by Juli Clover
Apple is continuing work on developing some kind of autonomous vehicle product, and the project is under new leadership. Apple artificial intelligence lead John Giannandrea is now overseeing Apple Car development as prior lead Bob Mansfield has retired, reports Bloomberg.
One of the self-driving vehicles Apple uses to test its autonomous driving software
It’s been quite some time since we heard news about the Apple Car, but Project Titan as the car development is known is now in the hands of Giannandrea, though day to day operations continue to be overseen by Doug Field.
Field was reporting to Bob Mansfield, who came out of retirement in 2016 to handle the Apple Car project. Mansfield first retired in June 2012, but ultimately remained at Apple as an advisor. Prior to being led by Mansfield, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering Dan Riccio was overseeing work on the Apple Car.
Giannandrea is Apple’s senior vice president of AI and machine learning, and Project Titan’s hundreds of engineers are now under his watch. Giannandrea also heads up Siri development and Apple’s work on machine learning.
Apple has been working on some kind of self-driving car technology since 2014, but development has been stymied by technical and leadership challenges. Apple was originally working on a full car, but focus seems to have shifted to an in-car autonomous driving system. Apple continues to have dozens of self-driving test vehicles out on the road.
Back in 2017, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that Apple is working on autonomous driving software. “We’re focusing on autonomous systems. It’s a core technology that we view as very important. We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects. It’s probably one of the most difficult AI projects actually to work on,” he said.
Users on the Apple Developer forums and Reddit are widely reporting that iOS 14.2 causes severe battery drain issues.
Symptoms of the problem include rapid battery drain and longer charge times than usual. Some users are reporting that their devices are losing over 50 percent charge in less than 30 minutes, and seeing large drops of around five percent within minutes of normal use.
Friday December 4, 2020 3:22 pm PST by Juli Clover
Apple today launched a new display replacement program for iPhone 11 devices to address a problem that cases a “small percentage” of iPhone 11 displays to stop responding to touch.
Apple says that affected devices were manufactured between November 2019 and May 2020, and if there are touch issues, the iPhone 11 models could have a problem with the display module.
Those with iPhone 11…
Sunday December 6, 2020 3:29 pm PST by Frank McShan
After a period of beta testing, Waze is now able to directly integrate with Apple CarPlay’s multiscreen dashboard, as noted by users of the navigation app on the MacRumors forums.
In addition to CarPlay Dashboard support, the update appears to introduce in-app lane guidance for the first time. @9to5mac @MacRumors @waze Waze dashboard is here!!!!! pic.twitter.com/gvuaaTSJRG— Camilo Díaz …
Apple has filed a patent application for an intense light-absorbant matte black finish for a range of products, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and MacBook (via Patently Apple).
Image via ColorWare The patent application, filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is titled “Anodized Part Having a Matte Black Appearance,” and outlines the characteristics of the finish and…
Twitter user @DongleBookPro has shared images of a prototype Macintosh Classic with a translucent casing.
The final retail Macintosh Classic used an iconic beige plastic, so it is rare to see one with a clear casing. This allows it to show off many of the Macintosh’s internal parts, such as its nine-inch CRT monitor. It also highlights just how much empty space there was within the…
You’d think news and rumors would be settling down a bit as we get into December, but that certainly wasn’t the case this week as we saw quite a bit of both. On the rumor front, the big one was a fresh report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reiterating that Apple is planning for two redesigned MacBook Pro models next year featuring Apple Silicon and Mini-LED displays, with Mini-LED trickling down the…
Thursday December 3, 2020 9:12 am PST by Joe Rossignol
Following a busy fall season in which Apple hosted three events in as many months, the company may have one more product announcement in store this year.
In an internal memo this week, obtained by MacRumors from a reliable source, Apple informed service providers that it has AppleCare-related changes planned for Tuesday, December 8 at approximately 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Specifically, Apple …
Saturday December 5, 2020 10:21 am PST by Frank McShan
Apple this week announced its App Store Best of 2020 winners, recognizing 15 apps released over the course of the year. For the first time, winners are now receiving a physical award, and some developers have begun sharing their respective awards over the past few days.
Image via Flexibits Fantastical developer Flexibits, Genshin Impact, and Share the Meal have all provided photos of their…
Apple may use components made by Samsung for a “folded” telephoto lens on at least some iPhone models released in 2022, allowing for significantly increased optical zoom, according to unnamed sources cited by Korean website The Elec.
The report claims that Samsung’s Electro-Mechanics subsidiary would supply components such as actuators and lenses to LG, which in turn would use the components …