The FIFA 23 release time is coming fast, but there are a few ways to get into the game before the official release.
It is a very important occasion. FIFA 23 will be the last EA football game to be released under the official FIFA license, marking the end of the massive franchise. At least it’s ending on a high, with Ted Lasso appearing alongside a bunch of Marvel superheroes.
FIFA 23 will launch with an early access period, allowing you to take to the field three days before the game’s full release. And if you’re an Xbox Series X gamer | S or Xbox One, you can get in even earlier using a nifty New Zealand time zone trick.
FIFA 23 launch time
FIFA 23 release time is the same across all platforms. Whether you’re playing on an Xbox or PS5, you’ll be able to lace up your boots and lace up your shin guards Friday, September 30th at 12:00 local time.
Early Access to FIFA 23
You don’t have to wait until Friday to get into FIFA 23. If you pre-order FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition or subscribe to EA Play Pro, you can launch the game from Tuesday, September 27th, 00:00 local time.
Regular EA Play subscribers, including those with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, will also be able to join at the same time. But they will only have access to a 10-hour trial period.
Any progress you make in the early access period will carry over to the full game.
FIFA 23 New Zealand cheat
Xbox players can jump into FIFA 23 even earlier using this nifty workaround. As a Twitter user @FIFAUTeam (opens in new tab) spotted, by setting your console’s region to New Zealand, you’ll be able to play hours before the game officially unlocks in your time zone. Players in the US can save nearly 20 hours of waiting time, while those in the UK can get in 12 hours early.
The trick should work for both the early access period and the game’s full release. To do so, follow these steps:
Open the Xbox Settings app
Navigate to the ‘System’ tab
Select the ‘Language and localization’ block
Set your console location to ‘New Zealand’
Set your console language to ‘English (New Zealand)’
restart the console
Unfortunately, PlayStation users are not so lucky. It is only possible to change the PS5 or PS4 region by creating a new PSN account.
iRobot, best known for its popular Roomba line of vacuum cleaners, has announced two major developments for 2022 – a major OS update and a new model with a unique retractable cleaning mechanism.
This news is the first major development we’ve seen from the manufacturer since news broke in August 2022 about your acquisition by Amazon. iRobot is also taking the time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its first Roomba robot in 2002.
We spoke with Praj Dhamorikar, Senior Product Manager, about iRobot’s new platform, its latest combo cleaner, and how we should think about iRobot’s new owner, Amazon.
The convertible of the robot vacuum market
The most eye-catching announcement comes in the form of iRobot’s new Roomba Combo device; the Roomba Combo j7+. The Roomba Combo j7+ will retail for $1,099 in the US, £999 in the UK and international markets will be available during Q4 2022.
This isn’t iRobot’s first combo cleaner, but it moves the needle in cleaning technology innovation.
Featuring a cool new mop design, the Roomba Combo j7+ offers “continuous change” with a top-mounted retractable mop that automatically lifts and snaps when the machine moves from hard floors to carpet or rugs, preventing wet messes. To save time, the device can also vacuum and mop at the same time.
This feature also means that users will not need to regularly lift the robot off the floor to fit mops when vacuuming tasks are complete. Plus, with pad detection and tank level sensor, users simply need to stay tuned for notification when it’s time to refill the tank or replace the mop pad. If users are unable to access the device in time to do so before the next cleaning, the Roomba Combo j7+ will intelligently switch to vacuum only mode.
In addition to this mop mechanic, users will be able to control the built-in water pump, customizing the amount of liquid and how many cleaning passes the robot will make room to room. The new integrated bin and tank mean there’s an easy-to-access place to empty the mess and refill the cleaning solution, and the bin uses an automatic mess disposal system that doesn’t need to be replaced for up to 60 days.
With all these features, the Roomba Combo j7+ appears to be one of the lowest-maintenance, simplistic and sophisticated robotic vacuums we’ve seen, packaged in a sleek, compact unit. We’re interested to see how it performs in testing, so stay tuned for our review.
Smarter cleaning for a smarter home
Many Roombas will also have a significant platform update, which has already started rolling out to devices.
iRobot OS 5.0 will be added to the already extensive list of features found in the system, which includes everything from personalized suggestions to voice commands and object detection. Previous updates have added the ability to identify and prevent pet poop.
Based on the principle of “thought-out intelligence”, the new update, explained Dhamorikar, will provide improvements to existing functions found in the operating system, specifically for pet owners and families.
These enhancements include more detectable objects such as pet toys, bowls and litter boxes, as well as familiar items such as backpacks. This, Dhamorikar said, addresses a core challenge many homes have with robot vacuums; the floor needs to be spotless before it can even be cleaned.
In addition, the updated vacuums will offer recommendations and improved cleaning in high-traffic areas of the home, including pet bowls and litter boxes and large appliances such as stoves, dishwashers, and bathrooms.
iRobot OS 5.0 will also see the arrival of active room skipping, which users can activate in the companion app or through Alexa, and the addition of more voice commands. The update will be available for new iRobot devices as well as most older models, depending on the hardware. This includes the Roomba 600 series, s9+, i3+, j7+ and m6.
The growing intelligence of robot cleaning devices like these allows users to be more hands-on than ever before. Where previously using a robot vacuum for regular cleaning required proactive management (and a lot more organization to reduce obstacles), we are fast approaching the legendary future of fully automated, self-regulating homes – at least when it comes to vacuuming and mopping.
However, news of Amazon’s acquisition of iRobot is still relatively recent, so the announcement of its smarter, more personalized robot vacuums could raise some red flags with consumers worried about increasingly aggressive data-driven marketing.
We asked Dhamorikar about the company’s stance on data privacy and she explained that users are required to give “explicit consent” when using iRobot’s PrecisionVision navigation or any of the data-driven features on iRobot devices. In a press release, the company states that it “does not and will not sell consumer data.”
Adds Dhamorikar, “iRobot has always taken great pride in being at the forefront of ensuring that consumer data is very secure and reliable, and that commitment will not change.”
“We will continue to provide transparency to our customers about how data is being used and our services will always remain opt-in.”
While iRobot owns the Tüv Süd CSC (opens in new tab) certification to the highest possible standard, is still a hard pill to swallow for skeptical-looking consumers.
Home mapping brings with it as many positives as negatives, especially for the elderly or disabled, and the kind of technology used by iRobot here could signal the beginning of the end of decades of anticipation for the true smart home experience. As for the overall impact of the Amazon acquisition, we’ll have to wait and see.
Everything about the Apple Watch Ultra is bigger. It has a bigger, brighter screen than the Apple Watch 8, a bigger battery, bigger buttons (and more), and a bigger capacity to handle the tough world of outdoor activities.
It can also take a punch, or at least a series of blows, from a small sledgehammer. In a recent video discovered by MacRumors, TechRax YouTuber (opens in new tab) gleefully smashes the new $799 / £849 / AU$1229 Apple Watch Ultra into pieces. It’s a pretty unrealistic durability test of the chunky 49mm wearable, but if you watch from start to finish you’ll discover some Ultra hard truths (in a good way).
It would be unfair to call the Apple Watch Ultra a beefy version of the Apple Watch 8 (or really any generation). It’s not just a hardened exterior. It’s a completely redesigned Apple Watch. At 49mm, it’s 5mm longer than the larger Apple Watch 8. Naturally, it’s also heavier. The titanium case helps put an additional 23 grams on top of the 45mm aluminum Apple Watch 8. The Ultra outperforms the stainless steel Apple Watch 8 by nearly 10 grams.
Unlike the Apple Watch 8’s curved glass face that blends smoothly into the aluminum case, Apple gave the Ultra a completely flat and practical sapphire crystal display surrounded by a solid titanium lip.
The clock looks strong and apparently it is.
TechRax kicks off its test by dropping the watch from a height of five feet onto concrete, which, unsurprisingly, the Apple Watch Ultra handles well. Sure, there were some minor scratches on the titanium body, but I still haven’t seen a scratch-proof Apple product.
Testing continues in a similarly less scientific fashion, with TechRax dropping the Apple Watch (by now, it must have suspected something was wrong) into a jar of screws and nails. TechRax then shook the jar, after which the watch came out largely unscathed, although the orange strap was getting dirty.
Perhaps frustrated that he wasn’t getting anywhere, TechRax picked up a small sledgehammer, placed the watch on a pristine white table, and gave it three sharp swipes.
Nothing happened. No scratches. No cracks. No malfunctions.
It’s worth stopping here to think about what this might mean in the real world of using the Apple Watch Ultra.
A while ago I was using my Apple Watch 7 while cleaning up the tracking space. I was lifting heavy wood and other debris from what was essentially a pit filled with coarse sand and dirt. At one point, my watch got stuck between a wooden support beam, some sand, and a heavy beam in my hand. The Ion-X glass screen ended up with a huge, disfiguring groove.
Based on what I’ve seen here in this video, I think the Apple Watch Ultra can behave considerably better in similar conditions or, for example, when you’re climbing a mountain and your wrist hits the rock.
TechRax, however, was not satisfied. He then hammered the clock 12 more times. The table under the clock cracked, but the clock remained unharmed. Mostly. Unfortunately, even with no visible damage on the outside, the Apple Watch Ultra stopped working.
That’s when TechRax went to town, repeatedly tapping the clock face until it shattered. He then turned the watch and knocked the full sensor back until it too broke.
With each beat, I shivered a little as TechRax needlessly ruined a perfectly good and normally highly rugged Apple Watch Ultra.
Maybe TechRax was pleased, but I was a little sad for the Watch Ultra, which survived what should have been the worst of a beating, only for the sadist to come back and beat the clock.
Potential Apple Watch Ultra consumers should take away one indisputable fact: this is a very tough smartwatch.
You can find a list of all our favorite smartwatches here.
Sharing links to join calls is common in video conferencing apps like Google Meet and Zoom. Now WhatsApp is bringing a similar feature to its app called ‘Call Links’.
Mark Zuckerberg announced the feature on Facebook on Monday. He also announced that WhatsApp would begin testing encrypted video calls for up to 32 people. The call links feature will support both audio and video calls.
Here are the official announcements:
📞 Excited to present call links on @WhatsApp so you can easily start or join a call using just one link. Available for audio and video calls starting this week. pic.twitter.com/SfSJMlMYEmSeptember 26, 2022
Planning a long distance call with friends? Need a last-minute live chat? You can now create and send a call link to anyone on WhatsApp even if they are not in your contacts 🔗 Add the link to an invite or send in a chat, now planning and joining calls is easier than ever .September 26, 2022
How do WhatsApp call links work?
It works like a Zoom call or Google Meet. You need to create a call link, which you can share with your friends and family to invite them to the call.
You can create a call link by going to the ‘Calls’ tab in WhatsApp. Where you will see the ‘Create call link’ option.
A call link will be created after clicking this link, which you can share with others. When someone clicks on the link, they will be added to the call.
WhatsApp is directly targeting Google Meet and Zoom
Currently, WhatsApp calls only support eight people at a time. WhatsApp launching the call links feature and expanding the number of people on a call should be seen as an effort to push WhatsApp into the video conferencing industry.
WhatsApp could take a big chunk of Marketshare from Google Meet and Zoom if all goes well. WhatsApp’s reach is unmatched in countries like India. If WhatsApp can provide a video conferencing user experience similar to Google Meet, it could become a popular feature in the app.
WhatsApp must also ensure that this feature works seamlessly with the WhatsApp PC counterpart, as a large part of video conferencing is still carried out using laptops and PCs.
Croma dropped yesterday because it was hosting a special iPhone 13 deal for this festive season that rivaled one provided by Flipkart. The iPhone 13 special offer is back, along with other offers on the Croma Festival of Dreams sale.
Croma has already organized an early sale for the festive season and has had some excellent deals. But for the actual sale, Croma has some really good deals this time around, including deals on the iPhone 13, iPhone 12 mini, Samsung Galaxy M53, Iffalcon TVs, and more.
Card offer: what is it? How to claim it?
Just like the Amazon Great Indian Festival, the Croma Festival of Dreams sale also has card deals for sale. Croma has partnered with ICICI credit cards to offer you an instant 10% discount up to Rs. 3,000 on selected products. Some products have an instant discount on HDFC credit cards.
Croma Festival of Dreams sale: smartphone offers
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The government of India is pushing major smartphone manufacturers to support the local navigation system, NavIC, from next year on devices sold in the country. A move that would have shaken the industry because of the tight deadline and the additional costs involved.
Reuters reported (opens in new tab)that the government of India is pushing smartphone manufacturers to implement support for NavIC in smartphones they sell in India from January 2023. Smartphone giants like Samsung, Xiaomi and Apple are shaken because of the extra costs and product development involved and the tight deadline.
Let’s look at what exactly NavIC is and everything you need to know about it.
What is NavIC?
NavIC, or Indian Constellation Navigation, is a satellite navigation system developed by ISRO. It became operational in 2018.
It is a navigation system that covers the whole of India and up to 1500 km of its limits. It is a regional alternative to the US GPS navigation system.
It consists of 8 satellites located at approximately 36,000 km above sea level. Three satellites are in geostationary orbit, while the other five are in inclined geosynchronous orbit. Five more satellites are planned to be launched.
The operation of NavIC is similar to that of GPS. It provides an accuracy of over 10m across the entire Indian landmass and better than 10m over the Indian Ocean.
However, the use case of NavIC is limited and is predominantly used in public vehicle tracking. Also, to provide emergency alert alerts to fishermen at sea and to track and provide information about natural disasters.
The government of India now wants to increase its use by making it more common on smartphones.
NavIC vs GPS
GPS or Global Positioning System, the universally used navigation system, competes directly with NavIC.
The main difference between NavIC and GPS is the area of operation. GPS is available worldwide, while NavIC is limited to India and adjacent regions. There is a plan to make NavIC available worldwide in the future.
As it is available all over the world and needs to serve many more areas, GPS has a much superior satellite network. It has 31 satellites in operation, against 8 of the NavIC. All of these satellites are geosynchronous satellites, compared to two different types of satellites used by NavIC.
NavIC and civilian GPS accuracy is 20 meters, so you won’t get better accuracy with either system.
Smartphones came with NavIC support before
Some smartphones came with NavIC in 2020, such as Realme X50 Pro, iQoo 3, Realme 6 series and Redmi Note 9 series. But after the initial NavIC hype died down, no brand bothered to bring in new devices with NavIC support.
This new push from the Government of India means that we will see support for NavIC on more and more smartphones.
Why is India pushing for NavIC?
NavIC is designed to reduce dependence on GPS and other foreign satellite systems, especially for ‘strategic sectors’.
Relying on these foreign satellite systems may not always be reliable as these systems were operated by defense agencies in foreign countries. It may be possible in the future that the service will be denied for strategic use or civilian use.
If you expect to see big drops in prices for OLED TVs over the next couple of years, it looks like you’ll be disappointed. According to a report by Display Supply Chain Consultants (via the electronics (opens in new tab) and OLED information (opens in new tab)), the two big makers of TV-sized OLED panels – LG Display and Samsung Display – will stop spending on new equipment to build these displays in 2023.
That price of the best OLED TVs has dropped a lot in recent years, largely due to major expansions in their creation – they’ve become more efficient and easier to mass-produce, and as a result have become more popular. But, according to the DSCC report, this expansion won’t just slow down next year — it will stop entirely, spending nothing on increasing production.
This likely means that the prices of screens used in most OLED TVs won’t change much from now on in 2023 or 2024. Now, overall TV prices may change depending on other factors (like shipping costs), but for the most part of a TV is the screen, which makes a huge difference to the overall price.
It’s not all disappointing news though: this really sets the stage for new Quantum Dot OLED TV screens to close the price gap with regular OLED TVs faster than anticipated.
The QD-OLED screens are made exclusively by Samsung Display and have only appeared on two TVs so far – the Samsung S95B and the Sony A95K – both to rave reviews. However, the screens are very expensive to buy (much more expensive than regular OLED) and they only come in two sizes these days: 55-inch and 65-inch.
However, despite Samsung Display planning not to invest more in QD-OLED production machines next year, the company has already made great strides to improve what it can do with its current machines – and the DSCC report says there is more to come. .
Having already dramatically improved the production efficiency of QD-OLED on its current production lines (meaning each screen costs less to make) and introduced a 77-inch version of a QD-OLED TV screen, DSCC also says that Samsung should be able to create a thinner, simpler version of QD-OLED without spending more on new equipment.
It is possible that this is related to Samsung’s reported advances in producing blue OLED pixels – at the moment, multiple layers of blue pixels are used in QD-OLED displays to deliver the light, but if this could be reduced to one it would save materials and time, and thus could further reduce the cost.
As QD-OLED is still in its first year, all the advances Samsung Display has made in technology recently have barely had a chance to register – so next we might see more models at more affordable prices.
If the price of regular OLED stops because of the lack of expansion and the price of QD-OLED can drop, the two technologies could become more competitive more quickly than we expected.
So when will there be bigger changes?
The DSCC says that there will be no major investment in producing OLED TV screens in 2023, but that this will greatly increase in 2024… owned by TV giant TCL).
Inkjet has been the next big thing in making OLED screens because it’s so much easier than current options. As it turns out, it basically means that a printer-like process is used to deposit OLED pixels on the panel, which is much more efficient and much cheaper to set up than current ‘masked’ OLED manufacturing systems.
This is great news for the OLED industry to become more competitive in the long run, because in the space of a few years we will go from a single company (LG Display) making OLED TV screens and controlling prices, to four: LG, Samsung Display, CSoT and BoE, which is already working on its OLED installations.
That means genuine competition, which will also likely mean lower prices, particularly on regular OLED displays (only Samsung will make QD-OLED for the foreseeable future) – although we might see some interesting differences in image quality, with a number of different output types being used.
However, if some of these advancements don’t start until 2024, we won’t see the fruits of their labors until 2025. QD-OLED could start closing the gap sooner than that – it’s going to be an interesting couple of years for OLED TVs.
Peacock’s version of the drama starred Fin Argus, CG, Jesse James Keitel, Ryan O’Connell, Johnny Sibilly, Devin Way and Kim Cattrall. It follows a group of friends in New Orleans who find their lives turned upside down after a shooting at a nightclub called Babylon.
The reboot is actually the third iteration of Queer As Folk. The original, which was created by Russell T. Davies, the man behind It’s A Sin and now back as showrunner on Doctor Who, chronicled the lives of three gay men living in Manchester’s gay village around Canal Street. He starred in Game Of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen, a young Charlie Hunnam and Craig Kelly. It ran for 10 episodes between 1999 and 2000.
A US reboot by Showtime that followed the lives of five gay men living in Pittsburgh ran for five seasons and 83 episodes before ending in 2005. The new reboot, which included Davies among its executive producers, was overseen by Stephen Dunn, who confirmed his end over the weekend.
Writing about the cancellation, Dunn wrote (opens in new tab): “It’s a rare gift in these times, and in this country, to be able to put on a show as fearless and unapologetic as Queer As Folk. This experience changed our lives forever and we’re so grateful to have found this amazing new family. But today we got the news. disappointing that we won’t have a second season!
He continued: “We know how much this means to the fans and while we are heartbroken we will not be doing more episodes, we want to thank everyone for watching and falling in love with Brodie, Mingus, Ruthie, Noah, Shar, Julian, Daddius, Bussey, Marvin, Judy and Brenda. We are very grateful for the chance to honor our community and are very proud of this show.”
The show is the second reboot of a 1990s classic to end in recent months at Peacock. The streaming giant had already said goodbye to its new version of Saved By The Bell in May.
Analysis: Is Peacock Having His Wings Clipped?
Peacock, which is still far behind Netflix, Hulu and HBO Max in terms of subscriber numbers, recorded another big set of losses in late July.
The service is owned by Universal Pictures’ parent company, Comcast, meaning it can likely absorb losses. However, like all players in the market, its executives will have to make some tough decisions about which programs to take forward.
Earlier this summer, executives canceled Peacock’s planned TV adaptation of the best-selling and award-winning fantasy trilogy, The Green Bone Saga, while Rutherford Falls, The Office’s Ed Helms-led comedy, was canceled in September.
Previous flagship shows like Dan Brown’s adaptation The Lost Symbol and the expensive new version of the classic dystopian novel Brave New World ended after one-off seasons, and while execs will have high hopes for Vampire Academy, it brings to Richelle Mead’s novel of the same name, and its new spin-off Pitch Perfect TV, it’s fair to say Peacock hasn’t found her Stranger Things yet.
In fact, when Comcast President and CEO Brian Roberts talked about Peacock’s fall prospects, he talked about movies like Jurassic World: Dominion and Jordan Peele’s new horror Nope and the Qatar World Cup in instead of any of the service’s programs.
Among the streamer’s upcoming projects are a planned reboot of Battlestar Galactica, a big-budget adaptation of Victoria Aveyard’s young adult series Red Queen, which is being overseen by Elizabeth Banks, and a version of Wild Cards, a multi-universe series. shared science fiction superheroes. anthologies, which is overseen by George RR Martin. Perhaps one of them will boost Peacock’s presence in the market and make it compete with the big ones, we’ll see.
Using Google Photos as your primary photo cloud storage provider? So watch out! Several users have reported seeing unwanted discoloration, similar to a water stain, in their older image uploads.
The problem, which appears to be affecting files uploaded five or more years ago, has left a selection of photos disfigured with strange transparent lines and jumbled arrays of pixels. Google Photos users first flagged the issue in a Google Support Forum (opens in new tab)before similar comments emerged about reddit (opens in new tab).
“These are photos that I know loaded and saved correctly,” wrote one user. “Apparently, there is no standard for which photos are corrupted and which are not.”
um wtf i found a lot of data corruption in my old google photos from 2015?? dozens of pictures with strange tracks and noises pic.twitter.com/r7BOHwySQCSeptember 24, 2022
“I can’t express how depressing this is right now,” another user complained.
Fortunately, it looks like the corruption issue only applies to edited versions of photos. Users who selected the ‘download original’ option reported seeing uncorrupted results, while the discoloration also appears to remove itself when entering edit mode.
The frequency of complaints on the aforementioned support forum has also decreased in the last few hours, suggesting that Google may have already started rolling out a fix. We contacted the company for confirmation.
Still, even if your photos are not affected by the bug, we recommend downloading copies of older files to mitigate the risk of any unwanted corruption in the future.
In more positive news from Google Photos, the platform’s Memories feature recently received its “biggest update since launch”, which brought better customization options, easier content sharing, and a functional redesign.
Google Photos snafu highlights cloud risks
Google has yet to respond to end-user complaints and several questions will need to be clarified. The changes were likely caused by a change in the compression algorithm that is used – as its name implies – to save space. Did Google go too far this time?
Can these changes be rolled back, or were the original copies archived (and therefore potentially recovered)? Why is Google so committed to saving storage space? Is this part of a larger effort to cut costs, as we saw when Google ended its popular free unlimited photo storage last year and convinced many early G Suite users to switch to paid services?
A hard lesson to be learned after the dust has settled is not to put all your eggs in one basket. It’s worth backing up all your photos to a secondary cloud storage provider (like iDrive Photos or Amazon Photos) and getting external storage (like a NAS or an external hard drive) or better yet, a Blu-ray burner. ray.
Intel’s Raptor Lake processors might be a little more expensive than current-gen Alder Lake chips, at least going through some price leaks that surfaced on Amazon – but as always, there are serious caveats here.
Regular Twitter-based leaker @momomo_us has seen Intel’s Core i9-13900KF listed on Amazon UK, as well as the 13700K and 13700KF in addition to the 13600KF.
The product listings have since been taken down, but not before the leaker took screenshots, giving us evidence of the relative prices for these chips, with the 13900KF coming in at £750 in the UK (about $800, AU$1,230).
The 13700K weighed in at 547 pounds (about $585, AU$900) and the 13600KF at 349 pounds (about $370, AU$570), so it all feels distinctly expensive. As Technology Energization (opens in new tab)who identified the tweet, points out that this is substantial markup on Alder Lake processors, but before we get carried away with that notion, let’s discuss the caveats mentioned.
Analysis: Placeholder pricing, but still a worrying tip
The vine has been talking about Intel raising prices for Raptor Lake for some time now. Team Blue itself has stated that prices for some of its chips are going up in the near future – and that will do nothing to assuage those fears.
However, generally speaking, leaks like these early product listings use placeholder pricing, so they don’t reflect the actual MSRPs (recommended prices) that Intel will set on Raptor Lake CPUs. That said, this is perhaps a decent estimate and indicative of the direction a major retailer expects prices to go – so a worrying sign in that regard.
If Intel It is going to push prices, it’s likely to be on the higher-end processors, as that’s where enthusiasts – the target audience – will likely be willing to fork out more, of course. And given that the 12900K is still selling for around £620 (around $660, AU$1,020) or more, it might be possible that the 13900K ends up going for over £700 (around $750, AU$1,150). ). We certainly don’t rule that out, although if Intel raises prices with its 13th generation, what we expect is that it will leave mid-range (and low-end) CPUs alone, and that they will have a similar impact on wallets as their 13th-gen counterparts. Alder Lake.
So when we review the Core i5-13600KF at £349 (about $370, AU$570), it’s about a 28% increase compared to what you can currently buy at the 12600KF. It’s obviously not that much of a jump compared to the price the latter originally arrived at, but still, fingers crossed, we won’t see a breakthrough with mid-tier pricing.
Keep in mind that Intel must compete with AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors, and notably Team Red has kept prices on par with current-gen CPUs, so Intel will compete against the Ryzen 5 7600X in the mid-range with a price tag of $299 (about £280, AU$460).
AMD even lowered the price of the flagship Ryzen 9 7950X compared to the 5950X, and no doubt that could make it difficult for Intel to push too hard with its flagship Raptor Lake. But who knows how this will pan out, as much will depend on how well these CPUs stack up against each other – although the battle looks pretty much like rumored to be so far.
Perhaps one of the most important takeaways from this Amazon price leak is that this is more fuel for the fire that Raptor Lake is on sale sooner than expected. Speculation has firmly pointed to 13th-gen processors being released tomorrow at Intel’s innovation event, but rumor has it that the chips won’t hit shelves until the second half of October.
However, we’ve seen a sharp increase in the amount of leaks lately, including several benchmarks spilled for the Raptor Lake main processor and a sighting of the alleged packaging for the 13900K (which changes things up a bit). And if Amazon is preparing product listings now, that suggests we could see the Raptor Lake on sale in early October, right after the Ryzen 7000 – which is definitely what Intel should be aiming for. In fact, pre-orders might even start after the big reveal tomorrow, and at least we’ll know what price level it’s launching at.