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, LG, Microsoft and others are doing in the wearables space. But we haven’t begun to see the potential... 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. If Apple does end up unveiling the iWatch in September, don't be surprised if the company is mum... 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 them how many calories the stomach-packing serving of holiday dinner totals. Apple itself isn't likely... 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 relating to the iPhone 6. It seems certain at this point that 4.7 and 5.5-inch models will be unveiled... 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 would be if Apple launched its own smartwatch next month. That comment lit the tech world on fire.... 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 or additionally, the central portion (302) can include an accelerometer and/or a battery... 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 though he’s already been replaced. "I think he was probably head-hunted," a spokesperson told... 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 than 10 sensors to track and monitor health and fitness as a way to stand out from smartphones --... 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, though, as it's produced both MacBooks and iPods for the company in the past. LG is said to be responsible... 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, the company that set the standard for smartphones with the release of the first iPhone. Image Source:... 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 some bad blood between the two.) Image Source: concept-phones.com LuxVue makes micro-LED screen... 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), with limited success due to those devices rarely spending time in sunlight. That wouldn’t necessarily... 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, told the NYT that based on the personnel present, “They are either trying to get the lay... 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 (and small) product designs. Given these developments, it seems very likely that we won't... Read more...
Apple has yet to officially confirm plans to launch a smart watch device, but there remains little doubt the Cupertino company is at least flirting with the idea, if not already in the advanced design phase. Serving as further proof that a smart watch is in Apple's future, the company has gone and filed a trademark application for "iWatch" in Japan. Paperwork was filed on June 3, 2013 with the Japan Patent Office and made public last week, Bloomberg reports. The iWatch patent is for products that fall under the umbrella of a handheld computer device or watch device, though the name itself leaves little doubt as to what an iWatch could be. Citing "two people familiar with the company's plans,... Read more...
A few months ago, a technology website in China claimed to have heard from "supply chain sources" that Apple was working on a Bluetooth-enabled smart watch designed by Intel. Unofficially dubbed "iWatch" by the media, this could be Apple's next big push in the mobile market, but if so, will the Cupertino outfit attract enough buyers to make the venture worthwhile? The answer is a resounding "maybe." While several have scoffed at the idea, a new survey conducted by ChangeWave Research discovered that as much as 19 percent of U.S. consumers may be willing to buy an iWatch device if it becomes available. Image Source: concept-phones.com That's based on a survey of 1,713 consumers, of which 5 percent... Read more...
It's long been rumored that Apple plans to launch its own brand high definition television, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. According to the latest water cooler chatter, Apple's next new product might be much, much smaller. So small, in fact, that you could wear it on your wrist. That's right, we're talking about a "smart watch." A technology website in China claims to have heard from "supply chain sources" that Apple is building a Bluetooth-enabled smart watch designed by Intel, which we'll refer to as "iWatch" (unofficial name) from here on out. Image Source: concept-phones.com According to the rumor, Apple's iWatch will feature a 1.5-inch OLED display with indium tin oxide (ITO) coated... Read more...