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Apple’s 64-Bit A7 Caught Entire Semiconductor Industry With Its Pants Down

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After Apple released the iPhone 5s with the A7, the world’s first 64-bit chip, ARM competitor Qualcomm made quite the fool of themselves about it. First, Qualcomm representative Anand Chandrasekher called a 64-bit ARM chip a “gimmick.” Then they ate their words, soft fired Chandrasekher, and announced their own 64-bit chip to ship in 2014.

If that seems like a disorganized, chaotic response, you’re right. But there’s a reason for that. According to a new report, Apple’s unveiling of the 64-bit A7 chip took the entire semiconductor industry with their pants down… and everyone’s now scrambling to catch up.

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iOS 7’s Lightning Chip Detection Has Already Been Cracked

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With iOS 7, when you plug an unauthorized Lightning cable into your iOS device, you’ll get a notification that informs you you’re not using a “certified” Lightning accessory, and that it “may not work reliably” with your device.

But after just two weeks, one accessory maker has already cracked Apple’s detection and fooled iOS 7 into thinking uncertified Lightning accessories are certified ones.

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Samsung Surpasses Apple To Become World’s Biggest Chip Buyer

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Samsung has surpassed Apple as the world’s biggest buyer of semiconductors, according to Gartner. The Korean company’s hugely popular smartphones, such as the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, led to a 29% surge in chip purchases in 2012, taking its semiconductor spending past that of any other company.

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Apple’s Phil Schiller Says Chips & Scratches On Black iPhone 5 Are ‘Normal’

Apple’s Phil Schiller Says Chips & Scratches On Black iPhone 5 Are ‘Normal’

This is normal, apparently.

While the vast majority of us couldn’t be happier with our new iPhone 5s, a number of users who decided to purchase the black & slate model have noticed that its anodized aluminum finish is prone to chipping and scratching. Unfortunately, it’s not an isolated issue affecting a certain batch of black devices, either — it appears to be affecting them all.

Could this be an issue Apple quickly needs to address? No. Apparently not. According to the company’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, those chips and scratches are “normal.”

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What’s This Mysterious Chip Inside The iPhone 5 Hiding?

What’s This Mysterious Chip Inside The iPhone 5 Hiding?

Sonny Dickson got his hands on some pictures in which the “mysterious” chip shielding in the front assembly of the iPhone 5 was peeled back.

So what was underneath? The rumored, then discredited, NFC chip? A fingerprint sensor to go along with Apple’s recent, hasty acquisition of Authentec?

Nope, it’s definitely not either of those, but no one still knows for sure. The chances are, though, it’s nothing very exotic, but a required silion to make the new iPhone’s In-Cell touchscreen work.

Intel Launches Its First Crop Of Quad-Core Ivy Bridge Processors

Intel Launches Its First Crop Of Quad-Core Ivy Bridge Processors

This will be the chip that features in your next Mac.

Just as expected, Intel launched its first crop of quad-core Ivy Bridge processors today. This is the chip that will replace the company’s Sandy Bridge CPUs in Apple’s next-generation of Macs. They’re the world’s first processors to use a 22-nanometer manufacturing process and feature Intel’s “Tri-Gate” 3D transistor technology.

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Apple Will Ramp Up Production Of Next-Gen MacBook Pros in April [Report]

Apple Will Ramp Up Production Of Next-Gen MacBook Pros in April [Report]

Apple's next-generation of MacBook Pros are expected to be thinner and lighter just like the MacBook Air.

Apple is set to begin mass producing its next-generation MacBook Pros next month, according to sources in its supply chain — just in time to receive Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors. The 15-inch model will be first to hit the production line in April, with the 13-inch model, which is claimed to be the most popular, following in June.

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Apple’s New A5X Processor May Not Be Suitable For The iPhone [Report]

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Apple introduced its new A5X processor in the third-generation iPad yesterday, and based on the company’s previous moves, we’re expecting the chip to appear in its next iPhone. However, that may not be the case. According to analysts, the chip requires too much power to be used in the iPhone, and Apple will need to create a more power-efficient chip with a new manufacturing process for its next smartphone.

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iPad 3 Logic Board With “A5X” Processor Suggests We Won’t See Quad-Core A6 Chip Next Month [Image]

iPad 3 Logic Board With “A5X” Processor Suggests We Won’t See Quad-Core A6 Chip Next Month [Image]

A photograph of what is believed to be an iPad 3 logic board with an unreleased Apple “A5X” processor has appeared within a forum post on Chinese site WeiPhone. If the component is genuine, it suggests Apple’s next tablet may not ship with that quad-core A6 processor after all.

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Motorola Triumphs Over Apple To Secure Online Ban On Selected iOS Devices

Motorola Triumphs Over Apple To Secure Online Ban On Selected iOS Devices

Apple has been forced to cease online sales of its iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and 3G-equipped iPad 2 in Germany after Motorola triumphed over the Cupertino company in a Mannheim court, securing an injunction against several of its 3G devices. Those affected are no longer available to purchase from Apple’s online store, though they can still be obtained from its retail stores.

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