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Samsung Completely Out, TSMC In for A10 and A11 Chips

Submitted by lalit on July 19, 2016 - 2:17pm.

Chinese language newspaper, Economic Daily News, reported today that TSMC will be exclusive producer of not only upcoming A10 processor but also next generation A11 processor. This news adds support to the report published in May 2016, saying TSMC has begun to tape out the design for Apple’s A11 processor and plans to start small volume production of A11 chips in first half of 2017.

Samsung and TSMC are currently sharing production of Apple’s A9 processor. However, as tests have pointed out, TSMC made A9 processors run slightly faster, cooler and offers better battery life. Even though the difference between the two A9 processors is small, it clearly shows the lead TSMC has over Samsung in manufacturing process. And the rumors are that TSMC will extend that lead with their 10nm FinFET process which Apple will use for A11 processor.

This is good news for both Apple and TSMC and bad news for Samsung, as Apple was their biggest customer when it came to chip manufacturing.

[Via DigiTimes]


Tesla Unveils Model 3 - A $35,000 Electric Car

Submitted by lalit on April 1, 2016 - 3:22pm.

After years of speculations and wait, Tesla has finally announced Model 3, a $35,000 electric car. However, you won’t be able to get your hands on the car yet, as it won’t ship till end of 2017 and if pre-orders are any indication that wait might be till 2019. Tesla already has 200,000 pre-orders for the new car. According to the company’s CEO Elon Mush, that is more than $7.5 billion in revenue.

At the launch event yesterday, Musk claimed that the base Model 3 will do 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds, will have 215 miles range at least, offer autopilot, supercharging and one continuous pane of glass roof. Like the model S, the 3 will also have front and rear trunks and a large 15-inch LCD screen on the dashboard. Seating will be for five adults with enough room in the back for 6 feet tall adults.

Model 3 will come in single and dual motor versions. The single motor model 3 will be rear-wheel drive sedan and dual motor version will be all-wheel drive sedan. Musk also promised a quicker version that will have faster 0-60 time, but won’t be as fast as Insane mode on Model S.

Overall, Model 3 looks really interesting and shows the future of cars in a bright light. See the new car in action and Model 3 unveil event in videos below.

[More info about Model 3]


Apple Planning to Ship Ultra-Thin 13- and 15-inch MacBooks in Second Half of 2016

Submitted by lalit on March 22, 2016 - 5:38pm.

DigiTimes is reporting that Apple is planning to ship new ultra-thin 13- and 15-inch MacBooks by end of second quarter. The new MacBooks will have design similar to current 12-inch MacBook and it will be thinner than MacBook Air.

There have been multiple rumors that Apple is working on new MacBook Pro laptops that are thinner and lighter than current Pros. And will have similar design to last years 12-inch MacBook. Even though the new MacBooks will be thinner and lighter they will offer pro level performance.

It is very likely that Apple will announce the new laptops at WWDC and will ship them by third quarter.

[Via DigiTimes]


Apple Announces 9.7-inch iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Support

Submitted by lalit on March 21, 2016 - 5:29pm.

Apple today introduced new 9.7-inch iPad Pro featuring a new pro Retina display, 64-bit A9X processor, 12-megapixel iSight camera with 4K video and 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro also supports the excellent Apple Pencil and a new Smart Keyboard cover.

The pro Retina display offers a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience. The advanced Retina display is 25 percent brighter and 40 percent less reflective than iPad Air 2, making content even easier to see indoors and out. It uses the same wider color gamut as the iMac with Retina 5K display, delivering 25 percent greater color saturation for more vivid colors. A custom timing controller, photo alignment and oxide TFT deliver incredible color, contrast and clarity.

The iPad Pro is just 6.1 mm thin and weigh under one pound while offering super fast A9X chip, 802.11ac WiFi with MIMO, 50 percent faster LTE Advanced and console class graphics. Apple claims that the iPad Pro offers better graphics performance that Xbox 360. The four-speaker audio system provides powerful, clear and rich stereo sound for more than twice the audio output.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish, and starts at $599 (US) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $729 (US) for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Both iPad Pro sizes are available in offerings of 32GB, 128GB and a new 256GB capacity. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available to order beginning Thursday, March 24, from, and in Apple’s retail stores, through select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers on Thursday, March 31, in Australia, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US. 

Apple Introduces iPhone SE at Awesome Starting Price of $399

Submitted by lalit on March 21, 2016 - 1:58pm.

Apple today introduced their new 4-inch iPhone SE with matte-chamfered edges and a color-matched stainless steel Apple logo. Even though the new iPhone looks almost identical to iPhone 5s from the outside, the inside have been completely changed. The iPhone SE features 64-bit A9 chip, a 12-megapixel iSight camera with live Photos and 4K video and Touch ID with Apple Pay. Apple has also updated the wireless chipsets for three times faster WiFi and 50 percent faster LTE. The front facing camera has also been updated to HD camera with Retina Flash for perfect selfies.

Apple claims that the new iPhone SE is the most powerful four-inch smartphone, offering two times faster CPU and three times faster GPU performance compared to iPhone 5s. And with the A9 processor it might be one of the fastest smartphones available today in any size. Like on the big brother iPhone 6s, the A9 processor also brings along M9 motion coprocessor for features like always on “Hey Siri” and a range of fitness tracking capabilities like measuring steps and distance.

iPhone SE will be available in space gray, silver, gold and rose gold metallic finishes in 16GB and 64GB models starting at $399 (US) from Apple’s retail stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers. Customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US will be able to order iPhone SE beginning Thursday, March 24, with availability beginning Thursday, March 31.


CES 2016: LG Showcases 98-inch 8k Display

Submitted by lalit on January 5, 2016 - 3:27pm.

LG brought their first ever 98-inch 8K display to CES 2016. The display offers 16 times the resolution of normal full HD TV and four times the resolution of 4K TVs. Other TV Manufacturers have show 8K TVs before, but this is the first display running at 120Hz, which should result in smoother video.

Though Market is not yet ready for 8K TVs and will not be ready for next 5-6 years, but this shows where the technology is heading and how close to reality picture quality will get in future.



CES 2016: LG Introduces Next Generation 4K OLED TV with Superior HDR Experience

Submitted by lalit on January 5, 2016 - 2:14pm.

Right now, LG has the best TVs (their OLED lineup) available on the market, and from their latest announcement at CES 2016, it looks like this year also LG’s OLED TV will be on the top. The next generation of LG OLED TVs - the G6 and E6 series will be one tenth of an inch deep with translucent glass backs and very thin bezels around the screen. LG calls it “Picture-On-Glass” design.

Not only is the design impressive, but the feature set is out of this world. Both the G and E series will features HDR Pro with support for all HDR formats (including HDR10 and DolbyVision). LG OLEDs will also get Ultra HD Premium spec that is applied by UHD Alliance to products that meet the highest level performance in resolution, peak luminance, black levels, wide color gamut and audio quality. The TVs will get webOS 3.0 update with better app support and internet connectivity.

LG didn't announce the release dates or pricing for the new OLED TVs, but we are hoping to see these TVs in the market by summer 2016.


Apple Watch 2nd Gen Coming in Q2 2016

Submitted by lalit on November 13, 2015 - 1:12pm.

According to China’s United Daily News, Quanta Chairman Barry Lam has revealed that second generation Apple Watch will be launched in second quarter of 2016. Quanta has been Apple’s manufacturing partner for the first generation watch that was launched in April this year.

Lam brought this up during Quanta’s earning call revealing that the company is expanding its capacity to assemble new products in 2016. Investors believe that majority of this new capacity will be used for next generation Apple Watch.

Rumors are second generation Apple Watch will have a more powerful processor, bigger battery and improved screen for better outdoor visibility.


Nest Announces Weave - New Communication Protocols For Smart Devices

Submitted by lalit on October 1, 2015 - 1:45pm.

Nest today announced new communication protocols for smart devices called Weave. The company said that when they started Nest five years ago, they realized that none of the communication protocols worked for them, so they ended up inviting their own set of protocols called Nest Weave. Nest says that they have been using the Weave protocols for years and next year they will open it up to everyone who wants to make a connected home product.

According to Nest, Weave lets devices talk directly to each other and to Nest. And because it’s reliable, compact and secure, it works great for all kinds of products – like a lightbulb that needs to turn on and off without any lag time, or a door lock that runs on battery power, or a security system that needs to work even if Wi-Fi goes down.

Lock maker Yale will be on of the first company to launch a product using the Weave technology. Nest says, “They’ve been making locks since 1843. But they knew they wanted to make a new kind of connected lock. That’s why they came to Nest. Using Nest Weave, our cloud services and app, they built the first lock that lets you check if the door is open, see who came and went, and create passcodes for family members and guests from the Nest app.”

The new connected lock will be called Linus and the video below shows how it works. Smart home devices based on Nest Weave protocol should come to the market by next year.



OS X El Capitan Available as a Free Download on September 30th

Submitted by lalit on September 30, 2015 - 12:32am.

After announcing record 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sales on the launch weekend yesterday, Apple today announced that their next generation desktop operating system OS X El Capitan will be available on Wednesday, September 30 as a free update for Mac users. According to Apple, El Capitan builds on the groundbreaking features and beautiful design of OS X Yosemite, refining the Mac experience with updates to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight search, and performance improvements to make everyday activities — like launching and switching apps, opening PDFs and accessing email — faster and more responsive.

“People love using their Macs, and one of the biggest reasons is the power and ease-of-use of OS X,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “El Capitan refines the Mac experience and improves performance in a lot of little ways that make a very big difference. Feedback from our OS X beta program has been incredibly positive and we think customers are going to love their Macs even more with El Capitan.”

The new OS X El Capitan will be available on September 30th on Mac App Store as a free upgrade for Mac users. El Capitan supports all Macs introduced in 2009 and later, and some models introduced in 2007 and 2008.