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Apple Car could borrow TrueTone tech to balance internal lighting

11/12/2019, 09:11 am

An Apple-produced car under 'Project Titan' could include an lighting system that keeps the light inside the vehicle as even as possible throughout a journey, such as changes by cloud movements and traveling through a tunnel, by borrowing the core concept of the iPad Pro's TrueTone technology.

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Apple examining radical, transformable case design for iPhone and iPad

11/05/2019, 11:11 am

A future version of the iPhone or iPad could use a radical new design of case, one that includes an outer ring that not only protects the mobile device but also holds other components and can be used as a kickstand.

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Light-up Apple car seats in 'Project Titan' could tell you to buckle up

11/05/2019, 09:11 am

Apple is researching plans for a car lighting system revolving around embedding LEDs, lenses, and fiber-optics throughout the interior, potentially to tell passengers to put on their seatbelt at the start of a journey.

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Apple's future headphones could convert into speakers & have better sound isolation

11/05/2019, 08:11 am

Apple's audio endeavors are not limited to the AirPods and AirPods Pro, with the iPhone maker looking into how it can improve the audio experience for over-ear headphones by dampening low frequencies, as well as headphones that could double as portable speakers.

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Springy Apple Watch bands could expand to improve fit & user comfort

10/29/2019, 10:10 am

The Apple Watch could include a system for automatically keeping the band tight around the wrist of the wearer in the future, one that could keep the band at a tension that is optimal for biometric readings while still maintaining user comfort.

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Future iPhone screen could simulate surface textures and temperatures for AR

10/29/2019, 08:10 am

Touching a future iPhone or iPad display could provide a sensation of texture, with Apple coming up with a way to alter how a touch-enabled surface can be controlled to simulate the feel of different types of materials.

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Apple working on Apple Watch bands with data and power for more sensors

10/22/2019, 09:10 am

A future Apple Watch band could have electrical and data contacts to do more things with the wearable, like allowing for a replaceable power source or the installation of sensors outside the watch, if Apple's research pans out.

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Future Memoji could be created automatically from user's photos

10/22/2019, 08:10 am

An iPhone may automatically generate Memoji for a user in the future, by analyzing a photograph of the user's face to determine the closest combination of facial features to produce a digital avatar with a similar likeness, without the user needing to make any major choices.

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AirDrop & device tracking only the beginning of Ultra Wideband in the iPhone

10/17/2019, 10:10 am

Apple's use of Ultra Wideband with the U1 chip in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro could go beyond AirDrop and could be used to determine the orientation and motion of a device.

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Apple proposes how to steady what's on an iPhone screen when the user's hands are shaking

10/17/2019, 09:10 am

Mobile device users who have trouble holding an iPhone steadily could be assisted by the smartphone to view images and other content, by compensating for hand movements to keep what is being viewed steady and in one place regardless of the motion.

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Apple looking at Face ID laser tech to improve iPad & iPhone typing

10/17/2019, 08:10 am

Displays in a future iPad or iPhone could use lasers to detect touch, with the employment of VCSEL sensors and other technologies potentially monitoring the deflection of the screen to determine levels of 3D touch or to provide a more improved typing experience.

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Apple smart ring could offer Apple Watch functionality on a finger

10/15/2019, 09:10 am

Apple is continuing to explore the possibility of creating a new wearable in the form of a ring, one that includes a finger-mounted touchscreen that could also be used to transmit commands to another nearby device wirelessly.

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Apple's self-driving car could hide radar system within the bodywork

10/15/2019, 08:10 am

A future Apple-designed self-driving vehicle may not show any external signs of its automated functionality, with Apple looking into how radar systems could be made smaller, lighter, and cheaper in a bid to hide them from the view of other road users looking at the vehicle.

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Apple Pencil could gain magnet-based force feedback in a future refresh

10/08/2019, 11:10 am

The Apple Pencil could provide its users with form of haptic feedback in a future version, with the use of magnetic fields physically affecting the stylus while it is actively being used to draw on an iPad or iPad Pro, using the force to vibrate the implement.

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That iPhone camera bump could get a lot smaller, if Apple's research pans out

10/08/2019, 09:10 am

Apple is trying to improve the image quality of its iPhone cameras even more and cut back on the external camera bump at the same time, by researching the use of a periscope-like lens assembly inside the body of the iPhone.

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Apple refining OLED screen penetration tech for removal of iPhone notch

10/01/2019, 09:10 am

The infamous notch at the top of the current generation of iPhones could be eliminated in a future version, with Apple looking into including openings in the display itself that cameras, speakers, and other sensors could be positioned behind, providing them with access to the outside world while minimizing their appearance.

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Carbon fiber inserts could create ultra-thin MacBook display

10/01/2019, 08:10 am

The MacBook Pro could take advantage of carbon fiber to strengthen the display in the future, using the inserts to minimize damage to the screen from flexing the notebook's top section, without adding any significant weight to the portable device, while also making it extremely thin.

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Apple logo could be used for notifications on future iPhones

09/26/2019, 10:09 am

Future iPhones could feature electronically-controlled decorative elements on the back of the case, giving users a way to further customize their smartphones, such as by changing the color of the Apple logo, as well as providing a way to alert device owners to notifications or other events.

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Apple looking at big expansion of HomeKit with Ultra Wideband

09/26/2019, 08:09 am

A future version of HomeKit could provide the ability to control items at a socket level depending on where the user is, with Apple investigating the possibility of making electrical outlets that can provide granular control of power to devices, as well as knowing the location of nearby smartphones, tablets, and other items.

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Apple is evaluating new keyboard mechanisms to make thinner MacBooks

09/24/2019, 08:09 am

Future MacBooks could be made even thinner by using a slimmer keyboard, by switching out the butterfly mechanism for one where the keys are positioned much closer to the circuit board, reducing the amount of travel and materials required to register a key press and to actuate.

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