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Audience today announced that it appears “unlikely” Apple will use the company’s earSmart noise suppression technology in the upcoming iPhone 5. Audience’s technology was reported to a key innovation providing support for Siri on the iPhone 4S, and Apple was reported back in February to have licensed Audience’s next-generation technology for future products. But with today’s announcement, it appears that Apple has elected not to take advantage of the technology. Audience sells processors and licenses its processor IP to Apple Inc.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research report outlining his thoughts on Apple’s product introductions for the remainder of 2012, noting that delays in some necessary components have forced Apple into a very tight timeline that is less than ideal and which may impact growth over the short-term.
Late last month, fingerprint scanner firm AuthenTec announced that it had been acquired by Apple, naturally leading to speculation that Apple is looking to include the company’s biometric security technology in its products. A lengthy report from The Next Web now takes a look at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing documenting the negotiations that led to the acquisition, highlighting Apple’s sense of urgency in obtaining access to AuthenTec’s technology, whether through acquisition or licensing. According to the filing, Apple and AuthenTec began discussions in late 2011, with serious talks about a potential licensing deal starting up in late February 2012.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has a set-top box in the works that would allow viewing of live cable television as well as other content. Apple Inc. is in talks with some of the biggest U.S. cable operators about letting consumers use an Apple device as a set-top box for live television and other content, according to people familiar with the matter. The talks represent Apple’s most ambitious crack at infiltrating the living room after years of trying.
Several weeks ago, we noted that Apple was already undertaking a minor expansion of its massive data center in Maiden, North Carolina, having received permits for a roughly 20,000 square-foot “tactical data center” located adjacent to the existing 500,000 square-foot facility. Wired has now obtained aerial photos of the site taken earlier this week, showing not only the new tactical data center but also ongoing installation of solar panels at the 100-acre solar farm across the street from the data center and what appears to be the 4.8-megawatt fuel cell facility behind the data center. Nobody knows exactly what an Apple tactical data center is supposed to be, but according to Rackspace Chief Technology Officer John Engates, who has spent his fair share of time in windowless buildings racked with servers, it may be a neutral spot where Apple partners can come and plug their gear into Apple’s grid without getting any exposure to the fantastic secrets housed in the larger 500,000-square-foot facility.
One of the new features found in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is PowerNap. PowerNap was introduced at WWDC 2012 and allows your Mac to continue to perform tasks such as receiving email and updating software even when it’s sleeping. Apple lists the full capabilities in this Knowledge Base document . Capabilities include getting new Mail, syncing Calendar, Contact and Reminder changes, and more. When plugged into power, your Mac can download software updates and make backups with Time Capsule
Apple has released a new television ad featuring the iPhone 4S and Siri, featuring legendary film director Martin Scorsese . The director uses Siri to reschedule appointments, find where a friend is, and see how traffic is in Manhattan. Scorsese: What’s my day look like? Siri: Another busy day today
Network World ‘s iOnApple reports on a recently-unsealed deposition given by Apple design chief Jonathan Ive in the ongoing patent war between Apple and Samsung, a session in which Ive was shown photos of Apple’s earliest iPad mockups that apparently date to some time between 2002 and 2004. From Ive’s testimony: My recollection of first seeing it is very hazy, but it was, I’m guessing, sometime between 2002 and 2004, some but it was I remember seeing this and perhaps models similar to this when we were first exploring tablet designs that ultimately became the iPad
With Apple opting not to release updated iMac models at its Worldwide Developers Conference last month, there has been considerable debate over the timing of the next update. Several of the hardware pieces such as Ivy Bridge processors are already available to support an update, and with the last update having occurred 427 days ago the time seems ripe for new models. But one wild card has been the issue of Retina displays and whether they will be included in the next round of updates to the iMac. ABC News reported in mid-May that Retina displays would indeed becoming to the next iMac, but more recent claims have suggested that Apple will need to wait until next year to roll out the technology, especially given the horsepower needed to support massive numbers of pixels on the 27-inch iMac.
The outside of the box said "Windows base machine or better", so I bought a Mac.