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Topic: Future Hardware

Five barriers that might hold Apple back from moving Intel Macs to custom ARM chips

01/16/2015, 08:01 am

Shortly after Apple introduced its first custom A4 Application Processor in 2010 to power the original iPad, rumors began to suggest the company could eventually migrate its Macs from Intel x86 processors to ARM chip designs of its own. However, there's a series of significant hurdles the company would need to jump first.

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Apple concept shows how Touch ID home button could serve as more complex input controller

01/15/2015, 01:01 pm

The technology that drives the Touch ID home button could be used for much more than securely scanning a user's fingerprint -- a fact highlighted by a new Apple patent application published this week.

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Why Apple might consider leaving Intel's x86 for its own ARM chips in future Macs

01/14/2015, 03:01 pm

Though many will scoff at the notion of an iPad and Mac that draw from the same family of application processors, it's not as farfetched as it seems. AppleInsider takes a look at why today's chipmaking giants could find themselves on the outside looking in during an Apple product launch in the near future.

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Apple may shun Intel for custom A-series chips in new Macs within 1-2 years

01/14/2015, 10:01 am

Mac buyers in 2016 and beyond could have the option of purchasing a machine powered by Apple's A-series processors, which currently sit at the heart of the iPhone and iPad, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Rumor: Apple's new 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display to launch this quarter

01/13/2015, 08:01 am

Apple's anticipated MacBook Air with 12-inch Retina display could launch as soon as this quarter following the start of production by Quanta Computer, according to the latest supply chain rumor out of the Far East.

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Apple's rumored 12" MacBook Air may aggressively target mobility with USB 3.1 Type-C

01/10/2015, 05:01 am

The latest rumors of a new 12-inch MacBook Air model describe an ultra-thin laptop that drops nearly all of its physical ports for a single audio jack and USB 3.1 Type-C connector, features that were first revealed last April and further detailed in specifications documents released by Intel, with significant contributions by Apple, in September.

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Cheap Chinese Apple Watch copycat appears at CES, less than 4 months after Apple unveiling

01/09/2015, 01:01 pm

Before the Apple Watch hits the market early this year, a Chinese company was at this week's CES selling a knock-off version of the highly anticipated wearable for less than one-tenth of the price.

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Samsung, ASE tapped to build Apple Watch's S1 processing module - report

01/09/2015, 10:01 am

Apple will reportedly turn to longtime supplier and sometimes-rival Samsung to fabricate the application processor for the forthcoming Apple Watch, while Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering is said to have been chosen to package the new device's S1 processing module.

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Apple rumored to start Apple Watch sales in March, retail training in February

01/06/2015, 04:01 pm

Fresh rumors on Tuesday claim Apple is looking to roll out its hotly anticipated Apple Watch in March, with specialized retail staff training for the company's first wearable device said to begin in February.

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Fitness tracker users are older & richer, early smartwatch adopters mostly young men, survey finds

01/06/2015, 10:01 am

With a glut of fitness trackers and smartwatches being introduced this week at CES ahead of the launch of the Apple Watch, a new survey finds that current wearable devices attract very different types of users based on their primary functionality.

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Intel officially unveils full Broadwell-based Intel Core CPU lineup

01/05/2015, 11:01 am

Chip giant Intel on Monday took the covers off if its oft-delayed fifth-generation Intel Core processor family, a revamp that includes significant efficiency improvements and is expected to sit at the heart of Apple's rumored all-new MacBook Air.

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First Apple Watch advertising platform announced by TapSense [u]

01/05/2015, 10:01 am

With the release of the Apple Watch around the corner, one advertising platform aims to be the first to provide mobile ads to users' wrists, unveiling a platform with hyper-local targeting and Apple Pay integration.

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T-Mobile CEO predicts Apple Watch will be tipping point for wearables, 'phablet' sales to grow

12/30/2014, 03:12 pm

Outspoken T-Mobile U.S. Chief Executive John Legere published a series of predictions on Tuesday for what he thinks lies ahead in 2015 in the wireless industry, and revealed he has big expectations for the upcoming Apple Watch.

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Conflicting reports claim TSMC, Samsung each have upper hand for building Apple's 'A9' chip

12/30/2014, 02:12 pm

The outlook remains murky for Apple's anticipated "A9" processor, expected to arrive in its 2015 iPhone, with a pair of new reports disagreeing on whether Samsung or TSMC will build the bulk of next-generation chips.

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Rumor: Apple considering return to 4-inch form factor in 2015 with 'iPhone 6s mini'

12/23/2014, 09:12 am

Though Apple moved on from the 4-inch screen size this year with the launch of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, the company may return to that form factor next year with a new low-end handset, a new report claims.

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Rumor: Apple's 12" MacBook Air with Retina display to enter production in Q1 2015

12/22/2014, 08:12 am

Apple's supply chain are said to be gearing up for mass production of the long-rumored next-generation MacBook Air with a high-resolution Retina display, according to a new rumor.

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Consumers take 'wait-and-see' approach to Apple Watch ahead of expected Q2 debut

12/21/2014, 10:12 pm

According to a recent consumer survey conducted by investment firm Piper Jaffray, potential Apple Watch buyers are in a holding pattern as they await more details from Apple regarding core use cases and a fully fleshed out list of features.

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Future iPhones could enhance security with combination of Touch ID & fingertip motion

12/18/2014, 09:12 am

Apple has shown interest in combining the use of its Touch ID fingerprint sensor with rotating or moving a user's fingertip in specific ways, offering even more advanced security on future iPhones and iPads.

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Rumor: Apple Watch set to begin mass production in January

12/11/2014, 08:12 am

A questionable rumor out of Taiwan claims that Apple and manufacturing partner Quanta Computer are gearing up to begin mass production of the Apple Watch in January, and will manufacture a total of 24 million units in the first year.

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Blueprint of Apple's "iPad Air Plus," details of iPad mini 4 reportedly outed in Japanese mag - Rumor

11/28/2014, 02:11 pm

A Japanese Apple fan magazine published on Friday what it says is a full-scale schematic of Apple's much rumored "iPad Air Plus," along with claims that the device will be powered by an A9 chip and ship between April and June of 2015.

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