Rumor: Mac mini could see refresh before long

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Date: Friday, October 20th, 2017, 05:30
Category: Hardware, Mac mini, Processors, Rumor

Although it’s been three years since the Mac mini was last updated, there may be some updates to come.

Responding to an email from MacRumors reader “Krar”, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that while it was “not time to share any details,” he confirmed that the Mac mini will be an important part of the company’s product lineup in the future.

Cook’s response echoes a similar statement from Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, who commented on the Mac mini when Apple’s plans for a new Mac Pro were unveiled. “The Mac mini is an important product in our lineup and we weren’t bringing it up because it’s more of a mix of consumer with some pro use,” he said.

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iFixit posts full iPhone 8 teardown

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Date: Monday, September 25th, 2017, 05:29
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors

If you’re curious about the internal components of the iPhone 8, the cool humans at iFixit have already performed a full teardown and posted their findings to the Internet.

The teardown revealed a True Tone Retina display, Qi wireless charging support, Touch ID Home button, and improved camera sensors. Other components include an A11 Bionic processor, iFixit found 2 GB RAM, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X16 LTE modem and Gigabit LTE RF transceiver, Skyworks quad-band GSM power amplifier module, NXP secure NFC module, a Broadcom wireless charging chip, and more.

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV could feature A10X Fusion processor, 3GB of RAM

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, 05:35
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Processors, Rumor

It looks like there’s a good chance the next-gen Apple TV will also use an A10X Fusion processor.

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has been analyzing the firmware files and has discovered signs that the new unit, set to be unveiled officially by Apple tomorrow, will use the A10X along with 3GB of RAM. This represents a big increase in power and may signal a larger direction beyond 4K movies and TV shows.

The upgrade could significantly increase computing power as well as graphics performance.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhones to incorporate A11 Fusion processor

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Date: Monday, September 11th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Developer, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, Processors, Rumor

The near-final beta of iOS 11 has revealed some neat things, including a suggestion that Apple will be incorporating an “A11 Fusion” processor into its next-gen iPhone. The A11 Fusion is expected to have two cores for intensive processing needs, and four high-efficiency cores as well.

Unearthed by Steve Troughton-Smith on Sunday, the iOS 11 leak from the end of the week reveal CPUs labeled 0 through 5 —a total of six. Without expanding on further delving, the developer originally claimed that four are the high-powered “Mistral” cores, with two “Monsoon” cores supplementing the four for lesser computational needs.

As of now, the current A10 Fusion processor found in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models feature a pair of high performance cores as well as a pair of high efficiency cores. The A10X in the iPad Pro refresh from WWDC has three high performance “Hurricane” cores, and three high efficiency “Zephyr” cores.

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Intel announces Xeon W processors, hints at possible hardware for next-gen Mac Pro

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Date: Wednesday, August 30th, 2017, 05:45
Category: Hardware, Intel, Mac Pro, News, Processors

Intel today announced the workstation class Xeon W processors that could find their way into the next generation of Mac Pro.

The new processors, which will replace the E5 and E7 series, range from Bronze, Silver, Gold, to Platinum for professional/enterprise use. They will replace the E5-1600 series that Apple has used in its Mac Pro and use Intel’s Skylake architecture.

Per the announcement, the Xeon W processors will feature up to 18 cores, offer up to 512GB of ECC RDIMM/LRDIMM memory and can be clocked up to 4.5 GHz via Intel’s new Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. The new processors will also carry hefty price tags. While the 14 and 18 core models have a TBD price, the 10 core Xeon W processor comes in at $1,440.

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Purported photos of iPhone 7s components, including logic board and A11 processor, leaked

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2017, 05:35
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Processors, Rumor

A series of leaked photos has shown what might be iPhone 7s components.

The photos, tweeted by Benjamin Geskin, show what is purported to be an A11 processor, a logic board and other components.

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Intel publishes details regarding “Ice Lake” processors prior to release of Coffee Lake, Cannon Lake processors

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Date: Thursday, August 17th, 2017, 05:07
Category: Hardware, Intel, News, Processors

With its 8th-generation Coffee Lake processors arriving next week, Intel has released information pertaining to its upcoming 10-nanometer “Ice Lake” chip, which will serve as the successor to the 14-nanometer Coffee Lake and 10-nanometer Cannon Lake chips.

The company stated that “the Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the 8th generation Intel(R) CoreTM processor family. These processors utilize Intel’s industry-leading 10 nm+ process technology,” via its codename decoder web site.

The timing comes as irregular, as Intel has not announced or shared details on its Cannon Lake processor. The Cannon Lake line will represent the first chips that will be built on its 10-nanometer architecture, and Intel is also referring to Ice Lake as the successor to its soon-to-be-announced 14-nanometer Coffee Lake chips, leading to confusion about its upcoming processor lineup and how Cannon Lake fits in.

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TSMC enters mass production of 10-nanometer A11 processors

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Date: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017, 05:02
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Processors

Processor manufacturer TSMC has reportedly entered the mass production stage of its 10-nanometer “A11” processors for Apple’s next-gen iPhone.

While the new iPhone’s ship date has yet to be announced, TSMC is said to be applying the same 10-nanometer FinFET manufacturing technique being used to make A10X chips for this year’s 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros. The A10X is in fact believed to be the first chip produced with the technique, though TSMC does have other clients.

At present, the A10 processor used in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets feature a 16-nanometer design. The smaller size of the new processor could allow for better performance in a similarly-sized package and help improve power efficiency.

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YouTuber demonstrates how to upgrade base-model 5K iMac into top of the line powerhouse

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Date: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017, 05:23
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Processors

If you’re looking to upgrade your new iMac, this is for you.

YouTuber Quinn Nelson, also known as “SnazzyQ”, upgrades his $1,799 base-model Mid-2017 5K iMac into a machine that performs better in many respects than Apple’s most expensive iMac configuration, which comes to $5,299 before tax.

While this WILL void your warranty, there’s something to be said for it. Granted upgrading the CPU involves removing the display, removing the speakers, logic board, and more. Still, once the computer has been stripped down, CPU installation is literally just a matter of swapping out the old CPU with the new one.

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Apple sets up offices near Imagination Technologies’ headquarters, reportedly poaching staff for GPU development

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2017, 05:15
Category: Hardware, News, Processors

Apple seems to be making moves to poach additional staff from Imagination Technologies, the British chip designer behind the GPUs used in iOS devices. Per the Telegraph, Apple has established its own GPU design team in offices just a few miles from Imagination’s offices in St. Albans.

The report states that Apple has already hired individuals such as COO John Metcalfe and that in setting up the localized office, they’ll be able to recruit Imagination staff members without requiring them to move or relocate.

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