Apple and Intel held dueling press conferences this week (seriously, they were both happening at the exact time), with Apple unveiling its next-gen smartphones, and Intel it’s next-gen chips.
Both companies are continuing to put mobile tech front and center.
Here’s a roundup of some of the most popular articles from Liliputing from the week of September 7th through the 14th.
- Asus, Acer, Dell, Toshiba among first to unveil Bay Trail tablets
Intel’s Bay Trail processors are low-power chips that offer up to twice the performance of earlier Atom chips. Tablets are finally about to get much more powerful than netbooks.
- Asus Introduces $349 Transformer Book T100 Convertible Bay Trail tablet
Speaking of netbooks, it looks like the Asus Transformer Book T100 may be their spiritual successor. It’s a portable, inexpensive device with the hardware to offer long battery life and decent performance.
- Apple introduces the iPhone 5C: The first budget iPhone
Argue about whether a phone that costs $99 on contract and $549 off-contract is a true “budget” smartphone, but for the first time Apple is offering a cheaper iPhone along with its latest premium model instead of simply marking down prices on last year’s model.
- iOS 6.1.4 is jailbroken… just in time for iOS 7 launch
Apple is set to release iOS 7 on September 18th. But if you happen to be running the last version of the company’s mobile operating system you can now jailbreak it.
- Gigabyte updates BRIX mini-PC lineup with Haswell chips
Gigabyte is updating its answer to the Intel NUC with new Haswell processors featuring lower power consumption and higher performance. There’s even a gaming-focused model. Intel’s official NUC systems are also coming with Haswell chips soon.
- $139 Intel NUC with Bay Trail chip on the way
Intel may be talking up its new NUC systems with Haswell chips… but many of you were more excited to see leaked details about an upcoming low-cost model with a Bay Trail chip. I’m seriously considering building my next HTPC out of one of these little guys if they really hit the streets in 2014 as expected.
- AMD goes “ambidextrous,” will produces ARM, x86 chips in 2014
AMD is dipping its toes into the ARM-based processor waters, but the first chips are destined for servers, not phones, tablets, or laptops.