Apple’s ban on third-party iPhone apps due to future Intel Moorestown processor switch?

“Suddenly, Apple’s apparent downer on third-party iPhone software development becomes much clearer. Taiwanese moles claim the company is considering founding future iPhones on the next generation of Intel’s Ultra Mobile Platform,” Tony Smith reports for The Register.

“Today’s iPhones are based on ARM processor technology. Intel abandoned its ARM chip line in practice last year, but focused its efforts on its own x86 processor platform in spirit back in 2005. Since the two are incompatible, moving to x86-based iPhones would by necessity render all existing iPhone apps unusable on the new platform,” Smith reports.

Full article here.

“Apple reportedly is considering adopting Intel’s Moorestown MID (mobile Internet device) platform processor in a new iPhone, according to OEM sources,”Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes.

“Intel revealed a Moorestown-based MID product with functions similar to Apple’s iPhone at the recent Intel Developer Forum (IDF) San Francisco,” Chen and Tsai report. “The Moorestown platform is expected to launch in 2009 and Apple is considering developing an iPhone based on it…”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Another Irish Dude” and “RadDoc” for the heads up.]

44 Comments

  1. Doubt it. That makes as much sense as stopping development of PPC applications because a new Intel processor is coming.

    Sadly, it is probably an AT&T;thing. Hopefully all those developers out there will hack the latest firmware so I can play Tap-Tap Revolution again…..

  2. Think this makes sense to me. I’ve always felt that Apple was waiting to make sure it had the iPhone where they wanted it before opening it up. It is still incredibly young for such a futuristic device! And I also believe that Apple learned their lessons from the past.

    PS – I still remember all the Apple fans screaming bloody murder when Apple decided to market the iPod to PC users.

  3. People are pissed that they have re-buy a $5 game for a new iPod Classic. Imagine how pissed people would be if they had to re-buy a $10, $20 or $50 application because of a processor switch.

    This isn’t the same as stopping PPC development. There is no ARM development to stop since it’s never officially started. Mobile environments are also very resource constrained and supporting dual processor development is resource intensive. People are already complaining about the lack of usuable storage space on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Performance would also be decreased since the applications wouldn’t be optimized for the respective processor.

  4. eWeek is reporting that all iPhone apps run as root. (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2191373,00.asp).

    If true, opening to third party apps would be a security nightmare.

    My thought is that in order to get the iPhone out, Apple cut some corners — The major one being running every app as root.

    Once Leopard is out the door, the effort will be to re-write iPhone on Leopard and do it right this time, with proper security (no root access). Once that update to iPhone ships, Apple can open up the platform for third party apps. Then we will have a true mobile computing platform.

  5. Just wanted to say that it’s a HILARIOUS ad right next to the comment field: Looking like an error message straight from Win98 with the white x in a red circle and these old-fashioned buttons. It’s just not Win98 at all that its moving all the time.

    Bring back those days, yeah!

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