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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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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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