In what is a major milestone in building a supply base outside of China for Apple devices, its imminent iPhone 14 will be shipped simultaneously from factories in China and India at launch. Up until now, iPhones, at the time of their launch, were mostly deployed at the factory of contract manufacturers in China.
This is the first time Apple has chosen to have iPhones come almost simultaneously from factories in China and India.
Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in a tweet said (opens in new tab): “My latest research indicates that Foxconn’s iPhone production site in India will ship the new 6.1” iPhone 14 almost simultaneously with China for the first time in 2H22 (India is a quarter or more behind in the past).
In another tweet, Kuo said, “In the short term, India’s iPhone capabilities/shipments still have a considerable gap with China, but it’s a major milestone for Apple in building a non-Chinese iPhone production site.”
India and Apple: Manufacturing base and main market
It’s clear, and Kuo also hinted at this, Apple is trying to reduce its dependence on China. The reasons for this are many, not least the growing tension between Washington and Beijing. In fact, Apple has been trying to build India as a second production base. But the two years of Covid, which wreaked considerable havoc in India, delayed Apple’s plans.
The presence of Taiwanese contract automaker Foxconn in China and India may have made things easier for Apple, as the transfer and exchange of technology and personnel could be carried out without a hitch. Foxconn in India has also been expanding its production capacity. It recently received government authorization to increase the workforce, which would help the company increase its manufacturing numbers. The government approved Apple’s request for de-notification of 40 acres inside Foxconn’s factory near Chennai, operating in the special economic zone (SEZ).
Foxconn has invested an additional $350 million in the unit to help build an exclusive production line for the Apple iPhone 13. In addition to the iPhone 13, the Sriperumbudur plant launches the iPhone XR, iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models. Foxconn also has a drive in nearby Andhra Pradesh.
Foxconn, the world’s largest outsourced electronics maker, is Apple’s top maker of iPhones and has factories in many parts of the world besides India. Apple accounts for about 40% of the Taiwanese company’s total sales.
For Apple itself, India is a happy hunting ground as it sold over 1.2 million iPhones in India in the second quarter of this year, recording a massive 94% growth (year on year). Nearly 1 million of the total iPhones shipped were ‘Make in India’ devices.
Meanwhile, media reports claim that the iPhone 14 lineup includes the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Max, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 is also expected to be revealed in the second week of September.
The newly created entertainment giant Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) has outlined its bold plans to merge HBO Max and Discovery Plus into a single streaming service.
speaking in the last company earnings call (opens in new tab)WBD executive JB Perrette has announced ambitions to launch the as-yet-unnamed platform by 2023 in the US.
The service in question will bring together the extensive portfolios of WarnerMedia and Discovery Inc. under the same streaming roof to provide “something for everyone in the house,” Perrette explained. WBD’s network offering currently includes HBO, CNN, DC Comics, Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, Magnolia Network, OWN, TBS and TNT.
“At the end of the day, putting all the content together was the only way we saw to make this a viable business,” Perrette told analysts.
The launch of the new streamer will begin in the US next summer (i.e. between June and September 2023), before expanding to Latin America later in the year and to European HBO Max-compatible markets in early 2024.
No mention of the platform’s title was made during the WBD earnings call, and its pricing structure also remains under wraps. Perrette, however, emphasized that the company is “exploring how to reach customers in the free, ad-supported space” — suggesting that a free subscription tier could be rolled out to stand alongside the premium and discounted tiers already available on HBO Max.
Explaining how the new streamer will be greater than the sum of its parts, Perrette said: “HBO Max has a competitive feature set but has had performance and customer issues. Discovery Plus has the best performance and consumer ratings, but more limited features. Our combined service will focus on delivering the best of both.”
As of March 2022, HBO and HBO Max boasted a combined subscriber base of around 77 million. Add Discovery Plus subscriber pool to that number, and the two platforms currently serve somewhere in the region of 92 million customers.
After the launch of this new super streamer, WBD expects to reach 130 million global subscribers by 2025. For comparison, Netflix has, at the time of this writing, just under 221 million subscribers, while Disney Plus serves around 140. millions.
For more analysis surrounding Warner Bros. Discovery, find out why your latest MCU-style plan for the DCEU won’t work.
Microsoft has unveiled a new Xbox Game Pass tier that will allow families and groups to sign up at a deep discount.
An Xbox Game Pass family plan has been rumored for several months now, with Microsoft finally confirming the news in a test release. Xbox Insiders in Colombia and Ireland will be the first to try it. It allows up to five people to share Xbox Game Pass Ultimate benefits as long as they live in the same country.
All members of the shared plan will have “their own exclusive access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate games, content and benefits”, according to Microsoft (opens in new tab). Each subscriber can use the service simultaneously, allowing everyone to play a game of Back 4 Blood or Halo Infinite together, as well as play entirely different games at the same time.
Microsoft has not revealed when the new plan will officially launch or receive a global rollout.
Friends make for economic games
Subscribing to the family plan with a group of friends will earn you big monthly savings. Microsoft has yet to reveal the exact pricing structure, but existing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to convert their membership to the new tier. A one-month subscription to Ultimate translates to an 18-day family plan subscription. Given that Ultimate is usually $14.99 / £10.99 / AU$15.95, a little algebra tells us that a one-month family subscription is likely to cost around $24.99 / £18 / AU $26.50.
Even if you’re sharing the plan with just one other person, you’ll be saving yourself a few dollars or pounds a month. With four other people to split the bill, the individual monthly cost drops dramatically. These prices are not final, but should indicate what we can expect from the new service. Additionally, members will still be able to take advantage of the Xbox Live Gold upgrade trick to get an even bigger discount.
Microsoft said that users who subscribe to Game Pass in this way will still be able to convert to the family plan. Keep in mind, however, that the conversion is final. For now, you will have to wait for your family plan subscription to expire if you want to return to a previous level.
If you live in Ireland or Colombia and would like to participate in the preview, please go to the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab) and purchase the ‘Xbox Game Pass – Insider Preview’ subscription plan. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be able to invite others to join the plan on your Microsoft account page.
During its Q2 2022 earnings report presentation, Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) – the newly merged entertainment corporation – has revealed its plans to build a Marvel Cinematic Universe-style franchise for its own superhero film series. That being said, the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), which is later expected to undergo a significant reboot.
Wait, Warner Bros. Haven’t you already tried that? Yes, with a lineup of films led by Zack Snyder before the studio shelved those plans in favor of a disconnected project approach and multiverse style. That plan was relatively successful, but now that Warner Bros. and Discovery have joined forces, it’s a model that’s being sidelined for an MCU-like franchise.
Black Adam star Dwayne Johnson’s claim that the “hierarchy of power in the DCEU is about to change” suddenly takes on greater meaning – but that can’t be what the Hollywood star had in mind when he originally conceived this one. phrase.
Like this? Because Warner Bros. Discovery won’t work – and that’s because of the numerous projects in development and productions ready for release on its current roster.
I don’t want them to follow the MCU. I want them to make their own formula. Aff More creative projects like The Batman and The Suicide Squad that don’t necessarily need to be tied together by an interconnected universe pic.twitter.com/ttQ3R20ZAYAugust 4, 2022
There are currently four DCEU movies slated to hit theaters between October 2022 and June 2023 – Black Adam, Shazam!: Fury of the Gods, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and The Flash. These movies have locked release dates, but as the CEO of Warner Bros. Discover, David Zaslav, explained during the latest company earnings report (opens in new tab): “We’re not going to release any movie before it’s ready.”
Does this mean the foursome could see their release dates changed again? And, in the case of Flash, could it be fully archived? There has been a lot of negative press surrounding the film recently, with numerous allegations made against lead star Ezra Miller. Warner Bros. Discovery has shown it’s not afraid to ditch projects that are almost ready for release – the shocking cancellation of its Batgirl movie earlier this week is testament to that. Those involved in The Flash, then, may be worried about meeting a similar fate.
This brings us to a broader view around legacy DCEU content – i.e. where, or even What ifthey fit the new Warner Bros. movie and TV show plan. Discovery.
Characters like Shazam, The Flash and Aquaman already exist in the DCEU, so what does that mean for them in the new WBD plan? Will Zachary Levi, Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa – the main stars of these franchises – be kept, or will WBD reshape them as it reboots its cinematic superhero universe?
What about Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman or Henry Cavill’s Superman? The first is set to have a third solo release, while Cavill has consistently stated his desire to reprise his role as Man of Steel despite the fact that he hasn’t appeared in a DC movie since 2017’s Justice League. Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League, which arrived on HBO Max in March 2021.
Will WBD keep these actors in their current roles and use their star power to help restart their shared cinematic universe? Or, like Levi, Momoa and Miller, do you wipe the slate clean and cast new actors in these roles?
If Warner Bros. Discovery going the first way risks confusing viewers when, say, a new Wonder Woman movie comes out. Audiences might think a third film starring Gal Gadot takes place in the DCEU when, in fact, it might reside in the rebooted DC Cinematic Universe from the WBD. This has happened before with a DC movie, with the Suicide Squad cast and crew struggling to clarify whether the 2021 movie was a reboot or sequel to the Suicide Squad of the same name released in 2016.
This is an issue that extends to other DCEU properties. Matt Reeves’ Batman is completely disconnected from other DCEU productions; the latest Batman movie series to exist in its own pocket universe. A sequel has been approved by Warner Bros. prior to its merger with Discovery, while two spin-off projects – one starring Colin Farrell’s Penguin and another described as an Arkham Asylum horror series – are currently in the works.
How does WBD work Batman’s mini-universe into its revamped and interconnected film series? Does it merge with the new DC cinematic universe, or will the Batman-Verse continue to exist in a separate timeline? If it’s the latter, WBD won’t be able to bring the Dark Knight into its new cinematic universe – like the Wonder Woman conundrum, having two Batman characters in different movie franchises would confuse audiences.
Pick the former option, however, and Reeves’ comprehensive plan for The Batman-Verse would need to undergo some significant tweaks to squeeze him into WBD’s new lineup of DC movies and TV series. That might not sit well with Reeves and company, however, especially when Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker-centric movie series is being allowed to exist in its own universe.
A sequel to the duo’s award-winning 2018 film is coming in October 2024, so clearly WBD is happy that some DC properties are alongside their rebooted DC cinematic universe. But again, won’t that muddy the waters? If WBD wants people to buy into its shiny new superhero cinematic universe, wouldn’t it be better if all of your productions were interconnected?
What about current DCEU shows that exist on HBO Max, other streamers or broadcast TV channels? Well, WBD doesn’t have to worry about The CW’s Arrowverse – that franchise is set to end next year when The Flash’s final season airs.
But there are other projects in the works. A second season of Peacemaker starring John Cena is on the way, and showrunner James Gunn claims he’s safe from the chopping block (opens in new tab). Green Lantern and Justice League Dark were also getting TV adaptations prior to the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, while there are plenty of animated series – including Harley Quinn – that may or may not continue past the current seasons.
Warner Bros. Discovery might think it has a brilliant plan to rework the DCEU – even if it’s one that appears to replicate the success of Marvel Studios’ cinematic giant. However, the WBD has some big questions it needs to answer before it even thinks about moving forward with its 10-year plan for an MCU-style franchise. Stop responding to any of them effectively, and your last cinematic reboot will stop before you even leave the garage.
For more DCEU-based content, check out our ranking of all DC superhero movies to date.
Over the past few months, we’ve covered behind-the-scenes news from the TV industry that screen prices have been consistently falling, which has the potential to mean big drops in TV prices later in the year. That’s because the TVs currently being produced from components that have dropped in price will be on shelves by the end of the year – ready for big sales events, including Black Friday. This means that discounts can be even bigger than usual.
We’ve already seen signs of this – the price war between LG and Samsung is heating up even faster than usual.
There are other factors that affect final TV prices besides the cost of the screens – the chips needed, the shipping costs and so on – but it’s a big issue, and having these three stories so close together is a sign that there’s going to be a lot of downward pressure on prices.
Well, that’s for LCD TVs, at least. Things are different for the best OLED TVs because there is no competition over who is making panels. Basically, all OLED TV screens come from one company – LG Display – which means they have more control over production and pricing.
Analysis: Why Low Screen Demand Means Cheaper TVs
The reason we’re so sure the three news items above mean cheaper TVs is good old-fashioned supply and demand. When lots of people want something you sell, you can charge more for the limited number you have. When people aren’t buying what you sell, you need to lower the price to try to encourage people to buy.
During the pandemic, all was buying TVs. The best TVs were coming off the shelves as people suddenly needed a great home theater experience to avoid the tedium of lockdown.
But now? Well, everyone has already bought a nice new TV. They don’t need another one yet, so TV sales are a little low these days. TV companies would prefer this not to be the case, so we’ve seen big discounts on last year’s TVs that are still on shelves and we’re seeing earlier-than-usual discounts on 2022 TVs – so try to make the purchase a new TV faster. tempting.
If fewer people are buying TVs, that means companies don’t have to make as many, which is why Samsung has reduced its screen orders. If manufacturers made too many, then they have spare screens, with no inherent value. So, to get rid of these screens, they lower the wholesale price.
This, in turn, means that TV companies could still offer Larger discounts. The downward price pressure is coming from both sides – on the retail side to change existing TVs and on the manufacturing side because TVs are cheaper to manufacture.
With the cost-of-living crisis likely to get worse, this will at least offer some relief to people who will be in need of a new TV this year – you might be able to save some money or maybe get an even bigger TV or better model for the same money. That should make our guides to the best TVs under $1,000 and best TVs under £1,000 very interesting…
A few days after news broke that Netflix had canceled teen drama First Kill, the show’s showrunner has spoken out and has a few words for the streaming giant.
The teen drama, which premiered in the second week of June, was scrapped on Tuesday (August 2) when Netflix revealed there would be no second season of the show. This cancellation came on the back of some pretty scathing criticism, even though the Netflix series seemed to resonate with audiences.
Based on the short story of the same name by author VE Schwab, First Kill is a retelling of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It follows Juliette Fairmont, a vampire from a long dynasty of vampires who are able to live in plain sight in Savannah, Georgia.
Approaching her 16th birthday, Juliette, who has spent her life until now living on blood pills, discovers that the pills are losing their effectiveness and she must face the prospect that it is time to make her first kill – something that she doesn’t want to.
Things get even more complicated with the arrival of a new girl in town, Calliope Burns, with whom Juliette quickly falls in love. The problem is, Calliope’s family history is just as complicated as Juliette’s. She is a monster hunter raised by a family of monster hunters. And, as with the hapless lovers in Shakespeare’s original, there’s plenty of drama.
The show’s cancellation came as a surprise as it racked up pretty decent view numbers, especially in the first few weeks. First Kill managed to score 30.3 million hours viewed in its first three days and 48.8 million hours viewed in its first full week, numbers that put it only behind Stranger Things and Peaky Blinders.
Now, talking to Daily Beast (opens in new tab)Felicia D. Henderson, showrunner of First Kill, criticized Netflix, particularly for the show’s lack of marketing.
She said, “The art for the early marketing was beautiful. I think I was hoping it was the beginning and that the other equally compelling and important elements of the show – monsters versus monster hunters, the battle between two powerful matriarchs, etc – would eventually get promoted. , and that did not happen.”
Henderson’s comments echo what a A source close to the show had previously told The Daily Beast (opens in new tab) that the show’s supernatural roots were downplayed. Instead, all marketing focused on the intense love story between the two main characters, a decision they believed prevented it from reaching a wider audience.
The showrunner, who has starred on shows like Fringe and Gossip Girl in the past, was quite optimistic about the cancellation, saying, “When I got the call to tell me they weren’t renewing the show because the completion rate wasn’t high enough, Of course, I was very disappointed. Which showrunner wouldn’t? I was told a few weeks ago that they expected the conclusion to be higher. I don’t think so.
Analysis: Is Henderson right?
Henderson isn’t the only showrunner to feel that Netflix executives have shifted targets in terms of the numbers needed to win another season.
Earlier this year, when Netflix shut down The Babysitters’ Club, showrunner Rebecca Shukert sat down with Vulture (opens in new tab) to explain what had happened. She said the streaming giant doesn’t just care about how many people watch its show, but how they do it.
At the time, Shukert said, “Completion rates are a big deal. At Netflix, it’s more about whether your show works on the platform than whether the platform is working for your show. way, and they want shows that people watch that way – not shows that people want to watch their way.”
From what Henderson said, First Kill feels more like a victim of that culture. Unless you blow up your early days on the platform, similar to a show like The Lincoln Lawyer, then you might struggle to earn a renewal.
That could change once it reaches Netflix’s ad-supported level, which is when the streaming giant’s executives will have to assess a different type of audience. But for now, it seems that for a show to really fly, it needs to be very, very binge-worthy.
Nvidia’s RTX 4080 graphics card might be a little less beefy than previously rumored, which quickly follows news that the RTX 4070 might be a livelier GPU than anticipated.
This new speculation from Lovelace again comes from Kopite7kimi, a regular hardware leaker on Twitter who’s been providing rumors at a fairly recent pace (although that’s to be expected as the RTX 4000 line approaches its release deadline, with an expected debut in October. or around , assuming there are no delays).
I’m not a chatterbox, but I need to make some updates. I hope you do not mind. a possible RTX 4080, PG136/139-SKU360AD103-300-A19728FP32256bit 16G 21Gbps GDDR6XFull power ~420WTSE ~15000Now I have completed the latest update for 4090, 4080 and 4070.August 5, 2022
The theory is that the ‘possible’ RTX 4080 – a reminder that nothing is necessarily set, even if this is Nvidia’s current thinking with GPU specs – could run with 9,728 CUDA cores, which is less than the 10,240 rumors earlier.
The leaker believes that the RTX 4080 will come equipped with 16GB of GDDR6X (at 21Gbps) and a power consumption of around 420W, all in line with what was previously reported – the only change is the lower core count. at this point.
Analysis: Nvidia’s positioning of the RTX 4000 models
The first thing to note here is that this is not a big change. Dropping 512 CUDA cores – which means reducing the on-board streaming multiprocessors by four, from 80 to 76 – isn’t a huge change, but it still represents a slight reduction in raw grunt for the GPU.
Let’s keep in mind that this is just a rumor, and the leak landscape surrounding Lovelace is apparently changing quite regularly these days – which could be a reflection of Nvidia tweaking and tweaking the relative specs as the company progresses. advances towards a bunch of finished products.
As mentioned at the beginning, Kopite7kimi also recently brought us news about the RTX 4070, with the apparent idea that the GPU was going to step up its performance level at this stage – to the specs that were previously leaked for the RTX 4070 Ti, in fact. A big step forward for sure. So, assuming all of this is correct, what might Nvidia’s reasoning be here?
Decreasing the RTX 4080’s CUDA core count a bit, while seriously increasing the RTX 4070 – not just for CUDA cores, but VRAM loading as well – obviously means that the relative performance of the RTX 4070 and RTX 4080 is theoretically on par. being approached more closely.
With less differentiation between the two, and Nvidia’s xx80 model generally being a good chunk more expensive than the more conventional xx70 card – the relatively affordable high-end GPU, if you will – with Lovelace, we’ll be looking at an RTX 4070 which is even more in the sweet spot for most buyers?
Or put another way, if the RTX 4080 is not all much faster, who will shell out for one instead of a 4070? Unless stock is an issue for the latter, of course; that could come into play, especially if it’s really popular.
Also, we need to remember that CUDA Cores are not the complete story for performance, with many other factors coming into play such as clock speed. This is where there could be a clue in the RTX 4070 supposedly going around 300W for power consumption, while the RTX 4080 is supposedly going to hit 420W or more – this could point to Nvidia seriously increasing clock speeds (and therefore performance) with the high-end GPU compared to the 4070.
Also, Kopite7kimi kept the previous guestimate to a 3DMark TimeSpy Extreme score for the RTX 4080 (around 15,000), despite these CUDA cores being shaved, quite interestingly, this could also suggest that Nvidia might be putting more effort with the clocks here for the 4080 Although the leaker doesn’t specifically mention clock speed.
It certainly doesn’t make sense to have the RTX 4080 as a relatively unattractive proposition compared to the 4070 – much higher power usage won’t help either, in terms of forcing PSU upgrades and power costs in general – so for now, let’s go. suppose that if this rumor is true, we still can’t see the full picture of what Nvidia is trying to do with the placement of Lovelace GPUs. Or that there will be another spec revamp yet to come…
Relative price may also be a factor here – we haven’t heard much about it from the rumor yet, but we can’t imagine that the RTX 4000 series will launch with affordability in mind. Particularly not if Nvidia has a lot of excess RTX 3000 stock to deal with, as the vine claims, and change everything that overlaps with the Lovelace release (which is likely only a few months away).
Whatever the case, you’d imagine Team Green would have learned from their mistakes in terms of the RTX 3080 starting off on the wrong foot, coming with just 10GB of VRAM in its early incarnation – an unpopular move made up by the later release of a variant. of 12 GB. The latter was beefier not just in terms of additional video memory, leaving some buyers of the original RTX 3080 with a serious case of regret.
Blizzard will no longer be holding public tests for Overwatch 2, leaving fans waiting until its October release to see the game’s new final hero.
Two Overwatch 2 beta tests ran earlier this year, allowing players to test out Overwatch 2’s new Push game mode and 5v5 review. But it will be a few more months before fans can return, with Overwatch vice president and commercial lead Jon Spector announcing the end of the beta schedule.
“Today marks just two months until Overwatch 2 is released,” Spector said in a statement. tweet (opens in new tab). “We know players are eager to dive in and have seen questions about the possibility of a third public beta. While we continue to test OW2 daily internally, we are not planning any additional public beta testing.
“With all the valuable feedback we’ve received from our alpha and two public beta tests, we’ll be focusing our efforts on releasing the best game possible on October 4th.”
A colorful cast that’s growing fast
Some in the Overwatch community speculated that a third beta was on the way, hoping Blizzard would take the opportunity to reveal the sequel’s new final hero. Sojourn was introduced before the first public audition, while Junker Queen appeared shortly before the second. But we are yet to see much of the third addition to the Overwatch 2 roster.
Some provocations were made. O Overwatch 2 release date trailer (opens in new tab) briefly showed a ghostly blue fox jumping across a map, while Blizzard hinted that the unnamed character is somehow bonded to a fox during the final moments of the second beta. Blizzard has also confirmed that he will be a support hero and will be available to play from day one. Just what their name is, or what abilities they offer, is still a mystery.
Blizzard will likely reveal the new hero at some point in the next few weeks as it sparks excitement ahead of launch. Even so, dedicated fans won’t have the opportunity to play with the character before the full game is in their hands.
This isn’t the only mysterious character out there. As part of Overwatch 2’s new battle pass system, new seasons of content will be released every nine weeks. Each update will introduce new cosmetics and playable content, including maps and heroes. So far, we know that the first three seasons – stretching into February of next year – will introduce a new Hero.
For now, players may want to worry more about Overwatch 2’s monetization system. While the game is set to ditch skin boxes in favor of a rotating cosmetics shop, recent pricing suggestions have fans spooked. It won’t be long before all of Overwatch 2’s mysteries are revealed.
A new rumor has it that an upcoming Google Pixel smartphone will be made with ceramic materials – and if that’s the case, it could help solve one of the worst things about my Pixel 6.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my Google Pixel 6 – it’s a step up from my Google Pixel 3A in all the right ways – but it can get really hot, which is a particular issue given the hot weather we’re experiencing here at UK recently.
If I want to play a mobile game like Genshin Impact, it can quickly start to feel like my phone case is going to melt (maybe that’s why Google’s official Pixel 6 cases were being warped).
Fortunately, it looks like Google is working on a solution to this heating problem by making a Pixel smartphone out of ceramic materials, and it could arrive as soon as the Google Pixel 7.
The rumor comes from a post on Chinese social media app Weibo that was discovered by 9to5Google (opens in new tab). Poster digital chat station (opens in new tab) said Google plans to partner with Foxconn, a manufacturer in China that also makes Apple’s iPhones.
Apparently, Foxconn will not only help create the Google Pixel Fold – which could be called the Pixel Notepad – but also a new Google Pixel flagship that uses ceramic. One of the main benefits of this material is how it handles heat; phones that are made of ceramic don’t feel as hot to hold as their non-ceramic counterparts.
As with all rumours, we have to take this with a pinch of salt, but if Google releases a Pixel 7 or Pixel 8 made of ceramic, I hope it means I can finally play some of the best Android games without my smartphone burning me up.
Review: Is this the Google Pixel 7 Ultra?
In addition to handling heat better, the smartphone’s ceramic components offer a few other benefits. Like glass, ceramic does not interfere with radio signals, which can be a problem with metals, but it is also more scratch resistant than glass.
On the downside, ceramic phone parts can be more prone to breaking if dropped and are generally more expensive.
With that last point in mind, it’s no surprise that the leaks also suggest that the ceramic Pixel 7 will be a new, more expensive flagship – think of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra compared to the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus. .
The Digital Chat Station post claims that this ceramic Pixel would use a 50MP camera with an IMX787 sensor and a Tensor 2 processor. These details have already been linked to a high-end Pixel 7 codenamed Lynx, suggesting that it and Google ceramics will be the same.
It’s unclear whether the Lynx will launch alongside the two Pixel phones we expect to see later this year or alongside a Google Pixel 7A at a later date (assuming the Lynx launches), but hopefully it won’t be too long before we get one. Ceramic pixel in our hands, without having to worry about burning them.
There was talk today about AMD’s upcoming RDNA 3 GPU release happening just before Christmas, which would be great for a number of reasons.
According to Moore’s law is dead and reported by PCGamesNlooks like same as Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090, AMD is gearing up to release at some point its next-gen Radeon RX 7000 graphics cards powered by RDNA 3 whether in November or December.
The report also states that both AMD and Nvidia will only release their top-tier cards this year, with later models rumored to launch in 2023. There is a good chance that this will be the case as the global silicon shortage is still taking its bite out of the technology supply lines across the world.
If you only have enough resources to release one card this year, why not make it the best you have?
Analysis: The more they fight, the more players will benefit
At first, this might seem like a difficult situation for players on a budget. But consider this: if Team Green and Team Red are putting out their best during the holiday season, that means we’re gearing up for some serious competition between the GPU giants. We could be looking at some serious price reductions, especially on current-gen hardware like the RTX 3080 and RX 6800 XT, which is the best possible result.
With the AMD RDNA 3 and Nvidia Lovelace cards, we could see prices from $500 to over $2,000, depending on a number of factors, including a price increase from chipmaker TSMC. But AMD and Nividia are trying to capture the market, and that market has been suffering for over two years from low stock availability, rising retail prices, and Ebay and StockX scalpers.
Unless the two card makers want to break the spirit of even more players, those prices need to stay as close to the $500 starting price as possible, and there will be a lot of pressure to keep card prices lower in line with what they were with this current generation.
This is not a half-baked theory either. According to the well-known Twitter leaker kopite7kimi, Nvidia has long since abandoned work on the original Lovelace GPU and will instead use a new AD102 GPU, which is basically an entirely new architecture, rather than the originally planned upgrade. Probably the cause of the change in what’s powering the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 graphics cards is seeing the rumored performance in the competition’s Radeon RX 7000 series GPUs.
Nvidia is feeling pressure from AMD in ways it hasn’t felt in many years, so if Nvidia could revise its development roadmap based on what AMD was cooling off, some healthy competition leading to lower prices isn’t idle hope. .
If we’re lucky, those release date rumors are true and we might see some proper competitive pricing. At the very least, we’ll be able to avoid the overinflated prices of the last generation.