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If anyone cares enough to make a meme about Apple's "Made for Apple Watch" program, it would read, "Brace yourself, third party Apple Watch bands are coming." You can bank on it now that Apple's given third-party developers the green light to forge ahead with compatible bands for its line of smartwatches, they just need to follow a set of guidelines to win Apple's approval.The Made for Apple Watch program is similar to the company's existing MFi accessory program for iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices. And if past precedent is any indication, you can expect mass participation among third-party accessory... Read more...
Apple has acknowledged that some skin tattoos and other factors can affect the ability of an Apple Watch to detect a person's heart rate. The issue came to light recently when some Apple Watch owners began complaining that their wearable wasn't functioning properly when worn on top of a tattooed wrist, which seems to be exacerbated by darker tattoos. The reason for this has to do with the way Apple Watch devices read heart beats. Apple's wearables are equipped with LED lights paired with light-sensitive photodiodes that can detect the flow of blood in your wrist at any given time. It does this... Read more...
In the hunt for the connected wrist, Tag Heuer has set early autumn for the introduction of their first product offering in the smartwatch space, an Android Wear device whose bow will serve to make the company the biggest Swiss entrant into the burgeoning market. The Tag Heuer smartwatch will last approximately 40 hours on a single charge, and will thus perform over twice as long the new big player in the space, the Apple Watch, this according to Jean-Claude Biver, the head of watchmaking activity for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (owner of the Tag Heuer brand). In an interview, Biver professed... Read more...
Apple has been having a tough time meeting demand for its recently launched Apple Watch wearables, as it was reported earlier this week that only 20 percent of the nearly 2 million smartwatches ordered during launch weekend have been delivered. Now we may know why -- there's a defect in one of the key components. Citing "people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reports the faulty part is the taptic engine, the part responsible for the tapping sensation that Apple Watch owners feel on their wrist when there's a notification. Mass production of the taptic engine kicked off in February,... Read more...
There's nothing quite like sinking $17,000 into a fancy Apple Watch with 18-karat gold only to find out that your sweet as hell sleeve tattoo is preventing it from functioning the way it's supposed to. Same goes for the $349 Apple Watch Sport models for the somewhat wiser among us who aren't willing to pay nearly the equivalent of a Honda Civic for a piece of jewelry that's likely 6-12 months from being a generation behind the technology curve. But that's a topic for another day, let's get back to what's already being called tattoogate (*groan*). That colorful sleeve tattoo you're sporting might... Read more...
While the Apple Watch is enjoying the spotlight, LG and others are quietly bringing Android-friendly smartwatches to the U.S. market. The latest competitor to the Apple Watch is the downright gorgeous LG Watch Urbane, which is available on the Google Store now.The LG Watch Urbane starts at $349, which is the same price as the Apple Watch Sport. But where the Sport has a “sport band” and an aluminum case, the Urbane sports a leather band and a steel body. Interestingly, the watch is designed to let you swap the included watch band with other standard watch bands.You can wirelessly link the Urbane... Read more...
At this point, it is clear that virtually all of the major mobile device manufacturers are laser focused on the wearables market.  While one could argue that the war for the wrist began a couple of years ago, most of the smartwatches that have shipped thus far have served only a small niche. Early adopters have peeked at the Moto 360, Samsung Gear, and Sony SmartWatch, but none have sold at a clip that would make the mainstream really take notice. To date, the smartwatch has been seen as a nifty luxury, but hardly a necessity in the way that a smartphone is viewed. Now that Apple's involved,... Read more...
The Apple Watch and Pebble Smartwatch are on opposite ends of the wrist wearable spectrum in just about every way, but lest you think Apple isn't at least a little bit threatened by its lower cost competition, think again. That much was evident when Apple cited a technicality in its rules that allowed it to block apps that said they were compatible with Pebble.One of those apps was SeaNav, which allows you to explore, plan, and navigate your boating trips in real time using the latest Digital Vector Marine charts in high resolution. The developers updated the app in part to add some special features... Read more...
There's still some doubt that the smartwatch category will stand the test of time, though whether it does or not, Apple's likely going to cash in on the craze while it can. In a note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimated that Apple Watch pre-orders around the world have topped 2.3 million units, most of which are of the Apple Watch Sport. No big surprise there, as the Apple Watch Sport represents the lowest cost of entry into Apple's recently launched wearables, with prices starting at $349. If you bump up to the Apple Watch, pricing jumps to $549 and above, while the Apple... Read more...
As much as we'd like to believe that companies care about consumers in a way that would prompt them to issue price cuts for no other reason than to say, 'Hey, you rock, Joe Consumer!', that isn't how the business world works. If there's a price cut, it's usually because (A) a product isn't selling, or (B) a vendor is looking to clear inventory. Which is the case with the Moto 360?Good question. If you head over to the Google Store, you'll find that the Moto 360 is now selling for just $165 with free shipping, down from its regular price of $249.99. Google's price cut follows that of both Best Buy... Read more...
It’s all starting to make sense now. Back in late January, ASUS chairman Jonney Shih remarked that future smartwatches from his company would have much longer battery life than what we’ve seen with its first offering: the Android Wear-powered ZenWatch. "As a companion device, its central processing unit and operating system should be more simplified than the current version, so that I can use it for up to seven days on one charge, rather than for just two days,” said Shih. Now we’re seeing the result of ASUS’ efforts to improve the battery for its smartwatches, and it’s the VivoWatch. Rather than... Read more...
Reviews for the Apple Watch came out earlier this week and they were far from glowing. While reviewers praised the design and the innovative features like the “Digital Crown,” many questioned the actual need for the device — and even smartwatches in general. Despite the “meh” reviews, Apple fanatics are pre-ordering the Apple Watch at a furious pace, with shipping times stretching out into the June timeframe and beyond for some models. So what about people that have completely bought into the idea of smartwatches, are prepared to make the dive, happen to own an iPhone, but don’t like the design... Read more...
Not long ago, the battle for consumer dollars occurred on a field littered with ultralight notebooks. A few years later, that transitioned to smartphones and tablets. Today, the next major tussle is occurring on one’s wrist, in the red-hot "wearables" market in general. Motorola’s Moto 360 made waves by being the first major smartwatch to actually look like a watch - a real timepiece, not just a gadget. Most of its primary rivals are more akin to something Dick Tracy would wear, but Moto zigged when everyone else zagged. Instead of selling a computer with a band, the 360 is a timepiece that just... Read more...
We're not quite sure when Apple was planning to launch its Apple Watch in Switzerland, but one thing we do know is that it's not going to happen until at least the end of the year due to a patent roadblock. In Switzerland, the rights to "Apple" in conjunction with a watch belongs to watchmaker Leonard's owner William Longe. William has owned the patent since 1985, and in this particular case, that means that it should expire this coming December - the 5th, to be exact. The fact that this kind of hitch involves Switzerland could be considered ironic, as it's that country's market that could fear... Read more...
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