Apple: the next iMac would adopt a new design and an Apple Silicon processor this year

For the first time since 2012, Apple would finally renew the design of its iMac. In 2021, Apple is preparing at least three new desktop Macs. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who also released information on future MacBook Pros and iPhone 12 successors in recent days, Apple will announce an iMac and two Mac Pros in 2021. The transition to Apple Silicon processors gives a new blows to the computers of the Californian giant.     iMac: finally an edge-to-edge screen This year, the iMac could change completely. Mark Gurman indicates that the borders of his screen would be much smaller, like Pro Display XDR, the ultra high-end screen launched by Apple with the Mac Pro in 2019. The back of the computer would also abandon the curvature in favor of a completely flat frame.  This new iMac would also be equipped with an Apple Silicon processor, probably a more powerful chip than the Apple M1 chip currently present in the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini. The 2021 iMac is reportedly

Samsung announces profits up 30% despite pandemic

Samsung has just announced operating profits up 25.7% for the last quarter of 2020. Despite the economic and health crisis, the South Korean giant earned 9 trillion won, or 6.7 billion euros, in the space of three months. The Seoul giant has notably benefited from the strong demand for chips. In 2020, the group recorded a 30% increase in profits

Samsung announces profits up 30% despite pandemic

This Friday, January 8, 2021, Samsung announced its preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter of 2020. Over the period, the smartphone leader earned 9 trillion won, up 25.7% from the last quarter at the end of 2019 (7160 billion).

This is, however, less than in the third quarter of 2020 (9360 billion won). Note that analysts expected profits slightly higher than those announced by Samsung (9340 billion). The manufacturer will not disclose the full results until the end of the month.

Samsung is saved by high demand for chips

On the strength of these encouraging quarterly results, Samsung posts a 30% increase in profits for the whole of 2020. Despite the pandemic and the containment measures, the Seoul giant is said to have amassed 36 trillion won a year. last, or 27 billion euros.

Samsung does not owe these prodigious results to its smartphone division, which has lagged behind for several years. In 2020, Samsung only sold 270 million smartphones worldwide. This is the first time since 2011 that the South Korean group has sold no more than 300 million mobile devices. Despite these sluggish sales, Samsung remains the world number 1 in the mobile market, ahead of Apple.

Samsung's financial results are rather inflated by the strong demand for DRAM memory chips. As telecommuting has become the new normal, businesses are facing a real shortage of chips globally. Under these conditions, the selling price of these components exploded. Samsung, the world's largest memory chip maker, has logically taken advantage of the situation. This is not the first time that the firm's financial results have depended on the vagaries of the DRAM chip market.