Items tagged with iWatch

T-Mobile boss John Legere has never found himself at a loss of words, and love him or hate him, you have to appreciate the fact that he speaks his mind. It's a double-edged sword, as he can sometimes say foolish things, but we'll take that over the canned responses that PR people are known for giving. As we embark on a new year, it doesn't look like Legere will change his strategy of saying anything and everything that comes to mind, and though this is just the first day of 2015, he's already given us plenty to quote, including his take on the Apple Watch. "I love what Jawbone, Fitbit, Samsung,... Read more...
One way or the other, Apple has a very busy week coming up. The Cupertino company confirmed plans to hold a press event on September 9, and you can expect there to be at least one new iPhone model, along with possibly a long anticipated iWatch announcement. Don't get too excited, however -- word around the web is that it won't actually be available until next year, and will carry a high price tag to boot. How high? Perhaps $400. According to Recode, Apple hasn't decided on a definitive price point yet and is still considering a range of prices for different models, including lower priced versions.... Read more...
We reported a couple of days ago that Apple's much-hyped iWatch could be unveiled at the company's September 9th press event, and while that still seems likely, what's also likely is that the device won't ship for a number of months. Sources close to Re/code have noted that the iWatch is not going to be shipping until "early 2015", which means that the device will completely miss this year's holiday season. That's no doubt going to rub some the wrong way, namely those who envisioned Apple's cool wearable gracing their wrist while sipping hot chocolate next to the fire, or having the device tell... Read more...
We reported on a rumor at the start of the month about a September 9th event Apple would be holding, and while it took a while to happen, the company has finally confirmed it. On the invite's header graphic, the company teases, "Wish we could say more." Based on that wordage, some are speculating that something Siri-related could be unveiled at the event, although that might be reading too much into things. Apple is no doubt excited to unveil whatever it has in store - after all, it's been dealing with rumor after rumor these past couple of months. A couple of weeks ago, I tackled a number of those... Read more...
The first time we heard about Apple possibly launching a smartwatch was nearly two years ago. Ever since then, there's been a fairly steady stream of rumors and speculation, but nary a peep from Apple. So, what gives? Well, if the latest chatter holds any merit, Apple could finally unveil a smartwatch during its scheduled press event next month. John Gruber over at Daring Fireball seems to have information that would suggest Apple is going to release its "wrist wearable thing next month." The comment was made as an aside to the Moto 360 and that the only thing funnier than Motorola's funky design... Read more...
A new patent filing today shows that Apple has been granted a wide-ranging patent for a future smartwatch device (dubbed the iTime). Apple's patent refers to a device which is removable (it continues to function when detached from its wristband) and can be upgraded or swapped with other products. Apple's patent diagrams show a device that snaps into the band -- but the band itself is specifically stated as being capable of accepting other products. According to Apple's patent documentation for the figure below, "The central portion (302) can also include one or more electrical components... Alternatively... Read more...
In a move that reminds us that the iWatch is inevitable and coming relatively soon, Apple has poached an executive from high-end Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer. Vice president of sales Patrick Pruniaux will be moving on to join Apple, and although his official role and title have not yet been announced, he’ll presumably offer strong industry sales experience to help Apple market it iWatch to more than just techies. Image Source: Flickr (Brett Jordan) According to Reuters, Tag Heuer actually made the move public--not Apple--and the former company seems a bit salty about Pruniaux leaving, even... Read more...
You'd have a better chance navigating a newly constructed minefield a mile long with a blindfold on and emerging unscathed than you would of dodging all the iWatch rumors. The web is rampant with rumors and speculation as to when Apple will release its first smartwatch device, which is no different than a year ago when were discussing the same topic. The reports keep coming in, however, and the latest ones claim Cupertino's wearable device is coming this fall. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple will launch multiple versions, all of which will carry the "iWatch" monkier, They'll have more... Read more...
We reported earlier this month on a rumor that Apple's iWatch would be hitting the shelves this October, and today, we get further confirmation of that. According to Reuters, Taiwan-based Quanta Computer will begin the manufacturing process next month, which should supply the market with an ample amount of product in advance of the fall. Up until this point, Quanta's name hasn't been involved in the iWatch rumormill, so that in itself is a major development - especially since it means that long-standing Apple partner Hon Hai, aka: Foxconn, will not be involved. Quanta's not new to the Apple realm,... Read more...
Apple’s long-rumored smartwatch, which may or may not be called the iWatch, may finally arrive in October, according to a new reports. An unidentified parts supplier and person familiar with the matter let slip that the company will build 3-5 million smartwatches per month for its initial run of the devices. That’s some bold predicting, especially as the smartwatch market has so far been a bit lukewarm as consumers so far haven’t the devices as central to their lives the way they do smartphones. If any company is going to crack that nut so to speak, it might as well be Apple,... Read more...
Apple snapped up a small stealthy display maker called LuxVue. Apple buys up smaller companies all the time, so you never can tell just how important a given acquisition may eventually be to Apple’s product line, but this is intriguing because it may allow Apple to manufacture its own displays. Sourcing displays from outside companies can be a difficult and time-consuming process, and having its own display tech in-house could help Apple speed time-to-market on some of its products while also avoiding having to play nicely with other companies such as Samsung. (In case you forgot, there’s... Read more...
Battery life has long been the bane of the mobile market, hamstringing laptops, tablets, and smartphones even as processors, graphics, and storage have increased in both performance and efficiency. Apple is reportedly tackling this problem head-on as it looks to other forms of power for its impending smartwatch device. The New York Times has found that Apple is exploring options including solar power, inductive charging, and kinetic charging. The outlet spoke to Tony Fadell (he of iPod and Nest fame) who said that Apple has experimented with solar power on its devices for years (and still does),... Read more...
We’re actively resisting the urge to make a pun about apples a day keeping doctors away, because Apple is reportedly getting into the health monitoring technology market with a future iOS 8 app called “Healthbook”. The New York Times spotted some interesting names on a public FDA calendar, including several Apple employees: SVP of operations Jeff William, VP of software Bud Tribble, Michael O’Reilly, and Tim Powderly from the company’s government affairs department. Image Source: concept-phones.com The fellow who spotted the December meeting, attorney Mark A. McAndrew,... Read more...
As we reported last week, Apple recently brought Paul Deneve, former CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, on board to help with "special projects". We're lead to believe that one part of those special projects could very-well be Apple's forthcoming and much-anticipated iWatch. According to the Financial Times today, Apple's hiring hasn't stopped there. In fact, it's ramped-up thanks to the iWatch, seemingly as the result of complications that have arisen with its design. What these complications are isn't mentioned, but it's an interesting development, especially with Apple's expertise in building interesting... Read more...
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