Apple's next generation A7 processor to be produced by Intel?
"Although Apple is upholding its vow of secrecy when it comes to revealing upcoming product details, the rumor mill has been churning non-stop. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company is rumored to have two smartphones in its pipeline: a successor to the iPhone 5 and a low-cost budget-friendly handset. The next-generation flagship smartphone is expected to come with a fingerprint sensor for added security, Apple’s forthcoming iOS 7 mobile software out of the box, and a next-gen A7 processor produced by Intel.
Analysts have predicted that the iPhone 5S will launch sometime this summer, with KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pointing toward a July release and iMore’s Rene Ritchi arguing for an August debut. "
Oh this is a good find. Intel would produce A7 chips for Apple on the condition that Apple use Intel's chips in their upcoming products. It takes time for Apple to get iOS to work on x86, so they could first announce they will switch (similar to how they did in macs in 2005), and Intel can fab the arm processors in the meantime. In the meantime, they both work on getting iOS/(or new touch-base Mac OS) to work in x86. With release of Silvermont and its superiority, it's an obvious move for Apple.
Can you imagine if this news drops in the next week? I can see the stock broker on the phone with his client "I'm telling you, ARMH is going through the roof. It's picking up steam over $50 a share and going to $100 by the end of the month." Then the news hits, and ARMH drops $15 a share in seconds. "I'll have to call you back."