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MacBook High Power Mode found in macOS Monterey beta: Like OnePlus?

MacBook High Power Mode found in macOS Monterey beta: Like OnePlus?

The most updated version of macOS Monterey beta has code suggesting Apple will bring a special "High Power" mode to MacBook devices. It might be time for Apple to unleash the performance beast, referencing some rumors that've been in the MacOS mix for over a year. While this might not be the Apple Does Gaming situation we've been patiently awaiting for a decade, it does seem like Apple may be willing to drop some of the power conservation restrictions put on computing devices - if the user wishes to flip a few switches.

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iPhone 13 price may be first hit in chip sea change

iPhone 13 price may be first hit in chip sea change

Chipmaker TSMC reportedly notified partners they'll be raising prices for hardware this year. As has been the case with several major hardware manufacturers over the past year, price hikes are coming to chipmakers in a significant way. The biggest client of the chipmaker TSMC is Apple, and the first product that'll likely see a change in cost is the iPhone 13.

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Snapdragon Wear 5100 details spotted in Qualcomm code

Snapdragon Wear 5100 details spotted in Qualcomm code

It seems that Wear OS market players are finally starting to come together to push the smartwatch market as a more coherent force. Google's Wear OS 3 release might force smartwatch makers to finally upgrade their hardware to meet the software's requirements, while component makers like Qualcomm and Samsung are stepping up their game to meet that upcoming demand. While it still has barely any users, Qualcomm might already be preparing the Snapdragon Wear 4100's successor, at least based on the chip maker's own source code.

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Google reportedly picked an old Android friend to build Pixel 6’s Tensor

Google reportedly picked an old Android friend to build Pixel 6’s Tensor

Google may have designed its own Pixel 6 chip for the upcoming Android flagship, but the company has reportedly turned to a familiar name to actually produce the new Tensor SoC. Announced yesterday, alongside a preview of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google Tensor is the company's first homegrown design for a smartphone processor as it takes a leaf out of Apple's playbook.

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Google Tensor is a strike for independence

Google Tensor is a strike for independence

Google may have given us the first official glimpse of the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but it's the Google Tensor chipset inside the upcoming Android 12 phones that's arguably more exciting. The company's first homegrown SoC, or system-on-chip, for smartphones, it sees Google take a long-rumored step down a path Apple has already followed.

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New Snapdragon Wear processors are coming to smartwatches soon

New Snapdragon Wear processors are coming to smartwatches soon

Although Wear OS has been around for a long time now, especially if you consider its former Android Wear incarnation, its strength came from sheer numbers rather than platform strength or brand loyalty. Many found Wear OS itself to be decent, if not mediocre at best, while the hardware it ran on was considered to be a few steps behind the competition like the Apple Watch or Samsung's Tizen-based Galaxy Watches. This year may see a resurgence of interest in Google's wearable platform, and Qualcomm is losing no time to say that it will be a driving force behind that renaissance.

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The Samsung Exynos with AMD GPU is getting console RDNA 2 tech

The Samsung Exynos with AMD GPU is getting console RDNA 2 tech

Samsung and AMD are teaming up for a new Exynos mobile chipset, baking in RDNA 2 graphics that might upend the longstanding assumption that Snapdragon Galaxy phones are automatically more powerful. Samsung offers different versions of its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note flagships for different locations, in some places relying on Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipsets while other regions get Samsung's own Exynos silicon.

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Apple M2 production leak is good news for new MacBook Pro 2021

Apple M2 production leak is good news for new MacBook Pro 2021

The next big chip on the Apple Silicon roadmap is already in mass production, according to a new report, with what's believed to be the Apple M2 being lined up for new MacBook models later in 2021. The leak follows the debut of the new iMac 24-inch last week, which tapped the existing Apple M1 chipset, and the revamped iPad Pro 2021 which also adopted the M1.

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Google Whitechapel in-house chip for Pixel phones: Things to know

Google Whitechapel in-house chip for Pixel phones: Things to know

Last year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai made a statement that the company is investing a huge chunk into hardware and that it had a perfect roadmap for 2021. This triggered a row of speculations as tech pundits predicted Google to be venturing into the SoC space, developing its own chips for the Pixel and Chromebooks of the future.

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Google Pixel 5A tipped canned thanks to chip shortage [UPDATE]

Google Pixel 5A tipped canned thanks to chip shortage [UPDATE]

If you've been waiting for another Google Pixel "A" device here in 2021, it might be time for a tiny disappointment. The latest leak from Google suggests that worldwide chip shortages have claimed their latest victim in the device code-named Barbet. This would likely have been titled Google Pixel 5A, a device that'd replace the Google Pixel 4A and Pixel 4A 5G.

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Pixel 6 will reportedly debut Google’s Apple-inspired Whitechapel chip

Pixel 6 will reportedly debut Google’s Apple-inspired Whitechapel chip

Google's new Pixel phone is expected to switch to a homegrown processor chip known as Whitechapel, sources claim, as what's expected to be the Pixel 6 takes a page out of Apple's successful iPhone strategy playbook. So far, Google's phones have followed the same hardware approach as most Android devices, using chipsets from Qualcomm's Snapdragon series.

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Snapdragon 780G 5G gives Qualcomm a midrange Android heavyweight

Snapdragon 780G 5G gives Qualcomm a midrange Android heavyweight

Qualcomm has revealed the latest chipset in its 7 Series, with the new Snapdragon 780G 5G Mobile Platform promising to cherry-pick some of the best tech from the more expensive Snapdragon 888 flagship. Expected to arrive in new Android phones sometime from Q2 2021, the Snapdragon 780G marks a number of "firsts" for the series, and looks likely to continue the trend of midrange devices to be arguably more exciting than their most expensive brethren.

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