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Future locked iPhones could open camera app automatically when held up to take a photo

01/17/2019, 12:01 pm

Photographers who are irritated about missing the perfect shot because it took too long to access their iPhone's camera could benefit from one potential feature Apple has considered, where the iPhone automatically enters the camera application when raised for a shot, even if it is still locked.

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Apple Watch could get more hands-free tilt controls in future watchOS update

01/17/2019, 10:01 am

The Apple Watch could include more gestures similar to Raise to Speak in the future, after the revelation Apple has explored the possibility of producing more hands-free ways to interact with wearable devices and other hardware.

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Apple working on force-sensing gloves for gesture controls

01/15/2019, 10:01 am

A pair of gloves could potentially be used to control computers and other devices, Apple has suggested, with the incorporation of force-sensing circuitry in clothes offering the opportunity to issue commands by touching other objects in different ways.

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iPhone-connected clothing that could monitor your health is being researched by Apple

01/10/2019, 09:01 am

Should Apple's invention come to pass, your clothing might keep tabs on your health and be the communications bridge between all of the Apple devices that you carry on your person.

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Apple considers use of LED-based light tubes for glowing Apple Watch bands

01/08/2019, 08:01 pm

Apple Watch owners may be able to customize their wearable devices in an unusual way in the future, with Apple considering creating bands with built-in lighting effects that allow them to glow in the dark and other low-light situations.

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Apple researching wearable glove input device, to simplify interactions with AR & VR

01/03/2019, 10:01 am

Apple is researching how users can interact with computer systems, with one idea being a glove that could be used for gesture controls, and could potentially provide haptic feedback in some situations.

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Apple VCSEL research could make the iPhone camera bump a thing of the past

12/20/2018, 01:12 pm

Future iPhones and iPads could have a smaller camera bump on the rear of the device, among other changes, with Apple exploring the possibility of changing how the camera sensor communicates with other components within a mobile device from using electrical signals to using light.

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Apple Maps could get easier to use on the iPhone with ARKit advancements

12/20/2018, 10:12 am

Apple could help people navigate an unfamiliar area with Apple Maps more naturally with an iPhone using an AR view of a map, with directions able to change based on the movements of the user.

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Apple did consider including both Face ID and Touch ID on an iPhone

12/17/2018, 09:12 am

Apple could have included a facial recognition system similar to Face ID on an iPhone while retaining Touch ID, with regulatory filings revealing the company did consider having both forms of biometric security on the same device as part of a wider authentication system.

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Apple looks to make Group FaceTime audio calls more realistic

12/13/2018, 08:12 am

Audio-only group FaceTime calls with multiple people could be easier to deal with in the future, as Apple has suggested a way to process audio to implement the "cocktail party" effect, to make it easier to determine who is speaking.

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Apple looking at Augmented Reality to help ride-sharing app customers find their drivers

12/06/2018, 09:12 am

Apple is continuing to explore ways for augmented reality to be more useful, with one idea helping passengers of ride-hailing services, like Uber, to find their designated car, and to avoid climbing into the incorrect vehicle.

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Future AirPods could use more secure ear-fitting methods to enable fitness tracking features

12/04/2018, 11:12 am

Apple is continuing to consider producing AirPods with health tracking functionality, but the use of biometric sensors in wireless earbuds presents new challenges in keeping them firmly in place, a problem Apple has also attempted to solve.

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Future version of Animoji might add voice, sound effects based on user expressions

11/27/2018, 12:11 am

Apple's Animoji may provide more ways to interact with the face-tracking animated characters, by playing appropriate sound effects for each avatar triggered when users either make specific expressions or say certain words during a recording session.

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Apple's next move in health monitoring and improvement may be sleep monitoring hardware

11/23/2018, 07:11 am

Apple is interested in improving its Beddit product line and helping its customers get healthier by sleeping better at night by monitoring their movements throughout their slumber, but without the bulk of existing medical monitoring systems, by considering the use of piezo sensors laid on top of a bed.

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Apple Watch could protect users from sunburn by monitoring UV light intake

11/20/2018, 10:11 am

The Apple Watch could help prevent sunburn, premature skin aging, and even skin cancer, with Apple considering the potential for its wearable device to warn users when they have been out in the sun and exposed to UV light for too long.

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Apple considering offline mode for Siri that could process voice locally on an iPhone

11/15/2018, 09:11 am

Apple wants Siri to become more useful to users when not connected to the internet, including the possibility of an offline mode that does not rely on a backend server to assist with voice recognition or performing the required task, one that would be entirely performed on the user's device.

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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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