With the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple made some changes under the hood which saw the company turn to the use of both Qualcomm and Intel modems for some models of the device. Prior to this, Apple had pretty much used Qualcomm’s modems exclusively. When it was discovered that Intel’s modems are being used, we also wondered how this might impact performance.
Intel might be known as a company that manufactures computer processors, but given the state of technology these days, sticking to one product is not really an option. This is why it isn’t surprising to see that Intel has actually branched out into drones, and we’re not talking about reference designs or chipsets for drones, but an actual Intel-branded drone called the Falcon 8+.
[CEATEC 2016] Taking a final look in the mirror before heading out is something that we’re sure many of us are accustomed to doing. However in this day and age, simple tasks can always be enhanced and improved upon thanks to technology. Lenovo has an idea and that is with its LaVie smart mirror.
It has been a while since the iMac has been refreshed. To be more specific it has nearly been a year since the last refresh, which means that it is possible that Apple could be announcing something soon, but could Best Buy have accidentally revealed what Apple has in store for the iMac refresh?
There are some people who think that being a model is easy. You show up, people dress you up, they put your makeup on, they do your hair, and all you have to do is walk down a runway a couple of times, get your photo taken, and that’s done. However for those in the industry, you guys probably know it isn’t as easy as it seems.
The idea of smart glasses isn’t new. In fact one of the more prominent examples of smart glasses would be Google Glass. It boasted an interesting premise and had a lot of potential, although safe to say that the hype has died down somewhat. However Oakley’s is looking to bring back the trend with its Radar Pace smart sunglasses.
There have been rumors that suggested that Apple could be using Intel and Qualcomm modems for the iPhone 7/7 Plus. Recently it has been hinted that could be the case, but in case allusions and hints weren’t enough, a teardown conducted by the folks at Chipworks has pretty much confirmed that Intel’s modems are present on the iPhone 7.
For the longest time ever, Apple has relied on Qualcomm for its LTE modems. However rumors from earlier this year suggested that both Intel and Qualcomm could be supplying the modems, which shouldn’t really be surprising as Apple has typically favored diversifying their suppliers so as not to have too much reliance on one of them.
Intel is acquiring Movidius, a chip-maker known for the Myriad series of SoC specialized in vision and deep learning inference workload at low power. Intel’s main stated reason for buying Movidius is to strengthen its Intel Realsense technology which relies on enhanced webcams (color+depth) to let computers know what their surrounding is like.
When it comes to mobile, Qualcomm is the clear leader for mobile chipsets. Intel has tried their hand at trying to get in on the market, but it’s safe to say that they haven’t really had much success, at least not on the same level that they have had with their computer chips, but all of that could change soon.
While not exactly a rumor, given Intel’s refresh of their Core processors, it has been assumed that this year’s MacBook Pro refresh could be packing the company’s latest Kaby Lake processors which were recently shown off during IDF. However it seems that assuming the MacBook Pro is refreshed this year, there’s a good chance it will not pack the latest processors from Intel.
Augmented reality and virtual reality are no longer just buzz words. Serious work is being done by some of the biggest companies in the tech industry to bring this technology to the mainstream. HoloLens is Microsoft’s augmented reality project and the company today announced a partnership with Intel that’s going to bring support for the HoloLens platform to all Windows 10 PCs starting next year.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich today unveiled Project Alloy during his keynote at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum. Project Alloy is Intel’s all-in-one virtual reality platform which has all of the components required inside the headset itself allowing for a powerful VR experience without being tethered to a PC. Intel calls it a perfect example of merged reality.
Partnerships between tech companies and legacy car manufacturers appear to be a trend these days. We’ve already seen a partnership between Google and Fiat Chrysler, and a new report suggests that Intel and BMW may be looking to team up as well to work on self-driving cars. Apparently, both companies are willing to join together their respective strengths in order to create the cars of the future.