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Topic: Future Hardware

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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Intel rolls out faster Haswell CPUs possibly bound for MacBook Pro refresh

07/21/2014, 07:07 pm

Intel on Sunday released a batch of new Core i5 and Core i7 Haswell processors for high-end laptops like Apple's MacBook Pro, each boasting the usual speed bumps when compared to prior versions.

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Rumor: 12" Retina MacBook Air may be pushed back to 2015, next-gen models hit production in August

07/18/2014, 09:07 pm

Rumors out of Taiwan on Friday claim Apple's anticipated 12-inch MacBook Air may be delayed into 2015 due to processor supply constraints, but release of the next-generation 11-inch and 13-inch models will be on time as partner suppliers in East Asia are receiving parts for mass production.

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Rumor: Apple's 'iWatch' will come in two sizes, three models when it launches this fall

07/15/2014, 09:07 am

Apple is said to be planning to release a wrist-worn device this fall with touchscreen sizes of 1.6 and 1.8 inches, with the larger having an option for sapphire, according to the latest "iWatch" rumor out of the Far East.

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Model number for Apple's mystery iBeacon device may hint at upgrade to existing hardware

07/14/2014, 04:07 pm

A new Apple device revealed earlier this week in certification documents filed with the FCC appears to be the first in a new line of iBeacon-specific hardware, but the mysterious product's model number suggests that it may instead be an extension of one of Apple's existing products.

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Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple "iWatch" mass production pushed back to November [u]

07/10/2014, 09:07 pm

Industry consensus holds that Apple's so-called "iWatch" will see manufacture in September ahead of wide distribution in December, but one well-connected analyst believes mass production is to be pushed back to November, meaning only small quantities will be available at launch.

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Rumor: Apple to boost 4.7" 'iPhone 6' battery by 15% over iPhone 5s

07/07/2014, 10:07 am

Apple may be planning to trade battery capacity for slimness in its next-generation handsets, according to a Monday report from the Far East, with the hotly-anticipated 4.7-inch "iPhone 6" said to pack an 1,800 mAh unit and its 5.5-inch sibling bringing a 2,500 mAh reserve.

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Apple hires sales director of Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer for anticipated 'iWatch' launch

07/04/2014, 08:07 am

The sales director of luxury watch maker TAG Heuer, which also owns the brands Hublot and Zenith, has reportedly left the company to assist Apple in the anticipated launch of its rumored "iWatch" this fall.

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Apple continues exploring Liquidmetal manufacturing methods

07/03/2014, 11:07 am

Though Liquidmetal has yet to make a headline appearance in an Apple product, the company continues to explore new manufacturing methods for the amorphous alloy, most recently filing a divisional patent application for a new counter-gravity casting process.

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