Way back in the year 2010, Apple’s Platform Technologies Group (one sector who deals in building CoreOS)… They gave some time for making a project of Port Mac OS X to iPad-style ARM processors. The mission was to port Mac OS X Darwin Kernel into the ARMv5 chipset design – it is the same design, which is now, been used in different products of Apple such as: iPhone, iPad, etc. Jack Perry also quotes iMore…
The project was initially titled as Porting Darwin to the MV88F6281, which was again subtitled with ARMing the Snow Leopard…The main objective for building this project was, to put Darwin at a state of work of MV88F6281; so that the other teams can also continue their work on the same platform.
Reasons to perform Apple Secret project:
To build the kexts and Kernel system in a proper way.
Built kernel in such a manner that it can easily be re-booted and also easily handled by single user.
Booting the system into multi-user mode.
For several months, the project was not been disclose in the market… But, iOS uses Darwin Kernel project for Port Mac OS X to iPad-style ARM processors, and which was again utilized by CoreOS teams. One will easily observe that, I-Device has many unique and distinct features in them… from the day they have started utilizing this Mac OX X 10.7 Lion. We are unaware, about the project, that, it still ongoing or it has been put on hold. Although, the person who discovered this idea is now attached with Apple, and he is working as a CoreOS Engineer in Apple!
Some might find the idea of Mac OS X iPad absorbing the idea of Tablet PC, which Microsoft Windows kept on their tablet. However, they didn’t succeed in the market! The reason was that Mac OS X was not designed for multi-touch user.
But, now, Microsoft is going to launch its new Windows version, in the name as Windows 8… This version will support both windows Phone such as: tablets which is been optimized by metro users and one traditional version Windows 7, which will support laptops and desktops interface.
Apple thought that instead of introducing MacBook Airs with ARM processor, it is good to have iOS software “Back, to Mac” with OS X 10.7 Lion.
The basic reason behind the success of iPad was the simplicity of Apple, in spite of being deviated from their current strategy, rumors states that they might achieve a good height of success moving from iOS to Mac and now from Mac to ARM.
Moreover, Mac OS X was once run on Power PC ships, but simultaneously and secretly Apple also used to run it on Intel chips.
Thus, neither the OS X Tablet nor the ARM MacBook Air is the end; we are looking forward to see more verification of Apple products which they can launch through Mac platform.
Update: It is for those who are interested in Kernel and chipset, which has been talked above; furthermore details of the project:
About the Platform Technologies Group
As it was described by a manager: “We do the plumbing, if we do our jobs right, you never see it.”. The Platform Technologies Group, a subdivision of the Core OS department, works on the embedded platforms that Apple maintains. Here, platforms are brought up and the embedded kernel and lower level support for the platforms is maintained.
What is Darwin?
Darwin is the lower half of the Mac OSX operating system. It includes the XNU kernel which is based on the Mach microkernel, and the userland.
What is the MV88F6281?
The MV88F6281 is an ARMv5te compatible processor from Marvell. It is based on their custom Sheeva core, which is designed to be like the ARM926EJ-S core from ARM. It has all the features youʼd expect from a modern CPU, including several high speed SERDES lanes, a Harvard L1 cache, and 128kb of unified L2 cache.