One of the key components of Apple devices — the iPad 2- and iPhone 4S-powering A5 processor — is apparently now American-made. A new report from Reuters Friday says that the A5 processor is now being made by Samsung for Apple at a factory in Austin, Texas.
Apple has another patent-related lawsuit on its hands, reports Bloomberg. VIA Technologies Inc., a Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer, filed suit against Apple on Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Del. over the alleged misuse of three of its microprocessor-related patents.
Those hoping for iPad lightning to strike twice this year might be disappointed by a new report out Friday. The A6 processor, cited as the central component for a new, more powerful iPad won’t hit the public until next year, sources say.
Is Intel about to announce a foundry deal to make Apple chips today? Intel is losing the mobile chip war to ARM. A foundry deal would benefit both Apple and Intel, by keeping Intel in the mobile game and helping Apple diversify its suppliers.
The brains inside your smartphone are getting more power with the latest version of application processors having two processing cores to help speed up the delivery of web site load times and mobile gameplay. That’s awesome, but startup Adapteva, wants to take that number higher.
Apple started letting third-party apps that play multi-format video files not too long ago, and one of those, AVPlayerHD, got an update this week that makes it pretty near perfect. It uses the power of the iPad 2’s dual-core A5 to master non-native HD video.