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Future Apple Watch add-ons could help you avoid sunburn

07/19/2018, 08:07 am

While Apple denies it will be launching smart glasses anytime soon, the company is seemingly still working on ways wearable devices could help its customers, including protecting them from sunburn and expanding the utility of the Apple Watch.

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Stretchy substrates could help Apple produce flexible displays for future iPhone

07/17/2018, 08:07 am

Apple is considering alternative ways to mount sensors, indicators, switches, and other elements to create devices and components like a flexible display, including attaching parts to an elasticated substrate that is capable of transmitting data between individual components.

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Find My AirPods' audio pings could be improved with iPhone-based detection

07/12/2018, 08:07 am

Apple is working on ways to improve features like Find My AirPods for users to recover misplaced peripherals, including a concept using a microphone array to detect sounds played by the lost item in order to work out which direction they are in relation to the user.

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Apple still considering foldable iPhones with flexible displays

07/10/2018, 04:07 pm

Apple is still examining the possibility of creating a mobile device with a large screen that can be compacted into a smaller size, using a flexible section in the middle of the device to allow the screen to bend enough for it to fold without breaking.

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Apple mulls system for helping visually impaired navigate environment

06/28/2018, 08:06 am

Apple has considered ways to help the sensory impaired travel between locations, by using a combination of sensors to model the local environment, then providing tactile feedback to the user advising what objects and structures are near them.

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Future Mac or iPad screens could be used as a smart mirror

06/14/2018, 12:06 pm

Apple is considering the possibility of producing devices that have a screen with adjustable reflectiveness, one that could potentially switch between displaying information to the user and acting as a mirror.

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Apple's work towards waterproof iPhones continues with new sealing technology

06/12/2018, 12:06 pm

Apple is considering new ways to improve the water resistance of the iPhone and other products by making a "liquid-tight" seal when a connector is plugged into a port, preventing anything from entering the outer casing and causing corrosion to any internal component.

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Apple exploring possibilities of wrap-around displays, touch-sensitive bezels for future iPhone

05/29/2018, 10:05 am

Apple is contemplating going beyond the edge-to-edge OLED on the iPhone X and giving future devices wrap-around displays, and also thinking about adding touch-sensitive controls on an iPhone bezel.

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Apple's Siri could decline phone calls with context-sensitive text responses in the future

05/24/2018, 08:05 am

Declining a call on an iPhone could be a more pleasant experience in the future for both parties, with Apple looking into ways for Siri to help provide the caller with a reason for why the call was rejected in a text message.

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Future Apple biometric security may include scanning veins in a user's face

05/15/2018, 10:05 am

Apple's Face ID could become even more secure in the future, after the revelation the iPhone X producer has explored the possibility of scanning the pattern of veins in a user's face as another form of biometric authentication, one that could potentially tell identical twins apart.

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Apple considered offering separate views of dual rear iPhone cameras

05/10/2018, 09:05 am

Apple once contemplated providing access to both sensors on the back of a dual-camera iPhone, allowing users to see the live view at different zoom ranges at the same time on an iPhone's display, and the potential capturing of images from both views simultaneously.

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Apple's work on circular screens could lead to round-face Apple Watch

05/08/2018, 11:05 am

The Apple Watch device family could potentially include a round-faced variant in the future, following the discovery that Apple has worked on a way to produce displays for devices with curved edges, an element crucial to the creation of such a circular-shaped wearable device.

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Apple investigating replaceable Apple Watch battery packs

04/17/2018, 08:04 am

Apple is still considering ways to make the Apple Watch more useful, with one idea consisting of adding extra sensors, batteries, and other components to the wearable device, using exchangeable backplates that clip to the back using the same slots at the top and bottom used to connect the Watch Band.

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Apple seeks patent for 'keyless keyboard' concept with haptic feedback

03/15/2018, 11:03 am

An Apple patent application for a "Keyless keyboard" suggests the company may be considering a major change to its peripherals and MacBook hardware, by effectively using a touchscreen to create a keyboard with more versatility than a physical version can ever provide.

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Pair of Apple patent applications describe partial display updates for VR and AR headsets

03/15/2018, 09:03 am

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a pair of patent applications from Apple describing system of switching between selectively updating part of an LED display and the entire screen, one that is described in each application's abstract as being useful for virtual reality or augmented reality headsets.

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BlackBerry sues Facebook over alleged messaging patent infringement

03/06/2018, 04:03 pm

BlackBerry on Tuesday launched a lawsuit against Facebook, arguing that services like WhatsApp and Instagram deliberately copy features from BlackBerry Messenger, one of the draws of BlackBerry's once-dominant smartphones.

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Apple looks to patent charging case for Apple Watch & electronically-enhanced bands

02/27/2018, 09:02 am

A newly-published Apple patent application hints at the possibility of a charging case for the Apple Watch that could also hold spare bands -- and even charge those bands, if they're enhanced with special features.

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Apple faces fresh USITC investigation over alleged Screen Sharing, AirPlay Mirroring patent infringement

11/14/2017, 06:11 pm

The U.S. International Trade Commission has declared that it has launched an investigation of many of Apple's present and past products that use Screen Sharing and AirPlay Mirroring, after complaints from a company and its licensing subsidiary that develops cross-platform remote access solutions.

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Apple calls $506M WARF patent ruling 'fraught with error' in start of appeal

10/26/2017, 11:10 am

Apple is beginning its appeal of a $506 million penalty for violating a patent belonging to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, calling both the original jury verdict and subsequent rulings "fraught with error."

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Apple versus Samsung patent damages retrial slated to start May 14

10/26/2017, 09:10 am

The Apple v. Samsung patent damages retrial will begin May 14 and run for five days, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh has ruled, agreeing with a timeline proposed by both parties.

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