According to a report out of VentureBeat, Intel has built a team of more than 1,000 people to build chips for the next-generation iPhone. Specifically, Intel hopes to supply its 7360 LTE modem chip to Apple for the device, and if all goes well, even take part in the manufacturing.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus both feature Qualcomm’s 9X45 LTE chip. Intel hopes to next year provide its modem for at least some of the iPhones Apple produces in 2016. Qualcomm is currently tasked with providing modems for all of Apple’s phones.
Intel’s 7360 LTE modem is expected to begin shipping by the end of this year with device manufacturers beginning to implement it during 2016. Intel reportedly sees its partnership with Apple as crucial to its future in the mobile space. Obviously, Apple is a very demanding client with incredibly large-scale production, hence the need for over 1,000 employees on the account.
It’s important to note, however, that Intel has yet to fully reach an agreement with Apple. At this point, Apple is still waiting to see if Intel can hit all of the milestones on the project before officially inking the agreement. Another possible reason that the deal has yet to be fully reached, however, is that the partnership may go deeper than just the LTE modem.
VentureBeat further suggests that Apple would like to create a system-on-a-chip for the next-gen iPhone that combines both its Ax processor and the LTE modem chip. Doing this would provide improved speed, better power management, and thus better battery life. It would also make for a smaller chip, allowing more to be put inside the device itself, such as a bigger battery. As part of this process, Apple would design the system-on-a-chip and apply its name to it, therefore licensing the LTE modem from Intel.
While Apple would create the chip, Intel would handle the production of it using its 14-nanometer process. Currently, Samsung and TSMC share the production task, but use a 20-nanometer processor. Intel 14-nanometer process would lead to superior density and gate pitch, according to the report. Intel is also currently working on perfecting its 10-nanometer process, in which Apple is very interested.
While none of this is confirmed, and likely won’t be until Apple officially announces its next-gen iPhone in 2016, Apple has been sending engineers to work with Intel on the project.
Yes, Apple just announced that huge 12.9-inch iPad Pro the web has been buzzing about for months. The huge device is Apple’s biggest tablet yet, a gadget that’s clearly geared towards business professionals looking for a fast way of dealing with various work-related computing chores. That doesn’t mean the Retina MacBook-sized tablet isn’t made for at-home use, far from it. The device can certainly be used as one’s main computer thanks to a large plethora of apps and additional features that were not available so far on iPad.
In what follows we’re going to take a close look at the iPad Pro’s specs.
iPad Pro Specs:
Size: 6.9mm thin
Weight: 1.57 pounds
12.9-inch Retina display
64-bit 16-nanometer Apple A9X processor (1.8x better than the A8X chip it replaces)
M9 motion coprocessor
32/128GB of storage
8-megapixel iSight camera with f/2.2 aperture, 5-element lens, True Tone flash and 4K video recording
Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO
LTE up to 150Mbps
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Touch ID fingerprint sensor
Battery life (10 hours of video/Wi-Fi browsing)
iOS 9 with special tablet-friendly multitasking features
Apple Pencil stylus
Special keyboard for iPad Pro — the Smart Keyboard
Colors: Gold, Silver and Space Gray
Apple's new iPhone 6s series will offer users an entirely new way to interact with their handset, sensing pressure from fingertips to enable entirely new shortcuts in iOS 9. It also boasts an all-new 12-megapixel iSight camera, a souped-up A9 processor that nearly doubles performance over the iPhone 6, and a new rose gold color option.
Calling it "just as profound as the first Multi-Touch," Apple marketing head Phil Schiller touted 3D Touch as an entirely new way to interact with the iPhone.
In a video narrated by design head Jony Ive, Apple showed how users can use 3D Touch to quickly access functions within apps from the home screen, and to quickly view linked content such as an address in a text message.
Apple's head of software engineering, Craig Federighi, also took to the stage to show multiple uses for 3D Touch in a variety of apps. For example, a link in an iMessage could be pressed more forcefully with 3D Touch, allowing the user to preview the link without actually opening Safari.
Quick 3D Touch actions from the home screen include a "Take Selfie" option on the Camera app, selecting "Directions Home" in Maps, or "Update Status" in Facebook Federighi also showed how users can quickly switch between apps with a combination of 3D Touch and edge gestures.
The iPhone 6s brings Apple's Taptic Engine from the Apple TV to the handset. These new vibrations were described by Ive as a "mini-tap" and a "full tap" that will give users tactile feedback when interacting with the iPhone 6s.
The new iPhones are made of a custom 7000 series aluminum, and come in four colors: space grey, silver, gold, and rose gold. The cover glass has also been improved with a dual ion-exchange process.
Inside, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus includes a new third-generation 64-bit A9 chip with a new transistor architecture. Apple says the A9 is 70 percent faster at CPU tasks and 90 percent faster at graphics tasks than the iPhone 6 and its A8 processor.
Apple also spent a considerable amount of time boasting of the camera capabilities of its new iPhone 6s series. It includes a 12-megapixel lens and larger image sensor.
The camera is also capable of capturing 4K-resolution high-definition video featuring 8 million pixels.
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Months after rumors claimed Apple was behind the mysterious acquisition of real-time motion capture technology firm Faceshift, the Cupertino, Calif., company confirmed the purchase on Tuesday, but declined to offer details on the matter.
Apple offered its usual boilerplate statement to TechCrunch, saying it buys smaller technology companies "from time to time," but does not normally discuss plans for acquired assets. The publication said it was able to get a confirmation after finding "sources and conclusive links" to Apple's involvement.
Initial reports in September cited documents showing Faceshift was indeed purchased by an unnamed outside company. One of the new corporate directors taking over control of Faceshift's IP, at least on paper, was an attorney from Baker & McKenzie, a firm known to work with Apple on quiet takeovers.
According to TechCrunch, a number of former Faceshift employees continued on at Apple and now work out of the company's European offices.
Before being purchased by Apple, Faceshift developed powerful facial recognition software that helped power advanced motion capture technology capable of real-time, low-overhead processing. Using 3D sensors and a camera, Faceshift's tech eschews the need for traditional motion capture rigging, specifically the stick-on reference markers often seen being worn by actors in animated or CGI-heavy live action movies. Most notably, the tech was used to map human-like gestures onto the faces of certain characters in the new "Star Wars" film.
Faceshift was known for a product called Faceshift Studio, which incorporated the firm's facial recognition software with support for Maya and Unity. Consumer-facing iterations were in development for Skype, though it appears that project has been shut down.
With the Faceshift buy, Apple continues to build out its portfolio of facial recognition technologies, one of the first being Swedish firm Polar Rose in 2010. The company also acquired Israeli company PrimeSense, collaborators on Microsoft Kinect hardware and software for Xbox, in 2013 and holds multiple patents in related fields.
Despite an apparent interest in the technology Apple has only dabbled in consumer product offerings, the most prominent being face-based image sorting in Photos. Future plans could include real-time chat animations for FaceTime, biometric security, new user interface designs and more, though Apple is expectedly mum on the subject.
China's Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology — better known as JCET — has won orders to assemble system-in-package (SiP) modules for Apple in 2016, sources said on Wednesday.
A company acquired by JCET earlier this year, STATS ChipPAC, already has certification from Apple for its Korean operation, the sources noted to DigiTimes. JCET is expected to join Apple's existing SiP assembly partners, including Murata and Universal Scientific Industrial (part of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering).
JCET is said to be China's biggest semiconductor packaging and test services firm, which could mean that Apple is anticipating a significant demand for products using SiP technology.
The sources didn't identify which products those might be. Currently, though, Apple employs SiP design with the S1 processor in the Apple Watch, something necessary to fit so many components on a person's wrist.
Apple is already believed to be working on a second-generation Watch. Though its features are largely unknown, Apple is presumably planning an upgraded processor to go with it.
A third SiP assembly partner could help alleviate some of the bottlenecks that hampered the launch of the first-gen Watch. Initially the product was restricted to online orders, as well as a handful of luxury boutiques. It wasn't until June that Apple's own retail outlets began sales, and third-party chains had to wait until August.
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