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Pictures of a mysterious, tiny display, measuring just 3cm by 3 cm and branded as an Apple part, are claimed to be a small touchscreen that could find its way into one of the company's future products.

The pictures came from Taiwanese blog Apple.pro, which speculated that the screen could be used in an "iPod touch nano," "iPod touch shuffle," or a wristbound product it dubbed "iWatch." As the part is simply the display and no other hardware, it is unknown whether it is actually a touchscreen, or just a small LCD display.

Apple's current iPod nano has a display that measures diagonally 2.2 inches (nearly 5.6 centimeters), larger than the purported Apple part shown in pictures.

Recently, Apple.pro has obtained a number of legitimate Apple parts before the final product was released. The blog showed off the white panel for the then-unannounced iPhone 4 in May, and also offered a look at the battery inside the iPhone 4 in June.

And in 2008, the blog posted photos of the new unibody enclosure of Apple's redesigned MacBook Pro before it was released.

But also in 2008, the site posted photos of an alleged aluminum 13-inch MacBook casing which proved to be false. And in 2009, the blog claimed that Apple was working on a 15-inch MacBook Air.
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I hope it's for fingerprint ID. With a bit of cunning, we can say goodbye to passwords.

At last.
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Some are speculating in that it is actually a display for a future Apple TV remote.

Time will tell I guess. I actually have no idea what it might be good for other than what has already been posted.
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I would buy an iWatch. I imagine it would be called iTime or something like that though.
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That's about the right size for 4 icons on an iPhone. that would be pretty sweet on a new nano-fied Nano. I'd assume none of the normal apps would work, but even if it just controlled the iPod, a clock, and Nike+, I think I'd be a winner. Wonder if they'd just keep all the controls on the headphones or keep a button or two on the body...
post #6 of 106
Copyright 2009? So it's not completely new. It's been around for a while or so.
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I'd buy an iWatch

maybe it could sync with my calendar besides having world time zones and that's about it, can't ask for more on such a small and energy efficient device like all watches must be
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iPhone nano? A small Apple flip-phone. No web or apps other than contacts, calendar, and music player. It would address one of my biggest complaints with non-smart phones, the ability to easily sync contacts, appts, and music with your computer. Apple already has all the pieces in place for that in iTunes.

At that size, if it was a touch screen, about the only thing it would be good for is scrolling, not for selecting things on the screen. But that would be a navigation advantage over today's non-smart phones and eliminate the need for a scroll wheel.
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Originally Posted by chaosbringer View Post

I'd buy an iWatch

maybe it could sync with my calendar besides having world time zones and that's about it, can't ask for more on such a small and energy efficient device like all watches must be

The world is waiting for Apple to bring a notification system to the lock screen.
Perhaps they are going to bring notifications to a watch screen?

C.
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Solar for under glass backs.
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post #11 of 106
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Originally Posted by Beklim View Post

Some are speculating in that it is actually a display for a future Apple TV remote.

Bingo. Not just @TV, but for all Apple products, and a universal remote.
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Originally Posted by 8CoreWhore View Post

Solar for under glass backs.

That's exactly what I was thinking.

I think they did have a patent for that as well - a screen with built-in solar cells.

That would be amazing.
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This is for the Magic Keyboard
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A square display suggests to me it's not for a nano, or any other device intended to display content. I think it's just for navigation.
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Originally Posted by greekmango View Post

I hope it's for fingerprint ID. With a bit of cunning, we can say goodbye to passwords.

At last.


See, thats a bad thing, and only a modern geek would find digital fingerprinting yourself to be cooler than it is dangerous.

damnit all
post #16 of 106
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Originally Posted by ilogic View Post

This is for the Magic Keyboard

I was thinking the same thing. Didn't they just put in a patent for touch enabled "invisible" buttons on a MacBook?

I doubt it's for a TV remote. Touch sucks when there is a disconnect between the touch device and the screen. They need a Wiimote clone if they want to bring "touch" to the big screen.


EDIT:
Here we go.
Apple exploring invisible buttons

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Oh my GOD! It's a TRICORDER!
post #18 of 106
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Originally Posted by drdb View Post

I would buy an iWatch. I imagine it would be called iTime or something like that though.

The problem with watches are they are no longer cool. But the main problem for Apple is that if they were to make an electronic product that straps to the wrist it'd be an iPod, and the problem with that is because of its location your earphones would need to be wireless - but battery technology isn't yet good enough for it to last long enough to justify it as a product.

Other than those issue the idea of a small, wrist-bound touch-screen iPod sounds very useful. Especially when you think about it as an athletes iPod.

iPod run
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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post #19 of 106
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Pictures of a mysterious, tiny display, measuring just 3cm by 3 cm and branded as an Apple part, are claimed to be a small touchscreen that could find its way into one of the company's future products.

Oh my GOD! It's a TRICORDER!
post #20 of 106
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Originally Posted by Firefly7475 View Post

I doubt it's for a TV remote. Touch sucks when there is a disconnect between the touch device and the screen.

God forbid they start going there with their remotes. As it stands their current remote is actually lacking buttons. It might be interesting if the remote just displayed some useful info on it though. That said it doesn't look likely, 'cause battery life would suck.
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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post #21 of 106
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Originally Posted by Beklim View Post

Some are speculating in that it is actually a display for a future Apple TV remote.

Time will tell I guess. I actually have no idea what it might be good for other than what has already been posted.

That's what I was thinking. It controls your AppleTV or Mac Mini in Front Row mode. The display normally looks and works just like a scroll wheel or the current Apple Remote, but if you are using your TV for the internet, or even to search for TV shows, it allows you to enter text for search, URL's, passwords etc..

Sure, 3cm x 3 cm is too small for a Qwerty keyboard, the iPhone's display is 5cm wide. Use an iPhone style KeyPad to enter alphanumeric text.



Remember, unlike a conventional phone, where you have to push the "G" button twice to get "H", 3 times to get "I", on a touch screen you push "G", and then "H" and "I" appear and you slide up for "H" and right for "I".

Who knows, it may even include a tiny camera so you can Face Time over your TV?
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Originally Posted by Carniphage View Post

The world is waiting for Apple to bring a notification system to the lock screen.
Perhaps they are going to bring notifications to a watch screen?

C.

Terrible idea.
Citing unnamed sources with limited but direct knowledge of the rumoured device - Comedy Insider (Feb 2014)
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Originally Posted by Ireland View Post

God forbid they start going there with their remotes. As it stands their current remote is actually lacking buttons. It might be interesting if the remote just displayed some useful info on it though. That said it doesn't look likely, 'cause battery life would suck.

The problem I always had with remotes, especially DVR remotes that come from your cable or satellite provider, are the over use of physical buttons. Sure, the remote lets you control your DVD, set-top box, audio stuff, etc. from one remote but why does it need all the buttons right there? I'll tell you why; the technology wasn't there a few years ago to simplify it. It is now. What I want is a context aware remote that displays only the interface elements based on what I'm doing at the time. Visual favorites, being able to check the guide on the remote instead of on the main display, set up recordings on the remote without covering all or most of the screen.
post #24 of 106
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

P... or a wristbound product it dubbed "iWatch." ...

Never in a million years. You might as well say that Ford is going to come out with a new version of the Model T.

Watches are last century. Fewer people of any stripe wear them year by year, and you will notice hardly anyone under 40 even owns one.
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Originally Posted by Firefly7475 View Post

...
Here we go.
Apple exploring invisible buttons

Nope.

from the article: ... "Apple's described solution would have a capacitor underneath an aluminum surface with invisible holes ..."
post #26 of 106
I wouldn't wear an iWatch. I thought we'd got over digital watches back in the 80's when people realised that whilst they told the time accurately, and had loads of functions nobody used, that wasn't enough to counter the fact that they look crap! I'll stick with my Breitling!

That aside, am I the only one getting roundly sick of all these leaks of Apple stuff. I know speculating on what Apple are going to release is fun, but I miss the days when Steve Jobs would do the, "one more thing" bit, and reveal something I'd never seen before.
post #27 of 106
Like others have said. It's likely a display for a new Apple Remote. Simple as that
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I like how here, and in every article you can find about this rumour it's referred to as:
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

... a small touchscreen ....

both in the headline and in the first paragraph.

Yet inside each article it says (somewhere):
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

... it is unknown whether it is actually a touchscreen ...

I remember when this site prided itself on it's accuracy.
post #29 of 106
I'm gunning for the iWatch, they may not be cool now, but they sure will be.
post #30 of 106
This is so weird it wouldn't surprise me if it's real.

Perhaps a screen for a new iPod Shuffle.
post #31 of 106
At first I thougt it was an "iWatch". But notice how the connectors extend several centimeters beyond the 3x3cm touch display.

Few possibilties:
1. It could be an Apple TV remote...that is square?

2. Will it be built in the new MacBookPro's trackpad. But why would you display there and what would you display?

3. Some completely new iProduct nothing to do with Macs or iPods.

I need clues!
post #32 of 106
looks Solar to me.
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

Nope.

from the article: ... "Apple's described solution would have a capacitor underneath an aluminum surface with invisible holes ..."

An LCD under the magic aluminium would make a nice way to customize the display, would it not?
post #34 of 106
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Originally Posted by Ireland View Post

Terrible idea.

You are right.

NOT A WATCH
Even if taking notifications to your wrist was a smart move, an always-on LCD would draw too much power.

NOT A REMOTE
Remotes have to be tactile. And TV remotes don't need screens. The TV is plenty.

NOT A TRACKPAD
Apple trackpads are bigger than netbook trackpads.

NOT A NANO
They are not going to make the screen even smaller.

Using Sherlock Holmes-like deduction I conclude that it must be for....
...something else.

C.
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Originally Posted by JustReelFilms View Post

I need clues!

No offense intended ... but this is a sentence that is just begging for the following reply:
So what are you saying ... that you're "clueless"?

My apologies in advance ... but some things just can't be passed up.
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post #36 of 106
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

I like how here, and in every article you can find about this rumour it's referred to as:
Quote:
... a small touchscreen ....

both in the headline and in the first paragraph.

Yet inside each article it says (somewhere):
Quote:
... it is unknown whether it is actually a touchscreen ...


I remember when this site prided itself on it's accuracy.

The source is claiming it to be a touchscreen. There's no evidence that AI is aware of to confirm or deny it though. AI isn't saying that they know it's a touchscreen, but why should they not believe the source if they've been dead-on before?
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Originally Posted by Outsider View Post

The problem I always had with remotes, especially DVR remotes that come from your cable or satellite provider, are the over use of physical buttons. Sure, the remote lets you control your DVD, set-top box, audio stuff, etc. from one remote but why does it need all the buttons right there? I'll tell you why; the technology wasn't there a few years ago to simplify it. It is now. What I want is a context aware remote that displays only the interface elements based on what I'm doing at the time. Visual favorites, being able to check the guide on the remote instead of on the main display, set up recordings on the remote without covering all or most of the screen.

Logitech have had that for years. It kind of sucks IMO.

I tend to navigate the TV without looking at the remote. When the remote screen keeps changing you have to keep looking between the remote and the TV. I'm also not sure of the benefits of checking the guide on a 3cm screen in my hand when I have a 50" TV screen sitting right in front of me.

There are no doubt a lot of ways a small touch screen can be used on a remote. On their cheaper remotes Logitech use it for activities and favorites which works really well. There are unfortunately limits to what it can achieve unfortunately.

I'd love Apple to create a Wiimote clone to control the Apple TV. In all my years I've never come across a device to control a TV that works quite as well as on the Nintendo Wii... and those guys aren't even UI designers!
post #38 of 106
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Originally Posted by Carniphage View Post

You are right.

NOT A WATCH
Even if taking notifications to your wrist was a smart move, an always-on LCD would draw too much power.

NOT A REMOTE
Remotes have to be tactile. And TV remotes don't need screens. The TV is plenty.

NOT A TRACKPAD
Apple trackpads are bigger than netbook trackpads.

NOT A NANO
They are not going to make the screen even smaller.

Using Sherlock Holmes-like deduction I conclude that it must be for....
...something else.

C.

Non-touch-screen new iPod shuffle display.
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post #39 of 106
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Originally Posted by Carniphage View Post

You are right.

NOT A REMOTE
Remotes have to be tactile. And TV remotes don't need screens. The TV is plenty.

C.

Most Universal/Media remotes (expensive ones) have a screen... A combo of buttons and screen.

Assuming that there wouldn't be tactile buttons makes sense if its a touchscreen (but they don't KNOW if it is or not)

And we're assuming they theres only going to be "one" of these screens? Maybe its a remote with two screens, one for each thumb...? Just throwing it out there...
post #40 of 106
I'm with Carniphage. I also doubt it is for a context aware button on a keyboard, as Apple's external keyboards are run off batteries, and they don't like power draw from touch screens. The Bluetooth keyboard battery life is already terrible IMHO when compared to say, Logitech optical bluetooth mice from 5 years ago (with optical sensors, lasers, buttons etc). My keyboard struggles to reach 3 months off 3 AAs, whereas my logitech gets 6-8 months off two.

New iProduct? Living room oriented?
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