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Ahead of the macOS High Sierra release, virtualization software company Parallels has officially announced the availability of Parallels Desktop 13. Outside of bringing the traditional performance improvements, Desktop 13 introduces native Touch Bar support to Microsoft’s OS and a good portion of its most used applications. The update also brings in a slightly refreshed UI to better match macOS and visual improvements for Windows users on Retina displays.

A few weeks back we got to take an early look at Parallels Desktop 13 for the Mac and what it brings to users. There are some standout features for MacBook Pro owners, and Desktop 13 improves upon the overall Windows experience too.

Without a doubt, the most welcome feature of Desktop 13 is the Touch Bar support for Windows. After seeing it in action during our early preview, I’d venture to say it’s even better than Apple’s Pages implementation. With Microsoft Word, Desktop 13 puts options for multiple text stylings, paragraph alignments, and undo/redo buttons all at the forefront. Users can even customize the Touch Bar just like in macOS.

Parallels made the Touch Bar experience as useful as possible, even when an app isn’t in the foreground. When no app is open on Windows, Desktop 13 shows Windows’ taskbar in the Touch Bar. It’s a subtle feature that I’d love to see copied by macOS. While none of it is a necessity by any means, it’s a welcome touch to blurring the lines between the Windows virtual machine and host macOS.

Out of the box, Desktop 13 will include Touch Bar support for Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Windows’ Start Menu and Desktop, File Explorer, and multiple browsers.

Previous versions of Parallels were great at finding Windows ISOs hidden away on the Mac, but Desktop 13 makes it all the easier. Instead of having to download your own ISOs, Desktop 13 comes with a built-in automatic Windows 10 downloader and installer. Users don’t even have to make a purchase before getting started, and all apps and configurations can transfer to a full copy of Windows 10 later on.

During our demo, we also got to see the visual enhancements Parallels Desktop 13 brings for Retina display users. According to Parallels, 46% of its users are using Parallels Desktop 12 on a Retina display. Desktop 13 improves Windows’ appearance for these users by smoothing out blurry and pixelated text.

Parallels Desktop 13 also includes the company’s Parallels Toolbox utility for both Mac and Windows. Toolbox contains a suite of useful one-off tools and apps meant to help users accomplish tasks throughout the day.

Some notable tools that stood out included Airplane Mode, Clean Drive, and Find Duplicates. Airplane Mode instantly turned off all the Mac’s radio signals and the Clean Drive/Find Duplicates tool did just what its name implied. The latter two could easily replace alternative software like CleanMyMac or Gemini.

Alongside today’s Parallels Desktop 13 announcement, both the Pro and Business editions are also seeing an update. Parallels Desktop 13 Pro Edition includes the ability to select from a list of custom system resolutions (handy for browser resolution testing), the ability to quickly grab the VM’s IP address, and even full support for the upcoming iMac Pro’s 128 GB of RAM. Parallels Desktop 13 Business Edition adds a single application mode allowing admins to lock users down to a single Windows app in a Mac environment.

Parallels Desktop 13 running Windows 10, Windows 7, macOS Sierra, High Sierra, and Ubuntu 16.04 in Picture-in-Picture mode

Other notable mentions included in the new Parallels Desktop 13 includes support for the upcoming Windows 10 People Bar, and Picture-in-Picture virtual machine viewing support.

Parallels Desktop 13 is macOS High Sierra ready and now available for $79.99, with the Pro and Business Editions at $99/year. Parallels Desktop 11 or 12 users can upgrade to Desktop 13 for $49.99.

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How To Install Windows 10 On Mac Using Parallels Desktop 13

Recently, I thought of using Windows 10 but without having to switch my loyalty. I tried Apple’s Boot Camp software to install Windows on my Mac. But I didn’t find the software much user-friendly as I had to partition the hard drive to make space for the new operating system. Hence, I thought of giving a chance to an efficient virtual machine like Parallels Desktop 13. Much to my surprise, running Windows 10 on Mac using Parallels Desktop 13 is a lot easier, and you will really like using it!

For those unfamiliar, a virtual machine is basically a virtual simulation of a real machine, which allows you to run a full-fledged operating system on your computer without needing to partition the hard drive. More significantly, you are able to run both the macOS and Windows on your Mac at one go.

How to Install Windows 10 on Mac Using Parallels Desktop 13

Want to have a go at Parallels Desktop? Great! But before jumping ahead with the process, you need to ensure your Mac meets the requirements. As always, make sure to back up your computer so that you remain on the safer side of the fence in case of any untoward incident.

Your Mac Must…

Your Mac must have 850 MB of disk space on the boot volume

It must have an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Intel Core M or Xeon processor

It must have minimum 4GB of memory; though 8GB would a preferable option

It needs to have an additional disk space

SSD drive would come very handy especially for boosting performance

Your Mac must be running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 or later

Ensure your Mac is compatible with Windows 10

MacBook Pro (2012 and later)

MacBook Air (2012 and later)

MacBook (2024 and later)

iMac (2012 and later)

iMac Pro (2024 and later)

Mac mini (2012 and later)

Mac mini Server (Late 2012)

Mac Pro (Late 2013)

More About the Software…

Parallels Desktop comes at $79.99 for a standard license. Its Pro Edition and Business Edition are priced at $99.99 per year

The company offers a free two-week trial. Hence, I would suggest you to first try out the free version of the software to ensure it ideally meets your needs before upgrading to the premium version

Make sure you have a copy of Windows 10. If you don’t have Windows 10, you can get its copy from within Parallels Desktop

Once you have checked all the requirements, head over with the process:

Step #1. First off, you have to download Parallels Desktop 13 on your Mac.

Step #3. Next, you need to accept the License Agreement.

Step #4. Next up, enter Administrator Name and Password for your Mac.

After you have successfully installed Parallels Desktop installed, you will be directed to a page where you will get the option to download Windows 10.

Step #5. Now, you need to sign into your Parallels Desktop account. You get the option to create one if you don’t have an account. Once you have signed up for Parallels Desktop account, Windows 10 will appear in a new window.

Talking about the functionality, it seems very much like you are using a web browser with a virtual simulation of Windows 10 on top. Go ahead and give it a long spin! And don’t forget to let us know your valuable feedback as well as whether or not you’d like to go for its premium version.

That’s pretty much it, folks!

Wrap up:

Yes, macOS is widely considered to be more secure and efficient than Windows. But the gap between the two most popular operating systems has shrunk thanks to the arrival of several imposing features in Windows 10. What do you think of the competition between the two?

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13 Things To Know About Upcoming Iphone 13 Series

iPhones are the most anticipated launch people do look forward to every year. In fact, Android users also keep a keen eye on the iPhone launch, and why shouldn’t they? Because every year Apple does something to set an industry trend for the next year, whether it is copying or adding a unique feature or hardware, or removing something from the box!! Today we’ll be discussing the 2023 iPhone lineup, and what Apple will be having in store for us. So let’s get started with iPhone 13 series.

Guessing the next iPhone name has become a bit harder since 2023 because that year Apple launched iPhone X along with iPhone 8 Series. And in 2023 they skipped iPhone 9 and launched iPhone Xr, Xs, and Xs Max.

Below are the names that Apple has used since the iPhone first launched in 2007:

2007 – iPhone

2008 – iPhone 3G

2009 – iPhone 3GS

2010 – iPhone 4 (new design)

2011 – iPhone 4s

2012 – iPhone 5 (new design)

2013 – iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c

2014 – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (new design)

2024 – iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

2024 – iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

2024 – iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X (new design)

2024 – iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max

2024 – iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

2024 – iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Based on past naming conventions, the 2023 iPhone lineup could be iPhone 12s or iPhone 13. Our sources point more towards iPhone 13 Series. A recent video shared on Twitter showed a whole bunch of unreleased iPhone cases, confirming the name iPhone 13 Pro Max.

In 2023 the mini model didn’t do great as far as sales are concerned, but still, Apple is said to have a Mini version of the 13 Series. So, this year too iPhone 13 Series will come in 4 variants as follows:

iPhone 13 Mini

iPhone 13

iPhone 13 Pro

iPhone 13 Pro Max

Apple will continue to offer the four iPhones in 2023, with no changes in their sizes, when compared with the 2023 models. So we can expect the following sizes:

5.4 inch – iPhone 13 Mini

6.1 inch – iPhone 13

6.1 inch – iPhone 13 Pro

6.7 inch – iPhone 13 Pro Max

Now, Max Weinbach and Everything Apple Pro has reported that Apple is working to make an even darker iPhone 13 Pro in Graphite or SpaceGray, with a Hex Code: 121212.

According to a Ukrainian Retailers website, iPhone 13 Series will come in these colors:

iPhone 13 Mini – Black, Blue, Purple, Pink, White, and PRODUCT (Red)

iPhone 13 – Black, Blue, Purple, Pink, White, and PRODUCT (Red)

iPhone 13 Pro – Black, Silver, Gold, and Bronze

iPhone 13 Pro Max – Black, Silver, Gold, and Bronze

Recently an image of an alleged iPhone 13 mini prototype made its way on the internet. We are not able to trace the original source, but this image again points out a diagonal camera placement.

Speaking of the Pro lineup, now 91 Mobiles has shared the 3D renders of the iPhone 13 Pro. Here we can see the triple camera layout on the iPhone 13 Pro, with a supermassive camera bump (we can’t really confirm that the camera bump will be this huge, but that’s what the pictures are stating if these renders are to be believed upon).

The notch is the most iconic thing on an iPhone. One can easily find out whether someone is using an iPhone by looking at that humongous notch at the top of the display. It’s the only part, which makes even the latest iPhone look outdated when compared to Android counterparts.

With the latest CAD renders shared by Jon Prosser, we also get a better view of the Notch of the iPhone 13 Series. It will have 4 holes, two for Face ID (illuminator and sensor), 1 for FaceTime Camera, and the last for other sensors.

But according to well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, iPhone 13 Pro Series will use LTPO technology (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) to lower the display’s power consumption. This will save enough power to run a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Provided Apple is using LTPO in their Apple Watch since Series 4, the statement from Ming-Chi Kuo becomes more to be believed. Apple is getting these displays manufactured from Samsung, LG, and BOE.

It was reported on 29th May, that Samsung and LG have already begun production of displays for the iPhone 13 Series. Where Samsung is producing 120Hz LPTO displays for the Pro Lineup, while LG is producing LTPS displays (Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon) for the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini.

120Hz Pro Motion Display – iPhone 13 Pro & iPhone 13 Pro Max

60Hz Display  – iPhone 13 Mini & iPhone 13

Apple was not the first brand to introduce a fingerprint scanner in a phone, it was Pantech GI100 (2004). But Apple might be the first brand that removed it from their flagship phones that too for a long period like 4 years.

Apple is said to be on a run to remove things, it began by removing the 3.5mm jack from iPhone 7 series, and now by removing the power adapter from iPhone 12 series box. Also, there were certain claims that in 2023 Apple will entirely remove the charging port, and go fully wireless.

But, this is not likely to happen. Because, in order to do so, Apple will first need to make sure Magsafe becomes mature enough to fast charge your iPhone without generating much heat (we all know why Airpower got canceled, right? ). So don’t worry the lighting port is here to stay on iPhone 13 Series as well (No Type C port at least this time).

As mentioned earlier Apple never discloses the battery capacity of their products in milliampere-hour (mAh). But as per Ming-Chi Kuo, iPhone 13 Series will use a new internal design to incorporate a bigger battery, this includes integrating the SIM card slot with the mainboard, reducing the front optical module thickness, and more. Along with this, the new A15 Bionic chip will be more power-efficient.

Now, Digital Chat Station has reported the battery capacity of the entire iPhone 13 lineup, and this time the Pro Max has got an increase of 18%, while the Pro and 13 have received an increase of 9%, and 13 mini got 8%. With this increase, this time the newer iPhones will last longer and will provide an improved Screen on time. The battery capacity on the upcoming models are as follows:

iPhone 13 Pro Max – 4,352mAH

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 – 3,095mAh

iPhone 13 Mini – 2,406mAh

Previously there were some sketchy reports that iPhone 13 series will have a 1TB model as well. Since Apple already does have a 1TB variant of the iPad Pro, this might certainly happen that we can get a 1TB iPhone as well. We are still not sure about it, but if it does happen, then only the Pro models will be getting the extra special treatment.

According to a Wedbush Analyst, Daniel Ives has claimed that the 1TB model is coming to the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max only.

1TB storage – iPhone 13 Pro & iPhone 13 Pro Max

512GB storage – iPhone 13 Mini & iPhone 13

iPhone cameras are praised a lot for their camera performance, especially for videos, which keep on getting better every year. This year too, Apple will be focusing a lot on their cameras. The lens will be protruding this year as well, but a little less this time. Some of the improvements are as follows:

Upgraded Ultrawide lens on Pro Models –

iPhone 13 Pro & Pro Max will come with an Autofocus 6P lens coupled with an f/1.8 aperture. 12 Pro series had a Fixed focus 5P lens, with an f/2.4 aperture.

iPhone 13 Pro to have Sensor shift Stabilization –

Last year only the 12 Pro Max had Sensor shift stabilization, but this year even the iPhone 13 Pro is likely to have it.

Now, Digitimes has reported that Sensor-Shift Stabilization will be available on the whole iPhone 13 lineup, making its way down to iPhone 13 Mini as well.

New Electonic Image Stabilization (EIS) –

According to Max Weinbach, Apple is also working on a new EIS, which is said to work on all resolutions and frame rates, which will be the first time in the industry. It is said to be related to Subject Tracking, and internally it is codenamed “WARP”.

Portrait Video Mode on 13 Series –

This year Apple will include a Portrait video mode, which will let you record videos in portrait mode, and change depth of field in post-production.

Improved LiDAR scanning on Pro Models –

Apple is also said to improve LiDAR scanning on both Pro Models, for better portraits, new “image stabilization correction” mode that will automatically detect and keep a subject in focus during a video, as well as improved noise cancelation with beamforming.

Astrophotography Mode on entire 13 Series –

Apple is also said to be bringing Astrophotography Mode, to the iPhone 13 Series. This mode will be automatically triggered when pointed at the sky and will let you capture amazing pictures like this.

When will iPhone 13 Series launch & how much it’ll cost?

But this year, Apple is working on time to get the 13 Series ready to launch the new iPhones on 14th September, the sale will begin in later in September. In my opinion, the official teaser might be hinting towards the Always-on Display as mentioned above. As of now, we don’t have any details about the pricing of the iPhone 13 Series, but it should be near last year’s pricing only.

So these were the 13 most relevant things you should know about the iPhone 13 series coming this year. There will be some other new things this year like iOS 15, the latest A15 Bionic Chip, faster connectivity, and a lot more. According to DigiTimes, TSMC has already begun production of A15 Bionic Chip for the iPhone 13 Lineup, which is based on 5nm process.

Do let us know which of these things are you looking forward to the most. You can also check out our video about iPhone 13 Series here.

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Apple @ Work: When To Deploy Macos Catalina, Ios 13, And Ipados 13

A common discussion this summer in the email lists and LinkedIn groups I am in is about the iOS and macOS betas. People who manage iOS and macOS devices have to be aware of what’s happening with beta developments during the summer as we prepare to verify compatibility with printers, external devices, and applications (local and cloud). While I don’t start with this process with beta 1, I will usually begin my “official” testing around the time of the public betas. I’ve been managing macOS and iOS for almost a decade, so I’ve learned a little bit about the process along the way. When you are deploying macOS and iOS on an enterprise level, here are my tips on when to deploy macOS Catalina and iOS 13 (including iPadOS 13).

Through its mobile device management APIs, Apple has built out a lot of tools for IT administrators to have fine-grain control over how they deploy their fleet of devices. While macOS has had great software update controls for many years, it’s a recent addition to iOS (iOS 11.3). On the Windows side of the world (especially in major transitions (7 to 8, 8 to 10, etc.), it’s very common for IT managers to delay major updates for years. A lot of people would question that, but as someone in that role, I can understand wanting things to remain the same. If you control all of your applications, it creates new complexities to update an OS. On the flip side, Apple has done a great job of creating new user features while not creating tons of work for IT departments. There have been some complexities around apps that require Full Disk Access, but other than that, I’ve have great luck with quickly deploying iOS and macOS updates.

Vendors, or changing software providers.

macOS Catalina testing

When the public beta of a new version macOS is released, I usually move my primary machine to it to begin our testing. I’ll run through the tasks and applications that our employees will use to see if there are any problems or concerns that might require software upgrades or additional training. On the macOS side, one of the first things I’ll work on testing is printing to our Xerox printers in multiple applications. Applications like Word or Adobe Reader have specific printer dialogs that I’ll want to verify are still in working order.

Since many of our applications are web-based, I’ll test the major web browsers to see if there are any additional prompts or security alerts that need to be dealt with for end users.

As we get closer to the release, I’ll make a decision on whether we will do a zero-day deployment (meaning we will support it on release date). If we want to delay, I’ll use Jamf Pro to block the release for up to 90 days.

iOS and iPadOS 13 testing

Because we use more native applications on iPadOS for our iPad deployments, I always delay the availability of a major release for the 90-day period to allow application vendors to update. While many of our students want to experience the latest features, I am more concerned about whether our core classroom apps continue to work.

I’ll test some of our apps during the summer, but I don’t expect all of our vendors to be ready on day one. While they are perfectly able due to the testing period, we often deal with large companies who don’t often work at the speed I do.

Wrap-up on when to deploy macOS Catalina, iPadOS 13, and iOS 13

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Best Software For Gaming Performance – Ultimate Guide

That is why it has become widely popular amongst professional gamers and they always opt for the best software for gaming performance. There are a wide variety of gaming boosters in the market to provide you a smooth gaming experience.

Some of the programs are designed to allocate resources that boost up your system while gaming whereas some help you decrease ping for your online games.

Thus, every gaming optimization software serves you in a unique way to boost your gaming experience.

Any good software helps you check your usage and gives you an amazing gaming experience by using data about the memory and temperature for adjusting settings automatically.

The game boosters are known to optimize processes to give you a pleasant gaming experience and you can do that just without breaking a sweat!

With the help of a game Booster, you can hide notifications or turn off the Edge panel to score high. Through this article, I am going to provide you some best software for gaming performance.

Here I am providing you the details of some leading game boosters for providing you a seamless gaming experience. Go through the article to choose from the given options suitable for your system.

Razer Cortex: Boost is much popular software for your gaming performance.  This software enhances the performance of your system as this comes with a unique feature to turn off any application while gaming.

It also closes the background apps and keeps you focused on your game. This way it takes control over the CPU, RAM, or GPU to run the game smoothly.

Besides, you will also get access to get a proper overview of the games, FPS monitor graphs, or get some special game deals!

The Gamers can experience a higher FPS with a much quicker loading time with Razer Cortex: Boost. It allows you to initiate auto-boost. So, this software is much convenient and easy to handle where you can alter your settings.

Discord is gaining high popularity because of its versatility in messaging, voice, or video calling and amongst professional gamers.

It allows gamers to communicate in the middle of the game. Besides being lightweight it does not fill up the hard drives and prevents the processors from bogging down. It gives you a superb online gaming experience.

Discord offers you multiple platforms for VoIP application for the gamers including pretty UI for multiple servers and channels.

Game Fire 6 PRO comes with an amazing technology that controls the background apps, services, to be disabled temporarily to provide you a seamless gaming experience.

It enables you to disable the processes that may harm your smooth gaming experience like – Windows Search, network access and sharing, Windows Defender, and so on.

You can get much quicker access to the Performance Monitor or the Memory Diagnostics and enjoy better gaming defragmentation. It also helps you to optimize RAM usage as well.

Before beginning your preferred game, you can choose to disable the various unnecessary apps and services from the displayed list.

Wise Game Booster PC gaming optimization software is a very popular game booster to provide that much needed extra punch for giving you a superb gaming experience.

It works great with your Windows 10 and has many similar features to Razer Cortex. But according to some gamers it is highly recommended as it is quite easy to use.

This software also enables you to disable the background apps or programs to keep you focused. It helps you to stabilize your system giving you a smooth and faster experience.

Users constantly give positive feedback for this game optimizing service apps for your Windows. It takes care of the components of your system so that they can operate at their highest level.

You can enjoy an enhanced level of animations, CPU, screen drawings, and gives you a good internet speed for a fast-smooth game.

Furthermore, the game booster claims to be able to improve not only your PC’s performance but also its internet speed.

This software comes with a user-friendly interface and the freshers will find this very easy to handle.

This game booster is so flexible to adjust according to the specifications of your PC. It can search and diagnose any potential issues of your system.

You will also get the overlocking facility here. In case you are suffering from low FPS, I will recommend this game booster for you.

This game booster is beneficial for enhancing the internet speed for your online games.  You will experience much lesser lags and lower ping translating fast response time from your mouse to the screen.

The internet data is repackaged and streamlined in WTFast and claims to lower your ping.  The professional gamers of League of Legends or CS: GO prefer this game booster for their system.

The lucrative feature of this software is it is free to use PC gaming optimization software.

The MSI Afterburner gives you access to overlocking.  It is an amazing software for your Windows 10 to give you a pleasant experience for video recording, monitoring, benchmarking, or even customizing the fan speed.

You can unlock the full potential of the graphic card by controlling the frequency and GPU voltage.

Even without MSI GPU, you can use it for other GPU brands as well.

You can experiment with the levels of temperature and performance for proving you with the best suitable results.

You can use the hardware monitoring system to enhance the performance level that will provide you exact details of the temperature, clock speed, voltage. Besides, MSI Afterburner allows you to control the FPS of the game.

So, I hope you have the solution now and you are searching for the best software for gaming performance. Hope you can now easily choose from the options provided as per your system and needs.

Intel’s Haswell Gets Massive Graphics Performance Boost

Intel is expected to announce its fourth-generation Core processors code-named Haswell for laptops and desktops in June, but the company is already releasing teasers that talk about their performance.

The Haswell laptop chip will deliver up to twice the graphics performance compared to third-generation Core processors code-named Ivy Bridge, according to a slide deck released by Intel on Wednesday. The company is claiming graphics performance improvement of close to three times for Haswell desktop chips. An Intel chart displaying the graphics jump in low-power Ultrabooks.

The graphics capabilities in Haswell will enable high-definition gaming and video playback, which will reduce the need for separate graphics cards.

Intel is expected to announce the Haswell chips at the Computex trade show in early June. PC makers are expected to show laptops, desktops and tablets running on Haswell chips at the trade show, which will be held in Taipei between June 4 and 8. Intel has said that Haswell-based laptops may be released around the middle of this year.

The chip maker has said the battery life of ultrabooks will double with the new fourth-generation Core chips. Haswell will also deliver double the performance on the same power consumption compared to Ivy Bridge chips. Intel has introduced low-power Haswell chips that draw up to 7 watts of power, and the company hopes some of those processors make it to high-performance tablets that could be used for gaming.

The Haswell chip will enable laptops to play 4K video, in which images are displayed at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, which is four times that of traditional 1080p high-definition video. The graphics processor is also faster at rendering video via a feature called QuickSync, which was slower on previous Intel chips. Some new QuickSync features include faster MPEG video encode and decode.

The graphics performance of Haswell will depend on the chip type and PC configuration. For example, Intel’s fourth-generation Core i7-4650U ultrabook chip, which is based on Haswell and draws 15 watts of power, delivers one-and-a-half times the graphics performance of a comparable 17-watt, third-generation Core i7-3687U based on Ivy Bridge. A 28-watt Core i7-4558U doubles the graphics performance of the 17-watt Ivy Bridge chip.

The beefiest desktop processors see the biggest graphics boosts.

For some power-hungry desktop Haswell chips, the graphics performance is close to three times more than comparable Ivy Bridge chips.

The Haswell chips will support DirectX 11.1, which is Microsoft’s latest set of tools to develop and run games. Haswell chips will also support the OpenGL 4.0 API (application programming interface) and OpenCL 1.2, a framework of parallel programming tools in which certain calculations and graphics tasks can be off-loaded to the graphics processor.

Intel has introduced a new naming scheme for its graphics processors integrated in the chips. Intel’s HD 5000 graphics will go into chips drawing 15 watts of power, while the more powerful Iris Graphics 5100 and Iris Pro graphics 5300 will go into Haswell processors that draw more power. The naming scheme is important for PC buyers who measure the quality of a chip based on graphics performance.

The company typically releases a new chip for laptops and desktops every year, with each new generation adding more CPU and graphics performance. With PC shipments falling, Haswell chips are perhaps the most important chip release for the company to date. Intel hopes the power-efficient fourth-generation Core chips will also be used in devices like tablets or hybrids.

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