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Topic: Future Hardware

Apple patents ultra-compact folding telephoto lens for mobile devices

04/19/2016, 12:04 pm

The days of being forced to deal with a bulbous camera bump to enjoy optical zoom in a smartphone may soon be over, as Apple has invented a new variety of compact telephoto lens system.

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Apple picks up Tesla's former VP of Vehicle Engineering for 'special projects'

04/19/2016, 10:04 am

Apple has reportedly recruited Tesla's former VP of Vehicle Engineering, Chris Porritt, to work on "special projects" at the company -- possibly to replace Steve Zadesky, the one-time head of Apple's electric car project, codenamed Titan.

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Rumor: Ultrathin MacBook update coming in second half of 2016, will feature redesigned hinge

04/15/2016, 12:04 pm

Apple is allegedly planning to update its ultraportable MacBook with Retina display in the second half of 2016, featuring a new screen hing design made from metal injection molding, according to a new supply chain report.

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Motor Trend spotlights 'Apple Car' development in June cover story

04/14/2016, 08:04 am

For its latest June issue, long-running automotive serial Motor Trend threw a spotlight on rumors and speculation surrounding Apple's shadowy "Project Titan." To go along with its print coverage, which includes a well-studied "Apple Car" concept rendering, the magazine invited a panel of experts to discuss the broader implications of Apple's efforts, and AppleInsider was there.

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Codenames for Apple's 'Project Titan' car HQ borrow from Greek mythology: 'Rhea,' 'Athena' & 'Medusa'

04/11/2016, 10:04 pm

A series of buildings in Sunnyvale, Calif., are ground zero for Apple's top secret "Project Titan" electric car project, and a new report reveals the codenames of some of the company's facilities in the area, including names like "Pegasus," "Aria," "Rhea" and "Corvinus."

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Google launches Cardboard SDK for iOS, Microsoft begins shipping HoloLens to developers

03/30/2016, 04:03 pm

It's been a big week for virtual and augmented reality technology, thanks to the newly shipping Oculus Rift, the debut of a Google Cardboard development kit for iOS, and initial availability of developer hardware for Microsoft HoloLens.

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Macs may go even longer between revamps as Intel kills tick-tock

03/24/2016, 01:03 pm

Already burdened with improvement cycles measured in years, Mac owners could soon find more room for despair, as Apple supplier and chipmaker extraordinaire Intel has announced that they will no longer follow their famous tick-tock development strategy.

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Apple moves to bring iCloud infrastructure in-house predicated by backdoor fears - report

03/23/2016, 12:03 pm

Apple's multi-year effort to develop its own servers and networking hardware has reportedly been driven in large part by security concerns, as the company worries that supply chain tampering may lead to deeply embedded vulnerabilities which are difficult to find and remediate.

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Apple's 'Liam' video sparks theories of new iPhone 6s-like model without camera bump

03/22/2016, 10:03 am

Apple fanatics are always digging, looking for clues about what could be next for the company, and many times seeing things where they don't exist. The latest conspiracy theory: Apple subtly showed off an iPhone 6s-like design without a protruding rear camera at its media event on Monday.

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Purported packaging leak claims to confirm 'iPhone SE' name, NFC for Apple's new 4" iPhone

03/17/2016, 09:03 am

Nefarious supply chain personnel in China seem to have once again defied their non-disclosure agreements, snapping what is said to be a photo of the specifications sticker affixed to the box for Apple's iPhone 5c successor.

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Rumor: Chinese spy shots show 'iPhone 7' with dual cameras, no home button

03/15/2016, 02:03 pm

Photos of what purport to be Apple's forthcoming "iPhone 7" have bubbled up from sources in the People's Republic of China, though some aspects of the snaps cast a shade of doubt on their authenticity.

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Apple patents a new type of LiDAR system for 3D mapping

03/15/2016, 12:03 pm

With Apple's aggressive expansion into geospatial data has come a new focus on research into foundational sensors and systems related to the field, including a newly granted patent that covers an in-house LiDAR device for more accurately capturing three-dimensional scenes.

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Intel's new Optane memory technology could lead to 1000 times faster MacBook storage

03/11/2016, 12:03 pm

A new ultra-fast memory technology from Intel and Micron branded as Optane is expected to launch in 2017, and could pave the way for even faster storage on Apple's MacBooks.

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The iPhone's home button could get a Liquidmetal makeover, new Apple patent shows

03/09/2016, 12:03 pm

A recently granted Apple patent points to a new use for Liquidmetal -- a simplified home button design that would cut down on complexity and last longer than conventional components.

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Absurd report claims Apple is prepping a 5.8" iPhone with OLED display for 2018

03/08/2016, 01:03 pm

Taiwanese analysts reportedly believe Apple is about to join the mobile display size arms race, adding a yet larger display to its flagship iPhone lineup and moving to more power efficient OLED technology in the process. That seems highly unlikely -- here's why.

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BMW plans self-driving software overhaul to fend off the likes of Apple, Google

03/04/2016, 03:03 pm

German automaker BMW is planning a major corporate changes going forward, in an effort to build "the most intelligent car" it can, sensing impending competition from Apple, Google and others in Silicon Valley.

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Apple should work with carmakers instead of building vehicle on its own, Fiat Chrysler CEO says

03/02/2016, 12:03 pm

Apple should collaborate with existing carmakers, tapping their experience, instead of trying to build its own car single-handedly, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler said at this week's Geneva International Motor Show.

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Google self-driving car bears 'some responsibility' in accident for first time ever

02/29/2016, 03:02 pm

Though Google's automated vehicles have been involved in a handful of minor accidents on the road, those were all caused entirely by other, human drivers. But that changed with an accident in California earlier this month.

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Rumor: Apple's 4-inch iPhone event pushed back a week, to March 22

02/26/2016, 09:02 am

Apple is widely expected to unveil both a new 4-inch iPhone and new 9.7-inch iPad at a media event next month, but a new report claims the keynote presentation may have been delayed by a week, until Tuesday, March 22.

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Samsung unveils new high-speed 256GB storage chips for smartphones

02/25/2016, 10:02 am

Consumers may never again have to decide which photos to delete from their phone or which songs to stream from the cloud, as Samsung has announced its first 256-gigabyte storage chips designed specifically for mobile devices.

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