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Intel claims 30% performance boost for 8th generation processors

Enlarge / Back in February, Intel said only "greater than 15 percent" boost from 7th generation (Kaby Lake) to 8th generation (Coffee Lake) on its incrementally improved 14nm process. Now the company is saying "30 percent" improvement. (credit: Intel)

While Intel's big news today is the announcement of its 18 core, 36 thread, high-end desktop X-series processors, the company has revealed one detail for the 8th generation mainstream processors that are due to be released later this year: the new chips will, at least in some particular circumstances, be 30 percent faster than 7th generation Kaby Lake parts.

That's a huge generational improvement, but of course, there are footnotes to consider. The 30 percent boost came in one benchmark—SYSmark 2014 version 1.5—and applies to 15W U-series mobile processors. The comparison pits an i7-7500U (2.7GHz base, 3.5GHz turbo) with two cores and four threads against an unnamed next generation chip. The new chip has an unspecified base clockspeed, a 4GHz turbo, and doubles the number of cores and threads to four and eight. The 8th generation chip is built on a refined iteration of Intel's 14nm process.

Any further details on the new architecture, codenamed Coffee Lake, are not forthcoming. The chips are still scheduled for release some time in the second half of the year.

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MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

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Intel’s new high-end desktop platform: up to 18 cores, 36 threads, $2,000


AMD announced its new high-end desktop (HEDT) platform, the 16 core 32 thread ThreadRipper a couple of weeks ago. At Computex in Taipei, it's Intel's turn to update its HEDT platform, and it's one-upping AMD in the process. The Intel platform, consisting of the new X299 chipset and new X-series processors, will go all the way up to 18 cores and 36 threads.

The HEDT segment is aimed at gamers, video streamers, and content creators with deep pockets or an insatiable desire for more concurrent threads than the mainstream processor segment has to offer. The value proposition for this segment is always a little skewed, with the chips being as much prestige parts as anything else. Straightforward gaming workloads may struggled to make full use of the chips' resources, but serious Twitch streamers, for example, can make good use of the extra cores. Software developers are another group that can make good use of all those cores.

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How to bulk delete images from your iPhone

Reader Melissa Mead has a bad case of the overloaded iPhone. She writes:

My iPhone is running out of storage space and I think it’s because I have a lot of photos on it. I’d like to remove them all in one go, after backing them up. Is there a simple way to do that?

Try this: Jack your iPhone into your Mac using the included syncing cable and launch Image Capture. This is an oh-so-handy utility (that hardly anyone uses) for grabbing images from connected devices (including scanners, cameras, and iOS devices).

Select your iPhone in Image Capture’s Devices column. Below, choose a destination for your imported images from the Import To pop-up menu—your choices are the Pictures, Movies, Desktop, and Documents folders as well as iPhoto, Aperture, Preview, and Mail. Select Other and you can choose any folder you like. To import your photos click the Import All button at the bottom right of the window. This will import all the images in your iPhone’s Camera Roll.

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Availability of 15″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar slips ahead of rumored refresh

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Amid rumors of an incoming hardware refresh supposedly set to debut at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple on Monday updated online availability of its 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models to push back estimated delivery dates to June 5.

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