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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2017 iPad Pro marks the first Apple device to use a chip built on TSMC 10 nanometer manufacturing process

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Date: Monday, July 3rd, 2017, 05:06
Category: Hardware, iPad, News, Processors

This is pretty neat.

The pros have gotten their hands on Apple’s A10X Fusion processor that shipped with the new iPad Pro and have confirmed that this is the first chip in a device using TMSC’s FinFET 10nm chip fabrication process.

The breakdown, published by Tech Insights, discovered a 96.4 square millimeter die size as compared to the 16nm A9X with a die size of 143.9 square millimeters. Even having the notably smaller die size, the chip has 8MB of L2 cache, three CPU cores, and a 12-cluster GPU assembly.

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Apple’s 2017 10.5-inch, 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets now available at Apple Store, other retail locations

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Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, 05:49
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News, Processors

You can now snag Apple’s new iPad Pro models in an Apple Store retail location near you.

The new 2017 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models have gone live and customers can check stock at local Apple Stores.

Apple began accepting iPad Pro orders just after the WWDC keynote event, and the first iPad Pro models began shipping out over the weekend with most offering June 13 delivery dates.

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iFixit posts teardown of 2017 21.5-inch iMac, finds user-upgradable RAM, modular CPU

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Date: Friday, June 9th, 2017, 05:33
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Processors

The pork has soared and it looks like Apple has finally released an iMac with a user-upgradable CPU as well as RAM.

The cool cats at iFixit have just completed a full teardown of Apple’s new 21.5-inch iMac with 4K display. The unit features both removable RAM and a modular CPU, although Apple has yet to say if these components are user-replaceable. Accessing and replacing these components isn’t exactly easy, but it’s still possible.

This is the first time Apple has had a 21.5-inch iMac with expandable RAM since 2013, and the first modular CPU since 2012.

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Apple announces updated MacBooks, offers improved processors, GPUs, SSDs

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 13:14
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News, Processors, Touch Bar

The new MacBooks are en route.

And they offer some spiffy new updates.

Apple has incorporated seventh generation Intel Kaby Lake processors in all upgraded 12-inch MacBooks and MacBook Pros. The 12-inch MacBook now supports up to 1.4 GHz Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz, and can be purchased with up to 16GB of RAM.

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Apple announces updated 10.5-inch, 12.9-inch iPad Pro models

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 13:16
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News, Processors, WWDC

If you’re hankering for a new iPad Pro, the new one was just announced today.

Apple announced an updated version of its 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The new unit still weighs one pound but includes thinner bezels as well as a new screen equipped with ProMotion technology, which allows for faster refresh rates with smoother scrolling, and more responsiveness with Apple Pencil and touch input with just 20ms latency.

The refresh rate will dynamically adjust for both quality and power savings. Fast moving content updates quickly, but slower refresh rates (such as when viewing still images) can save battery life.

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Apple unveils iMac Pro, offers specs up to 18 processor cores, 128GB of RAM for new machine

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 13:54
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Processors, Thunderbolt

Apple has apparently gone bananas with their highest-end iMac.

The company, which promised a pro-grade iMac, unveiled the unit at the Worldwide Developer Conference keynote presentation on Monday. The iMac Pro will sport Intel Xeon processors, and Apple says it’s the most powerful computer they’ve ever made.

The iMac will sport Intel Xeon processors alongside 128GB of RAM.

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Apple announces new 2017 iMacs, offers improved screens, Kaby Lake processors, USB-C ports on board

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Date: Monday, June 5th, 2017, 13:05
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Processors, retail, USB-C, WWDC

The new iMac was just announced at WWDC and it includes some interesting upgrades.

Apple has, according to CEO Tim Cook, included the “best Mac displays ever,” upping the brightness to 500 nits to make them 43 percent brighter while bringing support for a billion colors. The new units also feature faster Intel Kaby Lake processors up to 4.2 GHz, higher memory capacity, super-fast storage, and next-generation graphics, as well as a pair of Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, which have yet to arrive on any other Mac.

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