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Topic: Future Hardware

Future Apple docks could feature self retracting connectors to prevent breakage

05/01/2014, 04:05 pm

Apple has shown interest in building a docking station for devices like the iPhone and iPad that would retract the connector when the "iDevice" is being removed, preventing damage to both the dock and the device.

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Apple again rumored to build 'iWatch' components with flexible, space-saving SIP designs

04/29/2014, 03:04 pm

A Tuesday report from Taiwan reiterated previous assertions that Apple would employ a new system-in-package design for the components in its so-called "iWatch," with production said to have begun on the device in time for a launch in the second half of this year.

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Apple's R&D spending grew $303M in March quarter as company invests heavily in future products

04/25/2014, 09:04 am

Apple continues to invest a considerable amount of money into research and development for future products, as costs ballooned to $1.42 billion in the just-concluded March quarter, with signs from the company that those expenses may continue to grow even further.

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Apple may be hiding behind 'Brightflash' dummy corporation to trademark 'iWatch' name

04/22/2014, 10:04 am

Signs that Apple is preparing to roll out a wearable device called the "iWatch" grew stronger Tuesday following a report that the company may have set up a shell corporation in Delaware designed to register iWatch trademarks without arousing suspicion.

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Intel's next-gen Thunderbolt rumored to hit 40Gbps transfer speeds with new connector

04/21/2014, 06:04 pm

In a purported presentation slide leaked to the Web on Monday, Intel outlines its next-generation Thunderbolt specification -- "Alpine Ridge" -- that will boast double the throughput of current Thunderbolt 2 interface, while bringing massive gains in power efficiency.

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Apple trademark update suggests company may enter jewelry business, hinting at rumored 'iWatch'

04/21/2014, 01:04 pm

Apple has broadened its corporate trademark to cover "Class 14" items -- a distinction given to jewelry, clocks and watches, potentially signaling that the company is planning to enter the wearable device market.

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Apple's 2014 iPads to sport Touch ID & TSMC-built A8 CPU, 12.9" iPad unlikely till 2015

04/09/2014, 08:04 pm

Apple will reportedly introduce new iPad Airs and Retina iPad minis later this year that will feature the company's latest A8 mobile processor and new Touch ID sensor. Meanwhile, prices of older iPads are expected to inch downward while an effort to deliver a larger 12.9-inch entertainment tablet shapes up to drive growth next year.

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Apple 'likely' to launch low-cost iMac soon, Retina MacBook Air still on track for 2014 debut

04/09/2014, 07:04 pm

Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch a new low-cost iMac as soon as this quarter, while a completely redesigned thinner and lighter 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display is expected to launch before the end of the year.

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Apple to sell two sizes of iWatch with flexible AMOLED displays this fall, prices to reach 'thousands of dollars'

04/09/2014, 07:04 pm

With Apple expected to be fielding a smartwatch later this year, one analyst reveals new details about the long-awaited device, including biometrics, flexible AMOLED display with sapphire cover lens and NFC, among other features.

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Rumor: Apple takes delivery of iWatch circuit boards ahead of September debut

04/09/2014, 01:04 am

Coming on the heels of a separate iWatch report, sources from the Far East on Wednesday claim Apple has taken receipt of flexible PCB sample boards bound for the much rumored device that could be revealed as soon as September.

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Rumor: Quanta to build 65M Apple "iWatch" units in first year, Q3 2014 release expected

04/08/2014, 07:04 am

A suspect new report out of China claims to have a great deal of specifics on Apple's rumored "iWatch," namely that it will debut in the third quarter of this year and will include advanced sensors to detect a user's heart rate and blood pressure, among other things.

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Barclays: Apple's 'iWatch' could include UV light exposure sensor

04/07/2014, 10:04 pm

Apple might be looking to lend a helping hand to those who are particularly prone to sunburns or are otherwise sensitive to harmful UV rays, as one analyst believes that the company will include new UV exposure sensors in its so-called "iWatch."

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Micron DDR4 RAM rumored to improve battery life, speed in Apple's future iPhones, iPads & Macs

04/03/2014, 01:04 pm

A mysterious $250 million payment to memory maker Micron has fueled speculation that the company's new LPDDR4 DRAM could be making its way to future Apple products, potentially as soon as its next generation of iPhone, iPad and Mac models.

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Apple reaching out to Swiss watchmakers for partnerships, tries to poach horology experts

03/28/2014, 12:03 pm

Apple has reportedly been in contact with executives and craftsmen at Swiss watch brands as the company attempts to strike new partnerships and bring high-end watchmaking expertise in house for development of a so-called "iWatch."

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Apple once again rumored to launch MacBook Air with Retina display this year

03/26/2014, 07:03 am

The latest supply chain rumors add to claims that Apple is planning to launch a new MacBook Air with a high-resolution Retina display later this year, bringing the same pixel-packing power already found in the company's MacBook Pro lineup.

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Apple exploring split cameras for thinner iPhones, location-based security

03/25/2014, 09:03 am

Future iPhones could be thinner and more secure thanks to technology outlined in two unique proposed inventions from Apple, covering adaptive security profiles and a new type of split-sensor camera.

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With Android Wear, Google fires first shot in hardware war against Apple

03/23/2014, 07:03 pm

Google's aggressive stance with Android Wear, putting industrial design -- rather than tech specs or bundled software -- at the forefront, reveals the makings of a strategy designed to take on Apple at their own game.

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Rumor: Apple prepping 12" MacBook without fan, mechanical trackpad button

03/21/2014, 09:03 pm

Rumors from the Far East on Friday claim Apple will soon refresh its MacBook Air lineup and may introduce a slimmed-down 12-inch fan-less version with a new trackpad design that does away with the current mechanical click button component.

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Apple exploring Kinect-like iPhone motion sensor, force-detecting MacBook trackpad

03/13/2014, 10:03 am

Two new Apple patent applications published Thursday shed light on the company's research into bringing three-dimensional imaging to mobile devices, as well as enabling more immersive ways to interact with laptop computers.

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Apple ramping up hiring to bolster in-house camera hardware, software teams

03/12/2014, 11:03 am

The number of open positions in Apple's camera engineering group has risen dramatically in recent weeks, as the company looks to maintain its lead in an increasingly competitive mobile imaging market.

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