Apple M7 Processor Analysis

Apple has big plans for its M7 dedicated motion co-processor

By on September 13, 2013 at 12:10 AM.

Apple has big plans for its M7 dedicated motion co-processor

While the iPhone 5s’s 64-bit A7 processor has received the lion’s share of attention, 9to5Mac points out that we should take a look at the device’s M7 dedicated motion co-processor as well. As Apple describes it, the M7 is technology that “knows when you’re walking, running, or even driving” and can do things like automatically switch the type of directions it gives you when you stop driving and start walking. More →

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Apple A7 64-bit Processor Analysis

Why Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor matters

By on September 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM.

Why Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor matters

Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5S has generated considerable buzz even though some observers have pointed out that having a 64-bit smartphone won’t pay immediate dividends in terms of performance since the device doesn’t have anything close to 4GB of RAM. But as CNET’s Stephen Shankland explains, being the first to market with a 64-bit smartphone processor is all about long-term positioning for Apple and isn’t about an immediate boost in performance. More →

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Google Back Panel Touch

Google files patent for back-panel smartphone touch controls

By on March 8, 2013 at 11:46 PM.

Google files patent for back-panel smartphone touch controls

Touch displays are obviously terrific, but there are times when it would be great to have an alternative way to navigate on our smartphones, especially if we don’t want to muck up our screens with greasy fingerprints. Patent Bolt has found that Google (GOOG) is apparently following Apple’s (AAPL) lead by working on a technology that provides smartphone touch controls on the back panel of the device instead of on the front display. Patent Bolt notes that the back-panel controls would obviously perform simple tasks since it would be difficult to type words if you can see a keypad. However, Patent Bolt says that the controls could allow you to “turn a page of an ebook, article on the web or flip to ‘next’ or ‘previous’ views of photos,” among other things. The technology outlined in Google’s patent is similar to technology outlined in a patent filed by Apple in 2006, although so far Apple hasn’t developed any sort of back-panel controls for either the iPhone or the iPad.

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Samsung Flexible Displays

Samsung unveils flexible display technology at CES

By on January 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM.

Samsung unveils flexible display technology at CES

Samsung (005930) continues to push the envelope when it comes to high-end display technology. On the second day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company revealed its new flexible OLED display for mobile devices. Samsung showcased a flexible display prototype that at first appeared to be an ordinary phone, however it was able to fold out and transform into a tablet. Flexible displays will allow manufacturers to make bendable, rollable and foldable displays for mobile devices. The technology, which is also designed to deliver better colors and contrast in a super thin form factor, will be marketed under the name Youm and is expected to reach consumer devices in the coming years.

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Kingston 1TB Flash Drive

Who needs a hard drive? Kingston announces 1TB flash drive

By on January 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM.

Who needs a hard drive? Kingston announces 1TB flash drive

Remember the scene in This is Spinal Tap when guitarist Nigel Tufnel showed off amplifiers whose volume went all the way up to 11? Well it looks as though Kingston has taken a similar approach with its new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 flash drive that can store as much as 1TB — yes, that’s one terabyte — of data. Needless to say, such an enormous flash drive packs some decent speed as well and Kingston says it delivers a maximum 240Mbps read speed and a 160Mbps write speed. Kingston hasn’t yet announced pricing for its 1TB flash drive, but given that its 512GB drive sells for $1337, then it’s highly likely that the 1TB version will be in the $2,500 range.

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Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Corning will show off its third-generation Gorilla Glass at CES

By on January 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM.

Corning will show off its third-generation Gorilla Glass at CES

It’s almost time for the Consumer Electronics Show, which means that it’s time for Corning (GLW) to announce a new generation of its super-tough Gorilla Glass. Corning said on Thursday that it would formally unveil Gorilla Glass 3 at CES next week and this year the company is promising “a new glass composition with durability enhancements” that will make your laptops, smartphones and tablets even tougher to crack in the coming year. Corning will also show off its new Optical Cables, which it describes as a fiber-based device-to-device connection product that will “significantly extend the data transmission range past the limits of copper-based cables.” The company’s full press release is posted below. More →

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Apple's plan to ditch Samsung started with the iPhone 5's A6 chip

Apple's plan to ditch Samsung started with the iPhone 5's A6 chip

By on October 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM.

Apple Samsung Manufacturing

Apple (AAPL) has long relied on Samsung (005930) for help with its hardware even though the two companies are perpetually at each other’s throats. But now unnamed sources have told the Korea Times that things have already started to change because “Apple has not collaborated with Samsung in the process to develop its A6 microprocessor used in its latest iPhone 5.” Samsung has traditionally manufactured the processors for Apple’s smartphones and tablets, and has also provided key development input as well. If the Korea Times report is correct, it means that Apple has already downgraded its relationship with Samsung to “manufacturing-only” and is likely to split off from Samsung entirely next year when it starts work on the successor to the A6 chip. More →

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Apple hires away former star Samsung chip designer

Apple hires away former star Samsung chip designer

By on October 11, 2012 at 5:07 PM.

Apple Hires Samsung Chip Designer

The rivalry between Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (005930) just became a whole lot more intense. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has hired former Samsung chip designer Jim Mergard to possibly design new mobile processors for future devices. A former AMD (AMD) vice president and chief engineer, Mergard is said to be “very capable of pulling together internal and external resources to do a PC processor for Apple,” according to another former AMD executive and colleague Patrick Moorhead, who now works at Moor Insights & Strategy.

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Valve fed up with lame computer hardware, decides to make its own

Valve fed up with lame computer hardware, decides to make its own

By on September 5, 2012 at 11:35 PM.

Valve Enters Computer Hardware

Valve Software, maker of both the popular Steam online gaming platform and smash-hit games such as Portal 2, has finally had it with the moribund PC hardware market and is planning to build some hardware of its own. Valve has posted a new job listing on its website for an industrial designer capable of lighting a fire under the PC hardware market. The company says in the job posting that it’s “frustrated by the lack of innovation of in the computer hardware space” as “even in basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven’t really changed much in any meaningful way over the years.” The end result, says Valve, is that it’s “jumping in” to the hardware space.

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iPhone 5 production faces setback as screens delayed at Sharp

iPhone 5 production faces setback as screens delayed at Sharp

By on August 31, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

Sharp iPhone 5 Screen

Demand for the next-generation iPhone is expected to be huge but the Wall Street Journal today says that Apple (AAPL) may not be able to keep up because Japanese manufacturer Sharp (SCHAY) has fallen behind schedule in producing iPhone screens. Unnamed sources told the Journal that Sharp has delayed production of the screens due to “manufacturing difficulties” and doesn’t yet have a timetable for when the screens will ship. This is particularly critical for Apple because Sharp is just one of three companies that manufacture iPhone screens along with LG Display (LPL) and Japan Display, although the Journal does say that it is still “unclear whether the delay at Sharp could lead to supply problems for Apple.” More →

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Smaller iPhone dock connector could flood the world with e-waste

Smaller iPhone dock connector could flood the world with e-waste

By on August 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM.

iPhone new dock connector criticism

Apple’s (AAPL) smaller dock connector for the next-generation iPhone will likely annoy more than a few users but it could also have some serious environmental consequences. TechCrunch’s John Biggs on Tuesday talked with Arman Sadeghi, the CEO of e-waste handler AllGreenRecycling, who said that even if Apple provides users with a way to make the new dock connector backwards compatible with the old 30-pin model, it will still result in a lot of users throwing their old Apple devices and accessories in the garbage. More →

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Leaked photos of iPhone 5 battery raise questions over battery life

Leaked photos of iPhone 5 battery raise questions over battery life

By on August 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM.

iPhone 5 battery leaks

LTE traditionally requires a pretty substantial battery, but new reports suggest that Apple (AAPL) has either figured out a way to bring 4G LTE to the iPhone without the added bulk, or is preparing to deliver a seriously underpowered LTE device. After examining leaked pictures of the next-generation iPhone batteries, 9to5Mac found that they were only incrementally larger than previous iPhone generations’ batteries and measured in at 1,440 mAh, 3.8 volts and 5.45 watts-per-hour. By comparison, the Samsung (005930) Galaxy S III has a battery that checks in at 2,100 mAh while the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX checks in at a whopping 3,300 mAh. More →

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