would take the current ARM architecture and replace it with Intel’s CPU offerings for UMPCs and MIDs. It’s one that makes sense to us (or we would have suggested it in the podcast) and might also partially explain why Apple hasn’t offered an SDK for iPhone development. If they did that and later made an architecture change, they’d have to deal with application compatibility just as they did when moving their Mac line from PowerPC to Intel. Bear in mind that Intel is planning to embed WiMAX capabilities in their future chip lines that will fall back to WiFi; the iPhone as we know it today could morph into a cellular-free but always connected powerful portable.