Nvidia 12GB RTX 4080 as RTX 4070 Ti Overview
Nvidia is officially relaunching its “unlaunched” 12GB RTX 4080 graphics card as the RTX 4070 Ti. After accidentally posting specs for the RTX 4070 Ti over the weekend, NVidia is making the GPU official today at the Consumer Electronics Show. Priced at $799 and available on January 5th, the RTX 4070 Ti looks set to take on AMD’s $899 pricing for its Radeon RX 7900 XT. This rebranded card is now $100 less than NVidia had planned to launch the original 12GB version of the RTX 4080, and it comes after the company faced criticism over pricing and how much more powerful the 16GB counterpart was. NVidia admitted in October that “having two GPUs with the 4080 designation is confusing,” before saying it was pausing the launch of the 12GB RTX 4080. Rumors quickly followed suggesting NVidia would relaunch the card as the RTX 4070 Ti.
Specs and Performance
NVidia claims that the 4070 Ti is faster than the RTX 3090 Ti, but they only allow comparisons for DLSS3-enabled devices, which the 3090 Ti doesn’t support. This cherry-picked comparison is skewed in the 4070 Ti’s favor with 1.5x to 2x performance improvement over the 3090 Ti.
Efficiency Improvements and Other Extras
Although the rasterization performance has improved over the years, Ada Lovelace’s architectural advances have helped the 4070 Ti in other ways as well. These include improved ray tracing performance, greater power efficiency (NVidia claims 226W of power consumption when gaming), and a media encoder that supports AV1 encoding.
IPhone 15’s Would Get 48MP Main Camera Overview
This will be a major paradigm shift for the next iPhone, given how minuscule the differences between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 were; both generations have essentially the same set of camera hardware with some software additions in the newer model. However, don’t expect a telephoto camera or LiDAR sensor on any of the upcoming “affordable” iPhones, also says Jeff Pu. His claims are based on supply chain sources close to the matter. The 48MP main camera on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is a fairly new developing in the iPhone camera world, but will most certainly become a mainstay on future iPhones and score multiple improvements and revisions down the road. In regular camera mode, an iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max utilize quad-binning to output 12MP photos, which in theory should give much better light sensitivity and dynamics. If the user explicitly desires, they can take a 48MP RAW image, of course, which gives a lot of leeway for further post-processing and editing.
What about iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra?
Apple seemingly has a lot planned for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra. Word on the street is that we could be getting a titanium frame instead of a stainless steel one, no hardware buttons for volume and power, a 12MP 6X periscope lens joining the fray at the rear camera assembly, the Apple A17 Bionic chipset built on a 3nm node, USB-C, and more.
Just like the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are expected to arrive in September 2023 with the Apple A16 Bionic chipset, currently powering the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, whereas the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra would most certainly come with an Apple A17 Bionic chipset, will be built on TSMC’s enhanced 3nm manufacturing node, known as N3E, which would bring performance and efficiency gains.
IPhone 15 Series A17 Chip Overview
Apple iPhone 15 series is still far from its launch, but some of the key details related to it have started coming already. And the new detail which arrived is related to its chipset.IPhone 14 Pro & iPhone 14 Pro Max got a new A16 Bionic chip which is unbeatable in the market. Still, it doesn’t mean it is flawless, but the upcoming A17 Bionic chip for iPhone 15 series’ high-end models may fulfill some of its flaws.
Apple’s A17 Bionic Chip
According to TSMC’s chairman, Mark Liu (via Bloomberg), the upcoming A17 Bionic Chip will retain 35% less power in comparison with earlier bionic chips that run on 4nm technology.These are not only words because they are able to achieve this with new 3nm (Nanometer) technology which they implemented in the upcoming chips such as the A17 Bionic chip for iPhone 15 models.As this chip will be 35% more energy efficient so users will get longer battery life on the iPhone 15 series. And with that, this 3nm technology also delivers enhanced performance than chips that are running on 4nm and 5nm technology.Besides, the chips’ mass production also started last week, on which Mark Liu said that “Mass production of 3-nanometer chips is the fruit of decades-long collaboration with the local supply chain,”
Currently, there is no such accurate detail regarding which iPhone 15 series model is going inherit this new A17 Bionic chip. Still, in my opinion, Apple may choose the same way that it implemented with iPhone 14 series.Apple is the biggest customer of the TMCS’s 3nm technology because we would also see M2 Pro and M2 Max chips run on this same technology.
Apple 11.1-Inch & 13-Inch OLED iPad Pro Overview
Apple is eyeing to release iPad Pro models with 11.1-inch and 13-inch display sizes. The Cupertino-based tech major is yet to confirm the official launch date of these tablets, but a new report quoting DSCC analyst Ross Young states that new iPad Pro models with OLED displays will be unveiled during the first quarter of 2024. Apple launched two iPad Pro (2022) models with 11-inch and 12.9-inch LCD displays in October in India.A report by MacRumors, quoting analyst Ross Young states that Apple’s 11.1-inch and 13-inch OLED iPad Pro models will arrive in the market in the first quarter of 2024. Young had previously hinted at the release of iPad Pro units with 11- and 12.9-inch OLED displays in 2024. The upcoming models could come with slimmer bezels.Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro has a traditional LCD screen, while the 12.9-inch model sports a mini LED panel. If the prediction by Young turns out to be true, Apple could ensure feature parity between the two iPad Pro models.
Apple iPad Pro Models: Specifications (Expected)
If the report proves to be true. Then this will be the first time that Apple will be upgrading the screen size of the iPad Pro models. Thus it is expected that the company may reduce the bezel size to achieve the aforementioned screen size. The analyst has also previously predicted that the company would release a 14.1-inch iPad Pro in 2023. But he has now clarified that no such product will be launched.
Apart from this several credible sources have also confirmed that Apple is working on OLED screens for larger devices like iPads and MacBook models. Additionally, the company has also unveiled iPad Pro
Intel’s New Most Powerful 13th Gen Mobile CPU Includes 24 Cores Overview
Not just focused on their new 13th gen Core desktop chips, Intel this morning is also kicking off 2023 for its mobile customers in a big way with the announcement of the 13th generation Core mobile family. Based on the same Raptor Lake architecture as Intel’s 13th gen Core desktop chips, Intel is launching (or at least, announcing) the full 13th gen mobile stack all in one go. This means everything from the ultra-portable U-series chips up to the desktop replacement-class HX-series. All of them gaining Raptor Lake’s CPU architectural enhancements, along with a smattering of new features that are coming to the overall platform.
Leading the lineup – and first SKUs out the door – are the 13th generation Core HX-series processors for high-performance notebooks. With SKUs featuring up to 24 CPU cores (8P+16E), Intel is looking to deliver desktop-level performance in the mobile space, with turbo clock speeds of up to 5.6 GHz, a turbo TDP of 157 W, and a base TDP of 55 W. Like previous iterations of the HX series, these parts are based on Intel’s desktop silicon (Raptor Lake-S), so they are designed to be placed in DTR-class laptops and are almost always paired with a discrete GPU.
Intel 13th Gen HX-Series Processors: Up to 24 CPU Cores, 5.6 GHz Max Turbo
The flagship line of Intel’s new 13th Gen Core mobile processors are the nine new HX-series mobile parts. Intel hasn’t only outlined its intent to equip OEMs with high-performance chips based on its desktop silicon, but they have just launched the first 24-core laptop-level processors, the Core i9-13980HX, the Core i9-13950HX, and the Core i9-13900HX to the market. Intel’s Core i9-13980HX is also the fastest mobile processor with a turbo clock speed of 5.6 GHz, which for a notebook is impressive.
The key features of Intel’s 13th Gen Core HX platform for mobile include up to 24 CPU cores, split up into 8 Performance and 16 Efficiency cores, which is the same core count as the flagship desktop Core i9-13900K. Also present is support for DDR5-5600 and DDR4-3200 memory (but no LPDDR5), along with up to 128 GB across four memory slots in a 2DPC configuration. One fascinating element of the HX-series is that it supports PCIe 5.0 x16, which can be split into 2×8, Intel doesn’t state if this will be limited to just graphics or if notebook OEMs can integrate PCIe 5.0 x4 M.2 slots into the mix.
Samsung 77-inch QD-OLED TV Overview
Samsung launched its QD-OLED TV lineup last year at CES promising higher brightness than other OLED TVs, particularly its arch-rival LG. However, it was only mildly brighter than LG OLEDs back then, and yesterday, LG unveiled its 2023 OLED TV lineup with up to 70 percent more brightness and peak levels reportedly hitting around 1,800 nits.Now, Samsung Display has announced that its 2023 QD-OLED TV lineup will hit up to 2,000 nits of peak brightness, possibly pipping LG and approaching Mini-LED TVs, if accurate. That’s thanks to a new QD-OLED Panel from Samsung Display, which uses a new “HyperEfficient EL” OLED material and Samsung’s IntelliSense AI. The TVs will also be more energy efficient and offer more accurate colors, according to Samsung Display.
Features of QD-OLED TV
Samsung Display has already made other, smaller QD OLED screen sizes beyond the 55 and 65-inch TV sizes for the gaming monitor market. Given the consumer demand for ever bigger TVs, though, especially among home cinema enthusiasts, the addition of a 77-inch QD OLED TV to 2023’s offering would really cement the technology’s position on the home entertainment landscape, addressing as it does arguably the main reason (limited screen sizes) not to buy a QD OLED TV in 2022.
Samsung Display also revealed in its pre-CES announcement today performance enhancing improvements to its QD OLED technology for 2023. Particularly promising is the way a new and improved optimization algorithm called IntelliSense AI combines with a new OLED Hyper Efficient EL material to improve the colour brightness of each RGB pixel (remember that QD OLED does away with the white sub-pixel used in regular WOLED panels).
New iPad Mini Overview
This year has been particularly big for the Apple iPad. In March, Apple released a new iPad Air, the fifth-generation model, and then in the fall there were two new iPads Pro (11-inch and 12.9-inch) plus a radically different iPad, the tenth-generation model.There have been rumors of a foldable iPad—something which in comparison to the folding phones which open to be a mis-shaped, mis-sized tablet, seems a much better idea.But now, Ming-Chi Kuo, a fiendishly accurate predictor of all things accurate, has weighed in on the future of tablets for Apple. In a pair of tweets, Kuo first said “I think its unlikely Apple will replace the iPad mini with a foldable iPad in 2025, which may be contrary to what some media previously predicted. It’s because a foldable iPad will have a markedly higher price than an iPad mini, so such a replacement is not reasonable.”
Features of iPad mini
- 8.3-inch Retina display
- A15 Bionic chip
- 5G support on cellular models
- Apple Pencil 2 support
- Touch ID power button
- USB-C port
Should You Buy an iPad mini?
The iPad mini is Apple’s smallest tablet device and the latest model features a new design, the A15 Bionic chip, a USB-C port, Apple Pencil 2 support, and more.Announced in September 2021, the iPad mini is among the oldest iPads in Apple’s lineup and it is midway through its product cycle. Apple does not seem to update the iPad mini regularly, leaving up to two and a half years between upgrades, and there is no immediate sign of a new model on the horizon. This means that now is still a good time to buy the sixth-generation iPad mini.