Apple Stock News: Intel launches 8th Gen Core GPUs suitable for MacBooks

Apple Stock News: Intel launches 8th Gen Core GPUs suitable for MacBooks

For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $157.21 per share on August 21th, 2017. It generated a loss of 0.29% from its previous close on August 20th, 2017, when it closed at $157.50 per share.

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12 years have been passed since Apple’s transition to Intel processors. This Monday Aug., 21st, Intel presented us 8th Gen family of chips, which can be installed in 2018 MacBook and MacBook Pros refresh.

The four processors launched yesterday, are for use in notebooks and all-in-one desktop systems. They were developed with a thermal design power (TDP) of 15 Watts, which means low temperatures during work. New chips can keep the MacBook battery life up to 10 hours and they doubled processing power of processors released five years ago.

Two new Core i7 chips, and two new i5 chips show impressive 40% speed improvement, compared to last Gen. As Intel says, due to added two extra cores to them and manufacturing process improvements.

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The new chips can handle 4K video, VR, 3D, and other recent innovations on a platform-wide level. The integrated HD 620 graphics built into the last generation of U Series processors is also getting rebranded to reflect that change in focus as UHD 620 graphics.

While it’s the “8th generation” processor family, these are not using the “Cannon Lake” architecture. In fact a refresh of “Kaby Lake”. The main aspect is that at the same price and power Intel will now be moving its product lines up to quad-cores with hyper threading. This gives a 100% gain in cores and 100% gain in threads.

Option of 32 gigabyte RAM is potentially possible in a future MacBook Pro. If Apple uses chips with a 10-nanometer architecture – “Cannon Lake”. Intel is thinking to be shipping the first of them at the start of 2018.

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Apple Stock News: iOS 11 Is Focused On Application Performance

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For the latest Apple Stock News, AAPL closed at $157.50 per share on August 18th, 2017. It generated a loss of 0.23% from its previous close on August 17th, 2017, when it closed at $157.86 per share.

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Apple will release its new operating system version known as iOS11 in about a month. iOS11 will only offer applications that run on 64-bit. This means that all new applications will operate at a higher performance level than previous applications that were supported by 32-bit. A 64-bit processor can address far more memory than a 32-bit processor.

Apple’s iPad Pro line of tablets are already at 4GB of memory, and it its likely that expanded memory will come to the iPad line in the near future. It is also possible that Apple will increase memory consumption within their newer iPhone lines.

Consequently, when the time comes whereby both the iPad and iPhone lines are operating at a minimum of 4GB of memory, the use of 32-bit processors will be drawing closer to extinction. App developers can feel free to take advantage of the additional memory that the Apple products will be capable of using.

Apple has been nearing towards this software transition for a while. In 2013 it offered its first 64-bit smartphone to to customers. It appears that 32-bit iPhones will be obsolete by late 2017 or early 2018.

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Apple Stock News: TSMC tend to be sole supplier for A11/A12 chips

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is going to secure orders for the A12 processor, a 7-nanometer chip that will be produced for use in the 2018 iPhone generation. While reports earlier suggested Samsung had secured a deal to make the processors, it could be just rumours.

Wafer-level chip packaging created by TSMC will make the firm’s 7-nanometer FinFET technology more competitive than Samsung’s equivalent. The technology innovation will apparently cut Samsung’s chances of regaining application processor orders.

TSMC has reportedly begun mass production of 10nm chips in the third quarter by fulfilling orders for Apple’s A11 chips. TSMC still going to be the sole supplier of A11 chips for the upcoming iPhone refresh, which sales might start in October or November.

The schedule for production and delivery is about the same as for the iPhone 7. The company is going to deliver 100 million A11 chips before the end of 2017. It is slightly ahead of what was delivered by the end of 2017 for the A10 Fusion. The iPhone 7 family utilizes the A10 Fusion quad-core system on a 16nm chip.

While it is possible for Samsung to take on some of the orders for the A12 chip, it is unlikely for Apple to completely switch away from TSMC. Apple can split the order between the two firms while they embark on using the new 7-nanometer process. Apple has used both TSMC and Samsung as processor suppliers, with the A9 used in the iPhone 6s produced by both companies, but since then, Apple has solely used TSMC for its A-series chips.

A switch to a smaller chip size, such as the move from a 10-nanometer to a 7-nanometer process, typically introduces a number of benefits. Aside from a speed boost, this can also make the processors more power efficient than previous generations, in turn increasing battery life.

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