Senior Intel execs have indulged themselves in a little ARM-bashing at a company event in Taipei, blaming the rival chipmaker for the iPhone's "shortcomings".

"The shortcomings of the iPhone are not because of Apple", Intel's director of ecosystems for its ultra-mobility group, Pankaj Kedia, said at a developer forum in Taiwan. "The shortcomings of the iPhone have come from ARM."

Shane Wall, Intel's VP, mobility group and director strategic planning, platform architecture and software, ultra-mobility group, chimed in with: "Any sort of application that requires any horse power at all and the iPhone struggles", he said.

Kedia extended his ARM to the entire industry: "The smartphone of today is not very smart", he said. "The problem they have today is they use ARM."