Microsoft appears to be working on a Touch Cover smart keyboard for at least one iPad model, according to battery information for products containing lithium-ion batteries shared on its website earlier this year.
Microsoft’s Surface RT with Touch Cover The documents were published in April, but they were only discovered now by German blog WinFuture, which tipped its information to The Verge. The product is clearly listed: iPad Touch Cover (Model 1719).
Microsoft previously sold Touch Covers for its Surface tablets that doubled as pressure-sensitive keyboards and protective covers.
Those covers magnetically click into place and provide protection [...]
Apple is quietly working with Chinese battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited on automotive battery research and development, according to Shanghai-based Yicai Global.
The report, citing unnamed sources, claims the two companies have signed a confidentiality agreement to work together on a „scheme“ related to the field of batteries, but no specific details were provided.
CATL was founded in 2011 as a spinoff of Amperex Technology Limited, a large supplier of batteries for iPhones and other Apple products.
The company, based in Ningde, China, describes itself as a leader in lithium-ion battery research and development, [...]
Amazon is reportedly working on a successor to its Echo connected smart speaker for release later this year in a clear attempt to one-up Apple and its HomePod speaker, which is due to launch this December.
Sources who saw a working unit spoke to Engadget, claiming that the new Echo will improve on the first speaker „in every way“, being shorter and slimmer than the original, with rounded edges and a cloth-like covering preferred over the current Echo’s plastic shell and flat ends.
Perhaps unsurprisingly given Apple’s focus on the HomePod music experience, Amazon is aiming to significantly improve the sound quality of the next Echo, [...]
Following a report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggesting the next-generation „iPhone 8“ will do away with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor entirely, Bloomberg says Apple is working on an „improved“ security system that will let customers unlock their iPhones and make Apple Pay payments with facial recognition technology.
Apple’s new facial recognition engine is powered by a 3D sensor rumored to be built into the front-facing camera, and according to Bloomberg’s sources, Apple is also said to be testing eye scanning to „augment the system.“ Using facial recognition, the iPhone can be unlocked within a few hundred milliseconds and it [...]