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iPhone 5 is Here!

September 13, 2012 2 comments

Well i have to say the most anticipated phone of this decade is unveiled and it might have raised a few eye brows and might have also unimpressed a few as well! With Steve Jobs and his legacy a major factor in the iPhone as a product it is ironic its got a major face lift in terms of a 4″ inch retina display and has an unparalleled camera.

It’s faster!! what Apple says is its  “Up to twice as fast compared with the [iPhone 4S’ A5 chip]. The A6 chip also offers graphics performance that’s up to twice as fast as the A5.” Really amazing in terms of a performance upgrade! Its ben suggested by most experts the A6 is mostly based on a ARM Cortex- A15 design. It appears to be a huge deal because it means Apple beat both Texas Instruments and Samsung on bringing A15s to market (now Samsung might want to file a case by any chance!). The GPU core count in the iPhone5 is mostly double from that of the iPhone 4S.

Apple claims to be able to balance increased performance with decent battery life because of tweaks done independent of the main CPU. Now that’s engineering at its best and no wonder they are the benchmark for the industry. Battery claims by Apple say that, Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 8 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi.

Siri has been improved. In an onstage demonstration, Siri was able to answer questions about the result of a recent pro football game and recite a list of movies playing around town, along with ratings.

Beyond hardware, Apple telegraphed many of the software changes to expect in iPhone 5 when it debuted iOS 6, its latest mobile operating system, in June. iOS6 has some new features like Passbook is by far my fav feature (if it is well integrated with other major players it might well make my phone my wallet on a day to day bases), Facebook integration its according to most user the best in any mobile to date, Facetime over 3G might be a killer feature, iOS6 new maps app is another anticipated venture considering Apple is directly taking on Google maps head on etc.

Apple’s stock closed at $669.79 a share today, up 1.39 percent from yesterday and with the iPhone 5 going on sale on September 21 in a few hand picked countries and would be rolling out in about 100 by the year end it is Apple’s most aggressive roll out on any iPhone to date.

Google and Samsung might well have to get cooking to counter Apple’s new beast!

 

(P.S I would still stick to my HTC One X \m/ but might consider an iPhone some day! )

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Chip Wars !

September 16, 2011 Leave a comment
Intel vs ARM

Intel vs ARM

Every time anyone thinks about buying a “personal computer” we would automatically think about a comp with Intel inside and windows running as our OS. Well this ideal thought process may just have taken a wild turn considering the recent events in the realms of Technology.

In the past Intel did try to venture into the mobile chip manufacturing market but fell flat in its effort. With the recent rejuvenated effort on their part in  re-entering this sphere considering the world is moving slowly but surely into our phones. Adding more spice to this latest announcement was the fact Intel is linking up with Google to bring processors for their handheld devices running on Android OS. It virtually bring a close to a 30 year partnership of Intel and Microsoft ( often also called Wintel ).

MS Window

MS Window

This was in someway triggered by Microsoft announcing early this year that Windows 8, which would run on machines lacking x86 processor architecture used by Intel and AMD.

New era!

New era!

From my reading i would say by about first half of 2012 we might see Intel powered smartphones and tablets.  Despite 80% market share of Intel in the present market it has constantly been under pressure by ARM (who produce low power consuming chips which are more suitable for phones), who apparently happen to have  a monopoly in the mobile market.

Many would say Intel vs ARM may be a David vs Goliath story but Intel is feeling the pressure and are in the path for confrontation.

With Intel + Android (Google) & Windows 8 heating up the tech sphere, customers can expect better products in the coming months.

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