Beyond the major stories of the day, our ‘At the End of the Day’ report takes a final look around the blogosphere at other technology news that was published today that might be of interest to our readership. Today’s report covers 3 main stories as our byline reveals.
The Top Mobile Apps, Games, and Publishers of Q2 2018
Last week we posted a report titled “Apple’s App Store Double’s Google Play’s Profits with Less than Half as many Downloads.” Now a follow-up report from Sensor Tower covers The Top Mobile Apps, Games, and Publishers of Q2 2018.
Netflix remained the No. 1 non-game app last quarter in terms of worldwide revenue across both platforms. Meanwhile, Tencent Video climbed one position from 1Q18 to rank at No. 2 for global App Store revenue as its user base continued to grow in China.
Overall non-game installs were again reigned over by Facebook-owned apps WhatsApp, Messenger, Facebook, and Instagram, which were unchanged in their rankings from Q1.
Apple Makes Rights Deal To Turn Terry Gilliam’s ‘Time Bandits’ Into TV Series
In its latest series play, Apple is closing a deal for the rights to turn the beloved Terry Gilliam-directed fantasy film Time Bandits into a TV series. Released in 1980, Time Bandits is a dark, irreverent adventure about imagination, bravery and the nature of our dreams. It follows the time-traveling adventures of an 11-year-old history buff named Kevin who, one night, stumbles on six dwarfs who emerge from his closet. If that interests you, check out the full story here.
Consumer PC’s with Intel’s 10nm Processors Officially Pushed out to H2 2019
In May Patently Apple posted a report titled “If you were Praying for a 10nm i7 Core MacBook Pro just around the Corner, Forget about it.” Our report was spot on as Intel is tentatively pointing to delivering consumer products based on 10nm processors in late Q4 2019.
Intel’s Conference Call transcript released yesterday notes Intel stating: “Our industry-leading products continue to deliver outstanding results. We have a leadership 14-nanometer product lineup for 2019, and we continue to make progress on 10-nanometer. Yields are improving consistent with the timeline we shared in April, and we expect systems on shelves for the 2019 holiday season.” Corporate servers with 10nm are likely to arrive earlier.
There was a lot of disappointment expressed by analysts who are struggling with why the delays are still so dramatic.
Analyst from New Street Research, Pierr Ferragu asked: “When I look at this timeline between now and the Christmas season next year, it’s 18 months. It’s a very long time to improve your yield. And I have two questions on this one. The first one is, could you give us some color on what are the most challenging aspects of the process that you need to address to improve use? What’s the most challenging in the 10-nanometer process?
Intel’s Venkata Renduchintala: “Really, the challenges that we’re facing on 10-nanometers is delivering on all the revolutionary modules that ultimately deliver on that program. And while there’s risk and a degree of delay in our timeline on that, we’re very pleased with the resiliency of our 14-nanometer roadmap, where in the last few years we’ve delivered in excess of 70% product performance improvement as we’ve moved through our 14-nanometer generation of products.
That must have been music to AMD’s ears who is aiming to deliver their next-gen 7nm processors to the consumer in early 2019. The Zen 2 processors will also deal with Meltdown and Specter at the hardware level.
As you can tell by Intel’s older PC Roadmap presented below, processors using a 10nm process were originally scheduled for 2015. By the time it arrives for consumers, Intel will be four years late. And that’s if they get it out for Q4 2019.
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