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Topic: Future Hardware

Staff leave Google's self-driving car team after reaping massive bonuses

02/13/2017, 03:02 pm

Potentially giving Apple some breathing space with its own project, people have been leaving Google's self-driving car division -- now a separate company known as Waymo -- because they were actually paid too much money, a report said on Monday.

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Mystery wireless Apple device goes through FCC testing for a third time

02/13/2017, 09:02 am

Apple continues to submit its mystery Bluetooth and NFC product to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for testing, with a third listing in the regulatory database revealing few new details about the wireless device.

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References to possible 2017 MacBook Pro with Intel Kaby Lake CPUs found in macOS Sierra beta code

02/07/2017, 12:02 pm

Examination of the beta code for macOS Sierra 10.12.4 has revealed a trio of Kaby Lake processors referenced, which has pointed to specific processor substitutions for a possible MacBook Pro refresh using Intel's new processor line.

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iPhone camera maker Sony introduces new optics capable of 1000fps full HD slow motion video

02/07/2017, 11:02 am

Sony, a supplier of camera modules used by Apple, has unveiled a new image sensor for smartphones that has its own onboard DRAM, allowing it to capture HD video at far higher frame rates than current generation smartphones are capable of filming.

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Apple formalizes 8-pin 'Ultra Accessory Connector' for switching headphones from Lightning to 3.5mm, USB-C

02/06/2017, 04:02 pm

Apple has issued a developer preview for a connector, dubbed the Ultra Accessory Connector, intended to ease connectivity and adapter problems associated with "Made for i"-certified headphones, allowing them to be switched out for USB-C or legacy 3.5-millimeter audio cables.

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VR evangelist doubles down on rumor that Apple AR headset is inbound, moves date up to 2017

02/06/2017, 08:02 am

Augmented and virtual reality herald Robert Scoble has amplified his predictions about an Apple partnership with Carl Zeiss on a pair of smart glasses, and is predicting an announcement of the technology possibly as early as the middle of 2017.

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Apple developing ARM chip for Mac to handle low-power functionality

02/01/2017, 04:02 pm

As it looks to lessen reliance on outside chip manufacturers, Apple is developing an ARM-based Mac processor designed to take some of the burden off primary Intel silicon, a report said on Wednesday.

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Alphabet's Waymo sharpens self-driving car tech, expands testing lead over rivals like Apple

02/01/2017, 03:02 pm

Even as Apple tests remain shrouded in secrecy, prototype self-driving cars by Waymo -- formerly under Google -- are dramatically improving their skills, data from the California Department of Motor Vehicles revealed on Wednesday.

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NHTSA closes investigation into fatal Tesla Autopilot accident, says no defect to blame

01/19/2017, 01:01 pm

Eliminating a potential obstacle to the development of self-driving technology such as developments from Apple's "Project Titan," the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday that there was no evidence a fatal Tesla accident in May was caused by an autonomous driving system defect demanding a recall.

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Supply chain predicts 2017 MacBook sales will top 15M thanks to recent refresh, Kaby Lake upgrade

01/17/2017, 08:01 am

Analysts from the supply chain are predicting that sales of Apple's portable MacBook and MacBook Pro lines will exceed 15 million in 2017, on the strength of sales of the 2016 MacBook Pro, and improvements to the line with the Kaby Lake processor and possibly 32GB of RAM later in the year.

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Apple SVP Lisa Jackson named as member of new US DOT automated vehicle committee

01/12/2017, 10:01 am

In an effort to unify and regulate the introduction of automated vehicles to U.S. highways, the Department of Transportation has established a new advisory committee to steer the future of the department, including Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson.

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Rumor: Apple working with Carl Zeiss on AR glasses to debut in 2018

01/09/2017, 05:01 pm

Rumors of Apple's intent to enter the augmented reality hardware space gained traction on Monday, as a report from AR/VR evangelist Robert Scoble claims the company is partnering with optics manufacturer Carl Zeiss on a pair of lightweight glasses.

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LG, Dell and Lenovo debut new USB-C monitors compatible with Apple's latest MacBooks

01/04/2017, 12:01 pm

A trio of monitor makers have announced new USB-C-based displays coming later this year, with LG, Dell, and Lenovo throwing their weight behind the new all-in-one connector found on Apple's 12-inch MacBook and new MacBook Pros.

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Intel launches new Kaby Lake chips suited for Apple's MacBook Pro, iMac

01/03/2017, 01:01 pm

Intel has rounded off its Kaby Lake processor line with new quad- and dual-core high-performance chips for mobile and desktop, with some of the new offerings suitable for a future iMac and Mac Pro refresh, though it's unlikely the just-refreshed MacBook Pro will see Kaby Lake in the short term.

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Trio of new AMD GPU references for possible Mac refresh found in latest macOS Sierra beta

12/07/2016, 08:12 am

Users delving into the latest macOS 10.12.2 beta have discovered strings aligning with potential support for a trio of new GPU families in future hardware -- a refreshed Polaris 10, the unknown Polaris 12, and the Vega 10 series.

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As Apple shows interest in AR/VR, PlayStation VR's strong start suggests price beats performance

11/29/2016, 10:11 am

The latest --and more affordable -- high-profile entrant into the emerging virtual reality space, PlayStation VR, is off to a successful start, suggesting consumers are more interested in advanced VR technology if it's available in a simple and economical product.

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McLaren CEO admits to talks with Apple, but no bid was made

11/19/2016, 03:11 pm

Officials from Apple met with premium automaker McLaren, but the discussions never went as far as a bid, the CEO of the sports car company has revealed in a new interview.

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Apple's engineering in new MacBook Pro paves way for speedy Optane storage in future models

11/08/2016, 02:11 pm

Apple has set the table for inclusion of the future XPoint-based Optane SSD technology in an iteration of the MacBook Pro, potentially leading to dramatically faster access times and transfer speeds than conventional SSDs.

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Concept imagines OLED Touch Bar on Apple's wireless Magic Keyboard

11/03/2016, 09:11 am

With Apple's dynamic Touch Bar now official on the latest MacBook Pros, fans are imagining what the feature might look like on other Mac products, such as the wireless Magic Keyboard.

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Intel briefly reveals data on potential 2017 iMac, Mac Pro Kaby Lake processors

11/01/2016, 09:11 am

A document briefly available from Intel's website intended for system manufacturers like Apple has shed some light on new Kaby Lake processors suitable for desktop computers that could be used in a new iMac or Mac Pro, but still shows no sign of the long-overdue Kaby Lake quad-core laptop processors.

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