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.
You might recall that Apple's 64-bit A7 chip wasn't met with universal acclaim after its announcement (for whatever reasons), and few critics were quite so vocal as mobile chip manufacturer Qualcomm. Just last week, a representative of the company called it a "marketing gimmick," but as Cnet reports, Qualcomm's already backtracked on that odd assertion.
If the Taiwanese publication Want Daily is to be believed (as reported by MacRumors via others), we'll get to see the new MacBook Pro with Intel's latest Haswell processor as early as September. The report allegedly drew its information from sources along the Taiwanese supply chain, and while the report itself apparently isn't available online, Japanese site EMSOne was able to determine from the report that the devices would likely appear next month.
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When discounting their older product, most companies simply dump it into the market and call it a day. But Apple isn’t just any company -- an updated model of the $399 iPad 2 is floating around at retail, and it might improve battery life by as much as 16 percent.
The next Samsung Galaxy S smartphone is set to be unveiled next week, and the Korean manufacturer is aiming to get the masses excited about it a few days early with word that the handset will come packing a quad-core processor.
As the old saying goes, “If you can’t beat ‘em, just make ‘em bigger.” Oh, that’s not the old saying? Somebody needs to tell Toshiba, who has just announced a new line of Android 4.0-based Excite tablets in a trio of sizes, including a massive 13.3 inches.
I had an interesting conversation the other day that might interest you--one that will certainly interest Intel, the maker of the chips that power your iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro, and Mac mini. Lucian Shifren of SuVolta told me about a new type of transistor that his company has introduced. While the deep-geek details on the low-power, low-cost chips that can be built from it are fascinating, one non-techy thing he said stuck in my mind: “The market’s now moving to a point where you’re really going to be driven by the $10 chip and not the $200 chip.”