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Even With An A-X Chip, The iPad Air’s Graphics Are 40-70% Better Than iPad 4

The iPad Air is the first 9.7-inch Retina iPad to ship without an A-X series chip. Put more simply, it’s the first such iPad to forego bolting more graphic cores onto the core chip to drive the massive 2048 x…Read more ›

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Qualcomm Exec Soft Fired After Calling 64-Bit A7 Chip A “Gimmick”

Last month, Qualcomm representative Anand Chandrasekher called Apple’s new 64-bit A7 chip a “gimmick.” It was a hugely stupid thing to say, leading to Qualcomm actually correcting Chandrasekher’s remarks. But it also might have killed Chandrasekher’s career, at least in…Read more ›

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Qualcomm Eats Its Words, Admits Apple’s 64-Bit A7 Chip Is The Future

Do you remember when a representative for mobile chip maker Qualcomm said that Apple’s 64-bit A7 chip was a “marketing gimmick?” It seemed pretty laughable even at the time. At some point, Qualcomm is going to start releasing 64-bit chips, at which point they’d have to eat these words. Well, Qualcomm didn’t bother waiting to […]

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Pedometer++ Uses The M7 Chip To Count Your Steps

pedoplusplusWant to check out the new M7 MoCoPro in your iPhone 5, but don’t have an app to do it? Then check out David Smith’s Pedometer++, a free app which grabs data from the low-power motion-tracking chip and shows it to you. Pedometer++ is really just a kind of proof of concept, although you can […]

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Strava Run Now Uses M7 Chip For Better Accuracy And Battery Life

strava mocoproStrava Run, the fitness-tracking app that records your runs and lets you compete against strangers who have use the same routes, might be the first fitness app to take advantage of the M7 Motion Coprocessor (MoCoPro) in the iPhone 5S. Now the app will not only run for longer thanks to saved battery power, it’s […]

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Confirmed: Apple’s A7 Chip Isn’t Quad-Core

AppleTownHall-869_575pxAs seen in the iPhone 5s, Apple’s new A7 chip is the world’s first 64-bit ARM-based chip… but it’s not Apple’s first quad-core chip. Instead, the A7 is dual-core in a sea of Android competitors boasting 32-bit quad-core processors. The revelation that the A7 chip is still dual-core comes from chip review site Anandtech, who […]

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Apple Buys Low-Energy Chip Maker That Could Help Power The iWatch

iWatch_11-640x480Apple has bought a company which specializes in low-energy chips that are ideally suited for devices like fitness trackers. The rumor mill is saying that Apple is working on an iWatch to release by the end of 2014, and this small acquisition is likely another way to bring in more expertise for the project. The […]

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iOS 7′s Lightning Chip Detection Has Already Been Cracked

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With iOS 7, when you plug an unauthorized Lightning cable into your iOS device, you’ll get a notification that informs you you’re not using a “certified” Lightning accessory, and that it “may not work reliably” with your device.

But after just two weeks, one accessory maker has already cracked Apple’s detection and fooled iOS 7 into thinking uncertified Lightning accessories are certified ones.

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Inside Apple’s SoCs, And Predicting The iPhone 5S’s A7 Chip

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Yes, we all know that Apple’s iOS devices have A4, or A5, or A6 processors in them… but what are they? These are all types of systems-on-a-chip, or SoC for short, and they are more than just processors: they are the equivalent of someone putting almost an entire PC desktop on a single chip the size of an infant’s fingernail.

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Apple Has Reportedly Fired Samsung From A7 Chip Production

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We’ve all heard the rumors that Apple will move away from Samsung and find another fab to make all of their sexy, super-fast A-series processors, but today, The Korea Times is reporting it as a done deal, saying that Apple has shut Samsung out entirely from the design of their A7 processors. Who are they going with instead? The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, or TSMC for short.

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