October 2015

Monday Morning News

K1vQcM5qlHAtRDfQUp until now, Intel has mostly been mum in the mobile space, preferring to instead focus on desktop and server CPUs. A new report from VentureBeat says that could all change, as Intel currently has “a small army of people” working on getting an Intel product included in the next iPhone, with the chip manufacturer keen to hitch their next-gen LTE modem to the iPhone bandwagon.

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Friday Morning News

13207-7778-researchkit-logo-xlApple has announced new research studies for autism, epilepsy, and melanoma, all of them being based in ResearchKit. Notably, the John Hopkins Epilepsy study is the first to use the Apple Watch, with the Watch app capable of tracking and logging seizures as well as performing response tests.

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Thursday Morning News

c0bde557bf4e68979ed11e5910bc134e69979e7fApple has been found to infringe on a patent from the University of Wisconsin, which could lead to $862 million in payable damages. The patent itself deals with “improving power efficiency and overall performance” in processors by using a specialised “data speculation circuit”, otherwise known as branch prediction, as used in Apple’s A7, A8, and A8X SoC designs. The patent was also succesfully used against Intel’s Core 2 Duo line 2008, reports AppleInsider.

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Wednesday Morning News

iMac+bigAs the rumours predicted last week, Apple did indeed add a 4K option to the 21-inch iMac overnight, but what the rumours didn’t predict was that the 27-inch iMac now comes with a 5K display as standard, and the entire iMac lineup was upgraded to Intel’s sixth-generation Skylake processors. Ars Technica has a review of the 21-inch iMac with 4K display, saying it’s the same great design with a much higher resolution display.

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Tuesday Morning News

GaCicM1V1Yr2kBiKArs Technica put the TSMC and Samsung manufactured A9 chips in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to the test, and found that the results are mostly what Apple quoted to the press last week. While the device with the Samsung chip did have consistently lower battery life, the kind of usage scenarios where you’d even notice a difference just aren’t that common, and for all intents and purposes, iPhone 6s battery life should be similar enough for it to be a complete non-factor.

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Review: Bose Soundlink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II

If your commute involves public transport, you probably don’t realise how much time you spend moving cords out of the way or having headphones yanked off your head. I certainly didn’t until I tried out Bose’s new Bluetooth headphones, and now I think I’ve been spoiled for wired headphones forever.

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Monday Morning News

RxiAO3oJcjIKmaPZApple’s statement on battery life differences between the Samsung and TSMC-manufactured versions of the A9 SoC as found in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus confirms there is a 2-3% variance. Anandtech’s investigation into the issue attempts to explain why the difference was perceived to be larger than Apple’s stated figures, which mostly comes down to testing methodology, but also says there’s no real conclusion until more thorough testing can be performed.

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Friday Morning News

ipadair2-long-100528476-galleryIt’s no secret that there are two variants of the A9 processor found in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but you’d expect both variants to be more or less equal. Benchmarks of the two SoC versions say that might not be the case, with the TSMC variant out-performing the Samsung version, although whether there’s actually a noticeable impact on battery life (especially if you don’t have another unit to compare with) remains to be seen.

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Thursday Morning News

beats-pill-plus-0777.0After Apple brought 5K to the 27-inch iMac, it was only a matter of time before the upgraded the 21-inch iMac with an insane number of pixels, and rumour has it they’ll be doing just that next week. The new 4K 21-inch iMacs will likely come with price adjustments for the Australian dollar (which I can’t believe is a thing we have to consider now), so if you’ve wanted a non-Retina iMac, now would be the time.

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Wednesday Morning News

applephotos-hardware-100618797-largeRumour has it Apple’s iPad Pro with large display will go on sale in the first week of November. Along with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories, that means pre-orders for the iPad Pro will open in a couple of weeks time, but I know a lot of people who will want some hands-on time before being completely shocked by the price, thanks to the atrocious Australian peso.

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