Apple announces iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units at media event

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Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2016, 05:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors, Software


The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets hit today.

And that may be why you see your neighbors gathering torches and pitchforks regarding the removal of the headphone jack today.

The new handsets boast a 64-bit four-core A10 Fusion processor, stereo speakers positioned on opposite ends of the device, a flush Force-sensitive home button with a Taptic Engine for haptic feedback, and IP67-standard water and dust resistance. As rumored, the headphone jack has been removed and Apple is offering a wired Lightning in-ear EarPod headphones and a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter are included in the box. Apple is offering Siri-enabled wireless earbuds called AirPods as a separate accessory, available for $159 in late October.


Rumor: Top 15 iPhone 7 features leaked

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Date: Tuesday, September 6th, 2016, 05:48
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor, Touch ID


This may be the curtain being lifted ahead of time.

With the iPhone 7 release just over the horizon, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has perhaps released that 15 major changes coming to both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets:

New True Tone displays like the iPad Pro range, with laser based proximity sensors for faster response times

32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage tiers will replace 16GB, 64GB and 128GB

2x 12MP dual rear camera limited to iPhone 7 Plus, uses 1x wide angle and 1x telephoto lenses

Upgraded ambient light sensors on both new iPhone cameras for better low light shots


Wolfpack completes Kickstarter campaign, offers external GPU configurations for MacBook Pro notebooks

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Date: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, 06:00
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Processors


It’s a cool idea if it comes true.

The Wolfe Pro Kickstarter campaign which became fully funded after one day is offering a choice of two external GPUs for MacBook Pros that offer up to ten times the performance of the top-end built-in one. Connected via Thunderbolt 2 or 3, the Wolfe Pro gets you an NVIDIA GTX 970 GPU for $599, with estimated delivery in March 2017.

The GTX 970 has 1664 cores operating at 1050MHz, for a peak computing power of 3.49 teraflops, with rendering speeds almost ten times higher than a maxed-out 15-inch MacBook Pro with AMD R9 M370X GPU. Frame rates exceed 70 frames per second, creating a machine suitable for high-end gaming and VR applications.

Wolfpack, Inc., the company behind the effort, has promised that backers will be given the option of upgrading to the next-gen GTX 1060 when it become available.


Intel licenses ARM to use chip manufacturing capacity

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Date: Wednesday, August 17th, 2016, 05:47
Category: Hardware, Intel, News, Processors


Intel has announced that it’s licensing technology from rival ARM Holdings Plc.

The two chipmakers unveiled the agreement Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. The accord will let Intel offer third-party semiconductor companies its most advanced 10-nanometer production lines for manufacturing the complex chips usually used in smartphones.

Intel, which receives most of its profits from its processor business, has failed to gain ground in the emerging smartphone market, which until now has been dominated by ARM. Under Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich, Intel is trying to persuade other chipmakers to use its factories for their production. Adding licenses for ARM’s technology could open up that business to fabricating chips based on those designs for companies such as Qualcomm Inc. and Apple Inc., which now have their chips produced by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and others.


Intel announces Kaby Lake processors, chips may arrive too late for inclusion in next-gen MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 08:46
Category: Hardware, Intel, MacBook Pro, News, Processors


The good news is that Intel announced its seventh-generation Core processors during yesterday’s second quarter earnings call yesterday.

The bad news is that the processors, known as “Kaby Lake”, which are made via a 14-nanometer process, might not see the Mac until 2017.

Intel’s last two chip releases have been plagued with long delays, and moving away from the tick-tock cycle will allow it to push out new chip updates on a regular basis. Apple’s Macs, such as the Retina MacBook Pro and the iMac, have been impacted by Intel’s chip delays over the last few years, resulting in long periods of time between updates and unusual update cycles.


Rumor: Apple to drop Samsung, go with TSMC for A10 and A11 processor production

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Date: Monday, July 18th, 2016, 09:01
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor


Apple may be dropping Samsung as the manufacturer for its next-gen iPhone processors in favor of TSMC.

Back in February, it was rumored that TSMC would be the sole supplier of the A10 chip in the iPhone 7. A new report from Korea claims that the same is true of the A11 chip destined for next year’s iPhone.

At present, TSMC is already the exclusive provider of the A10 chip slated to power the next-gen iPhone. TSMC is also rumored to be the sole supplier for the A11 processor for future iOS devices.


Rumor: Apple to unveil updated MacBook Air, MacBook Pro models in June

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Date: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, 11:33
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Processors, Rumor, Touch ID, USB-C, WWDC


Rumors have come down the pipe from assorted suppliers that Apple may announce updated MacBook Air notebooks this month as opposed the August. The rumor also states that Apple might refresh its entire MacBook line earlier than expected,

The report, citing “a reliable Chinese supplier,” mentions earlier rumors that Apple will discontinue the smaller 11-inch MacBook Air to focus on 13-inch and all-new 15-inch models. All of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models are expected to be equipped with Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, while USB-A, MagSafe 2, and Thunderbolt 2 ports found on existing models will allegedly be removed.


Chipworks posts teardown of iPhone SE, finds mix of new and old components

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Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2016, 07:58
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPhone SE, News, Processors


The iPhone SE has arrived for a few users and the official teardown have begun.

As of Wednesday, Chipworks posted a teardown report of the new handset, citing its composition of parts that had largely been borrowed from the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6/6s, with a few new chips thrown in to keep the platform fresh.

The major difference, though, appears to be the A9 processor, which is currently also found on Apple’s flagship iPhone 6s handset.


Apple releases 9.7-inch iPad Pro

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 13:16
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News, Processors


This could be interesting.

On Monday, Apple launched its long-awaited 9.7-inch version of the iPad Pro, the tablet gaining the magnetic Smart Connector, A9X processor and four-speaker array found on its larger 12.9-inch version, as well as compatibility with the Apple Pencil and a new True Tone display, all for $599.

The 9.7-inch variant’s True Tone display features two new four-channel ambient light sensors that measure both brightness and color temperature to adjust the display accordingly, resulting in a “paper-white” viewing experience.

The display is also 40 percent less reflective and 25 percent brighter than the iPad Air 2. Apple says it’s the lowest reflectivity of any tablet available. Color reproduction also hits new heights with the same color gamut offered on the iMac with Retina 5K display, as well as 25 percent greater color saturation than iPad Air 2.


Apple grants press access to processor development plants

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Date: Monday, February 22nd, 2016, 07:04
Category: Hardware, News, Processors


For all its secrecy, Apple can’t help showing off a little bit.

This was seen recently when Bloomberg Businessweek got rare access inside the undisclosed locations where Apple develops its processor chips. Brad Stone, Adam Satariano and Gwen Ackerman interviewed Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president for hardware technologies, over three days, and got guided tours of unmarked Apple chip facilities in Cupertino, Calif., and Herzliya, Israel.

The piece covers Apple’s processor development, which began during Steve Jobs’ time as CEO, and dives in to the sites and everything that goes into processor research and development.