Apple releasing new iPad: Apple is working on three new updated Mac models, which will include two new MacBooks and a new iMac for 2018. This comes from a report in Bloomberg by Mark Gurman, which talks about how Apple is trying to develop its own modems, processors across devices. According to the report, Apple will launch three new products this year in the Mac category and a new iPad as well.The Bloomberg report notes Apple’s upcoming iPad will be powered by a new in-house designed graphics engine and AI chip. Apple in April 2017 had already announced it was working on its own graphics processors. Apple has so far relied on PowerVR graphics processors made by Britain’s Imagination Technologies, but the company announced plans that it would switch to its own GPUs in future products in 15 months to two years time. Now the new report indicates, the Apple iPad for 2018 could be the first with Apple’s own GPU chip .The report also points out the new Macs will have processors from the company. So far, the MacBook Pro (Touch Bar version) and iMac Pro have the custom Apple T1 and T2 Mac co-processors. The co-processors are used to control the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro, while they handle power management and security on the iMac Pro.MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models released in 2016 and later are already equipped with Apple’s custom T1 chip that authenticates and secures Touch ID and Apple Pay respectively, and it’s possible the notebook could be updated with a newer chip that offloads even more tasks from the main Intel processor.MacBook models do not feature a custom co-processor, but unless Apple is planning to extend the Touch Bar to the 12-inch notebooks, it remains to be seen if there would be much necessity for a T-series chip. Shifting to desktops, the iMac Pro is already equipped with Apple’s custom T2 chip for enhanced security and integration. The co-processor integrates several previously separate components, including the system management controller, image signal processor, audio controller, and SSD controller. The T2 chip has a Secure Enclave that makes the iMac Pro even more secure with new encrypted storage and secure boot capabilities. It’s possible Apple could extend this co-processor to standard iMac models this year.According to the Bloomberg report, Apple is looking at creating more and more of its own chips on products and could challenge the world of Intel and Qualcomm. It also points out how Apple’s senior vice-president of hardware Johny Srouji has been poaching modem engineers from Qualcomm. Apple and Qualcomm are also in a legal battle in the US over licensing fees. The chipmaker is demanding that the US government ban Apple’s iPhones and iPads being imported into the country over the payment of licensing fees.Coming to the new MacBooks for 2018, we have also seen reports claim that Apple has no plans for an upgrade this year. The previous report from DigiTimes was based on supply chain sources, which said Foxconn was going to get more orders for MacBooks for 2018. Meanwhile leaks have also claimed an Apple MacBook with a glass body and the glowing Apple logo might just launch in 2018.
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