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New Apple TV hands-on

New Apple TV hands-on

Apple's new Apple TV looks no different from the outside, but when you hook up your TV it's another matter: Full HD video support, along with a new, streamlined UI that pulls the STB further in line with its iOS siblings. The compact box plays particularly nicely with the new iPad, and while 1080p isn't enough to handle the Retina Display on the new tablet, the video shifting technology makes them a great pairing.

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Apple developing both A5X and A6 processors, hints iOS 5.1 code

Apple developing both A5X and A6 processors, hints iOS 5.1 code

Apple may be working on two new processors this year for the upcoming iPad 3 and iPhone 5. There have been conflicting reports from trustworthy publications, some claiming that the next-gen iPad would sport a new quad-core chip, while others claim an enhanced dual-core chip with an improved graphics engine. A recently leaked image purported to be the iPad 3's logic board, showed an "A5X" processor, suggesting a more evolutionary upgrade than revolutionary. However, 9to5Mac delved into iOS 5.1 code, finding that Apple may actually be developing both at the same time.

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iPad 3 Apple A5X chipset reportedly leaked

iPad 3 Apple A5X chipset reportedly leaked

The iPad 3's logic board bearing its new Apple A5X processor has leaked, if Chinese tipsters are to be believed, the latest component from the hotly-anticipated third generation tablet to break cover. Although previous speculation had centered on Apple using an A6 chip in the new iPad, the photo shared at forum WeiPhone suggests a more evolutionary rather than revolutionary upgrade is intended. Yesterday, another iPad 3 component leak indicated the new model would have an 8-megapixel camera and slightly different styling.

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Apple playing for keeps with Tim Cook salary splurge

Apple playing for keeps with Tim Cook salary splurge

Apple CEO Tim Cook is not netting a near-$400m annual salary, despite reports supposedly detailing the chief exec's bulging paycheck, as the top-tier benefits are contingent on him staying with the company for a decade. Speculation as to Cook's financial position began yesterday, with an AP report citing the restricted Apple stock the company's board approved as part of his taking the role Steve Jobs vacated last year. However, subsequent reports failed to recognize when, exactly, Cook could expect to see any cash.

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Quadcore Apple A6 support found in iOS 5.1 beta

Quadcore Apple A6 support found in iOS 5.1 beta

Apple's iOS has already been tweaked to accommodate quadcore processors, software digging has discovered, with mention of the four-core chipsets found in the latest iOS 5.1 beta. A hidden panel within the beta discloses which processors iOS 5.1 is set up to handle, 9 to 5 Mac reports, with a reference to "/cores/core.3" indicating two more than we've seen so far in a commercially-launched iPhone, iPod or iPad. The discovery follows speculation resurfacing earlier today that Apple intends to launch not one but two new iPad models this year, with a significantly upgraded iPad 4 due in October.

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$3.6bn Samsung facility supplies Apple A5 chip and maybe A6

$3.6bn Samsung facility supplies Apple A5 chip and maybe A6

Apple has again turned to Samsung for production of its iPad 2 and iPhone 4S processor, with a 1.6m square foot production facility in Austin, Texas, responsible for churning out the dual-core Apple A5 chipset. The $3.6bn production line only reached full capacity this month, Reuters' sources claim, with the bulk of the output going to satisfy Apple's endless hunger for processors. The rest of the Samsung facility is at work producing NAND flash memory chips.

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Apple iOS 5.0.1 BETA 2 seeded to developers today

Apple iOS 5.0.1 BETA 2 seeded to developers today

It's time for the update to the next version of Apple's mobile operating system, but not to you, oh readers, to developers only. Yesterday there was a similar download, and today there is another download still, each of these downloads made much more than likely to alleviate the problems users have been having with their batteries, these issues popping up most often in the iPhone 4S. Of course you could be sneaky and find a way to grab the download for yourself by becoming a developer for iOS, but then you might as well go the full mile and start making apps!

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Samsung: Galaxy Nexus designed to avoid Apple patents

Samsung: Galaxy Nexus designed to avoid Apple patents

Samsung has admitted that the new Galaxy Nexus was designed specifically with bypassing Apple patents in mind, mobile president Shin Jong-kyun saying that the company "will avoid everything we can." Talking to Yohhap News, Shin said Samsung "take patents very seriously" but due to the complexity of intellectual property there was no guarantee that the Galaxy Nexus would be immune from ligitation.

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iPhone 4 Siri hack suggests Apple not hardware behind 4S exclusivity

iPhone 4 Siri hack suggests Apple not hardware behind 4S exclusivity

An unofficial port of the iPhone 4S' Siri voice recognition system to the iPhone 4 has been revealed, though it's unclear whether Apple will ever enable the speech control tech for the older handset. Currently the port - the handiwork of developer Steve Troughton-Smith and 9 to 5 Mac - is capable of loading the Siri interface and controls; however, since Apple's server-side processes are integral to Siri's interaction with the iPhone hardware, right now any spoken commands won't be followed.

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