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Topic: Future Hardware

Apple to launch branded over-ear headphones as soon as this year

02/25/2018, 01:02 am

Capitalizing on early success with AirPods, Apple is readying a branded over-the-ear headphone product that could launch as soon as this year, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Photos of purported 'iPhone X Plus' display assembly reveal LG manufacturing

02/25/2018, 12:02 am

A pair of images posted to a Chinese blog on Saturday purportedly offer a first look at Apple's next-generation "iPhone X Plus" handset, a 6.5-inch device rumored to see release later this year.

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Self-driving test cars with remote control backup could hit California roads in April

02/23/2018, 03:02 pm

If approved, new Californian regulations could allow companies like Apple to test their self-driving platforms with remote backup, instead of putting a human behind the wheel.

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Apple, LG & Valve pump $10M into OLED 'microdisplay' maker eMagin [u]

02/12/2018, 09:02 am

Further signaling Apple's augmented reality plans, the company has joined LG and Valve in a $10 million investment into eMagin, a maker of "microdisplays" for both AR and VR technology. [Updated with denial by eMagin]

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Analyst predicts new Apple Pencil, 'low-end' $200 HomePod this fall

02/09/2018, 09:02 am

Although early HomePod orders appear to be doing well, Apple could ship a "low-end" model this fall costing between $150 and $200 instead of the current model's $349, an analyst said Friday in an investor memo seen by AppleInsider.

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HomePod doesn't have manual EQ options, will auto-adjust based on analytics says Apple's Eddy Cue

02/07/2018, 04:02 pm

People buying a HomePod will have to rely on the speaker's own automatic EQ adjustments, as there are no manual controls, Apple's senior VP of Internet Software and Services said at today's Pollstar Live conference for the concert industry.

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Apple on engineer hiring spree, with steady expansion since 2016

02/07/2018, 01:02 pm

Data gleaned from Apple's job postings suggests that the company has amped up its hiring of hardware engineers, with an 80 percent increase in staffing needs from the fall of 2016 to the start of 2018.

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Apple takes media on tour of audio lab in run-up to HomePod launch

02/06/2018, 11:02 am

Apple recently took a well-known blog on a tour of its audio labs, using the occasion to talk up its first smartspeaker, the HomePod, shipping on Feb. 9 for $349.

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Future Apple Pencil could be used to draw on any flat surface

02/05/2018, 02:02 pm

Three Apple engineers have applied for a patent that suggests that the company is at least considering working on a new Apple Pencil, capable of being used outside the confines of an iPad, on any flat surface or in the air.

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Apple confirms HomePod audio sources limited to Apple Music, iTunes purchases, podcasts & AirPlay

02/01/2018, 01:02 pm

In newly-published specifications, Apple has confirmed that streaming on the Siri-equipped HomePod -- shipping Feb. 9 -- will focus mainly on its own services.

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Apple's HomePod will support iTunes Match streaming via Siri

01/29/2018, 12:01 pm

Owners of the HomePod -- shipping on Feb. 9 -- should be able to ask Siri to stream any files uploaded to iTunes Match, not just material hosted on Apple Music.

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Up to three Macs coming with T-series security chips, shift to Apple CPU inevitable

01/29/2018, 08:01 am

Over the years, Apple has amassed personnel and materials to become a chip design juggernaut, with a new report claiming that Apple is including the T-series chip in forthcoming Mac models including a laptop refresh and a new desktop model, and has its eyes on replacing Intel as the supplier of the Mac CPU.

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Apple now has 27 self-driving Lexus cars on the road in California

01/25/2018, 11:01 am

The state of California has now permitted Apple to have 27 self-driving cars on its public roads, as the company expands its homegrown automated driving technology, internally known as "Project Titan."

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Rumor: Apple buying screens for 13" MacBook, could signal end of MacBook Air

01/23/2018, 08:01 am

Reports from the supply chain suggest that Apple has picked a supplier for 13-inch screens for a new MacBook -- which if accurate may mean that the MacBook Air's days are numbered.

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Screenshots show HomePod customization in Apple's Home app, including option to disable screen

01/22/2018, 02:01 pm

Early testers of Apple's upcoming HomePod have shared screenshots of customizable settings for the speaker, which will be configured through the iOS Home app. Users will be able to disable features such as "Hey Siri," and the lighted display on top of the unit.

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Apple's HomePod gets FCC approval, hinting at upcoming launch

01/19/2018, 05:01 pm

Adding to evidence that the HomePod is nearing an official release, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has given its stamp of approval for the device.

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Video: Apple gets ready to ship HomePod after month-long delay

01/17/2018, 04:01 pm

The HomePod was previously scheduled to hit the market before the end of last year, but Apple issued a statement in November saying it needed more time before the product is ready for customers, giving it an "early 2018" release date.

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Apple's first million HomePods now shipping from Inventec - report

01/17/2018, 09:01 am

Having missed an original December launch date, the HomePod is finally rolling off the production lines of one of two assembly partners, Inventec, a report said this week.

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Kopi shows off suite of HomeKit-compatible smart home security devices

01/12/2018, 12:01 pm

Kopi has launched a range of smart home accessories and security devices compatible with HomeKit at CES, including a central security hub, contact sensors, a smoke and carbon monoxide detector, and a motion sensor with a built-in LED for illumination.

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Apple met with suppliers during CES to talk AR glasses - report

01/12/2018, 10:01 am

During this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, representatives from Apple allegedly met with suppliers that make components used in augmented reality glasses.

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