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Apple smart glasses or VR headset could use laser range finding, smart gloves

08/29/2019, 08:08 am

Apple is working on more ideas it could implement in its long-rumored virtual reality headset or augmented reality smart glasses, including a display technology using lasers to create an image in the user's eye, along with magnet-laden gloves to give users finger-level control in the virtual world.

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Apple may not use mechanical switches in a future MacBook keyboard at all

08/27/2019, 10:08 am

Future keyboards could use light to determine how far a key is pressed, a design that could replace the switches in a traditional mechanical keyboard with a system that takes up less space and potentially being capable of more presses than existing versions.

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'Project Titan' Apple Car may have wide sliding doors and an adaptive stability system

08/20/2019, 08:08 am

Apple's 'Project Titan' self-driving car could include course-correction systems to assist with bad weather or road conditions, while sliding doors could have extra sensors to ensure they adapt to open as widely as possible, despite the presence of obstacles.

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A future iPhone could lose the notch with light transmitting windows in the screen

08/13/2019, 10:08 am

A future version of the iPhone could eliminate the controversial notch from the top of the screen, with Apple hiding sensors behind the display itself and allowing them to function via the use of 'light transmitting windows.'

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Apple working on gaze tracking to make AR & VR faster & more accurate

08/13/2019, 08:08 am

Apple's long-rumored augmented reality or virtual reality headset could offer eye tracking as part of its control system, with the iPhone maker coming up with a way to make such a gaze-tracking system as accurate as possible, even when the headset is in motion.

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Ultrasonic touch detection could help iPhone screens work better in the rain

08/08/2019, 08:08 am

A future version of the iPhone could work better in the rain or the bath by detecting only touches of the display by the user, with Apple coming up with a way to tell the difference between finger tips and raindrops using ultrasonic acoustic sensing.

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Future HomeKit control could involve pointing iPhones at devices

07/30/2019, 08:07 am

Apple could enable an iPhone's owner to determine what items should be controlled with gesture detection and determination on-device of what device the user is pointing at.

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Apple Maps may add AR view highlighting the route ahead while driving

07/25/2019, 08:07 am

A future version of the Maps app could provide more intuitive navigational instructions to drivers in the future, by using augmented reality to superimpose the route to take on top of a live view of the road ahead, indicating which lanes a driver should take.

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Apple's AR glasses could help visually impaired see the full picture

07/10/2019, 10:07 am

Augmented reality could offer some benefits in medical applications, Apple believes, suggesting a system were a real-world image is warped so a user of AR glasses can see everything in front of them, even if part of their vision is obscured through partial blindness.

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Apple could raise keys on an iPad keyboard for better typing in the future

07/10/2019, 08:07 am

A future iPhone or iPad could provide a more tactile experience when using the onscreen software keyboard, by adding raised and lowered sections to a flexible screen to indicate to the user where keys and other elements are, without needing to directly look.

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Apple working on retractable bumpers for 'Project Titan' self-driving car

07/02/2019, 08:07 am

Apple's 'Project Titan' could have retractable bumpers on both ends of the vehicle, contracting away to make parking in confined spaces easier, but automatically extending outwards to protect the car while it is being driven in traffic.

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iPhone's Lightning port removal could improve water resistance

06/27/2019, 08:06 am

Apple might ditch the Lightning port in a future version of iPhone. The tech giant is examining ways to allow data transfer via "waveguides," using electromagnetic waves that pass through a cable to a device without needing a physical connection to a port.

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Apple Watch could get a camera on the end of a watch band's strap

06/25/2019, 09:06 am

Apple is still considering ways to add a camera to the Apple Watch, by incorporating an imaging sensor into the band of the wearable device, allowing it to be used for both photographs of the local environment and for the user for FaceTime calls.

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Apple's self driving car could have a remote driver bring you to the hospital

06/25/2019, 08:06 am

A car with self-driving capabilities could hand control over to a remote operator in the event of an emergency, Apple proposes, with an autonomous driving system taking instructions from a central system to get to a hospital or other location as quickly and as safely as possible.

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'Foveated' display may boost Apple AR headset refresh rates

06/13/2019, 11:06 am

VR and AR headsets could offer high refresh rates in their screens, Apple proposes, by using a 'foveated display' and an eye tracking system to monitor the gaze of the user and to optimize rendering to focus only where the user is actively looking on a display.

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Apple advancing stereoscopic vision tech for future AR glasses

06/13/2019, 09:06 am

Apple is looking into ways to display pre-rendered 3D video in a stereoscopic way, a system that would be beneficial for AR glasses or a VR headset to provide a more believable view of a virtual object by creating a specific view for each eye.

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Apple Pencil could gain hover-based gestures in future iPad

06/11/2019, 08:06 am

Future iPhones and iPads could work without the user touching the display, with Apple exploring the possibility of using the proximity of fingers or the Apple Pencil to the screen to enable selections and gestures in situations where touching the device isn't desirable.

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Apple Car could have battery-filled floor and reinforced wide-opening doors

06/04/2019, 04:06 pm

Apple is continuing to come up with new designs for essential elements of a car, potentially as part of its "Project Titan" vehicular efforts, with ideas surrounding how to improve the floor assemblies and doors that make up a considerable portion of a vehicle's body to be stronger and to accommodate more batteries.

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True Tone and white balance may be controlled by an iPad's backlight in future

05/28/2019, 11:05 am

Future iPhones and iPads may offer the True Tone functionality in hardware rather than software, with Apple suggesting the backlight of a display panel could use a combination of colors to provide the perfect illumination for the screen that matches the ambient light of the user's environment.

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Speech enhancements to clean up iPhone audio could kick in after unclear call complaints

05/23/2019, 08:05 am

Calls between iPhone users could benefit from automatic audio filtering to improve the quality of the sound heard by each user, a system that would only come into effect once it knows one user is having trouble hearing what is being said by the other.

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