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Tomorrow morning an Apple event is set to take off bringing on a set of new devices starting, first and foremost, in the iPad arena. The 5th generation iPad is tipped to appear alongside the 2nd generation iPad mini, both of them ready to work with iOS 7 right out of the box. The desktop and mobile laptop environments are also tipped to be getting an update with the MacBook Pro lineup receiving 4th generation Intel Core technology (Haswell) alongside a final push for the Mac Pro 2013 to stores.
The next big Apple event will take place the 22nd of October and it'll be featuring several new pieces of hardware. Amongst these are a new iPad, a new iPad mini, and quite possibly a flow of new information on the 2013 edition of the Mac Pro and a set of new MacBook Pros as well - right in time for OS X Mavericks. This event was announced with an invitation with colorful leaves falling on an Apple logo that simply suggested that "we still have a lot to cover."
There's little doubt at this point whether or not there will be an October 22nd event held by Apple that will, in turn, be the first official home for the 5th generation iPad. Seeing an original leak from AllThingsD then a simple "Yep" from the likes of The Loop's Jim Dalrymple, this event will almost certainly center on not only the newest full-sized iPad, but the 2nd generation iPad mini as well. These devices will converge on aesthetic design this time around, both appearing much more like the original iPad mini industrially than the original iPad or iPad 2.
Along with the announcement of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, Apple also took some time to discuss the new processor. This latest will be the Apple A7 chip and perhaps key -- it will be the first 64-bit SoC to come available in a smartphone. This one will be found in the iPhone 5S and aside from the obvious jump to 64-bit, Apple is touting it as being "up to twice as fast" as its predecessor and in general, a "leap forward."
It should be clear at this point that Samsung's profits in the mobile sector have not, as a report by Strategy Analytics last week suggested, taken over Apples'. According to Strategy Analytics, "Samsung's operating profit for its handset division stood at US $5.2 billion in the second quarter of 2013" while Apple "recorded an estimated iPhone operating profit of US $4.6 billion". And that's essentially the extent of their basic report - this is not just far too limited to have covered the claim they've made, it's simply inaccurate.
Apple is said to be using Samsung to build the A9 mobile chips for the iPhone and iPad in 2015, another sign that the firm's attempts to extricate itself from its rival's production expertise are struggling. Although Apple had switched to TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing) for its A-series chip production starting in 2014, according to The Korea Economic Daily it's Samsung's expertise in 14nm manufacturing that has won back Apple's business.
In the world of patent wars, Apple has enjoyed quite a few victories, something that may make the latest ruling by the International Trade Commission a little extra painful. According to a ruling posted by the ITC, Apple is staring down the barrel of an import ban in the United State against several of its older - yet still popular - devices, among the being the iPhone 4.
It's been rumored for a while now that Apple's been planning on moving away from Samsung for chipset manufacturing, and will instead make a deal with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). However, reports are rolling in that the move has finally happened, and the next chip that is on Apple's list will not involve Samsung.
The cellphone may have turned 40 years old today -- just in time for its mid-life crisis, but another product is having a birthday as well, celebrating three years of being on the market. The original Apple iPad was released to the public for the first time exactly three years ago today, on April 3, 2010.