In what might be a high-profile case of career suicide, an Intel Germany executive has reportedly confirmed that Apple plans to use Intel's Atom processor in a future iPhone.
The report, from our sister site ZDNet.de, is in German. I don't speak German. Google's translation service says "As part of an Intel-Events for the 40th Birthday semiconductor company BMW in Munich, Germany-World's managing director Hannes Schwaderer today confirms what has long been a rumor on the Internet kursierte: namely, that there is an iPhone with Intel's new nuclear-chip type." Atom, in the German version, is spelled the same way as the English word, so I think it's safe to assume that "nuclear-chip type" means . I sent an e-mail to the author of the report hoping to get an official English translation.
Rumors about Apple deciding to throw all of its eggs into Intel's chip-making basketever since Intel started talking about its Silverthorne processor, which is now known as Atom. The problem is that the : it gives off too much heat to be practical in a device the size of the iPhone.
The report says the Atom-based iPhone would be larger, and usesthat Intel created for its Fall Intel Developer Forum. That design was a mockup of what MIDs using the next-generation of Atom, code-named Moorestown, might resemble, rather than an actual product blueprint. A switch to Intel's chips is certainly possible for an iPhone released around the 2009-2010 timeframe expected for Moorestown, and it's also possible that Apple has an Atom-based tablet-like device in the works, but it's far from clear.
An Intel representative said he was looking into the report, but doubted that the Intel executive had actually confirmed such a plan, or even whether the executive in question--who is head of Intel's German operations--would even be aware of such a thing, assuming it existed. Throw another log on the iPhone rumor pile.