Apple’s new 3nm chip could begin mass production in the second half of 2022, while Intel’s market share could take another hit

It seems that Apple keeps working to give us great processors in its future devices, even though other companies may end up being affected

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Pocketnow Daily: Apple LEAKS Their Next Chip, Next Galaxy S Design Leaked & more! (video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the possible name of Apple's next chip, the design of the Galaxy S21 FE, and more.

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Pocketnow Daily: Apple LEAKS Their Next Chip, Next Galaxy S Design Leaked & more! (video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the possible name of Apple's next chip, the design of the Galaxy S21 FE, and more.

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New 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro get a new possible launch window

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The latest information suggests we may still get a new 14, and 16-inch MacBook Pro refresh in 2021, and maybe a new Intel Mac Pro

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NVIDIA debuts RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti GPUs. Now, let’s hope you can buy one!

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti will be available globally June 3 onwards starting at $1,199, while the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti starts at $599.

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Apple’s M1 Mac mini, gaming laptops and Razer peripherals are on sale today

Check out the latest deals from Amazon.com, where we find the latest M1 Mac mini, Razer gaming peripherals, and more laptops on sale

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Chromebooks, Samsung monitors and more accessories are on sale today

The latest Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 is currently getting a $21.23 discount. This convertible laptop features a 13-inch FHD touch display, an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, and Intel Integrated Graphics for $389. Now, there are more affordable Chromebooks for anyone looking to spend less. The Samsung Chromebook 4+ is getting a better discount, as it’s now $68.67 off. In other words, you can get a new Chromebook with a 15.6-inch FHD display, an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB RAM, and 32GB of storage space for just $231.32, or get the Chromebook V2 for $342.07 with $157.92 savings.

Finally, the Acer Chromebook Spin 311 Convertible Laptop is also on sale. You can grab yours for just $265.08 with a whopping $233.92 discount. It comes with an Intel Celeron N4020 processor, an 11.6-inch HD Touch display, 4GB RAM, and 32GB of storage space, or you can grab the Acer Chromebook 514 for $323 with $41.99 savings.

 

Monitors are also on sale today, and you can get a new Samsung Business FT400 Series 24-inch display for just $115 with $35 savings. This monitor comes with a 3-year warranty, 60Haz refresh rates, and an IPS panel. If you’re looking for a larger display, you can get the 27-inch Razer Raptor Gaming monitor that’s currently getting a $100 discount, which leaves it up for grabs at $600, and if you’re looking for a nice option that won’t break the bank, you can also choose to get the LG 24M47VQ 24-Inch LED-lit Monitor for just $100.

 

Other deals for your workspace feature the Soundance Laptop Stand that’s currently getting a $21.22 discount so that you can get one for $18.77, but if you’re looking for something a bit more substantial that will also allow you to move your monitor around without a hassle, you can get the WALI Premium Single LCD Monitor Desk Mount. It is getting a $16.95 discount, leaving it available for $28.04, and it will perfectly hold a 32-inch display that weights up to 17.6 lbs. You can also score a new Razer Kraken Ultimate RGB USB Gaming Headset for just $90 after it’s received a $40 discount.

 

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NVIDIA and MediaTek join hands to bring RTX graphics to Chromebooks

NVIDIA made a slew of announcements today, with the most notable one being a return to making ARM-based processors starting with NVIDIA Grace for AI data centers. However, there was another ARM-related announcement that flew somewhat flew under the radar but could have a significant impact on a whole ecosystem of products – and specifically, Chromebooks. NVIDIA has joined hands with MediaTek to create SDKs that might eventually bring the power of GeForce RTX graphics to Chromebooks. 

“In PCs, NVIDIA is partnering with MediaTek, one of the world’s largest suppliers of Arm-based SoCs, to create a reference platform supporting Chromium, Linux and NVIDIA SDKs. The combination of NVIDIA RTX GPUs with high-performance, energy-efficient Arm Cortex processors will bring realistic ray-traced graphics and cutting-edge AI to a new class of laptops.”
MediaTek CEO Rick Tsai remarked that the partnership with NVIDIA will bring GPU acceleration to the ARM PC ecosystem, giving a boost to the gaming and content creation prowess of such machines. Interestingly, the joint development of SDKs only covers Chrome OS, Linux, and NVIDIA, but Windows is missing from the picture, despite a version of it running on ARM-based machines such as the Surface Pro X range that is powered by custom chips made by rival Qualcomm.

Are MediaTek-powered Chromebooks ready to take Stadia gaming experience to the next level?

Now, MediaTek’s chips can be found powering a healthy number of low-end Chromebooks which have recently exploded in popularity. While Chrome OS-powered machines are deemed fit for the education segment and browser-based work, the arrival of Stadia has turned them into viable gaming machines. A MediaTek chipset with NVIDIA’s graphics will definitely give a big boost to the gaming chops of Chromebooks and give Windows on ARM some stiff competition in the comparable price brackets.
NVIDIA makes it clear in the press release that the partnership with MediaTek aims to ‘create a new class of notebooks powered by an Arm-based CPU alongside an NVIDIA RTX GPU.’ However, there will still be some competition here. Samsung is reportedly going to equip a few of its upcoming laptops with an in-house Exynos SoC that has an AMD GPU onboard. A leaked benchmark of an upcoming Exynos SoC armed with an AMD GPU left Apple’s beastly A14 Bionic far behind when it comes to graphics processing.

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Get a new MacBook Air and several other Windows laptops on sale right now

We keep on getting amazing deals from Amazon and B&H. The latest selection features the 2020 MacBook Air with a 13.3-inch display, 8GB RAM, 256GB of storage space, and Apple’s latest M1 chip. It is currently getting a $50 discount, which leaves the Gold and Silver color option selling at $949, while the Space Gray variant will cost you an extra buck. And if you want the 512GB storage option, the Silver variant is the way to go, as it’s the only one getting a $79 discount, meaning you can get yours for $1,170.

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, you can grab the HP Pavilion 15 Laptop, which looks really sexy and sleek. It comes with an 11-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and 512GB of storage space. It is getting a $75 discount, leaving it available for $855. Save even more when you go for the Dell Gaming G3 15 3500, as it’s currently selling for $780 with $150 savings. It comes with a 15.6-inch FHD display, an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 512GB of storage space.

Save even more when you get the HP 15 laptop with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB of storage space for just $572, or the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5, which packs an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB processor for $376.19 with $58 and $33.80 savings, respectively.

You should also check out some of our previous posts featuring some great savings on Logitech gaming peripherals, but now we will focus on expanding the storage space of your PC. First, Western Digital’s 1TB WD_Black SN850 Gaming Internal NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD is getting a $50 discount, leaving it available for $180. You can also get the 500GB option for $100, and it comes with the same $50 discount. However, the best savings come with the 2TB variant as it is currently getting a $70 discount. Meaning you can get yours for $380.

And if you’re looking for more options to choose from, you can get the Samsung 970 EVO SSD 1TB – M.2 NVMe with 1TB capacity for $170 with $10 savings, or the 500GB SK Hynix Gold P31 PCIe NVMe Gen3 M.2 2280 for $75 with $47 savings.

 

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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 13 Notch LEAKED: Uhhh.. (video)

Samsung Galaxy S21+ starting at $100, iPad Pros and more also on sale 

Apple’s M1 MacBook Air, gaming laptops and more are on sale today

Apple Watch Series 6, iPhone 11 Pro and more devices are on sale today 

Apple’s latest 10.2-inch iPad and Jabra headphones are on sale right now 

As expected, the news today begin with deals, and I gotta hand it to Samsung cause the company continues to be aggressive about them. They’re currently running a “Discover Spring Event” which brings some good deals for their smartphones but of course, you need to have a device to trade-in. Starting with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra which is available for 750 bucks, along with 50 dollars in instant credit. Now, probably the best deal is that the Galaxy S21 and the S21+ are both available for 100 bucks and you will also get the 100 dollars in instant credit for add-ons. If you’re looking for the Ultra, that one is available for 299 and you also get the credit. Finally, if you’re looking for a foldable, the Z Fold 2 is available for 1449 and again, all of these prices are if you have an eligible device to trade-in. Moving on from Sammy, You can grab the iPhone 11 Pro for 120 dollars off on Woot, leaving it at 880. Finally, the Google Pixel 4 is available for 317 dollars off its original price leaving it at 482. We have more deals on MacBooks, headphones, the Apple Watch and more.


Intel aims to sell ARM chips to Apple days after anti-Mac ad campaign

More evidence of next iPad Pro chip being based on Apple M1 surfaces

Let’s move on to Intel just for a quick second as it looks like their marketing team doesn’t talk to their other teams. If you remember, last week they launched those ads with Justin Long, aka the Mac himself, on how PCs are better since they’re still powered by Intel. Well, now their CEO just went on to basically say that they want to become a major provider of products that include x86 and ARM chips, with one of the companies they want to serve being Apple. I know, hilarious considering that they sold their ARM business years ago, and about Apple we know why. But alright, speaking of Apple and chips, let’s talk about the upcoming iPad Pros. The guys over at 9to5Mac have found references of an A14X chip in the iOS 14.5 Source Code which we are still waiting on. And apparently, the report mentions that the A14X is based on the T8103, which is the codename for the M1 Chip. This goes along with a previous Bloomberg report where they claimed we could expect an updated and faster processor that was on par with the M1. So yeah, we should be getting close to those iPad Pros with better processors, mini-LED displays and more, hopefully some time in April. If only they ran macOS..

LG might shutter its phone division after failing to find a buyer

Let’s move the spotlight on to some rather sad news, when it comes to LG. Last week some reports came out that LG’s Rollable was back in play, even with the rumors that LG might sell their smartphone business. Well, now we have a new report from a Korean news agency that claims that LG’s plans to sell their phone business have fallen through, for real this time. Apparently local sources claim that LG is now planning to shutter their smartphone division altogether after their negotiations didn’t work out. So apparently, not only the plans for the Rollable but for other phones like the LG “Rainbow” concept have been put on Ice at the moment. So of course, these are just reports but nothing to not be worried about given the amount of innovation LG meant to the market. We have heard from previous reports that the employees would be shifted on to other positions within LG, we hope that’s true but of course, we should wait until we get official statements.

Qualcomm is working on a Nintendo Switch-like console that runs Android 12: Report

Now, let’s talk about Qualcomm and the Nintendo Switch.. Yeah, completely unrelated since the Switch runs on NVIDIA, but you’ll get where I’m going. According to a new report from Android Police, Qualcomm is taking a Snapdragon chip and putting it into an Android-powered game console that has detachable controllers and the ability to connect to televisions. So yeah it’s not really a Nintendo Switch but.. Qualcomm wants to do a Switch. The report claims that the core of the device would be thicker and bulkier than a smartphone. And we could expect this chip to be the next generation of Snapdragon Silicon which should be released some time in Q1 of 2022, meaning it’s most likely the 888s successor. It would also bring a 6,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge, 5G, dual-zone haptics, an SD card Slot, Bluetooth and more with the controllers being sourced by a third party. Now, this console would be running a “customized launcher” of Android 12, and besides the Play Store, it could also brings the Epic Games store pre-installed which makes it pretty interesting considering their catalog. The target price is reportedly set at 300 dollars but, we don’t know exactly what that will get you. We’ll see how the reports evolve as, well we already saw the NVIDIA Shield flop.. That said, it may have been ahead of its time as Android games are far better now.

Story of the day:

iPhone 13 tipped to use 120Hz LTPO displays from Samsung

Alleged image of iPhone 13 series front glass shows a smaller notch

But finally, for the hottest news today let’s talk iPhone 13 as, the reports have kinda slowed down but it looks like they’re picking up again. Over the past couple of months, most of the iPhone 13 reports have kept mentioning 2 things: 120Hz refresh rate and a shorter notch. Well, now we have a new report and even some hands on leaks for these 2 things. Starting with a new report from the Elec which says that Samsung Display will convert their OLED line-up dedicated to Apple into LTPO Displays within the first half of 2021 as, we’re expecting both Pro models to feature this technology that also allows them to run at 120Hz. But, moving on to hotter leaks, we have some new images recovered by MacRumors that show the front glass cover for 3 of the iPhone 13 variants. You can see the significantly smaller notch, and they do show how apple has rearranged Face ID and slimmed down some of the components to achieve this smaller notch. Another thing to notice is how the ear piece on this notch would be next to the phone’s frame, pretty much the design Android Phones have followed for about two years. We will apparently have this for a year as Ming Chi Kuo claims that we could be seeing some punch holes next year.  

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