Apple wants to turn your iPhone into a laser tag gun

Who wouldn't want to play this on a Friday afternoon?
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Not all of Apple’s patents are focused on turning the iPhone into something as worthy as a next-gen medical data gathering device. A newly-published document reveals that Apple has considered an invention that would allow iPhone customers to use their handsets for a quick game of laser tag.

India will force Apple to put a ‘panic button’ in the iPhone


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India decrees that all smartphones must have panic buttons from next year.
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All iPhones sold in India must feature a “panic button” from 2017, according to a new order signed into law by the country’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The law states that every phone must include a panic button and in-built global positioning system, designed to protect women.

Apple’s post-3.5mm jack headphones sure sound smart


New headphones will switch between wired and wireless modes without dropping audio.
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In advance of the next-gen iPhone, which will reportedly ditch its 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of wireless or Lightning EarPods, Apple had filed a patent application for hybrid headphones capable of switching between wired and wireless options without dropping audio in the process.