In November, Apple approved an update to their mobile operating system iOS. Shortly after, the iPhone jailbreaking community hacked it. However, the only hack available was a tethered jailbreak. Meaning when you reboot your device, you have to tether it to your computer which can be a pain. Now the
When Apple announced that the iPad was running their own custom A4 processor, everyone assumed it was the work of the talent Apple assimilated when they acquired PA Semi, a processor designer. Now that is believed not to be true. Instead, the chip was actually designed by the already existing chip designing team that has existed within Apple for years in some form or another and made chips for other devices.
The main thing holding the iPhone back right now is its under-powered ARM processors, according to Intel. Pankaj Kedia, Director of Ecosystems in the ultra-mobility group of the company, commented at the Intel Developer Forum in Taiwan yesterday that the iPhone's processors aren't powerful enough for intensive apps, and are holding back the cellphone industry.
Apple caused quite a stir when they purchased PA Semi, one of Intel's leading rivals, causing many to wonder if they were ditching Mac chipmaker Intel once and for all. It wasn't until Steve announced that they were going to design their own iPod and iPhone chips that their intentions became clear. Now one Apple employee has offered a small morsel of info on what they're doing.
ARM released a financial report recently in which they announced that they have signed a deal with an "un-named OEM" (original equipment manufacturer) for an architectural licensing deal. This particular kind of license gives the OEM the authority to develop thier own implementations of ARM cores and add custom extentions. They have not stated who the OEM is, but EETimes' Peter Clarke suspects that it's Apple.