Intel’s 9th Gen Core processors are here, and, as expected, they’re simply a refresh of the last generation of chips, with the same 14nm die size the company’s been using since 2014. Performance-wise, Intel says the new chips are squeezing out higher speeds; they’re supposedly up to 10 percent faster than last year’s models. There are also some nice improvements on the more granular side of things for particularly serious users, including the switch back to a solder thermal interface material (STIM) over paste. But for the most part, the new chips have the same things last year’s chips had: more cores. And the reason is pretty simple: Intel still hasn’t managed to move on from its 14nm manufacturing node to the next step, its repeatedly delayed 10nm process. Each processor manufacturing generation is determined by the manufacturing node, which describes the size of the minimum feature on the wafer of silicon. Generally, the smaller the node, … [Read more...] about How Intel’s 9th Gen chips show the way forward after Moore’s Law
Apple surprised customers with a sudden (but expected) hardware refresh of its 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros without an on-stage introduction. The updated models include the T2 security chip first introduced in 2017’s iMac Pro providing a secure boot, encrypted storage, live “Hey Siri” commands, and more. “The Apple T2 chip includes a Secure Enclave coprocessor that provides the foundation for secure boot and encrypted storage capabilities,” the company states. “It also consolidates many discrete controllers, including the system management controller, audio controller, and SSD controller, into one.” A deep-dive into the chip shows that it includes a built-in hardware encryption engine that encrypts all data stored on the MacBook Pro’s SSD. This process uses 256-bit AES encryption and security keys unique to that specific MacBook Pro model. Owners gain access to the data through Apple’s FileVault platform that provides your own … [Read more...] about The Apple T2 chip in the latest MacBook Pros offer a deeper level of security
If there is one current conversation at Mobile World Congress that is going to have a profound impact on our daily life, it is expectation that the first "mobile broadband" 5G networks should begin launching from mid-2019. This will have a direct impact on Apple’s business, posing problems and opportunity for the iPhone maker.Apple is a mobile companyYou can sell all the connected devices you like, but they are meaningless if they don’t have a network to link them all together. Not only that, but as the number of mobile devices in use increases, you need intelligent networks capable of processing and prioritizing tasks, from edge to core. You need real-time analytics, artificial intelligence, network slicing, and the capacity to carry millions of messages from billions of connected devices reliably, without losing data, connectivity, or network integrity.Networks need to be able to handle high-bandwidth applications, such as video, augmented and virtual reality … [Read more...] about MWC18: Where will Apple get 5G iPhone chips?
If the first round of test results is an indication, iPhone X’s reign as the best handset in the world could be coming to an end. DisplayMate and DxOMark, two of the most respected names in smartphone testing, have put the Galaxy S9's display and camera through a litany of paces, and the results might surprise some Apple fans.On the display side, Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate concludes the the Galaxy S9 has “the most innovative and high performance smartphone display that we have ever lab tested.” Among the records it broke was absolute color accuracy, where it scored a mark “visually indistinguishable from perfect,” and peak brightness with 1,130 nits. DisplayMate says the Galaxy S9 is the first phone to receive Very Good to Excellent ratings in every category.On the camera side, DxOMark gave the Galaxy S9+ a record score of 99, besting the iPhone X’s 97. In its conclusion, it found the S9+ “is a smartphone without any real weaknesses in the … [Read more...] about Early tests show the Galaxy S9 beating iPhone X where it counts: The screen and camera
Contents > What will the new iPhones be called? > Release date for the new iPhones > How many new iPhones will Apple launch? > iPhone 2018 prices > Design changes in the new iPhones > Leaked photos & illustrations > New features & tech specs > Cameras Apple's iPhone update in the autumn of 2018 could see three or even four new iPhones launch at the same time. In this article we look at all the rumours concerning the successor to the iPhone X, and the expected larger iPhone X Plus: their release date, prices, design changes, tech specs and new features. We've also got the latest leaked photos, including what is believed to be a prototype iPhone X Plus display and the new gold colour finish. We also think Apple is likely to update the iPhone SE in the spring of 2018, and we have a separate article addressing those rumours here: iPhone SE 2 news. And for advice related to the current lineup, you may prefer … [Read more...] about Leaked photo shows new gold iPhone X