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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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Apple could have used pinhole-sized sensors in display to keep Touch ID on the iPhone X

05/16/2019, 11:05 am

Before the introduction of the iPhone X and Face ID, Apple was considering ways to implement Touch ID on a smartphone without using an externally visible fingerprint reader, with one technique involving a series of pinholes in the display panel that could allow a fingerprint to be captured through the screen.

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Apple's self-driving car could have variable light control to protect privacy of riders, doors that open extremely wide

05/14/2019, 08:05 am

Apple is working out ways its "Project Titan" self-driving vehicle could be improved to give its users more privacy via a band-based lighting system, as well as a door system that can provide far greater access to the inside of the car than how current doors can open.

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Eye dominance tracking could give Apple's VR and AR headsets an advantage

05/09/2019, 11:05 am

Apple's efforts to produce augmented reality or virtual reality devices could be improved by knowing which eye is dominant for the user, a piece of information that could help improve how eye detection systems work and make the overall experience better for the wearer.

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Apple could make iPhone's TrueDepth camera cheaper using liquid crystal tech

05/09/2019, 09:05 am

Light-emitting elements on Apple devices like the flood illuminator and dot projectors of the iPhone's TrueDepth camera system could benefit from a new diffuser system in the future, one that could switch between different modes by using the same technology that drives liquid crystal displays.

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Apple self-driving car could use 'confidence' algorithm to speed up sensor processing & decision-making

05/07/2019, 08:05 am

Self-driving vehicles in Apple's "Project Titan" could reduce the amount of processing required to recognize objects and to understand the layout of the road ahead, using a "confidence" algorithm that can allow a car's computer to get just enough data from sensors to perform the processing.

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Apple continuing work on 'hybrid' displays mixing OLED & quantum-dot LED

05/02/2019, 10:05 am

Perhaps reflecting a desire to maximize power efficiency in all areas, a newly-published Apple patent application showcases a "hybrid" display mixing OLED and quantum-dot LEDs.

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Full-screen Touch ID could come to the iPhone with acoustic fingerprint imaging

04/30/2019, 11:04 am

Touch ID could make a return to the iPhone without requiring a fingerprint reader in a home button tat can ruin the clean appearance of the smartphone's screen, as Apple has considered the potential for turning the entire display into a fingerprint reader by taking advantage of acoustic imaging.

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Apple proposes simplified location detection using tiny gas sensors in iPhones

04/25/2019, 09:04 am

A future iPhone or Apple Watch could determine its general location by gases, Apple has proposed, with the use of miniature sensors inspecting the air to determine if the user is inside or outdoors, and potentially even narrowing down to a specific room, without relying on GPS or signals from communication networks.

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HomePod's multi-user support could use iPhones to secure Siri queries using personal data

04/25/2019, 08:04 am

The HomePod could offer support for Siri with multiple users in the future without worrying about a user's personal data being accessed, with Apple coming up with a method to authenticate the speaker is authorized to make potentially sensitive queries using the presence of a nearby iPhone.

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Force-sensing gloves could control an iPhone by detecting gestures and how objects are gripped

04/18/2019, 08:04 am

Apple wants people to be able to interact with devices using gloves and other items of clothing, by taking advantage of conductive strands in the fabric to give the wearable garments a force-sensing capability that could be used by an iPhone or another connected device.

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Future Apple HomePod could customize audio experience to suit multiple users in the same room

04/16/2019, 08:04 am

A future HomePod audio system may take a nearby user's position into account when playing sound, including creating separate stereo experiences for individuals in different places, and automatically adjusting the audio or even turning it off if the listener moves out of the room.

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Apple suggests use of a Mac enclosure that will swell when needed to increase airflow

04/04/2019, 11:04 am

Apple's thin MacBooks and iOS devices could have sections of their enclosures that automatically expand in the future, as a measure to help prevent components from being damaged by overheating through high usage, or to prevent damage from the movement of parts.

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'Synthetic group selfies' on iPhone could produce seamless collages from multiple pictures, automatically

04/04/2019, 09:04 am

Group portraits could be made from multiple selfies taken on a number of different devices and digitally stitched together, Apple suggests, with an automated system creating a synthetic group selfie from separate self-portraits, one that could also be rearranged to the user's wishes.

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Future iPhone, Apple Watch sensors could detect low blood sugar based on body odor alone

04/04/2019, 08:04 am

The iPhone or Apple Watch could warn users of dangerous gases in the air or warn diabetics of high or low levels of blood sugar in the future, with Apple considering ways to add the ability for its mobile devices to "smell" the local environment, as well as to detect extremely fine dust particles or pollution.

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Apple is working on skid recovery and automatic safety systems for self-driving cars

04/02/2019, 10:04 am

Apple's self-driving vehicle technology has the potential to make being a passenger even safer than before, with the company coming up with ways to determine how fast the car is moving along a road without using traditional sensing technology, as well as how the wheels slip in hazardous conditions.

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Apple looking at ways to improve underwater iPhone photography

03/28/2019, 09:03 am

Adventurous iPhone users wanting to use their devices to take photographs underwater may enjoy better results in the future, as Apple is exploring ways to automatically adjust an image when the smartphone is immersed in water to offer the best picture possible.

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Apple Watch wrist sensors could increase security by scanning veins in the wearer's wrist

03/28/2019, 08:03 am

Future versions of the Apple Watch could authenticate the wearer's identity by scanning elements under the skin of a user's wrist, a biometric security feature that could eliminate the need for owners to enter a security code each time they put on the wearable device.

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Apple exploring car sunroof system with myriad user-customizable configuration options

03/26/2019, 09:03 am

Apple is still coming up with new design ideas it could incorporate into a self-produced vehicle, despite the seemingly self-driving nature of "Project Titan" in its current state, by creating a version of a car sunroof that offers a considerable number of position combinations compared to currently-used sunroof designs.

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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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