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Intel working on ARM-to-x86 tool to bring iOS apps to Atom-powered MeeGo phones

In an interview with the news service IDG, Intel's vice president of Software and Services says that the company is developing a tool to port iPhone applications to Intel's Atom-powered MeeGo smartphones.

Without getting into too much detail, the processors used by Apple's devices (and almost every phone on the market) are not compatible with Intel's Atom processor. This tool would, in theory, make porting iOS apps to the MeeGo platform quite easy. There's also the added bonus that these apps might then work on Windows (or indeed, Mac OS X!)

Why such convoluted solutions are being worked on, I can only guess. Obviously Intel wants Atom-powered smartphones to take off in a big way, but why not simply push for more apps to be written in HTML5, CSS and JavaScript instead? That way every app would work on any phone or any computer.

MeeGo, if you haven't heard about it, is the successor to Nokia's previous open-source architecture, Maemo. MeeGo is a Linux-based operating system that Nokia will eventually use to power its smartphones in 2011. The Nokia N9, which is the only phone currently slated to run MeeGo, should be released by the end of the year. It also looks eerily similar to the MacBook Pro...

[via Reg Hardware]

Tags: apps, arm, atom, compiler, intel, meego, mobile, nokia, port, x86