Apple releases kernel source code for mobile chips

Apple has released ARM-friendly source code for the XNU kernels used in iOS and macOS.

According to a report by Engadget, Apple has regularly released the kernel source code for Macs. For iOS, however, code optimised for ARM-based chips – found in many phones and tablets – was not provided by Apple.

“You now have code that would theoretically run on an iPhone or iPad,” stated the report.

It added that it is only the kernel, however, which doesn’t cover the interface, developer frameworks, or apps of the software.

ARM-based Mac code is also available, but Engadget noted that Apple has a history of writing code for other architectures “just in case”.

“You certainly aren’t about to install macOS on your ARM-based Chromebook,” it stated.

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