Submitted by lalit on May 14, 2012 - 5:32am.
Just few weeks before a new Mac is launched two things happen – one, benchmarking results are posted on Geekbench and two, Apple’s retailing partners drop prices of current models. And in past 24 hours these two things have happened for multiple Mac models including the much rumored upcoming MacBook Pro and Ivy Bride iMac.
Lets start with Geekbench results, MacRumors has posted benchmark results that appeared in Geekbench’s database in past few days. The first result shows a new MacBook Pro with model number MacBookPro9,1 (current model numbers are MacBookPro8,1, 8,2 and 8,3). According to Geekbench result table, the new laptop has quad core 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-3820QM processor, 8GB RAM and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion). However, the best thing is that the CPU and memory performance of the new laptop is about 15% faster than current MacBook Pro model, scoring 12,252 compared to 10,500 scored by current top of the line Pro.
The second Geekbench result shows a new iMac model with model number iMac13,2 (current iMac has model number iMac12,x). It also features the new Ivy Bridge processor from Intel and Mac OS X 10.8. However, the Geekbench results of this new iMac only show moderate improvement over previous iMac model. The new iMac scored 12,183 compared to 11,500 scored by old model. Looking at the result table we believe that 4GB memory on the iMac is responsible for lower performance. Our guess is that this test iMac is only running on a single 4GB memory DIMM and hence memory system on the iMac is working as single channel rather than as dual channel decreasing the performance.
These two benchmarking results hint that Apple is almost ready to ship the new MacBook Pro and iMac. Normally we see an update within 4 weeks of such leak. Also adding weight to the Mac update rumors are the recent price drops on various Mac systems at Best Buy. The retailer has dropped prices of Mac mini by up to $50, MacBook Air prices by up to $100, MacBook Pro prices by up to $150, iMac prices by up to $125 and Mac Pro prices by up to $300.
This would indicate that not just MacBook Pro and iMac, but the complete Mac lineup is about to get an update in next few months. We believe MacBook Pro and iMac will be first in the line followed by other Macs.
Submitted by lalit on May 13, 2012 - 9:00pm.
CNET is reporting that Windows 8 tablets based on Intel processors will be coming to the market in November. It has been rumored that ARM based Windows 8 tablets will ship when Microsoft launches Windows 8 in early Q4 2012 (mostly end of September or early October), which would indicate that Intel based tablets will be few weeks behind ARM tablets featuring the new shiny Windows 8. Brooke Crothers wrote:
It will be interesting to see if Microsoft favors ARM over Intel for Windows 8 tablet launch. It will actually show where Microsoft is going for future of tablet.
Submitted by lalit on May 13, 2012 - 5:56pm.
Yesterday, AppleInsider reported that Apple was negotiating to acquire German HDTV maker Loewe for 87.3 million Euros (about $122 million). However, today Loewe’s spokesperson said that there was “absolutely nothing to it”. But there are still rumors that Apple offered a deal to Loewe and their board of directors is yet to decide. Many believe that Apple is interested in Loewe because of their minimalist designs and premium market appeal.
However, we don’t think Apple will buy anyone for design or market appeal. As far as design is concerned, Apple has always depended on their internal design team led by Jonathan Ive. And as for market appeal, there is no bigger brand than Apple today in the world. So, why would they need Loewe?
We believe that if Apple buys Loewe, it will be for intellectual property (IP) and nothing else. Yes, they might use the engineers from Loewe for making Apple’s upcoming HDTV, but that isn’t the main reason for Apple to buy Loewe.
Apple will be entering a very crowded TV market with many big name electronic companies wanting to keep them out, as Apple is known to drain away all the profits from the market they enter. For example, in 2011 Apple took away 80% profit of MP3 player market, over 75% profit of smartphone market and over 80% profit of tablet market. And companies like Samsung, Sony and LG will do anything to keep Apple away from already drying TV market. So, if Apple has some IP backing from an old company like Loewe it will be that much better/easier for them to enter the TV market.
Submitted by lalit on May 12, 2012 - 9:44am.
Japanese online music store, e-onkyo has announced launch of their online music distribution service that will feature Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround sound tracks. The service will be launched on May 30, 2012, in Japan and in fall 2012 elsewhere in the world. The service will initially offer 100 album titles (about 1,000 tracks) in lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel surround sound.
Along with lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel surround sound, the music service will also provide consumers with high-quality audio at reduced sizes for faster download. The reduced file size tracks will have 24bit/96kHz audio and they will be around 200MB for five minute track, while the lossless track will have 24bit/192kHz audio with about 800MB file size. Both file sizes will be 5.1-channel Dolby TrueHD.
Shinsuke Yamashita, President and Representative Director, Onkyo Entertainment Technology Corporation, explained: "We are very happy that e-onkyo music will start distribution with Dolby TrueHD lossless audio, thanks to the cooperation of Dolby. The evolution of network audio and PC audio means that users can enjoy high-resolution sound with data volumes greater than those that are possible on a CD. And we are aiming to achieve even further growth in our music distribution business. Through the collaboration between our two companies, we intend to increase our breadth of content and improve the user's listening experience, in a way that only high-quality surround sound distribution can."
The e-onkyo music service featuring Dolby TrueHD 5.1 tracks will start on May 30, 2012 at 1 PM in Japan. On e-onkyo Dolby TrueHD 5.1 music service albums will start at ¥3,000 (about $35) and single will cost ¥400 (about $5). [Via Engadget]
Submitted by lalit on May 11, 2012 - 5:43pm.
Apple currently uses Google Maps data in iOS Maps app, but that it going to change with iOS 6, as Apple is going to bring the complete Maps applications in house. With both user interface and backend support by Apple alone. According to 9to5mac, not only will Apple replace the Google Maps data from the Maps app, but they will also add new features like 3D view, which isn’t present in current app. Mark Gurman wrote:
Check out the video below in which 3D map mode is shown for Hoover Dam, it looks awesome. We have been hearing about Apple developing their own Maps app for quite sometime now so it’s no surprise that we will finally see it in iOS 6. However, based on what we have heard and today’s report from 9to5mac, we think that the Maps app on iOS 6 will be nothing like we have seen before and it will be simply amazing.
Submitted by lalit on May 11, 2012 - 8:59am.
Terry Gou, Chief of Foxconn, Apple’s biggest manufacturing partner today revealed in a interview with China Daily newspaper that the company was in fact preparing for manufacturing of Apple’s much rumored iTV. China Daily posted the following about iTV:
Terry Gou is Chairman of Hon Hai Precision (Foxconn), he isn’t some low level employee at Foxconn factory. So, if he comes out and says that Foxconn is preparing for iTV then we have no doubt that they are, but as you can see from his statement development or manufacturing hasn’t yet started on Foxconn’s side, which would indicate that Apple iTV shipment is still at least 4-6 months away.
Submitted by lalit on May 10, 2012 - 1:55pm.
Apple rumor website iMore is reporting that Apple will launch the much rumored iPad mini in October along with the new iPhone. Some of the details that iMore posted about the upcoming iPad mini are very interesting, Rene Ritchie wrote:
From what we have heard via our sources Apple isn’t going to use a Retina display on the iPad mini. The cost of production of 7-inch Retina display alone will be more than 1/3 the price of iPad mini. Also price difference between 8GB memory module and 16GB module is less than $5, which won’t make up for higher cost of Retina display (about $60-$70). So we believe that the assumption about Apple keeping the cost lower by using less storage is baseless.
Submitted by lalit on May 10, 2012 - 12:29pm.
Samsung today announced the newest addition to Series 7 laptop lineup, the new 17-inch Series 7 Chronos laptop. The sleek desktop replacement laptop features 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GPU, 17.3-inch full HD LED display and premium JBL speakers.
"The new Series 7 CHRONOS can truly serve as a desktop replacement, whether it's being used for work or play, because we've integrated so many powerful features into our innovative design and engineering, resulting in the ultimate personal computing experience," said Todd Bouman, vice president of marketing at Samsung Enterprise Business Division. "This product incorporates great features from our award-winning Series 7 CHRONOS line while offering consumers the newest, most powerful components available and a larger screen for a more immersive viewing experience without sacrificing the convenience of a laptop."
The laptop comes with ExpressCache with 8GB flash memory resulting in fast start up time and powerful application launch performance. It also offers up to 8 hours of battery life on a single charge. The 17-inch Series 7 Chronos has been made using brushed aluminum for sleek design, and it is just one inch thick with 6.5 pounds weight.
Samsung 17-inch Series 7 Chronos laptop is available now priced $1,499.
Submitted by lalit on May 10, 2012 - 9:18am.
After launching the two top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 600 series GPUs in past two months, NVIDIA today launched the more affordable third GPU based on the new 28nm Kepler architecture, the GeForce GTX 670. The new card has 1344 NVIDIA CUDA cores in place of 1536 on big brother GTX 680 and 2GB of GDDR5 graphics memory. The card supports NVIDIA PhysX, NVIDIA 3D Vision and SLI technology.
According to NVIDIA, GTX 670 outpaces the closest competitive product in gaming performance by upwards of 45 percent, while consuming 18 percent less power. NVIDIA also claims “the GeForce GTX 670 ties the competition's much higher-priced flagship product on 25 of the world's most popular games and benchmarks, a testament to the overall performance efficiency of the Kepler architecture.” And many reviewers agree with NVIDIA on these points.
The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 GPU is available now, priced $399 from the world's leading add-in card suppliers, including ASUS, EVGA, Gainward, Gigabyte, Inno3D, KFA2, MSI, Palit, Point of View, PNY, and Zotac.
AnandTech, PCWorld, Tom’s Hardware, Neoseeker and Hot Hardware have posted reviews of the new NVIDIA GTX 670. And they all say one thing in common “Ultimately, we feel that the new GeForce GTX 670 is another strong offering from NVIDIA. The card offers all of the features of the higher-end GeForce GTX 680 and 90+% of the performance, but at a lower price. Hopefully NVIDIA’s availability issues are rectified soon, because we suspect many of you are going to want to score on of these puppies.”
Submitted by lalit on May 9, 2012 - 11:15am.
Last month, Sprint introduced the new HTC Evo 4G LTE featuring 4.7-inch screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and LTE support. However, Sprint didn’t provide launch date for the handset. Today the company came out clean with the exact launch date and pricing for the new handset. The HTC Evo 4G LTE will start shipping on May 18th, 2012. It will cost $199.99 with new line of service or eligible upgrade and two year service agreement. Pre-order began May 7th on Sprint’s website.
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