Working on analyzing various Apple SoCs over the years has become a process of delightful frustration. Apple’s SoC development is consistently on the cutting edge, so it’s always great to see something new, but Apple has also developed a love for curveballs. Coupled with their infamous secrecy and general lack of willingness to talk about the fine technical details of some of their products, it’s easy to see how well Apple’s SoCs perform but it is a lot harder to figure out why this is. Since publishing our initial iPad Air 2 review last week, a few new pieces of information have come in that have changed our perspective on Apple’s latest SoC. As it turns out I was wrong. Powered by what we’re going...

Apple Announces the Apple Watch; Available Next Year

Apple has thrown their hat into the wearable ring with the Apple watch, which tries to bring a better user experience to the watch without trying to adapt iOS...

121 by Joshua Ho on 9/9/2014

Apple Announces A8 SoC

As expected from this year’s iPhone keynote, Apple has announced a new member of their internally developed family of ARM SoCs. The latest SoC, dubbed A8, is Apple’s first SoC...

66 by Ryan Smith on 9/9/2014

Apple Announces iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus; Available September 19th

Today, Apple is launching the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. One of first changes is that the new iPhone 6 has a 4.7" 1334x750 display, and the...

167 by Joshua Ho on 9/9/2014

A Month with the iPhone 5s: Impressions from an Android User

I must confess that the last time I used an iPhone was three or four years ago. While I’ve followed the hardware changes from generation to generation, I’ve never...

196 by Joshua Ho on 8/24/2014

Apple Begins iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program for Certain Defective Devices

Today Apple has started a replacement program for certain iPhone 5 devices experiencing significantly reduced battery life. The company is stating that the affected devices were sold between the...

17 by Brandon Chester on 8/22/2014

State of the Part: SoC Manufacturers

Introduction A few years ago, it seemed a new System-On-Chip (SoC) design using an ARM-based architecture would pop up every other week. While competition can be great, with so many...

94 by Jarred Walton on 8/19/2014

Apple Refreshes Retina MacBook Pro Lineup

Earlier this month Intel introduced new models in their lineup of Haswell mobile CPUs. With the Haswell manufacturing process having matured since its initial launch, Intel was able to...

47 by Brandon Chester on 7/29/2014

Apple Q3 2014 Fiscal Results Analysis

Today Apple announced its Q3 results for the period ending June 2014, and sales of the iPhone once again dominate revenue and earnings for the company. Revenue for the quarter...

12 by Brett Howse on 7/22/2014

Apple Updates 16GB iPod Touch With Color Options and Rear-Facing Camera

Today Apple quietly refreshed their iPod Touch lineup, with the changes specifically being focused on the 16GB iPod Touch. The fifth generation iPod Touch line was announced in September...

6 by Brandon Chester on 6/26/2014

Manual Camera Controls in iOS 8

For the longest time, iOS had almost no camera controls at all. There would be a toggle for HDR, a toggle to switch to the front-facing camera, and a...

42 by Joshua Ho on 6/18/2014

Apple Introduces New Entry Level iMac Priced at $1099

Today Apple released a new model in their line of iMac computers. The new model slots in below the original entry model 21.5" iMac with less powerful specifications but...

64 by Brandon Chester on 6/18/2014

Apple’s Swift and What it Means for Developers and Users

On Monday Apple revealed iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Both of these were expected by everyone who has followed Apple’s pattern of software reveals at WWDC for...

79 by Brandon Chester on 6/11/2014

Apple Reveals iOS 8 at WWDC

Recently, Apple launched the latest iteration of iOS for its devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. No hardware was announced but there's still a great deal...

18 by Joshua Ho on 6/4/2014

Some Thoughts on Apple’s Metal API

Though it seems like Apple’s hardware divisions can hardly keep a secret these days due to the realities of mass production, the same is fortunately not true for their...

54 by Ryan Smith on 6/3/2014

Apple WWDC 2014 Live Blog

We are at Moscone West in San Francisco for Apple's World Wide Developer Conference. Our live blog begins at 10AM PT/1PM ET.

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/2/2014

Averting Disaster - A Guide To Computer Backups (2014)

We all store more and more of our lives in digital form; spreadsheets, résumés, wedding speeches, novels, tax information, schedules, and of course digital photographs and video. All of...

131 by Brett Howse on 5/21/2014

Testing Improved 4K Display Support in OS X 10.9.3

Today Apple released the long awaited OS X 10.9.3 update. The update comes after nine weeks of beta testing, each week with a new release. One of the most...

69 by Brandon Chester & Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/15/2014

Apple Updates MacBook Air for 2014: Faster Haswell Parts & $100 Price Drop

This morning Apple announced its 2014 MacBook Air refresh. With Intel's 14nm Broadwell SoC delayed, this mid-cycle update still uses Haswell ULT parts. The chassis and internal specs haven't...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/29/2014

Apple Q2 2014 Fiscal Results

Today Apple announced its Q2 results, and sales of the iPhone continue to dominate revenue and earnings for the company. Revenue for the quarter came in at $45.6B – a...

27 by Brett Howse on 4/23/2014

Apple Releases iOS 7.1.1 Update: Addresses Touch ID and Keyboard Issues

Hot on the heels of the major 7.1 release, Apple released a new update for iOS on iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. The iOS 7.1.1 update focuses primarily on...

13 by Brandon Chester on 4/22/2014

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