Intel's Pat Gelsinger confirmed Apple will not use the Intel Atom processor in the iPhone anytime soon:
"Apple chose not to take that road map at their next generation of platform," said Patrick Gelsinger, general manager of Intel's
digital enterprise group, referring to Intel's plans to churn out smaller versions of the so-called x86 processors that power most of the world's PCs and servers. "That was disappointing."
Despite the setback, Intel has a plan to use its long history inside desktop computers to its advantage, even as the action shifts from the PC to wireless gizmos like Apple's iPhone or Research in Motion's BlackBerry line of smart phones.
Apple appears to be going it alone for now, buying chip designer P.A. Semi for $278 million in cash earlier this year to help it design the processors that will power its next generation of phones and digital media devices.