Apple hires former QNX staff, begins efforts in Canada towards Project Titan

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Date: Thursday, October 27th, 2016, 05:55
Category: Apple Car, Hardware, Rumor, Siri, Titan


Apple has both taken the long view of its Project Titan automative effort and settled it in Canada.

Apple apparently has “dozens” of software engineers working out of an office outside of Ottawa, Ontario—just a five minute walk from BlackBerry’s QNX division, which provides automotive software. In fact, about two dozen of Apple’s engineers reportedly came directly from QNX.

The hires include former QNX CEO Dan Dodge and Derrick Keefe, a software engineer with decades of experience under his belt.

While QNX doesn’t currently product autonomous driving software, it is on the company’s list of goals. QNX has already reached a deal with AdasWorks to integrate AdasWorks’ software into QNX’s operating system, which already powers systems like BMW ConnectedDrive, Ford Sync3, Buick Intellilink, and others, in more than 60 million vehicles.


Trademark filing points to MacBook OLED panel being named the “Magic Toolbar”

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Date: Friday, October 21st, 2016, 05:11
Category: Hardware, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Patents, Rumor, Touch ID


Sometimes it’s the patent filings that inform you about the next cool thing around the corner.

With just a week before Apple’s October 27th media event, a newly discovered trademark filing has been unearthed online, suggesting a potential name for the OLED panel on the new MacBook Pro. According to information rounded up, a trademark filed by a company called “Presto Apps America LLC” for a device dubbed the “Magic Toolbar” could be Apple’s name for the touch bar panel on its new MacBook Pro line.

The digging unearthed a company known as “Presto Apps”, which was incorporated on January 22nd of this year and a filing for the trademark on February 5th. The cost of the trademark application was furthermore estimated to be around €16,000.


Rumor: Apple to release next-gen MacBooks this month, discontinue 11-inch MacBook Air units

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 05:06
Category: Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Rumor, Touch ID


Some interesting stuff has just come down the pipe about Apple’s next-gen MacBook Pro notebooks.

A new report which cites a “reliable Chinese supplier” states that Apple plans to both announce the new MacBook Pro this month, as well as to ship it to retailers. As rumored in the past, the new MacBook Pros are expected to feature support for USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. As for other ports, though, Apple is said to be ditching support for traditional USB ports, as well as for MagSafe and Thunderbolt 2.


Rumor: Apple looking to acquire Sonder, currently developing smart/dynamic keyboard

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Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016, 05:09
Category: Hardware, Rumor


Apple is apparently close to purchasing an Australian startup working on dynamic customizable keyboard.

The Sydney tech company Sonder has designed a smart keyboard that can be customised to accommodate any language, shortcut or custom icon, using the same E Ink display technology used by Kindle.

The acquisition of the company was first looked into when an Apple prototype using Sonder technology was seen at at an event at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

The Incubator Innoconn event was organised by Foxconn International Holdings, Apple’s manufacturing partner, for startups it has invested in..


Rumor: Apple may have changed the date for its FY16 fourth quarter earnings announcement to simultaneously announce next-gen MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, October 6th, 2016, 05:19
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, Rumor, Touch ID


This is an interesting rumor.

Apple may have rescheduled is FY16 fourth quarter earnings to Tuesday, October 25th to accommodate the announcement of a new MacBook Pro.

Moving the earnings call to earlier in the week also gives Apple a chance to quickly move past a potentially-disappointing quarterly earnings. Otherwise, the company would risk overshadowing a flashy new product announcement with news of less-than-stellar iPhone 7 sales.


Rumor: Apple to introduce three new iPad Pro models in 2017, will migrate iPad mini 4 to smaller iPad Pro

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Date: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 05:59
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor


The current rumor has it that Apple will be swapping out the iPad mini with a smaller iPad Pro.

A report from KGI in August suggest that Apple may launch three new iPads in 2017, and suggested that the 9.7-inch model would grow in size slightly to 10.5-inches. It’s also been suggested three new iPad Pro models are coming up in the spring of next year, with some details overlapping the KGI report.

It’s been thought that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will be changed to a 10.1-inch iPad Pro. The larger screen size will be achieved by making the external dimensions 1cm longer and 0.5cm wide.


Rumor: Apple to released next-gen MacBook Pro in October, units will ship with macOS 10.12.1 onboard

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2016, 05:47
Category: Hardware, MacBook Pro, macOS, Rumor, Touch ID


Apple tends to release things when it feels they’re complete and the current rumor has the next-gen MacBook Pro slated for October.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro will reportedly switch to “Polaris” graphics chips from AMD, which claims Apple could have new units ready to ship sometime in the second half of October.

As mentioned before, the updated notebook is rumored to feature a Touch ID bar along the top of the keyboard. This will act as an OLED touch bar that will adapt as needed and replace the function keys.


Rumor: Apple purchases TupleJump, expands machine learning resources

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Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2016, 05:03
Category: Rumor, Software


Machine learning is the hip new thing and Apple wants to be as large a part of it as humanly possible.

Adding to its collection of machine learning acquisitions, following a buyout of Perceptio at the end of 2015 and Turi just a few months ago, Apple has now acquired an India/US-based machine learning team, Tuplejump.

While Apple has yet to confirm the purchase and offered the standard line about occasionally buying other outfits without discussing its purposes or plans, the company offered the previous description of itself on its web site a while back:


Rumor: Apple in talks to acquire Lit Motors, may be focusing on two-wheeled vehicle technologies

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Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016, 05:39
Category: Hardware, Rumor


Moving beyond the McLaren rumor, Apple is also said to be talking to Lit Motors, a small company that participated in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF back in 2012, a contest they finished second in.

The San Francisco-based startup is developing a new kind of electric vehicle vehicle that seems something like a two-wheeled motorcycle that can’t tip over thanks to built-in stabilization technologies.

Lit is said to have only raised $2.2 million in total in venture capital and it’s unclear if the company still has money today to survive as an independent entity or if it has been looking for an acquirer.


Rumor: Apple looking into acquisition, strategic investment of McLaren for car project

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016, 11:56
Category: Apple, Hardware, Rumor


If you’ve ever drooled a bit over a parked McLaren on the street, then you’ve got something in common with Apple.

The current rumor has it that Apple has approached British supercar-maker McLaren to discuss an acquisition or a strategic investment in the firm. The talks are said to have been in progress for several months.

McLaren is best known for its Formula One racing team and also has a fast-growing road cars division that started up less than a year ago. The company has also received accolades for its million-dollar P1 hybrid hypercar and its line of supercars. McLaren also has a large consulting division and a technologies group that acts as a parts supplier to other carmakers and race teams.