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This week on AI: New MacBook Pro rumors, Apple's answer to Echo, Apple Car charging & more

While "iPhone 7" rumors continued to fly fast and furious, some of this week's biggest news actually surrounded the company's MacBook plans, as well as a possible Siri-based competitor to Amazon's Echo speaker.




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Everything you need to know:



  • MacBook Pros with Touch ID and an OLED "touch bar" could arrive later this year > >
  • A 13-inch MacBook could signal Apple killing off the MacBook Air > >
  • A Siri SDK and an Amazon Echo competitor may be in the works > >
  • Apple is exploring charging infrastructure for electric cars > >
  • A U.S. bill proposing mandatory decryption is dead on the table > >
  • We may know what the back of the "iPhone 7" looks like > >
  • Apple's Echo rival may come in the form of an updated Apple TV > >


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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:



Touch ID, OLED touch bar to highlight thinner MacBook Pro models in Q4

New 13" MacBook to launch in Q3, end development of MacBook Air insider says

Apple looks to debut Siri SDK at WWDC, developing Amazon Echo competitor

Apple working on charging infrastructure for electric cars - report

Congress won't consider mandatory encryption bill after Apple battle - report

New photo purports to show 'iPhone 7' shell with single, raised rear camera opening

Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor could come with facial recognition camera, ship in 2017

Apple brings back crypto whiz Jon Callas as encryption battles heat up

Indian finance minister shoots down prospect of local Apple Stores - report

Apple supplier Foxconn replaces 60,000 workers with robots

Updated Apple TV may form foundation of Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor - report

AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule pulled from U.S. Apple Stores

Apple eyes Apple Pay expansion into Asia and Europe, looks to roll out in 'every significant market'