First Glimpse at Apple’s A9 Processor

There’s been an abundance of leaks of Apple’s iPhone 6S and 6S Plus leading up to its official release this Wednesday. We already know that the 6S models will feature Force Touch display technology – which was initially designed for implementation on the MacBook Pro and has become a popular feature on the Apple watch – and the approximate retail prices for each variant, but now we’ve been given our first glimpse of the chipset that will be powering the new handset, the A9 processor.

The A9 is produced by Samsung, who beat out previous chip provider TSMC to reunite with Apple. Prior to the A8, made by TSMC, Samsung provided Apple with all its chips, but a series of legal disputes drove a wedge between the two companies. For production of the new A9 chip, Samsung implemented its 14nm production process, which is said to have given the chip a smaller footprint than the A8.

The following photos, courtesy of GeekBar, reportedly show the A9, front and back, plus the iPhone 6S’ flash memory chip, size unknown, though we do know that models will include 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB options.

Reports suggest that the A9 clocks in at 1.8GHz, with single-core and multi-core tallies of 2248 and 4036, respectively.

Weigh an Orange with Huawei Force Touch Tech

WAIT! I genuinely have not lost the plot with this article, but Chinese multinational and telecommunications company Huawei might just be walking that tightrope after using its new Mate S Smartphone to see how heavy an orange is at the IFA in Berlin.

The company used its Force Touch Tech within the new phone model to convey the fruits weight on stage at the event. The phone judged the Orange to weigh 280 grams with observers feeling this might not be pinpoint accurate considering an average orange would weigh around 200 grams. What is clearer is that Huawei might have stolen a march on Apple who have introduced Force Touch on the new Apple iWatch and are rumoured to be considering developing the tech for the iPhone.

There are still a few questions to be answered, namely, what would be the heaviest object you would be able to rest on your phone? Imagine the lawsuits if consumers decide to weigh a big bag of sugar and end up splitting their new phone in two. Other new features for the Mate S include the second generation “Knuckle Sense Feature” It reads like Sideshow Bob has designed this, but stick with me; apparently this uses the input from the user’s knuckles for different functions. So how does that work? Glad you asked, no idea, apparently as a quick launch feature the user can assign a letter to an app and then launch said app by drawing the letter with a knuckle at any point.

Pressure sensitive screens are a compelling evolution for mobile devices, Huawei’s features might seem gimmicky, but at least it’s open to debate with the aim of seeing where this tech will lead to. Perhaps Huawei would have made a bigger statement by weighing an Apple instead of an Orange, or a marshmallow, or Lollipop or an Edge of something, or an actual Fox.

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iPhone 6S to Feature Force Touch Technology

Apple’s Force Touch technology was showcased for the first time in May, and it was initially designed and implemented on the new MacBook Pro. What makes this particular tech special is the fact that it includes a series of pressure-sensitive mini-electrodes that can detect the force of a tap and provide access to new app options. The function has already proven quite useful on the MacBook Pro and Apple Watch, and it looks like it will also be installed on the upcoming iPhone 6S, at least according to a report by Bloomberg.

Apparently, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are already in production and feature the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays present on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. As for Force Touch, it could be used in a variety of ways once implemented, such as accelerating video playback scanning, bringing up new shortcuts in difficult to reach areas, creating new control options for games, and toggling between photo and video modes while using the camera.

Useful as it may sound, Force Touch could actually complicate the user interfaces of Apple’s gadgets, especially since it might not be supported by all applications, at least not at first. For now, all we can do is wait for the official release of the iPhone 6S and hope that this new feature will be a blessing and not a curse.

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Apple May Release New Force Touch iMac and Macbook Pro Lineup This Week

Thinking of buying a new iMac or MacBook Pro? Then you should wait a bit longer. Rumour has it that Apple may release a new iMac and Macbook Pro lineup sooner than you might expect.

Apple has just dropped support for some of its ageing products over the weekend and the move might bring some new lineups, as far as Mac Generation’s sources tell. So what to expect after the company revealed its new Force Touch MacBook at the Spring Forward event?

Sources tell that a new 15-inch MacBook Pro and a 27-inch iMac is working their way onto Apple’s store this Wednesday and if the rumours prove to be true, it means that the new MacBook Pro lineup will be the first 15-incher to be shipped with Apple’s Force Touch trackpad.

As always, there are no confirmed specs for the products until Apple officially release them. However, rumours tell that they will be fitted with the latest Intel Broadwell CPUs, which could give the MacBook Pro lineup a boost in battery life.

Even if all the above turns out to be true, we still have to wait until Wednesday to actually see them. So how likely are you to buy a new MacBook Pro or iMac? Let us know!

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