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Topic: Future Hardware

Rumor: Apple developing iPhone display with integrated Touch ID fingerprint scanner, eliminating home button

06/22/2015, 09:06 am

Rumors have persisted for years claiming that Apple may eventually eliminate the home button on its iPhone, and a new report suggests the company is looking into developing a new solution for moving its Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the display itself.

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Apple investigating thinner touch panels that can sense 3D 'hover' gestures

06/18/2015, 03:06 pm

Apple is looking beyond its new Force Touch pressure-sensitive input method, and may in the future allow users to perform gestures by pointing or moving their hands in front of a device, without even touching it, new patents reveal.

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Intel announces quad-core mobile Broadwell chips, but Apple likely to stay away

06/02/2015, 02:06 pm

Chip giant Intel on Tuesday finally unveiled new quad-core mobile processors based on its Broadwell architecture --six months after the first Broadwell chips rolled out-- but it may be too late to snag Apple's recently updated MacBook Pro.

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Thunderbolt 3 spec announced with support for USB-C connector, transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps

06/02/2015, 08:06 am

The next generation of the high-speed Thunderbolt specification was announced on Tuesday, ditching the legacy Mini DisplayPort connector for the new smaller, reversible USB-C standard, and offering transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps with high-end cables.

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Metaio acquisition brings Apple's PrimeSense pickup into focus

05/31/2015, 06:05 am

Apple's heretofore puzzling buyout of Israeli sensor firm PrimeSense -- which created hardware designed to "see" in three dimensions -- now makes more sense in light of last week's acquisition of Metaio, a German software company specializing in augmented reality technology.

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Apple's Jeff Williams calls cars 'the ultimate mobile device' in discussion on CarPlay

05/27/2015, 02:05 pm

As the CarPlay rollout slowly marches on and rumors swirl around a possible Apple-branded electric car, Apple operations chief Jeff Williams on Wednesday referred to cars as "the ultimate mobile device."

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Rumor: TSMC preparing trial run of 10-nanometer ARM chips, could power future iPhones

05/26/2015, 03:05 pm

Apple chipmaking partner Taiwan Manufacturing Semiconductor Co. is reportedly gearing up to test production of 10-nanometer size processors beginning in June, according to a new rumor.

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Rumor: Intel prepping next-gen Skylake chips for August debut, may curtail Broadwell sales

05/22/2015, 10:05 am

Chip giant Intel is reportedly targeting August of this year for the initial rollout of its next-generation Skylake microarchitecture, a timeline that likely means Apple's high-end Macs will skip the oft-delayed Broadwell line.

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Apple seeks to improve the stylus with dynamic input based on pressure, grip, angle & more

05/21/2015, 12:05 pm

As rumors suggest Apple will launch a 12.9-inch iPad with a new stylus accessory later this year, a new patent application offers a glimpse at what the company could be working on, describing an advanced stylus that would offer much more dynamic ways of interacting with a touchscreen than just the press of a finger.

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Rumor: Apple to update 15" MacBook Pro, 27" iMac on Wednesday

05/18/2015, 07:05 am

Rather than waiting for WWDC, Apple may update its 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac with Intel's latest Broadwell processors this week on Wednesday, according to a new rumor.

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Apple's invisible display concept would show more than the human eye can see

05/07/2015, 11:05 am

Future iPhone displays could transmit invisible but valuable information, such as barcodes for coupons or even advanced facial recognition, according to a proposed Apple invention.

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Apple TV remote control to get touch pad when new version launches in June, report says

05/04/2015, 07:05 pm

According to a report on Monday, the Apple TV isn't the only piece of hardware in line for a redesign this year, as the device's long-in-the-tooth remote control is now expected to come with a built-in touch pad.

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Foxconn's Terry Guo says he lobbied Apple to choose TSMC over Samsung for 'A9'

04/28/2015, 11:04 am

According to one of Apple's closest partners, the company's choice to award production contracts for its forthcoming "A9" chip to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. -- rather than single-sourcing parts from Samsung -- was the result of a concerted lobbying effort from fellow Taiwanese firms.

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Review roundup: Apple's 12" MacBook ahead of its time, but hurt by weak processor, too few ports

04/09/2015, 12:04 pm

Apple lifted its review embargo on the new 12-inch MacBook on Thursday, and the first early-access reviews began to emerge, praising some of the notebook's futuristic design traits while typically criticizing issues like weak performance and a lack of present-day compatibility.

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Apple's new 12" MacBook shown off, compared to 11" MacBook Air in 15-minute video

04/06/2015, 05:04 pm

Ahead of the 12-inch MacBook's expected release later this month, a Ukrainian electronics reseller got its hands on the device to produce a fairly detailed video looking at hardware, performance and design.

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Display makers increase IGZO capacity as Apple ponders next-gen panels for 'iPad Pro' - report

04/06/2015, 01:04 pm

Apple is likely to choose IGZO-based display panels for its so-called 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro,' a Monday report from South Korea suggests, prompting Korean manufacturers Samsung and LG Display to make investments designed to increase their production capacity in a bid to win Apple's business.

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Apple to release super-high resolution 'iMac 8K' later this year, display partner LG says

04/06/2015, 08:04 am

In a rather unusual reveal, a supposed "iMac 8K" has been outed in a press release that was published by Apple display supplier LG, suggesting the all-in-one desktop will get an even higher resolution screen this year.

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Apple's ultra-thin 12-inch MacBook benchmarks on par with 2011 MacBook Air

04/01/2015, 07:04 pm

Fresh benchmark statistics posted to the Web on Wednesday suggest Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook laptop will perform at levels commensurate of older MacBook Air models from 2011.

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Apple embarks on wave of new battery-related job hires, targets iOS improvements

03/30/2015, 02:03 pm

Apple has been looking to make significant additions to its battery technology team since the beginning of March, with a special emphasis on iOS devices, newly listed positions available at the company reveal.

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Apple's new MacBook employs unorthodox keyboard design to achieve maximum thinness

03/28/2015, 04:03 am

To pursue its continuing obsession with thinness, Apple has gone to extraordinary lengths with the keyboard on the new 12-inch MacBook, redesigning it in a way that is thoroughly distinct from its Macbook Air and MacBook Pro stablemates.

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