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Official : Apple Confirms ARM Licence At iPad 2 Launch

Although Apple is one of the founder companies behind ARM Holdings and uses technology from the British company in all of its mobile devices, Apple was never mentioned as one of its Public Licensees of the company on the ARM website (opens in new tab).

But Apple seems to be ready to step out of the limelight and publicly acknowledge that it is the mystery licensee that ARM signed three years ago, before the launch of the original iPhone.

Check the picture below, extracted from the video of Steve Jobs at the iPad 2 launch event yesterday. Check the three letters at the top of the processor, ARM (ed : Apple might say that the Acronym stands for something completely different though).

Although it might not sound like it, Apple putting ARM's name on the A5 is a very powerful statement by the company about its relationship with the company.

With the real possibility that Apple will launch more than one A5 processor this year and potentially dump Intel altogether in the next few years, ARM's strategic partnership with Apple may become pivotal to the company's continued success (ed : remember the rumours that Apple might buy ARM for $8 billion?)

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.