Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirms iPhone powered by ‘real’ Mac OS X

“Steve Jobs pulled an iPhone out of his pocket last week during a staged Q&A at the Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, but quickly tucked it away. His comments about Apple’s dive into the cell phone market were almost as fleeting, but the company’s CEO did offer up some new tidbits to eager buyers,” Computerworld reports.

“Jobs also confirmed that the iPhone is powered by Mac OS X, not a miniaturised version or a completely different operating system, as some had theorised earlier this year,” Computerworld reports.

“‘Take out the data [from Mac OS X], every desktop pattern, sound sample. If you look at Safari, it’s not that big. It’s real Safari, real OS X,’ Jobs said. That may explain the controversial decision last month when Apple announced it would delay Mac OS X 10.5, known as Leopard, at least four months to free up enough developers to wrap up the iPhone by June,” Computerworld reports.

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65 Comments

  1. I’d like to know what AT&T will charge with an iPhone Plan. How much in internet, etc. That is the burning ? at this point. Will AT&T charge a premium for a iPhone plan versus other phones?

  2. “Jobs also confirmed that the iPhone is powered by Mac OS X, not a miniaturised version or a completely different operating system, as some had theorised earlier this year,” Computerworld reports.”

    BS, of course the iPhone has a miniaturised version of OS X. I mean, how else could Apple cram an OS into that small form factor.

  3. maczealot, that’s what SJ explained. They removed the extra stuff (desktops, sounds, etc.) to get the OS size down. I don’t think that qualifies as miniaturized, as the core OS didn’t change.

  4. Haven’t we been trying to tell people this? I think that folks who are use to MS technologies don’t really understand how OS X is structured, and being as it’s a modular OS, it can be scaled to these types of devices. It’s STILL OS X, even though the UI is different. The underlying technologies are the same. Darwin is the same. Why is this so hard to believe?

    -c

  5. “They removed the extra stuff (desktops, sounds, etc.) to get the OS size down. I don’t think that qualifies as miniaturized, as the core OS didn’t change”

    Exactly. If you nibble around an apple and leave the complete core and stem intact, it’s still an apple. The core is not suddenly smaller. Brown perhaps, but not smaller.

  6. THE BIGGEST QUESTION IS

    Since AT&T is still upgrading to 3G network quality and we have to use the slow Edge network.

    DOES THE CURRENT VERSION OF THE IPHONE SUPPORT THE UP COMING 3G NETWORK SO IT’S A SIMPLE UPGRADE OR WILL EARLY ADOPTERS BE SCREWED?

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