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I worked in the Platform Technologies Group for 12 weeks, porting Darwin to the MV88F6281. The MV88F6281 is an ARMv5 compatible processor, with the custom Sheeva core at its heart. The goal of this project was to get Darwin building and booting into a full multi-user prompt.

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    Was this work part of the effort that led to the iPhone?

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      No, I don’t believe so - the iPhone predates this activity by a few years (the iPhone was announced in January 2007, this paper is from 2012 although the work was done when Snow Leopard was still in development, so 2008/2009). It may well have assisted in the port of macOS to ARM though - the author later went to work for Apple after he graduated.