Yesterday, Apple finally revealed a new MacBook Pro, a full 527 days after the last refresh. The Touch Bar was fancy and bright; the gorgeous display wowed eye sockets; and the price made my wallet pucker. But there was also a conundrum.
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Kaby Lake, Intel's latest processor family, wasn't supposed to exist. Earlier this year Intel announced the end of its well-known tick-tock release schedule, whereby it trots out a new processor every September. The tick is the shrinking and improvements of the current microarchitecture, while the tock is a whole new architecture. Instead last year's "tock", Skylake, was going to hang around a while, with no new "tick" in sight.
When it's not churning out smartphones and giant tablets and uh, giant container ships, the company also does healthy business manufacturing microprocessors. It does such a good job, in fact, that chip-making rival Qualcomm will be using Samsung's foundaries for its next big thing.
Intel's new Skylake processors fit inside practically any computer. Soon, you'll be able to get one inside a PC-on-a-stick. But it turns out that Core M computers can get even smaller still. Intel says it's already testing the new processors inside smartphones too.
We don't all buy ridiculously powerful notebooks. Gaming PCs, sure, but not notebooks. Normal laptops — y'know, the ones you can buy in Harvey Norman and your local computer store, the ones that cost a thousand dollars and not five thousand — are far more common, but we don't give them as much love as we should.
AMD has just taken the covers off its latest high-performance notebook APU, called Carrizo, and the under-the-hood improvements are genuinely amazing. Say hello to double the battery life of last year's laptops, as well as almost double the computing power.
Samsung has long used Qualcomm chips to powers it flagship phones. But now a report from Bloomberg suggests that the company is to drop Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips in its new Galaxy S6 due to overheating issues.
One factor that's certainly helped in Samsung's near-domination of the Android market over the last few years is its use of Samsung-manufactured components in its vast range of Android handsets. You can therefore bet that the CEO won't be too happy to hear that LG is now manufacturing top-end silicon of its own.
Interesting times ahead for fans of thin-yet-high-performance laptops. Last week at Computex, a day after Intel unveiled its Core M fanless processor for 2-in-1 devices, AMD announced the mobile version of its Kaveri A-Series APU chip. AMD calls this new third-gen mobile APU line-up its most advanced ever, ready to go “toe-to-toe” with Intel Core i5 and Core i7, and lead by the first FX-branded enthusiast mobile APUs.
Intel has just announced a new reference PC design that uses its upcoming Broadwell chipset. Usually, that wouldn't get us excited — but this concept ushers in the prospect of silent ultrabooks and MacBook Airs.