Intel made an enemy out of Apple back in 2010 when it helped create the so-called "UltraBook," which was powered by Windows but looked an awful lot like the MacBook Air. Partly in response, Apple started making its own A-series chips (with more than a little help from frenemy Samsung), and now the chip giant is reportedly paying for its "backstabbing style of partnership." According to an extensive report, Intel's move has cost it around $7 billion in losses.
The smartypants who design the brains inside each of Apple’s iOS devices--the iPhone, iPad, iPhone touch, and Apple TV--have announced a new processor scheme with far-reaching implications not only for Apple’s überpopular consumer lineup, but for MacBooks, as well. And those designers aren’t Cupertinians.
When we first heard about iMovie for the iPhone we knew it was going to be something good. As a matter of fact, it's so good, it needs the A4 chip just to run the app. Meaning, 3G and 3GS users will probably be left out in the dust on this one.
a report in the New
York Times, Apple
Apple's investment in the new A4 chip that powers the iPad
was likely to have hit $1 billion--and that's without building a
factory to manufacture the chips.
The fruits of Apple’s 2008 acquisition of P.A. Semiconductor finally saw
the light of day when Steve Jobs unveiled Apple’s iPad. Underlying the
sleek user interface and minimalist hardware is the Apple A4. The A4 is a
system-on-a-chip (SoC) running at 1GHz. No mere CPU, the A4 includes
integrated 3D graphics, audio, power management, storage and I/O