Apple’s Secret Virtual Reality Project: Everything We Know So Far

Apple is rumored to have a secret research unit with hundreds of employees working on augmented and virtual reality, exploring ways the emerging technologies could be used in future products. One product said to be under development is a virtual reality headset, and Apple has reportedly created several prototypes.

Read more about Apple’s AR/VR work in our full Virtual Reality Roundup.
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Japan Display Confirms OLED Production in 2018 Amid iPhone Adoption Rumors

Japan Display today announced that it will begin the mass production of OLED panels in 2018 (via Reuters), confirming a rumor from December that the company would do so in attempts to be the supplier of OLED panels in a future iPhone model. This would put Japan Display – a joint venture between Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi – in direct competition with LG Display and Samsung in the production of the rumored OLED-supported iPhone.

„We will take advantage of our advanced thin-film transistor technology in developing OLED screens,“ Akio Takimoto, chief of Japan Display’s research center, told reporters on Friday.

Japan Display, in addition to rival Sharp, already supplies the manufacturing of LCD panels for Apple’s iPhone. In 2015, estimates of an iPhone supporting OLED panels – which would be the first non-LCD model since the original iPhone – put it off for at least the next three years, aligning with Japan Display’s plans for the mass production of OLED panels.

Recent OLED rumors suggested that Apple’s new Taiwanese lab could potentially focus on adopting OLED and micro-LED technology for future iPhone models. Towards the end of last year, a report also claimed that Apple is „close“ to signing a final agreement with Samsung and LG Display in regards to OLED manufacturing for the so-called „iPhone 8.“ According to that report, both manufacturers are planning to spend $12.8 billion combined to prepare for the production of OLED in 2018’s iPhone.

Related Roundup: iPhone 6s
Tags: Japan Display Inc, OLED
Buyer’s Guide: iPhone (Neutral)
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Apple Obsoletes Select Early 2008 to Late 2009 Macs

Apple has updated its vintage and obsolete products list with various older products that have not been manufactured for at least five years, including select Macs manufactured between early 2008 and late 2009, the second-generation Time Capsule and the 32GB original iPod touch.

Apple products on the vintage and obsolete list are no longer eligible for hardware service, with a few exceptions. Apple defines vintage products as those that have not been manufactured for more than five and less than seven years ago, while obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than seven years ago.

Only the new additions are reflected below.

Macintosh products vintage in the U.S. and Turkey and obsolete in Asia-Pacific, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Latin America

iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009)

iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)

MacBook Air (Mid 2009)

Mac Pro (Early 2009)

Time Capsule 802.11n (2nd generation)

Macintosh products obsolete in the U.S., Asia-Pacific, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Latin America

Apple Cinema Display (23-inch, DVI, Early 2007)

Apple Cinema Display (30-inch DVI)

MacBook (13-inch, Early 2008)

MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008)

MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008)

Time Capsule 802.11n (1st generation)

iPod products obsolete in the U.S., Asia-Pacific, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Latin America

iPod touch with Jan SW UPG 32GB
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Microsoft slashes 45% off price of Surface 3 Docking Station in the UK

The Surface 3 Docking Station – which includes multiple USB ports, gigabit Ethernet and Mini DisplayPort video out (up to 3840x2600px) – usually costs £164.99, but is now available for just £89.99. Read more…

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Duet Display Updated With iPad Pro Support, Major Performance Improvements

Second-screen app Duet Display received a significant update today, introducing a new resolution option to support Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro and bringing significant performance improvements for both iPads and Macs that run the accompanying software.

For those unfamiliar with Duet Display, it’s an app that is designed to turn the iPad or iPhone into a secondary display for a Mac. Duet Display was the first app to use a Lightning cable to allow an iPad or iPhone to interface with a Mac, thereby drastically cutting down on the lag that’s typically present when an iOS device is used as a secondary display for a Mac over Wi-Fi.

Since its late 2014 launch, Duet Display has been updated several times to improve performance on a wide range of iPads and iPhones, but according to Duet Display developer Rahul Dewan, today’s update brings „massive performance improvements.“ Improving performance was necessary to allow a Mac or PC to drive the high-resolution display of the iPad Pro while maintaining a lag-free connection, but the improvements also apply to all older iPads.

With the latest version of Duet Display, CPU usage has been reduced by over 80 percent on iPad and Mac or PC, thanks to a new algorithm that’s more efficient and an intelligent refresh feature that’s similar to the iPad Pro’s own faster refresh technology, but on the software end. Extremely high CPU usage was one of our major complaints with Duet Display when it was first released and it’s been a customer concern for some time, so this update should go a long way towards fixing one of the major pain points in the app.

Duet Display has proven to be a popular app with iPad owners as it gives the iPad the versatility to be used as a second display for a Mac. iPad Pro owners may find Duet Display to be especially useful given the large screen real estate of the device.

Duet Display can be downloaded from the App Store for $9.99 (reg. $15.99). [Direct Link]

Tags: App Store, Duet Display
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Google’s new ‘Cast Remote Display’ plugin for Unity brings Wii U like abilities

Google’s new ‘Cast Remote Display’ plugin offers the ability to cast games built with Unity, while making the streaming device a secondary display that can feature controls and other information. Read more…

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iPhone 7s may be the first iPhone to boast an OLED display

Apple has reportedly confirmed to its supply chain that it plans to switch from LCD panels to OLED ones for iPhones released in 2017-2018. This potentially means that we might get an OLED Apple handset as early as the iPhone 7s — and not the iPhone 8 as previously thought. Cupertino is said to be asking […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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