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Topic: Future Hardware

Apple's Siri home speaker said to complement voice controls with physical touch panel

05/13/2017, 03:05 pm

Whether it has a dynamic screen or simple buttons, Apple's anticipated Siri home speaker will likely offer physical controls with some kind of dedicated touch panel, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities revealed on Saturday.

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'iPhone 8' may pair FaceTime camera with 24mm or 28mm adjunct lens for facial ID

05/11/2017, 01:05 pm

With LG Innotek's new Apple-specific facility pegged as the supplier for the front-facing cameras on the "iPhone 8," speculation has turned to what exactly is mounted to facilitate the rumored facial recognition feature said to be in the device.

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Apple investigating light-up Lightning & USB-C cables with optical data transmission

05/11/2017, 09:05 am

Apple has shown interest in an illuminated Lightning, Thunderbolt, or USB-C connector receptacle and cable combination, providing users both a new avenue of data transmission, as well as providing feedback on a proper connection being made.

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Amazon announces premium touchscreen $230 Echo Show, allowing Alexa to 'show you things'

05/09/2017, 10:05 am

Amazon's voice-driven personal assistant Alexa is going visual, via the online retailer's new high-end Echo Show, a $230 tabletop personal assistant featuring a 7-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, and dual 2-inch stereo speakers.

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With Apple rumored to launch Siri home speaker, Amazon preps flagship touchscreen Echo

05/05/2017, 01:05 pm

As rumors continue to heat up regarding a Siri-driven personal home assistant with high-end audio, Amazon is preparing to expand its own Alexa lineup, with a new leak revealing a touchscreen flagship Echo with camera.

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Tim Cook says Apple is 'investing aggressively' in the future of the Mac

05/03/2017, 01:05 pm

In Tuesday's Apple earnings conference call, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook declared that the company was "investing aggressively" in the Mac, signaling that meaningful refreshes are in the pike for years to come.

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Inventec allegedly tapped for Apple's rumored standalone Siri speaker product

05/03/2017, 09:05 am

Long-time Apple supplier Inventec has been selected by Apple to churn out Apple's rumored Siri speaker, if supply chain reports out of China are to be believed.

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Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor to carry premium price, feature high-end audio with 1 woofer & 7 tweeters

05/01/2017, 10:05 am

Apple's anticipated personal assistant accessory is expected to be a powerful and capable device, boasting "excellent" acoustics and computing power similar to recent iPhone models, positioning it for the high-end market with pricing higher than Amazon's Echo. And there's apparently a good chance it could be announced next month.

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Apple lobbies California DMV to keep self-driving car plans out of public eye

04/28/2017, 02:04 pm

A letter from Apple to the California Department of Motor Vehicles is seeking alterations in test protocols and reporting requirements for automated vehicle testing, and also declares that the company is seeking to increase public acceptance of self-driving cars.

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Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor rumored to borrow design cues from Mac Pro, could arrive at WWDC

04/28/2017, 11:04 am

More details on Apple's anticipated standalone Siri speaker have emerged, suggesting the device could look similar in some ways to the company's cylindrical Mac Pro desktop, and could be released as soon as WWDC in June.

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Apple 'finalizing' design of Amazon Echo rival based on Siri

04/27/2017, 09:04 am

Apple is said to be "currently finalizing" designs for its long-rumored Amazon Echo competitor, featuring support for Siri and AirPlay and boasting Beats technology, a well-known leak source claimed on Thursday.

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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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