Your iPad 6 Might Be Powered By Intel [Rumor]

Your iPad 6 Might Be Powered By Intel [Rumor]

Over the last year Apple has been trying to cure itself of its dependency on Samsung, but that’s been pretty hard to do. Samsung makes Apple’s RAM, some displays, and is the sole supplier of processors for Apple’s mobile devices.

There has been speculation about where Apple might go to supplement or replace Samsung, and one of the top contenders Apple might turn to is Intel. According to a new rumor Apple is already in talks with Intel about using them to replace Samsung.

RBC Capitol’s Doug Freedman reports that there have been advanced talks on a deal to bring Apple’s processor manufacturing needs over to Intel. Freedman even claims to know specific terms of the deal that are being discussed right now.

  • Intel would agree to use Apple’s preferred architecture for the iPhone — the one from Intel’s British rival, ARM Holdings.
  • In return, Apple would agree to switch to Intel’s x86 architecture for the iPad.

As reported by Fortune, Freedman claims that Apple’s demand for 12-inch system-on-a-chip wafers in 2013 could approach 415,000, which would outstrip Samsung’s ability to supply, giving Intel an upper-hand. Apple’s foundry business in 2013 could be worth $2 billion in 2013.

We find it hard to believe that Apple would switch the iPad over to Intel chips when ARM has better battery life. However, with all of Intel’s knowledge and manpower in chip making, many expect Intel’s mobile processors to surpass ARM’s in terms of energy efficiency in the near future.

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  • Whodakat

    They may be trying to get intel to do their fab work, but there is no way the iPad is moving to an intel processor. Apple is making too many strides on the ARM side of things. Apple should just drop a few billion and fab their own stuff.

  • merikykiky

    So iPhone iPad cross compatibility would be gone? Doubt Apple would be that dumb.

  • CharilaosMulder

    Hell NO! Just after Apple made their own architecture? Are we going back to Intel’s hungry and inefficient CISC chips? Let’s move on, shall we?

  • GrangerFX

    The one thing the iPad needs the least is Wintel compatibility. Every year the ARM processors almost double in performance while Intel’s processors get about 10 or 15% faster so why would we want an Intel x86 processor in our iPads? It would make vastly more sense for Intel to make ARM processors for many devices with their advanced silicon. x86 compatibility is just baggage that we don’t need in the mobile world.

  • Stephen Sohn

    This would only be cool if there was cross comparability over all products. iPhone, iPad, & Macs. This would also be really cool if there were touch MacBooks.

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