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Topic: Future Hardware

Apple rumored to tap TPK for 'iWatch' nanowire touch panel components

02/19/2014, 11:02 am

Apple has turned to longtime iPhone and iPad touch module supplier TPK to provide silver nanowire-based touch technology for the so-called "iWatch," according to a Wednesday report from Taiwan.

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Apple-Tesla talks fuel dreams of advanced battery tech, deeper iOS in the Car integration

02/18/2014, 02:02 pm

With word recently leaking that high ranking officials from Apple and Tesla have met, observers have been whipped up into a frenzy about what the two parties, from two very different industries, could have discussed. But there is one major tech component that is especially crucial to both Tesla and Apple: Batteries.

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Apple patents MacBook with illuminated touch controls in chassis, bezel & frame

02/18/2014, 08:02 am

A new patent filing reveals Apple's experimentation with a touch-sensitive MacBook chassis, which would offer the ability to sense a user's touch across a notebook's entire bezel, potentially allowing the company to eliminate physical buttons and allow for a more intuitive computing experience.

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Apple secretly met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk; also working on tech to predict heart attacks

02/16/2014, 09:02 am

Apple over the past 18 months has been in aggressive pursuit of new technologies in potential growth markets that have reportedly seen the company orchestrate closed-door meetings with the nation's top electric car manufacturer while also trying its hand at developing technology that could help predict heart attacks.

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Apple's 'iWatch' rumored to use optoelectronics to monitor heart rate, blood oxygen levels

02/14/2014, 11:02 am

Apple may turn to optoelectronic sensor technology to help users of the company's so-called "iWatch" keep track of their heart rate and blood oxygen saturation, according to a Friday report from China.

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Apple hires yet another medical sensor expert as 'iWatch' hype grows

02/13/2014, 08:02 am

Apple continues to bolster its team by hiring medical sensor experts, with the latest grab being former chief technology officer of a company that specialized in noninvasive monitoring technologies -- yet another hire that will help fuel speculation that the company is working on a so-called "iWatch" with biometric sensing capabilities.

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J.P. Morgan predicts new, separate & converged 'iAnywhere' computing platform in Apple's future

02/12/2014, 09:02 am

With smartphone growth slowing, investment firm J.P. Morgan predicts that Apple's "next big thing" could be a new, converged operating system that could allow an iPhone or iPad to dock into a specifically configured display and run as a more traditional computer.

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Apple hints at unannounced 'new platforms' in job listing

02/11/2014, 10:02 am

With the debut new product categories promised by Apple in 2014 will likely come entirely new platforms, and a fresh job listing from the company discloses that such plans are in fact currently in the works.

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Apple rumored to use sapphire screen for 'iWatch,' but not next-gen iPhone

02/11/2014, 09:02 am

New reports out of the Far East suggest that while Apple is currently trialing iPhone units bearing sapphire-covered displays, the material will make its debut on the so-called "iWatch" rather than on the company's next-generation handset this year.

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Rumor: Apple's 'iWatch' team grows to 200 people, device won't be regulated by FDA

02/10/2014, 03:02 pm

Rumors about a future wrist-worn smart device from Apple continue to emerge, with one report Monday claiming the team in Cupertino, Calif., working on the so-called "iWatch" has grown to include more than 200 people.

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Apple looking to hire exercise physiologist, may point to fitness-tracking 'iWatch'

02/06/2014, 11:02 am

With speculation of a so-called "iWatch" reaching frenzied proportions, a new Apple employment advertisement seeking a product development-focused exercise physiologist has added weight to the theory that the device would feature a focus on fitness.

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Rumor: Apple's 'iWatch' to use new 'stepped' battery technology from LG

02/05/2014, 03:02 pm

Apple will turn to an LG-devised layered lithium ion battery design manufactured by Samsung SDI, LG Chem and Tianjin Lishen Battery for the powerpack in its so-called iWatch, a questionable report out of Korea suggests.

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Morgan Stanley sees 'iWatch' ringing up $17.5B from iPhone users in first year

02/04/2014, 10:02 am

Apple's entry into the wearables market with a so-called "iWatch" could be an extremely profitable move for the company, with one investment bank predicting that the device will add up to $17.5 billion to Apple's coffers in its first year of sales.

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Apple TV gains its own shopping category in Apple's online store

01/28/2014, 02:01 pm

The most recent update to Apple's online store brought more than just Valentine's Day deals, as the company's Apple TV set-top streamer was promoted from accessory to top-level product category -- fueling speculation that the box may soon see a major update.

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Rumor: Apple lining up suppliers for next-gen 'A8' processor

01/27/2014, 09:01 am

A trio of semiconductor product packaging companies have reportedly been tapped by Apple to help supply the company's next-generation "A8" mobile processor, according to a new rumor.

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Belgian retailer claims Apple planning to release Mac mini update soon

01/22/2014, 11:01 am

A Mac reseller in Belgium claims to have received inside information suggesting Apple plans to update its Mac mini desktop before the end of February.

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Rumor: Large-screen iPhone 6 in June, 'iWatch' to use flexible LG OLED display

01/20/2014, 05:01 pm

Monday morning brought two questionable reports about Apple's plans for the future, with one Korean publication speculating that LG has won a contract to supply displays for Apple's still-unannounced "iWatch" and a Chinese website claiming a next-gen 4.7-inch iPhone will be unveiled at WWDC.

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Cantor: Wearables now a 'legitimate' product category, but only an Apple 'iWatch' would drive sales

01/13/2014, 08:01 am

While the glut of wearable devices introduced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show signals that companies hope to tap into the emerging market, analyst Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald doesn't expect that sales will reach a "meaningful" level until Apple decides to enter the space with its rumored "iWatch."

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Apple hits snags in 'iWatch' production, loses director of iPod software to Nest

01/07/2014, 05:01 pm

A new report published on Tuesday details the long and arduous road Apple's supposed iWatch is moving down as it moves from idea to consumer product, including fresh information regarding an iPod software director's departure to Nest Labs.

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Analyst predicts Apple will transform notebook market with 12-inch hybrid 'iPad Pro' this fall

01/03/2014, 10:01 am

As part of a series of predictions for 2014, Evercore Partners analyst Patrick Wang believes Apple will show a renewed focus on the enterprise market with a new 12-inch iPad hybrid, which he believes would fundamentally change the notebook PC landscape.

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