Apple Patent Reveals Plans To Run Android On iPhone

News that could shake the core of Silicon Valley
By Sarah Connor | 2014.08.04

Apple and Google have been bitter rivals since the launch of the first iPhone. Lawsuits brought by both sides and mudslinging in the press have always created fanboys on both sides. It has been an unspoken rule that you cannot be a fan of the iPhone and Android, only one or the other… until now.

Patent filings by Apple, discovered today, indicate plans that could completely turn the the technology world upside down. The patent outlines the ability for an upcoming iPhone model to run Android. Details are sparse at the moment, but it seems as though that in addition to having the ability to choosing between 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage capacities coupled with picking AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, potential iPhone buyers will have a new option to choose from: iOS or Android.

It is unclear whether there will be additional cost to pick the Android option, but it is very likely that Google and Apple are still hashing out a lot of the details behind the deal. Often, these types negotiations can run into the last days before a product launch. It is also possible that the plans will never come to fruition.

Apple product rumors are nothing new, but the fact that a patent has been filed would indicate a major shift in how the company could do business moving forward. The recent partnership with IBM and the acquisition of Beats has shown that Apple is not afraid to take risks that would once be unthinkable. One thing is for sure. The lines of people camping out for new iPhones are about to get a lot longer.