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Topic: Future Hardware

MicroLED vs. TFT and OLED: Why Apple is interested in new display tech for future iPhone or Apple Watch

04/04/2018, 01:04 pm

Reports suggest that Apple is getting closer to implementing MicroLED in its future product releases, including the Apple Watch, with the display technology potentially offering a number of benefits compared to other methods. AppleInsider explains how the current TFT and OLED display technologies work, and how MicroLED differs.

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Rumor: Apple preps new gold iPhone X color, refreshed 9.7-inch iPad arriving in Q3 [u]

03/26/2018, 03:03 am

Fresh rumors suggest Apple is readying production of a new iPhone X color option to boost sales of the flagship smartphone, while an anticipated revamp of the company's low-tier 9.7-inch iPad is said to arrive in the third quarter.

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Apple's self-driving car test fleet up to 45 vehicles navigating California roads

03/20/2018, 12:03 pm

Apple is rapidly growing the number of self-driving test vehicles it has in its home state, putting it at second place there behind only General Motors' Cruise subsidiary.

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Uber unlikely to blame for self-driving car fatality, says police chief

03/20/2018, 12:03 pm

Following the death late Sunday of a woman who was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber car in Arizona, we now know more about the circumstances of the tragedy, which has a chance to shake public trust in autonomous car technology.

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Grading the rumors -- assessing Apple's possible releases at the Chicago event on March 27

03/19/2018, 11:03 am

With a new Apple event in a day, the rampant speculation continues. AppleInsider weighs in on the current crop of rumors and reports, and discusses possibilities for the unusual event, happening far away from Apple's new campus.

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Apple developing MicroLED tech at secret facility, likely to debut in Apple Watch

03/19/2018, 01:03 am

Apple is reportedly developing MicroLED screen technology at a secret engineering and manufacturing facility located 15 minutes from Apple Park, with the tech expected to debut in future devices as a potential replacement for OLED panels currently supplied by Samsung.

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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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Apple engineers to lead talks on AR, VR, Micro LED & other topics at May's Display Week

03/12/2018, 05:03 pm

Several Apple engineers will be hosting talks at this year's Display Week, running from May 20 to May 25 in Los Angeles.

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Rumor: Apple working on cheaper HomePod for launch this year

03/07/2018, 05:03 pm

A somewhat questionable report out of Taiwan on Wednesday says Apple is working on more affordable editions of stalwart product lines including iPhone, iPad and Mac, as well as a lower priced HomePod.

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Apple likely to be 'all-in or all-out' of self-driving cars within 2 years, analyst argues

03/05/2018, 12:03 pm

Apple's experimentation with autonomous car technology is likely to veer away from creating a simple platform and back towards a fully self-designed vehicle, one analyst argues.

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Apple planning lower cost MacBook Air for second quarter of 2018

03/03/2018, 12:03 pm

Reports from the supply chain gleaned by Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities suggest that Apple hasn't abandoned the MacBook Air line, and will update the line at some point in the second calendar quarter of 2018 with at the least a lower price.

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California green-lights driverless car testing statewide, operations can begin in April

02/26/2018, 10:02 pm

As anticipated, the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Monday received approval from the California Office of Administrative Law to enact a set of regulations that will allow companies to test remotely operated autonomous vehicles on public roads.

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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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