Thursday, January 11, 2007

iPhone OS X is not really OS X

The iPhone looks to be running on a Samsung provided ARM core processor. That means it's not running on an Intel (or PPC) core. That means it's not running OS X in any meaningful sense (Apple can brand toilet paper as running OS X if they like). Darwin, the BSD based operating system that underlies what Apple has previously called OS X does not run on ARM processors. The Darwin/Apple Public Source licensing agreement says the source would have to be made available if it is modified and sold (paraphrased. read it yourself). A Cingular rep has said the iPhone version of the OS source will not be made available. It will be closed, like the iPod OS and not Darwin. So if it ain't Darwin, it ain't OS X (in any meaningful way).An InfoWorld article on an FBR Research report breaks down iPhone component providers and lists Samsung as the chip maker for the main application/video cpu.
So, that leaves the question... What OS is this phone really running? (not Linux or the source would need to be open)

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you should have read it a little better. It is their source, they can do with it what they want.

1/13/2007 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to clarify that: a licensing agreement stipulates what people who don't own code are licensed to do with that code by the people who do. The fact that the APSL prevents other people from changing the Darwin source without releasing the changes does not compel Apple to release the source under any circumstances. So, the fact that they haven't released the source does not in any way indicate it's not the same Darwin source they license to others under the terms of the APSL. It is indeed quite likely that the iPhone runs OS X, since otherwise they'd have to reinvent many wheels they already have.

1/13/2007 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is incredible. you were able to not get a single fact about Apple, the APSL, porting, or even basic logic, corect in that little blurb. and then, somehow, it got posted to slash dot?

...the dumbing down has begun.

1/13/2007 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, you're a freakin' idiot! Seriously though, having a blogger account and posting your thoughts on the intarweb does make you knowledgeable about subjects you otherwise know nothing about.

Hey, but now slashdot knows you're dumb too!

_Good Job_

1/13/2007 5:18 PM  

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