Rumor: Wi-Fi In iPhones In Two Years
October 8, 2007 at 2:07 PM (PT)
A newspaper in TAIWAIN reports on a rumor that APPLE is integrating INTEL's upcoming MOORESTOWN processors into future iPHONE versions. The low-power, high-performance systems-on-a-chip could conceivably enable the iPHONE to get VOIP calls, faster-than-Wi-Fi Internet access and improved battery life.
WIRED.COM picked up on the fact that INTEL's MOORESTOWN processors will be an integrated WiMax platform, featuring a CPU, fast 3-D graphics, HD video decoding, Wi-Fi and WiMax on a single chip. "The iPHONE is the perfect device for (MOORESTOWN)," The website quotes analyst ROGER KAY of ENDPOINT TECHNOLOGIES. "I mean, (The iPHONE) is really a mobile Internet device with a phone tacked on for good measure."
WiMax-equipped phones are expected to hit retail shelves in 2008 from NOKIA, LENOVO, TOSHIBA and others. Concurrently, SPRINT NEXTEL and CLEARWIRE are expected to finish their nationwide WiMax networks by 2010. "You have to remember Apple isn't the only device maker that could be implementing WiMax," KAY said. "Everybody's seen this timeline. It's certainly no secret that a lot of companies are going down this road."
INTEL is on task to begin MOORESTOWN processor production in 2009, which could be integral to a Wi-Fi iPHONE. INTEL would no doubt love to get the ball rolling, as APPLE is expected to sell about 22 million iPHONEs in 2009 alone.
True to form, APPLE would not comment the reports.