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Apple looking at ways to simplify device connectivity, including generating a mesh network in an emergency

03/21/2019, 05:03 pm

Wearable devices like the Apple Watch and Internet of Things hardware could have an easier time connecting to iPhones and other devices in the future, with Apple coming up with multiple ways to deal with inter-device connectivity, including the ability to make a wide-area network where Internet access isn't available.

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Your Mac could wirelessly power keyboards and mice at a distance in the future

03/21/2019, 08:03 am

Mac peripherals including keyboards could work without needing to be recharged with a cable or have new batteries installed, as Apple has been working on a wireless power supply system capable of transmitting power to peripherals like keyboards and trackpads over short distances.

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MacBook Pro keyboards could get data overlays and adjustable key mechanisms

03/19/2019, 08:03 am

Apple is continuing to work on ways to improve the experience of typing on a keyboard, including data overlays either on the key, or by harnessing augmented reality and virtual reality to overlay symbols on a physical keyboard, and a system that could allow users to adjust the resistance when pressing a key to their personal preference.

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Apple's self-driving cars could automatically take pictures of points of interest for drivers

03/14/2019, 01:03 pm

Apple is continuing to work on areas of car design and self-driving vehicle systems as part of "Project Titan," including how to improve a car's ability to detect its immediate surroundings using sensors, and to automatically determine nearby points of interest that other car systems need to know about.

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Face ID might be using vein-matching tech to differentiate between twins

03/14/2019, 08:03 am

Apple may have a solution for false positives with identifying identical twins for Face ID in the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, by taking into account where veins are located in the face.

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Apple has been working on AR and VR for years, and it will pay off in the 2020 smart glasses

03/08/2019, 11:03 am

Apple's work in the virtual reality and augmented reality field has produced a considerable number of patents and applications, which could lead to the eventual creation of the iPhone maker's first headset. AppleInsider takes a look at some of the company's filings, including those that use the technology away from a head-mounted display.

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Apple's AR glasses could have perfect fit thanks to novel adjusting and cooling systems

03/07/2019, 11:03 am

Apple is showing signs it is continuing to work on producing augmented reality and virtual reality glasses, including creating its own method for mounting the headset on the user's head and coming up with a way to regulate heat generated by the hardware while it is in use.

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Apple Watch health monitoring sensors could pop up in future MacBooks

03/07/2019, 09:03 am

Future MacBook models could offer some of the same health and fitness tracking functions as provided by the Apple Watch, with the inclusion of a small bio-sensor in the casing near the trackpad that the user could access while typing on the keyboard.

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Apple's car of the future may use fiber optic heads-up display

03/05/2019, 09:03 am

Passengers in an Apple-designed car of the future may find the vehicle to have a unique interior lighting system, consisting of fiber optic-based segments that could become practically invisible when not in use by blending into the car's various surfaces, and could even offer indicators to drivers within the windscreen.

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An Apple smart glove could make typing on an iPad screen easier and more comfortable

02/28/2019, 11:02 am

Typing on an iPad, iPhone, or other low-travel surface like a MacBook Pro keyboard could be made easier and more comfortable, with Apple suggesting that smart gloves could squeeze the finger slightly to change the sensation.

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Foldable iPhone heating system could prevent damage in cold weather

02/28/2019, 09:02 am

Cold weather will make OLED screens brittle, and will pose a problem for bendable phones. Apple is working on a series of sensors and micro-heaters to keep a foldable iPhone warm, to prevent damage.

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Future iPhones could use tech in Face ID for improved 3D Touch capabilities

02/26/2019, 11:02 am

The 3D Touch pressure sensitivity offered in some iPhone models could be improved upon in future models, with Apple examining the use of VCSEL technology to monitor deflections in a surface caused by a finger press, or even to analyze and monitor effects of the Taptic Engine.

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Apple's future AR smart glasses could help you find things in your house

02/26/2019, 08:02 am

Apple is working on an AR mapping app for an iPhone or smart glasses, with identification of not just distant locations, but also on a smaller scale, like a car dashboard or items in your house.

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AirPods Wireless Charging Case may not need precise location on a charging pad

02/19/2019, 10:02 am

A future version of the AirPods Wireless Charging Case may not necessarily require users to carefully line it up on a wireless charger for it to receive power, with Apple proposing a system where it could be placed in practically any position on an AirPower-style charging pad and still be able to inductively charge.

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Apple-designed inter-car communications could make 'Project Titan' safer

02/12/2019, 09:02 am

Apple's "Project Titan" self-driving vehicle project could be made safer by allowing vehicles to communicate with each other, the company suggests, with knowledge of the position and range of other cars on the road able to help both the automated driving system and drivers themselves enhance their situational awareness while in transit.

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'Project Titan' self-driving car could be summoned and paid for on an iPhone

02/07/2019, 08:02 am

Apple is looking at ways to have an iPhone to unlock and pay for a 'Project Titan' self driving car, a feature that could have wider use in the taxi industry, and in self-driving systems.

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Touch ID that spans the entire iPhone display in the works at Apple

02/05/2019, 12:02 pm

While Touch ID isn't being offered as a biometric authentication method in current-generation iPhones and the iPad Pro range, Apple is still considering the possibility of adding fingerprint recognition to its mobile devices, by using acoustic imaging on the display.

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MacBook keyboard failures could end with introduction of glass panel keyboards

01/31/2019, 08:01 am

Future Apple keyboards in MacBooks may not be affected by dust or other foreign elements that could affect its switch mechanism, with the possibility of being replaced by a glass panel with raised "key" sections that acts as a rigid keyboard.

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The next HomeKit could have very precise geofencing, accurate to within feet

01/24/2019, 10:01 am

HomeKit could be more responsive to a user's needs depending on where they are in a future update, with Apple considering the possibility of adding hyper-local position tracking to the smart home platform with an accuracy of just feet to suggest what items a user wants to control based on their location in the home.

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Environmental & poisonous gas sensors on a future iPhone could save your life

01/24/2019, 08:01 am

Apple is exploring the possibility of integrating miniature gas sensors in HomeKit devices and the iPhone that could detect poisonous gases and other environmental hazards and alert the user to their presence.

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