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What will Intel's new Haswell chipsets really mean for the Mac?

Rumors suggest that Apple may refresh the MacBook Pro line this summer with Intel's Haswell microprocessor. Accepting for a moment that the rumors are true, what is Haswell all about, and why is it important?

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Intel announces next generation, 20Gbps Thunderbolt

Intel has announced the next generation of its Thunderbolt interface with support for up to 20Gbps throughput, as well as support for 4K. According to Engadget, the next generation of Thunderbolt, which is code-named Falcon Ridge, sports some impressive capabilities working with 4K video

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Apple reportedly discussed switching iOS chip manufacturing to Intel foundry

Not to be confused with switching iPhones and iPads to Intel-powered chipsets, Apple is rumored to have been in discussions to have their existing iOS device chipsets manufactured by Intel's industry leading foundries. Noel Randewich and Nadia Damouni of Reuters report:

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Apple reportedly investigating custom processors for Mac

Just like Apple once investigated Intel processors for Macs back when they were still all-in on PowerPC, so once again do we hear about Apple mulling customer processors for their Mac line. This time the story's spun around the new technologies group, headed by Bob Mansfield, and reports they're working on new, custom processors for desktops and laptops that are variations of the A-series processors found in iOS devices.

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ntel acknowledges that iPad is eating away at overall computer sales

In their summer earnings call earlier this evening, Intel conceded that Apple's iPad has eaten away at overall computer sales since the revolutionary tablet device was released in April. Electronista reports:

"There was "softness" in sales mainly in the US and Western Europe, both of which have been cornerstones of iPad sales. Executives said Apple's tablet was likely taking away sales "at the margin" as customers without a large income often had to choose between one device or another."

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Justice Department orders Apple, Google, others to end ban on cross-hiring

Looks like Apple, Google and others will have to put a stop to their handshake deals over not hiring each others employees, thanks to the US Justice Department:

According to the complaint, the six companies entered into agreements that restrained competition between them for highly skilled employees. The agreements between Apple and Google, Apple and Adobe, Apple and Pixar and Google and Intel prevented the companies from directly soliciting each other’s employees. An agreement between Google and Intuit prevented Google from directly soliciting Intuit employees.

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Steve Jobs happy Intel bought Infineon WSL?

According to CEO Paul Otelini, he made sure Steve Jobs was comfortable with the purchase before Intel acquired Apple iPhone 3G baseband supplier, Infineon WSL.

Intel chef Paul Otellini says he checked the opinion of Apple CEO Steve Jobs before buying German chipmaker Infineon Technologies' wireless unit for US$7.7 billion. The deal makes Intel a major supplier of the baseband chips that let mobile phones connect to cellular networks.

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Infineon WLS sold: iPhone's 3G baseband now Intel inside

Intel has announced that they've bought Infineon's wireless solutions business (WLS) for 1.4 billion dollars, which includes the Infineon 3G radio baseband used in iPhone. Here're the PR bullets:

  • WLS sale enables Infineon to expand leading position in markets for automotive, industry and security technologies.

  • WLS will operate as a standalone business. Intel is committed to serving WLS' existing customers, including support for ARM-based platforms.

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Intel Responds to Busted iPhone Sync on Windows 7 with P55 Express Chipset

A few days ago we mentioned issues users were reporting about iPhone Sync being busted on Windows 7 with Intel P55 express chipset. Microsoft said they were looking into it, but now Intel has issued a statement. CNet has the quote and the background:

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Apple Gets Intel to Create "Light Peak" Optical Connection -- All Your Ports Has Belong to Us

According to an Engadget exclusive, Apple brought a new specification for optical port connection to Intel who, after some heated back and forth, has produced Light Peak:

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