Tantalizingly, Steve Jobs' post-iPad-launch discussion with Apple employees included a few tidbits:
- Apple will update iPhone's OS (and the iPad's) aggressively, which will make it a hard target for Google to catch with Android
- Apple views Google as intending to destroy iPhone, and Apple is committed to protecting iPhone
- The next iPhone "is an A+" update
Given who Apple got with the PA Semi acquisition (Alpha? StrongARM? Yeah. That team's leader.), it's expected Apple will enjoy genuine advantage going forward. Apple has begun showing us how it will leverage that advantage with custom low-power silicon predicted earlier:
Before the year is out, Apple will have the most powerful, lowest-cost SOC in the industry. There's nothing that I can see from ARM licensees or Intel that could challenge the power-per-watt, the power-per-buck, the power-per-cubic-millimeter of size. Apple is going to have quite a performance, battery efficiency and cost advantage over the competitionThe future is here.
-- Richard Doherty, quoted in cnet news