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What does Apple's secretive XDG team work on?

By Kenny Yeo - on 27 Feb 2023, 10:01am

What does Apple's secretive XDG team work on?

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Last week, it was reported that Apple has made significant strides in its noninvasive blood glucose tech, and that the tech is now in a "proof-of-concept" stage.

If successful, Apple Watches in the future would be able to measure the wearer's blood glucose level in a noninvasive way. Needless to say, this would be an absolute game-changer, particularly for owners who are diabetic.

And for many of us, that piece of news was also the first time we heard of the highly secretive Apple's Exploratory Design Group (XDG). So what is the XDG?

Happily, Mark Gurman explains in his latest newsletter at Bloomberg:

The group is akin to X, Alphabet Inc.’s “moonshot factory,” which helped develop Waymo self-driving car technology, Google Glass and Loon internet balloons.

In other words, it's Apple's crack team of engineers and scientists that works on highly complicated and intensively difficult projects. 

The team is said to have been formed "several years ago" and it currently resides in Apple's Hardware Technologies group which is led by SVP Johny Srouji. 

Interestingly, XDG is said to be located outside of the gorgeous Apple Park grounds in a building known as Tantau 9, which isn't far from the Steve Jobs Theatre and just down the street from the Apple Park Visitor Centre.

Apart from the noninvasive blood glucose tech, XDG is reportedly also working on next-generation display tech, AI, and AR/VR headsets for people with eyesight difficulties.

And unlike Alphabet's X group, XDG has already seen successes. According to Gurman, it already has breakthroughs that have made their way into Apple products.

XDG has apparently developed many of the chip and battery technologies that have been shipping for years in iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

To find out more about XDG, hit the link below.

Source: Bloomberg

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