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Topic: Future Hardware

Siri integration with third-party apps expected to play key role in Apple's 'iWatch'

03/05/2014, 11:03 am

Apple is apparently working to open up Siri, its voice driven personal assistant, to third-party iOS applications, an improvement in services believed to be tied closely to the development of an anticipated "iWatch."

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Corning exec lets slip the gorillas of war, calls sapphire expensive, heavy, environmentally unfriendly

03/04/2014, 11:03 pm

During a conference call on Tuesday, Corning Glass executive Tony Tripeny named the apparently numerous drawbacks to using sapphire crystal in a mobile device, something which Apple is widely expected to do with an upcoming iPhone.

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Apple's dynamic user interface would adapt to user's proximity, allowing control from close & far

02/27/2014, 10:02 am

Apple has shown continued interest in a new input method that would use advanced sensors to detect gestures, movements, location and distance from a user, allowing a person to easily transition from physical input up close to gesture controls from afar.

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GT says plans to supply sapphire glass to Apple are 'progressing well,' company expects profitable 2H of 2014

02/25/2014, 11:02 am

Though GT Advanced Technologies Inc. did not reveal this week exactly when it will be supplying sapphire glass to Apple en masse, the company did issue a public statement revealing that its arrangement with the iPhone maker is "progressing well."

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Google rumored to debut 'Nexus' smart watch with new operating system in June

02/24/2014, 04:02 pm

The flood of wearable devices headed to market is expected to continue with a new wrist-worn smart watch from Google, rumored to be unveiled at the search giant's I/O 2014 conference this June.

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Imagination unveils 192-core mobile GPU potentially bound for future Apple iPhones, iPads

02/24/2014, 08:02 am

Imagination Technologies, the company whose PowerVR graphics processors are a key component of Apple's iOS devices, unveiled its latest creation on Monday: a 192-core GPU that it claims will produce the most powerful graphics yet in mobile phones and tablets.

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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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