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Future Lightning cables may create a water-tight seal when connected to the iPhone

11/13/2018, 09:11 am

Apple is continuing to find ways to make its devices more water resistant by protecting its ports from liquids, with the iPhone producer considering the possibility of adding elements to Lightning or similar connectors to create a "liquid-tight seal" when connected.

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Future Apple headphones could detect how they are worn with a microphone array

11/09/2018, 10:11 am

Apple is continuing to come up with ways to solve the problem of wearing headphones the wrong way around, by coming up with a detection method to determine how the audio accessory is being worn and switching channels, just by listening to the user's voice.

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iPhone alarms could automatically change to give users a full night's sleep

11/08/2018, 08:11 am

Apple has looked into how people can get a full night's sleep, and has come up with a way that allows someone to be woken up after spending a desired amount of time asleep instead of just at a set time, by monitoring when they actually start sleeping.

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Apple car light strip could warn other drivers of hard braking incidents and other important events

10/30/2018, 09:10 am

An Apple-produced car could advise vehicles following behind it of the risk of collision if they are too close, as part of a lighting system for the outside of the vehicle that can offer warnings and information to other road users.

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Apple working on car windshield anti-glare system to protect driver from bright lights

10/25/2018, 02:10 pm

Driving in the dark could be easier on the eyes in the future, as Apple has come up with a way to reduce the amount of glare a driver may endure from headlights or the Sun, by automatically blocking the light source from view.

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Apple is working on an iPhone that works better in the rain

10/25/2018, 09:10 am

Apple is attempting to solve the problem of using an iPhone or iPad in the rain, by coming up with a way to detect a user's finger movements on a touchscreen display under damp conditions, mitigating erroneous inputs caused by drops of water.

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Apple working on self-driving car 'peloton' system to share power, increase efficiency

10/23/2018, 12:10 pm

Self-driving cars could potentially work together to minimize energy usage on long journeys, with Apple proposing the use of an autonomous peloton of vehicles that could reduce drag for low-performance vehicles, and even the possibility of cars sharing battery power with each other while on the road.

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Apple Watch bands could reveal activity progress with discrete light-up indicators

10/23/2018, 10:10 am

Apple is looking for ways to add more functionality to the Apple Watch, including adding indicators to the band that can advise the wearer how far they are from reaching a fitness goal, as well as the status of other activities, without needing to look at the main display.

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Apple working on high-voltage battery power converters intended for sports cars

10/18/2018, 09:10 am

Apple is continuing to explore ways to improve cars and other vehicles, possibly as part of Project Titan, as the iPhone producer has come up with ways to refine power transfer systems used in electric vehicles to run low-power equipment.

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Siri could recognize user's voice patterns for identification in future iPhone or iPad

10/16/2018, 09:10 am

Apple is continuing to come up with ways to secure its devices while still making it as easy as possible to use, with one concept involving unlocking an iPhone or iPad and performing a Siri request, but only if the voice it hears matches that of its owner.

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Future iPhones could automatically detect nuisance callers using spoofed phone numbers

10/11/2018, 08:10 am

Apple is seemingly attempting to combat the problem of phone scammers and other types of nuisance callers, by coming up with a method to detect if the inbound call is using a spoofed number and warning the recipient before they answer.

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Apple's work on electromagnets could help protect future iPads and iPhones when dropped

10/09/2018, 10:10 am

Apple is considering ways it could use electromagnets to make changes to the way accessories or devices can magnetically connect to each other, including correcting alignment issues for covers and potentially helping a case provide even more protection for a dropped iPhone or iPad.

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Apple might enhance Apple Pencil, touchscreens with ultrasonic technology

10/04/2018, 01:10 pm

Apple is looking into ways to use ultrasonic-based technology to perform touch sensing, including creating new layers for touch screens and potential changes to the Apple Pencil to include ultrasonic transducers for more accurate movement detection.

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Apple exploring use of ear detection in future over-ear headphones

10/04/2018, 10:10 am

Apple is examining ways to improve the listening experience when using earphones, including automatically adjusting the audio based on a user's ear shape in over-ear headphones, and even automatically switching channels between the left and right ear cups if the headphones are worn the wrong way around.

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Apple working on thermal imaging to aid computer vision systems

09/20/2018, 02:09 pm

Apple is working on improving the capabilities of computer vision to make it detect and identify subjects more accurately, such as in situations where both the camera and the subject are in motion, with one method suggesting the use of thermal imaging to help determine what elements in view need to be tracked.

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Apple research continues on combining iPhone, iPad with MacBook-style accessory

09/11/2018, 08:09 am

Apple is still considering ways to make the iPhone and iPad work more closely with MacBooks, including a system where an iOS device is inserted into a MacBook shell as a display or as a replacement trackpad with a screen.

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Apple's 'Project Titan' car could warn you what it is about to do, well before it does it

08/21/2018, 09:08 am

Apple has come up with a way to allow a self-driving car to communicate much more than lane changing information to other drivers of maneuvers it intends to perform, with the advance warning likely to reduce the possibility of accidents involving both driven and autonomous vehicles.

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Apple considers ways to improve 360-degree, multi-camera video for use with VR headsets

08/16/2018, 01:08 pm

Apple is contemplating ways 360-degree video content for VR headsets could be improved, by coming up with a method for stitching together multi-directional image data from videos to make the appear with less distortion than current stitching apps and encoders can produce.

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Improved keyless entry system could replace car key fob with iPhone

08/16/2018, 10:08 am

Apple wants iPhone owners to be able to use their mobile devices as alternatives to a keyless entry system for their car, with a proposal that would let users unlock and start a vehicle simply by bringing their mobile device with them to the driving seat.

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Apple proposes devices using depth mapping for gesture controls, contextual responses

08/14/2018, 10:08 am

Home entertainment devices like the HomePod could be improved by analyzing the local environment and a user's actions, an Apple concept suggests, with monitoring of a room potentially able to improve gesture-based control of audio, as well as contextual responses like turning down the volume if the room is empty.

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