Forbes: Apple’s iPhone needs a new brain

“What the iPhone really needs is a new processor. And there is no sign, yet, that it will get one,” Brian Caulfield writes for Forbes.

“Apple alluded to the problem in March, when it introduced new software for its smart phones. The reason it doesn’t run more than one application at a time, Scott Forstall, Apple’s vice president for iPhone software development explained, is because such work will drain the battery too quickly,” Caulfield writes.

“There are several possible solutions. Samsung could build a new processor around the same ARM Cortex-A8 architecture TI uses, or Apple could switch to TI, Strauss suggests. Alternatively, Apple could build a processor of its own, presumably one based on the ARM-architecture, with the chip designers it picked up last year with its acquisition of PA Semi,” Caulfield writes.

MacDailyNews Note: iPhone’s processor (any model) is perfectly capable and already multi-tasks. Listen to your iPod while surfing the Web for proof.

Caulfield continues, “There are no signs that Apple is doing that–yet. Then again, if Apple were, it would likely keep such a move a very tightly guarded secret, because it would be the only information about its new phone that would really matter.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This article is ultimately emptier than Giampaolo’s skull, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that to imply that iPhone 3.0 and the new SDK with over 1,000 APIs, including in-app purchases, peer to peer connectivity via Bluetooth, and the ability to communicate with hardware accessories, don’t “really matter” is patently ridiculous.

Oh, BTW: Apple CEO Jobs: ‘PA Semi is going to do system-on-chips for iPhones and iPods’ – June 11, 2008

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