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Topic: Future Hardware

Document claims to detail 'Phosphorus,' a mysterious chip for Apple's 'iPhone 6' [u]

08/25/2014, 07:08 am

Apple's so-called "iPhone 6" may include a new chip code-named "Phosphorus" for analyzing new data, such as barometric pressure of the surrounding environment of the company's motion coprocessor, a new schematic suggests [updated].

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Apple's interest in reversible USB plugs detailed in new patent application

08/21/2014, 09:08 am

While a reversible "Type-A" USB connector may not meet the specifications of a certified USB cable, Apple has nevertheless shown interest in building one, a newly published patent application reveals.

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Continued production issues may force Apple to delay 'iWatch' until 2015, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims

08/19/2014, 03:08 pm

With a number of issues allegedly still standing between Apple and the launch of its anticipated wrist-worn device, the so-called "iWatch" may not even see the light of day until next year, the latest missive from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests.

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Intel's 'Core M' chip announcement suggests Broadwell-based MacBook Pros won't arrive until 2015

08/11/2014, 02:08 pm

Intel on Monday announced that its first low-power Broadwell chips will hit the market in limited quantities before the end of the year, and that those processors will be intended for premium tablet- and hybrid-style devices, strongly implying that next-generation chips bound for Apple's popular MacBook Pro lineup won't be available until 2015 at the earliest.

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Plethora of alleged 'iPhone 6' parts show Apple logo, cables & camera ring

08/11/2014, 08:08 am

The latest series of leaked parts show a number of components claimed to be for a future "iPhone 6," including more evidence of an embedded rear logo, along with an assortment of internal cables, and what could be a closer look at the ring that will cover the device's rear camera lens.

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Offhand comment stirs hope that Apple could announce 'iWatch' in Sept. [u]

08/08/2014, 05:08 pm

In a short blog post about Motorola's upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch, the well-connected John Gruber caused a stir by seemingly saying Apple will launch "their wrist wearable thing" in September, though he later clarified that his comments were a "joke" and not based on any inside information.

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Apple's future iPhones could hide FaceTime camera & flash inside earpiece grille

08/07/2014, 09:08 am

The clean and simple design of Apple's iconic iPhone could become even simpler, thanks to a new concept that describes concealing the FaceTime camera within the earpiece speaker slot, and even adding a camera flash module that would illuminate forward facing pictures.

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Samsung teases Sept. 3 reveal of 'Note 4,' less than a week before Apple's 'iPhone 6' event

08/06/2014, 03:08 pm

With word leaking that Apple is apparently plotting an iPhone-related media event on Sept. 9, rival Samsung appears poised to beat Apple to press with its own "Unpacked" event six days earlier, where it is expected to unveil its next-generation jumbo-sized Note smartphone.

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Apple awarded patent for magnetic power that could wirelessly energize keyboards & mice

08/05/2014, 12:08 pm

Apple on Tuesday was officially awarded a patent related to wireless, magnetic power systems that could one day in the future allow low-power devices like keyboards and mice to be powered over the air, without any physical contact or even battery necessary.

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Apple likely to ship only 3 million 'iWatch' units this year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says

07/31/2014, 03:07 pm

Market expectations for Apple's anticipated "iWatch" may be grossly overestimated, as well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said on Thursday that he expects that only 3 million wrist-worn smart devices from Apple will make it to store shelves by the end of this year.

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New Apple TV 'stalls' because of cable companies & content deals, likely not arriving until 2015 - report

07/30/2014, 02:07 pm

Apple still has a major revamp of its set-top box in the works, but the next-generation Apple TV may not arrive until next year, thanks to cable companies that are "dragging their heels," according to a new report.

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Another Apple page briefly mentioned mysterious 'mid-2014' 27-inch iMac

07/30/2014, 08:07 am

Apple may have accidentally tipped its hand on two imminent hardware releases this week, with support pages from the company referencing both new Mac mini and 27-inch iMac models listed with a "mid-2014" launch.

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Apple references unannounced 'mid-2014' Mac mini in Support Pages document

07/29/2014, 05:07 pm

In an update to a support document regarding Boot Camp compatibility on Monday, Apple added reference to an as-yet-unannounced "mid-2014" Mac mini, suggesting the company is -- or was -- planning a long overdue refresh of its smallest desktop offering.

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Rumor: 'iWatch' production hits snags, will not begin until Q4 2014

07/29/2014, 09:07 am

Executives at longtime Apple supplier TPK -- thought to have been selected by the iPhone maker to manufacture touch modules for the so-called "iWatch" -- are said to have revised earlier forecasts for a profit uptick in the third quarter, pushing the expected surge back by three months in what is seen as an indication that Apple's wearable is suffering from delays.

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New MacBook Pros with 16GB RAM standard & faster CPUs rumored to launch Tuesday

07/28/2014, 08:07 am

Apple's MacBook Pro lineup, in both the 13- and 15-inch varieties, is now rumored to receive an update on Tuesday, following a leak that suggested all 15-inch models will come standard with 16 gigabytes of RAM.

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Rumor: In-store signage outs speed-bumped MacBook Pros, 16GB of RAM to come standard

07/27/2014, 06:07 pm

A photo out of China on Sunday supposedly shows iPad-based Apple Store signage detailing the anticipated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display refresh, with an updated processor lineup and standard 16GB of RAM across the board.

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Apple spending on manufacturing & parts sees biggest increase since 2007 launch of first iPhone

07/25/2014, 09:07 am

The data in Apple's recently released 10-Q filing reveals the company has invested heavily in manufacturing and component purchases as it gears up for a series of highly anticipated major product launches this fall, including a next-generation iPhone and anticipated "iWatch."

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Swatch denies rumor it's working with Apple on 'iWatch'

07/24/2014, 08:07 am

Swiss watchmaker Swatch has moved to quickly extinguish rumors that claimed it is working with Apple on the company's hotly anticipated "iWatch."

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Apple reportedly working with Swatch, other watchmakers to roll out multiple 'iWatch' devices

07/23/2014, 06:07 pm

As rumors of Apple's anticipated entry into the smartwatch sector mount, a report on Wednesday claims Cupertino has been collaborating with Swatch and other major traditional watchmakers to release a range of branded products that appeal to a wider swath of buyers.

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Apple R&D spending spiked $425M last quarter, reaching record $1.6B

07/23/2014, 11:07 am

Apple continues to invest heavily in research in development, with a 36 percent year-over-year increase seen last quarter, helping the company reach $4.36 billion in total R&D costs so far this fiscal year as new products in new categories are hotly anticipated.

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