15-inch MacBook Pro refresh could have Intel’s new six-core i9 processor

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Intel on Tuesday unveiled its latest laptop processors based on the Coffee Lake platform, most notably bringing its high-performance Core i9 line to laptops for the first time in the same thermal profile that the existing 15-inch MacBook Pro design can accommodate — but the new chips still don’t support LPDDR4 RAM.
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The Morning After: Intel’s six-core laptop CPU

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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your Tuesday. Apple might be replacing Intel's chips with its own in future Macs, the ISS is getting a new printer — exciting, we know — and Pizza Hut made some connected sneakers.
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Apple reportedly plans to ditch Intel’s processors entirely by 2020

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Apple has been developing specialized chips for handling certain functions in its phones and computers for the past couple of years, and it’s now planning to take things up a notch: Bloomberg reports that the company is gearing up to make all its processors in-house by 2020, and ditch its long-time supplier Intel in the bargain. That could be huge for Apple – and maybe not the end of the world for Intel, which has been supplying the Cupertino-based firm with processor tech since 2005. Apple’s business accounts for just 5 percent of Intel’s revenue, so it wouldn’t be a…

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Apple To Use Its Own Processors In Macs Instead Of Intel’s From 2020

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It has been a rumor for as long as we can remember, but we now have the closest thing to confirmation yet – Apple is planning to ditch Intel as the CPU manufacturer for its Mac computers as of 2020, according to a new report.

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Intel’s 8th-Gen Xeon and Core Processors Feature Redesigned Hardware to Address Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich today announced that its next-generation Xeon Scalable (Cascade Lake) processors and its 8th-generation Intel Core processors will feature redesigned components to protect against the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities that affect all modern processors.

Spectre variant 1 of the vulnerabilities will continue to be addressed in software, while Intel is implementing hardware-based design changes to offer future protection against Spectre variant 2 and Meltdown variant 3.

We have redesigned parts of the processor to introduce new levels of protection through partitioning that will protect against both Variants 2 and 3. Think of this partitioning as additional “protective walls” between applications and user privilege levels to create an obstacle for bad actors.

Intel’s new Xeon Scalable processors and its 8th-generation Intel Core processors are expected to start shipping out to manufacturers in the second half of 2018.

Ahead of the hardware changes, Intel says that software-based microcode updates have now been issued for 100 percent of Intel products launched in the past five years, and all customers should make sure to continue to keep their systems up-to-date with software updates.


Krzanich also reaffirmed Intel’s commitment to customer-first urgency, transparent and timely communications, and ongoing security reassurance.

Apple began addressing the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities back in early January with the release of iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2, which introduced mitigations for Meltdown. Subsequent iOS 11.2.2 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Supplemental updates introduced mitigations for Spectre, as did patches for both macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan in older machines.

Apple’s software mitigations for the vulnerabilities have not resulted in any significant measurable decline in performance.

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13 years after Intel’s iPhone mistake, it might take the biggest ever tech deal to resolve it

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Some 13 years after Intel turned down the opportunity to make the CPU for the upcoming iPhone, is it now considering the world’s biggest ever tech acquisition to deal with the threat that decision continues to pose today.

In 2005, when Apple was working on the first-generation iPhone to be launched in 2007, Steve Jobs invited Intel to pitch for the CPU business for the planned smartphone. Not believing Apple’s sales projections, and not seeing any way to make money from it, Intel turned him down …

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Intel’s VPU could save gamers from losing GPU power to AI in the next Windows update

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Microsoft today announced it will bring baked-in AI to its operating systems in the next Windows update. Soon, PCs will operate complex machine learning applications locally that normally run in the cloud. Unfortunately for gamers this will be accomplished by tapping the power of graphics processing units (GPUs). Thankfully, however, Intel has an alternative. When the slew of new machine-learning based apps, programs, and core processes begin to infiltrate the new Windows AI platform – and you can bet it’ll be sooner rather than later – the best way to power them will be harnessing as much GPU power as…

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Intel’s new graphics drivers automatically optimize game settings

Intel is introducing a new feature for its processors with integrated graphics, allowing games to be automatically optimized on systems. The feature is similar to Nvidia’s GeForce Experience, an application that’s designed to tweak game settings so they work best on a laptop or PC. Intel’s new graphics control software is particularly useful on laptops that aren’t really designed to run games, and it works on all Skylake or newer processors.

PC World reports that this new driver update includes support for Intel’s new Kaby Lake G chips that have AMD’s Radeon Vega graphics built in. Dell and HP are both launching laptops with these new processors, and they should be a lot better for gaming. Battlefield 1, Battlefield 4, American Truck…

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The Corsair One gaming PC gets updated with Intel’s latest eighth-gen processors

The Corsair One gaming PC came out last year offering an interesting idea: a gaming PC in the same vein as traditional consoles, meaning it was a preconfigured, prebuilt box that users could expect just to work without any tinkering around with internal parts or power supplies.

And now, Corsair is releasing a pair of updated versions of the original Corsair One, boosting the processor to Intel’s latest eighth-generation, six-core Core i7-8700K and bumping up the graphics card from the Nvidia GTX 1080 to the upgraded Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti.

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Intel’s Drone-Powered Opening Ceremony Show Broke A World Record

Intel put on a stunning aerial display at the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony. The show didn’t win Intel any medals, but it did break a world record.

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