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Macs with ARM processors coming early next year according to Kuo

Macs with ARM processors coming early next year according to Kuo

One of the longest-running rumors about Apple's Macs and MacBooks is that they will eventually offer configurations with ARM processors rather than Intel's. If analyst Ming-chi Kuo is to be believed, that will finally happen in the last quarter of the year or early 2021 at the latest. Apple's foray into making its own Apple A CPUs for iPhones and iPads definitely lends some credibility to that outlook but, as Microsoft found out the hard way, it takes more than an ARM chip to make a successful ARM computer.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G PCs will be supported by 17 carriers around the world

Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G PCs will be supported by 17 carriers around the world

5G is big in mobile but that's not the only place it'll be in, naturally. Desktop and laptop computers are also fair game but only if they have the hardware to slurp from that high-speed network. Most will use external peripherals but Qualcomm is, of course, pushing a new breed of Always On, Always Connected PCs that this year will gain the ability to tap into 5G networks. And to reassure future buyers that they will be getting their money's worth, the chipmaker is listing which network operators will be supporting Snapdragon-powered 5G PCs when they launch this year.

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Apple-designed ARM for Mac in 2021 tipped after iPhone 5G this year

Apple-designed ARM for Mac in 2021 tipped after iPhone 5G this year

This week analyst Ming Chi Kuo tipped the development of the next major Mac from Apple, complete with an Apple-designed ARM processor. This suggestion fits with other major projects in the pipeline with new processor tech, including 5nm process for the first 5G iPhone and new iPad later this year. This would be Apple's first Mac with an Apple-designed processor.

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Windows on ARM needs to tell a different story

Windows on ARM needs to tell a different story

Windows on ARM processors, which has recently taken the form of Qualcomm's Snapdragon platforms, isn't exactly a new story and, so far, it has never had its happy ending. Earlier this month, Qualcomm revealed yet another attempt to retell that tale, this time with a slight bent towards affordable Windows devices running on new 8c and 7c platforms. It could be bound to fail yet again, but it doesn't have to. In fact, the timing might be perfect but only if Qualcomm and Microsoft try to spin a different narrative.

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Surface Pro X available now but buyers may want to hold off for now

Surface Pro X available now but buyers may want to hold off for now

The Surface Neo and the Surface Duo may have stolen Microsoft's event last month but those two won't be coming until late 2020 at the earliest. For more practical Surface users, the Surface Pro X is the one that brings the future here and now. That "now" is finally happening as Microsoft announces the availability of the latest ARM-powered Windows PC. Unfortunately, it seems that Microsoft still hasn't addressed the most important shortcoming of its Windows on ARM version.

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Samsung Exynos in trouble as major layoffs announced

Samsung Exynos in trouble as major layoffs announced

When it comes to mobile processors, Qualcomm may be the household name but it's far from being the only one. In addition to long-time rival MediaTek, there's also Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin, Samsung's Exynos, and, now, Apple's A chips. One of those, however, may be changing significantly and perhaps not for the better. Samsung has just posted a letter that reveals it will be laying off 290 employees at its R&D office in Austin, Texas that may see the end of Samsung's custom ARM cores used in its Exynos chips.

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Huawei reprieve from ARM chip designer could open more doors

Huawei reprieve from ARM chip designer could open more doors

The doors are closing in on Huawei as the deadline for extensions given to it looms closer. One door, however, was just recently reopened courtesy of ARM Holdings, the company that designs (not makes) the chips that drive today's smartphones and mobile devices. Not only is this second chance a big relief for the embattled Chinese company, it could also create opportunities for other partners to follow suit, provided they're willing to take risks for Huawei.

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Sharp 8K TV touts its own ARM processor for high computing performance

Sharp 8K TV touts its own ARM processor for high computing performance

CEATEC 2019 is naturally filled with technological wonders, some of which look too futuristic to be available today. In a sea of such forward-looking prototypes and products that may or may not hit the market, Sharp is bringing a comforting and familiar presence in the form of an 8K TV. Make no mistake, however, as this 8T-C70BW1 8K LCD TV AQUOS does have a special trick inside, an ARM system-on-chip (SoC) that could make it one of the most powerful computer TVs in the market.

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Surface Pro X revealed with custom Qualcomm chipset [Update: Price]

Surface Pro X revealed with custom Qualcomm chipset [Update: Price]

Microsoft revealed the Surface Pro X today with a whole new look and ARM under the hood. This is the latest in a line of refreshed Surface devices, the likes of which we've seen mostly keep their well-established industrial design. But this unit - this unit is a different story entirely. This device aims to have better battery life, lighter body, and thinner than the regular Surface Pro.

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Microsoft needs Windows to succeed on ARM

Microsoft needs Windows to succeed on ARM

Microsoft's big 2019 event is just a few hours away and, thanks to some leaks, there are a lot of expectations coming into the Surface press conference. Even if it doesn't announce the fabled dual-screen Surface, a.k.a. codename "Centaurus", Microsoft will still make headlines if it does announce an ARM-powered Surface 2-in-1 tablet. This will hardly be Microsoft's first dance with ARM, even on its own Surface brand, and it will hardly be the last. But unlike the company's previous attempts, Microsoft has to make this one stick and has to make Windows work on the ARM platform. Not because Intel and AMD and the x86 CPU architecture are going anywhere but exactly because it isn't going anywhere at all.

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Surface 7 with ARM chip could finally rival the iPad Pro

Surface 7 with ARM chip could finally rival the iPad Pro

In terms of themes, the Surface Pro and the iPad Pro have been nearly equal, both advertising the ultimate computing portability. The similarities end there, however, with Apple's slate taking the lead in battery life, connectivity, and even weight and thickness. At the mercy of Intel's chips, Microsoft has never been able to scale the Surface line to an iPad-like size and experience. That may very well change with the rumored ARM-based Surface 7 but it remains to be seen if Microsoft can pull it off after a third try.

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Microsoft has a brighter future in mobile computing with Windows on ARM than x86

Microsoft has a brighter future in mobile computing with Windows on ARM than x86

Rumors about a Surface with an ARM processor has fans both excited and skeptical. That wouldn’t be Microsoft’s first dance with ARM, not even its first ARM-based Surface computer. In almost all cases since the first Surface, Windows on ARM has ended up being a disappointment.

It is almost as if the computing gods were sending Microsoft a not so subtle message to stick with Intel and ARM or, in general, the x86/64 architecture. That may be the easy way out, but it won’t last for long. For better or worse, and Intel certainly won’t like it, Microsoft needs to move heaven and earth to make Windows work perfectly on ARM because its future there will be more promising than on a hardware platform that’s showing its age and limits.

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