The Cupertino-based Apple Inc. is planning to place a custom processor in its three Macs by the end of 2018, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.
Apple is making its own chips for its Mac product lines
The report, however, did not give an accurate detail about the chips. What is clear though is that these chips will be installed in the company’s updated laptops and desktop computer.
Sought for comment, tech analysts won’t discount the possibility of producing a custom processor. The tech giant is known for making custom chips for several Apple products. This includes tablets, phones, and wearables, among others.
They also added that Apple’s move of bringing in customised chips to Mac was not an entirely new concept. In fact, the company started to develop its own chips back in 2016 starting with the high-end MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
The company said that the chip is responsible for running the Touch Bar and Touch ID. With this kind of development, Apple’s aggressive usage of its own chips could be a game changer for the future of its Mac.
The company is also planning to have an integration of its chip both in hardware and software. Apple is even closer to using its own chip as the main processor inside the Mac.
The company was able to make processors that greatly outperforms Apple’s rivals.But ahead of its plan, Apple may encounter some technical problems along the way as the company is also known to use chips produced by Intel.
A roll up plastic display screen that you can tuck into a bag after using? Sounds like a thing of the future right?
Well LG Displays announced their plans to develop such a device that can be used on tablets, iPads and even on your TV screens.
The company has been pursuing the technology for a few years and today, LG Displays said that the world’s first roll-up screen will be released in Europe next month.
Head of operations for LG Displays mobile/OLED division Sang Duck Yeo said, “With the world’s first plastic EPD, LG Display has once again proven its reputation for leadership and innovation with a product we believe will help greatly popularize the e-book market. We are excited as we look toward applying concepts form this experience to future developments like plastic OLED and flexible displays.”
But a few individuals are less optimistic about the announcement.
A display industry expert and the man behind HDTVProfessor.com Alfred Poor said, “This is a relatively small development in the grand scheme of things. This appears to be a monochrome e-paper display. This means that it… has low power consumption, but it also means that it’s probably slow and not suitable for moving images such as video. It’s not in color, and probably has limited grayscale capabilities.”
The Fair Labor Association conducted a month long inspection on the factories being operated by Foxconn in China.
The latter is a major supplier to Apple and other companies.
The investigation was initiated by Apple in response to critics after news of workers deaths that included suicides and injuries within the Chinese factories.
The investigation resulted into uncovering excessive overtime and problems with overtime compensation at factories that produce iPhones and iPads among many devices. They also cited health and safety risks.
The group conducted a survey and found out that 43% of the respondents said that they experienced or have witnessed an accident within the factories.
According to chief executive of the group Auret van Heerden, “The Fair labor Association gave Apple’s largest supplier the equivalent of a full-body. Apple and its supplier Foxconn have agreed to our prescriptions, and we will verify progress and report publicly.”
Foxconn is a Taiwanese company that has about 1.2 million employees in their pay-roll. They also manufacture parts for Dell Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc.
The company said that they are committed to bringing factories into full compliance with Chinese legal limits and Fair Labor Assn. standards on working hours by July 2013.