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Radeon 8000 Expected in Q2 2013

Apple Begins Offering Unlocked iPhone 5 in U.S.

Radeon 8000 Expected in Q2 2013

Since we only have one month left in 2012 and due the fact that graphics companies rarely announce something big in December, it is obvious that Radeon HD 8000 slipped to 2013.

The well informed industry sources are confirming that the next generation, based on Sea Islands, architecture is coming in 2013 and some of them dare to say that it will be Q2 2013 rather than Q1 2013. Some people were expecting to see the cards in Q1 2013 but even according to AMD's own roadmap Sea Islands, the new GPU architecture with HSA features was scheduled for 2013.

AMD has already communicated this schedule loud and clear in its February 2012 roadmap update, and even then it killed hopes that Sea Islands or HD 8000 cards are coming in very late Q3 or Q4 2012, as was previously expected.

There is no any specific details like the 8000 branding, or die sizes, but these cards will definitely end up faster than 7xxx series and at similar TDPs to the previous generation, all manufactured in 28nm.

Source: Fudzilla

Apple Begins Offering Unlocked iPhone 5 in U.S.

Today, Apple has begun to offer a carrier-unlocked version of the iPhone 5. Unsurprisingly, these factory-unlocked iPhones cost more than their contract-requiring brethren; when you purchase an iPhone for AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon, a substantial portion of the phone's cost is subsidized by the carrier, which they reclaim by locking you into a monthly contract.

While the upfront price for a contract-subsidized iPhone is either $199, $299, or $399 (for 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB respectively), an unlocked iPhone 5 will set you back $649, $749, or $849 for those same capacities.

The extra $450 means that you can use your iPhone without any contract requirements—so long as you are willing to use a GSM network. In the U.S., such networks include AT&T, T-Mobile, and a variety of smaller providers like Straight Talk.

The Verizon iPhone 5, in fact, is already theoretically unlocked, in that it can freely be used with GSM networks as well. But that "solution" would end up over time costing far more than an official unlocked phone direct from Apple.

Source: MacWorld

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