Unannounced hardware tweak gives new iPad 2 longer battery life

By on May 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM.

Unannounced hardware tweak gives new iPad 2 longer battery life

iPad 2 features longer battery life from 32nm processor

When Apple unveiled its third-generation iPad in March, the company also announced that the iPad 2 would remain on the market at a reduced price. The Cupertino-based company did not reveal that the year old tablet had a significant upgrade to its internal hardware,however. The original 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad 2 featured a 45nm A5 processor, but the $399 iPad 2 is equipped with a smaller and more power efficient 32nm A5 processor, according to AnandTech. Performance remains the same on both devices, but the smaller processor delivers an overall increase of 16% to battery life while web browsing and a 30% increase when playing games. There is no way to tell whether an iPad 2 features the new smaller processor without opening the box and running a benchmark test, unfortunately, because the external packaging and the device itself look identical to the older model. More →

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Intel discusses new ‘Ultrabook’ notebooks, Atom roadmap

By on May 31, 2011 at 7:53 PM.

Intel discusses new ‘Ultrabook’ notebooks, Atom roadmap

During the Computex trade show in Taiwan on Tuesday, Intel’s executive vice president Sean Maloney discussed a new category of laptop computers called “Ultrabooks” that Intel says will dominate 40% of the consumer market by the end of next year. Ultrabooks will blend the performance of today’s laptops with a tablet-like experience in a thin and light product, and the first such product is ASUS’ brand new UX21 laptop, which is due out by the 2011 holiday season. Initially, Ultrabooks will be powered by Intel’s latest Core processors, but they will also be powered by the firm’s new 22nm Ivy Bridge processor by the first half of next year. By 2013, Ultrabooks will be powered by Intel’s next generation “Haswell” processors. Maloney also said that its Atom processor family will “outpace Moore’s law” and that Intel will accelerate the processor from 32nm through 22nm to 14nm in just three years. The move will allow for more powerful and more battery-efficient Atom processors for tablets, netbooks, and smartphones. The firm also said that Android and MeeGo tablets running its Medfield processor will hit the market during the first half of 2012, and that Medfield will enable sub-9mm designs and products that weigh under 1.5 pounds. Hit the jump for Intel’s full press release. More →

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Details on Intel's next generation Sandy Bridge processors leak

By on July 14, 2010 at 1:59 AM.

Details on Intel's next generation Sandy Bridge processors leak

In its first quarter 2010 earnings conference call in April, Intel confirmed that it is working on its next generation of computer processors. Codenamed Sandy Bridge, these 32nm processors are the expected successor to the current generation Nehalem processors and are slated to hit full production later this year. Though Intel has remained silent on the underlying architecture of these upcoming processors, a rumor out of Notebook Italia may shed some light on the specifications and naming conventions for this upcoming crop of Intel-branded CPUs. Keeping with the Core iX branding, the Sandy Bridge processors are though to include the following:

  • Core i7 2600: quad-core processors with Hyper-Threading, 3.2 GHz, 8 MB L3 cache
  • Core i5 2400: quad-core processors without Hyper-Threading, 3.1 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache
  • Core i5 2500: quad-core processors without Hyper-Threading, 3.3 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache
  • Core i3 2100: Dual-Core with Hyper-Threading, 3.1 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache
  • I3 2120 Core: Dual-Core with Hyper-Threading, 3.3 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache

All the Sandy Bridge processors are expected to be Socket LGA 1155 compatible with a minimum clock speed of 3.1Ghz. As with all rumors, take this one with a grain of salt as it has not been confirmed and these early specs may change as the R&D and manufacturing process moves forward.

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Apple to announce iTunes.com, new Macs at WWDC?

By on May 28, 2010 at 1:37 PM.

Apple to announce iTunes.com, new Macs at WWDC?

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It’s no secret that the star of this year’s WWDC keynote will be the next-gen iPhone, but what else could it potentially bring to the table? According to a note issued to investors by Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu, the answer is iTunes.com, a cloud-based music service, and a refresh of the Mac Pro and MacBook Air. Apple has long been rumored to want in on the cloud-based music business, and its purchase of Lala in December of 2009 only served to add fuel to the fire. Add to this the fact that Apple has ordered Lala be shut down on May 31st and it seems there is quite a bit of evidence to support these claims. Turning our attention to the Mac Pro, the scuttlebutt is that it will pack a pair of 12 core Westmere-based processors from Intel’s Xeon 5600 series. As for the MacBook Air, rumors of a refresh have been fairly consistent over the past few months. The most recent came a few weeks ago and claimed that the travel-friendly notebook would be equipped with a Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM (although back in January the word was it would be getting a Core i5 processor). Would this be enough to satiate your need for shiny, new Apple gear? More →

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