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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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Siri multi-user support could offer personalized responses to different voices

08/14/2018, 08:08 am

Apple is considering ways to allow Siri to provide personalized results for specific users speaking to it, by making the digital assistant recognize the user's identity, with the added possibility of limiting queries to just one user's voice.

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Apple wants iPhone to be proof of identity and replace passports

08/09/2018, 08:08 am

Apple has considered the possibility of using the iPhone as a form of identification for the user, with one proposed onboard secure storage system using RFID having the potential to use a smartphone as an alternative to a passport for travelers at ports.

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Apple continues exploring ways to make foldable displays for future iPhones and iPads

08/02/2018, 02:08 pm

Apple is continuing to look into the possibility of creating an iPhone or iPad with flexible displays, including one concept where the entire display panel and the screen could be folded in multiple different ways depending on the user's wishes, without shattering or breaking.

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Apple's self-driving car system could change how it drives by detecting passenger stress levels

07/26/2018, 10:07 am

Apple's self-driving car technology could potentially change the way it drives based on the reactions of its passengers, using monitoring sensors to analyze the vehicle's occupants and determine an appropriate driving style to suit the situation, potentially reducing the chance of a passenger panicking.

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Power could be shared wirelessly between future MacBook and iPhone

07/26/2018, 08:07 am

Apple has come up with one possible solution to the problem of an iPhone running out of battery while the user's on the move, by taking advantage of wireless charging to transfer power from one mobile device with a fuller battery to another.

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Future iPhones may shift camera sensor to take perfect pictures with clip-on lenses

07/24/2018, 09:07 am

Camera accessories that attach to an iPhone or iPad could work better in the future, as Apple is considering ways to adjust a mobile device's camera to make shots taken through the extra external lens look great.

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Apple audio processing could change the way headphone users experience music

07/24/2018, 08:07 am

Apple has come up with a way it thinks could provide headphone and earphone users the optimal listening experience, using a variety of signal processing techniques to make the sound seem like it is being heard without the use of headphones at all.

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Future Apple Watch add-ons could help you avoid sunburn

07/19/2018, 08:07 am

While Apple denies it will be launching smart glasses anytime soon, the company is seemingly still working on ways wearable devices could help its customers, including protecting them from sunburn and expanding the utility of the Apple Watch.

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Stretchy substrates could help Apple produce flexible displays for future iPhone

07/17/2018, 08:07 am

Apple is considering alternative ways to mount sensors, indicators, switches, and other elements to create devices and components like a flexible display, including attaching parts to an elasticated substrate that is capable of transmitting data between individual components.

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Find My AirPods' audio pings could be improved with iPhone-based detection

07/12/2018, 08:07 am

Apple is working on ways to improve features like Find My AirPods for users to recover misplaced peripherals, including a concept using a microphone array to detect sounds played by the lost item in order to work out which direction they are in relation to the user.

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Apple still considering foldable iPhones with flexible displays

07/10/2018, 04:07 pm

Apple is still examining the possibility of creating a mobile device with a large screen that can be compacted into a smaller size, using a flexible section in the middle of the device to allow the screen to bend enough for it to fold without breaking.

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Apple mulls system for helping visually impaired navigate environment

06/28/2018, 08:06 am

Apple has considered ways to help the sensory impaired travel between locations, by using a combination of sensors to model the local environment, then providing tactile feedback to the user advising what objects and structures are near them.

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Future Mac or iPad screens could be used as a smart mirror

06/14/2018, 12:06 pm

Apple is considering the possibility of producing devices that have a screen with adjustable reflectiveness, one that could potentially switch between displaying information to the user and acting as a mirror.

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Apple's work towards waterproof iPhones continues with new sealing technology

06/12/2018, 12:06 pm

Apple is considering new ways to improve the water resistance of the iPhone and other products by making a "liquid-tight" seal when a connector is plugged into a port, preventing anything from entering the outer casing and causing corrosion to any internal component.

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