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Topic: Future Hardware

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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Staff leave Google's self-driving car team after reaping massive bonuses

02/13/2017, 03:02 pm

Potentially giving Apple some breathing space with its own project, people have been leaving Google's self-driving car division -- now a separate company known as Waymo -- because they were actually paid too much money, a report said on Monday.

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Mystery wireless Apple device goes through FCC testing for a third time

02/13/2017, 09:02 am

Apple continues to submit its mystery Bluetooth and NFC product to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for testing, with a third listing in the regulatory database revealing few new details about the wireless device.

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References to possible 2017 MacBook Pro with Intel Kaby Lake CPUs found in macOS Sierra beta code

02/07/2017, 12:02 pm

Examination of the beta code for macOS Sierra 10.12.4 has revealed a trio of Kaby Lake processors referenced, which has pointed to specific processor substitutions for a possible MacBook Pro refresh using Intel's new processor line.

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iPhone camera maker Sony introduces new optics capable of 1000fps full HD slow motion video

02/07/2017, 11:02 am

Sony, a supplier of camera modules used by Apple, has unveiled a new image sensor for smartphones that has its own onboard DRAM, allowing it to capture HD video at far higher frame rates than current generation smartphones are capable of filming.

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Apple formalizes 8-pin 'Ultra Accessory Connector' for switching headphones from Lightning to 3.5mm, USB-C

02/06/2017, 04:02 pm

Apple has issued a developer preview for a connector, dubbed the Ultra Accessory Connector, intended to ease connectivity and adapter problems associated with "Made for i"-certified headphones, allowing them to be switched out for USB-C or legacy 3.5-millimeter audio cables.

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VR evangelist doubles down on rumor that Apple AR headset is inbound, moves date up to 2017

02/06/2017, 08:02 am

Augmented and virtual reality herald Robert Scoble has amplified his predictions about an Apple partnership with Carl Zeiss on a pair of smart glasses, and is predicting an announcement of the technology possibly as early as the middle of 2017.

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Apple developing ARM chip for Mac to handle low-power functionality

02/01/2017, 04:02 pm

As it looks to lessen reliance on outside chip manufacturers, Apple is developing an ARM-based Mac processor designed to take some of the burden off primary Intel silicon, a report said on Wednesday.

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Alphabet's Waymo sharpens self-driving car tech, expands testing lead over rivals like Apple

02/01/2017, 03:02 pm

Even as Apple tests remain shrouded in secrecy, prototype self-driving cars by Waymo -- formerly under Google -- are dramatically improving their skills, data from the California Department of Motor Vehicles revealed on Wednesday.

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NHTSA closes investigation into fatal Tesla Autopilot accident, says no defect to blame

01/19/2017, 01:01 pm

Eliminating a potential obstacle to the development of self-driving technology such as developments from Apple's "Project Titan," the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday that there was no evidence a fatal Tesla accident in May was caused by an autonomous driving system defect demanding a recall.

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