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Topic: Future Hardware

Four ex-NASA engineers on Apple's list of autonomous car software testers

04/24/2017, 12:04 pm

Amidst three Apple employees involved in testing of Apple's self-driving car software stands an ex-NASA researcher who was once tasked to develop an autonomous vehicle to explore one of Jupiter's moons, and three others who worked for JPL.

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Apple hires two Google satellite execs for 'new hardware team'

04/21/2017, 02:04 pm

Apple has reportedly hired two executives from Google's satellite division to head up "a new hardware team," with goals that are still unclear.

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Leaked safety document may hint at future Apple technology such as AR glasses

04/20/2017, 04:04 pm

An report from an Apple Environment Health and Safety contractor -- said to have accidentally leaked to hundreds of Apple staff -- may point to rumored augmented reality glasses, or some other new eye-related technology.

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New 'pro' iMac said to have discrete GPU and Xeon E3 processor, ship at end of 2017

04/18/2017, 06:04 am

New supply chain reports suggest that Apple is gearing up for new iMac production, with a "server grade" model with Xeon E3 processor reportedly in the works.

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Apple wins California DMV permit for testing self-driving car, could put tech on public roads [u]

04/14/2017, 12:04 pm

The California Department of Motor Vehicles on Friday added Apple to the list of companies with permission to test self-driving vehicles in the state, suggesting that the company is pushing through with work on "Project Titan." [Updated with Apple test car info]

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Apple posts GPU-related job openings in UK following Imagination breakup

04/10/2017, 10:04 am

Apple is ramping up its efforts to create its own GPU designs, following the iPhone producer's decision to stop working with the U.K.-based Imagination Technologies, by advertising a number of job postings within the graphics field in London.

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Patent applications show Apple has considered adding Touch Bar to Magic Keyboard

04/04/2017, 10:04 am

The Touch Bar, Apple's thin touchscreen display above the keyboard on the MacBook Pro, could make an appearance on other Apple peripherals, with recently-published patent application illustrations revealing a version of the Touch Bar has been considered for the Magic Keyboard accessory.

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Apple plans new iMac configurations targeting pro users for later this year

04/04/2017, 09:04 am

Despite the delay in new Mac Pro models arriving on the market, Apple is still aiming to target professional users looking for new Macs, and has revealed plans to release new iMacs this year with new configuration options that could be attractive to prosumer and creative users.

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All-new Mac Pro with modular design, Apple-branded pro displays coming in 2018

04/04/2017, 08:04 am

Though they won't arrive this year, Apple has revealed that the Mac Pro will live on with an entirely new design that will be easier to update on a regular basis, and that Apple-branded professional displays are also in the product pipeline.

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2017 Supplier Responsibility Report line entry may confirm Apple's car ambitions

03/29/2017, 09:03 am

The most recent Apple supplier report is mostly a rehash of previous years -- but includes one entry from a facility that appears to exclusively produce car parts and support equipment for automobiles.

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Apple recruiting computer vision & robotics researchers for Swiss lab - report

03/29/2017, 09:03 am

Apple appears to be quietly operating a research facility in Switzerland, possibly with the company's self-driving car project in mind, according to a local news site.

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Apple 'stepping up' development of augmented reality glasses, moving towards consumer device - report

03/27/2017, 09:03 am

Apple is reportedly "stepping up its efforts" in developing augmented reality glasses, allocating more resources to the project with the aim of shifting it from research into a consumer product.

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Apple's online store will close Tuesday morning, fueling rumors of new products

03/20/2017, 11:03 am

Apple's updated system status page now discloses upcoming maintenance for the company's website, revealing that there is a planned outage scheduled for early Tuesday morning, potentially in anticipation of a new 128-gigabyte iPhone SE and more.

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Apple's augmented reality team includes vets from Dolby, Oculus & more - report

03/20/2017, 09:03 am

Although Apple's rumored augmented reality glasses may be a distant prospect, a report said on Monday, Apple is making AR technology a priority and has assembled a high-profile team for the effort.

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Imagination announces PowerVR 'Furian' mobile GPU architecture, could power Apple's iPhone by late 2018

03/08/2017, 12:03 pm

Apple partner Imagination Technologies on Wednesday unveiled PowerVR Furian, its next-generation mobile graphics processing architecture likely to be a key part of future iPhones, and also the first new GPU architecture since 2010.

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Battery tech suitable for future iPhone promises 3x the power density, full charge in minutes

03/06/2017, 08:03 am

A new battery technology has been developed by a team led by the original creator of lithium-ion battery, promising safer batteries that can hold three times as much power -- and charge in minutes, rather than hours.

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Editorial: The future of Apple's Macintosh

03/05/2017, 10:03 pm

Thinking about the future of Apple's Macintosh becomes more realistic when grounded in facts. It's no accident that several Mac models have not been updated in many months, but it's also true that Apple faces real constraints in dramatically expanding its Mac sales. Here's a look at what's involved, and what's possible for the future of Apple's graphical mouse-based computing platform.

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As Apple invests heavily in AR, Microsoft plans 'mixed reality' support for Xbox, Windows

03/01/2017, 03:03 pm

Microsoft apparently sees the same market potential for augmented and virtual reality as Apple CEO Tim Cook, and will include support for "mixed reality" in future Windows and Xbox updates in conjunction with future headsets heralded by the new Mixed Reality Development Edition headset.

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As Apple explores truly wireless iPhone charging, Disney Research demos cord-free room concept

02/20/2017, 02:02 pm

Disney Research has showcased an automatic, unaided charging platform that would enable purpose-built structures -- such as cabinets, rooms or even entire warehouses -- to generate and deliver power to mobile receivers in close proximity.

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Rumor: Apple to launch 'iPad Pro 2,' red iPhone 7, 128GB iPhone SE at March event

02/20/2017, 09:02 am

In addition to new iPads, Apple is also expected to unveil a high-capacity 128-gigabyte iPhone SE -- as well as a potential (Product)Red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus -- at a media event in March, a new report claims.

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