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  1. According to veteran Apple pundit John Gruber, Apple’s smartwatch effort will bear fruit next month, the very same month in which the iPhone 6 is expected to be unveiled in a dedicated keynote. But the revelation does not spill the beans whether or not the iWatch will indeed be announced alongside the iPhone 6 or whether it would be announced separately. It looks like Motorola’s designers tried to draw as much attention as they could to the 360’s stupid flat-tire display shape. The only way this could get funnier would be if it doesn’t even ship until after Apple announces their wrist wearable thing next month. Gruber has had a solid track record when it comes to Apple based news and rumors, so it’s highly likely that the guy has got this one spot on. Source
  2. We’ve mulled other what seems like thousands of concepts pertaining to the so-called Apple iWatch, and even though designers and fans of the idea have been tripping over themselves to put a face to the name, we’re still none the wiser as to what the fruit company has in its plans. Today, designer Gábor Balogh has come through with a rather interesting take on the iWatch, which sticks with the recognized form factor of a normal wristwatch while cramming in all of the digital niceties that appease us tech fans. Check it out after the break! We know, or at least, we think we know that Apple will be coming through with its inaugural smartwatch at some point this year. The device, unofficially dubbed the ‘iWatch’ for obvious reasons, has been threatening to hit the market for a number of years according to some analysts, and with news of a dedicated team of staff working solely on its development, it is hoped that 2014 will finally see Apple take on the likes of Sony, Samsung and Pebble in the emerging ‘wearable tech’ game. Tim Cook has alluded to the idea of new product categories, which is promising in itself, but until we see or hear of some concrete evidence, it’s all speculation. Still, on a positive note, the uncertainty has drawn some quite magnificent concept designs, and Balogh’s vision of the iWatch is very appealing indeed. Sure, it’s probably a bit too much akin to a normal watch to serve as even a vague depiction of what Apple may eventually come through with, but with a large face ready to beam through info, notifications, apps and other necessary smartwatch goodies, it keeps both watch aficionados and geeks sufficiently amused. The creator clearly likes subtlety with regards to his tech products, and judging by some of the negative responses to the appearance of Google’s Glass, perhaps wearable technologies could do a lot worse than to try and adopt traditional aesthetics as they attempt to make their mark across the digital spectrum. Still, whatever Apple has in store for the iWatch, we’re definitely fans of Balogh’s effort, and if you are too, feel free to drool over some more concept images below: Source
  3. Reports pertaining unreleased Apple gadgets are aplenty, particularly at this time of the year when analysts and commentators try to piece together the release calendar using clues, tip-offs, historical context and some good, old-fashioned conjecture. And now a new report has just popped up which is backed by some research, and believes that Apple may be preparing an iPhone 6 with a 5.5-inch display, while the screen of the so-called iWatch device may be comprised of flexible AMOLED. If either were to ring true, they’d certainly be firsts given that the company has stuck with the small phone form factor from the get-go, while AMOLED is something that only rivals have utilized. The original iPhone offered a 3.5-inch display, and although things got a great deal sharper and generally more beautiful with the iPhone 4, it wasn’t until the iPhone 5 – released only late in 2012 – that Apple pushed the boundaries and offered (an admittedly stingy) 1/2-inch increase. There is a growing faction of Apple fans looking for something larger, though, and with the likes of the HTC One easily competing with the iPhone in terms of aesthetics, the Cupertino outfit knows that it cannot afford to rest on its laurels for too much longer. Almost every year, we’ve heard rumors pertaining an iPhone with more display real estate, but only this time around does it actually seem as though we may actually get it. As well as the 5.5-inch model, the 4.7-inch, lower-end model will be made to suit those with smaller hands and pockets. This second configuration would still represent a significant leap from the 4-inch panel of the current flagship iPhone 5s, and with a 1,600 x 900 resolution offering 386 pixels per inch, it’ll be both comfortably within Apple’s arbitrary "Retina" zone and sharper than any other iPhone we’ve seen to date. The iPhone roster’s major changes could well be upstaged by the introduction of the alleged iWatch, which will, if what we’re led to believe is true, compete with the likes of the Pebble, Sony and Samsung in the smartwatch field. Unfortunately, despite having heard a lot of it, we’ve yet to really learn about its tech specs, form factor, or any otherwise interesting details, but according to the report, its display will be Apple’s first AMOLED. Moreover, the report mentions flexible AMOLED with a pixel density between 278ppi and 348ppi, depending on whether the display’s diameter stands at 1.3 or 1.6 inches. Source
  4. The rumored iWatch smartwatch is not yet confirmed, but many top Apple execs as well as new hires are reportedly working on the product. An in-depth 9to5Mac profile of various existing and new Apple employees reveals that not only is the iWatch expected to look good and appeal to a variety of buyers, but also to offer plenty of smart features thanks to the many talents currently at work for it. Jeff Williams, senior vice president of operations; Bud Tribble, vice president of software technology; Bob Mansfield, special projects; James Foster, senior director engineering; Kevin Lynch, vice president of technology and Achim Pantfoerder, engineering manage are some of Apple’s execs involved in one way of the other in the iWatch project, at least according to the publication. Other iconic Apple employees including Jony Ive and Craig Federighi may also be involved with the project, considering that the iWatch is expected to closely work with other iOS devices. In addition to its well-versed team of designers and engineers, Apple has hired other professionals for their specific expertise, whether related to potential fitness, sleep or health features that may be related to a wearable device, or for their experience with designing and selling products that people want to buy. Jay Blahnik worked at Nike on the Fuel Band and other fitness companies until last year when he joined Apple. Roy Raymann, a recently Apple hire, researched sleep at Philips Research until leaving his position, and his résumé includes “extensive research into non-pharmacological methods of altering sleep quality,” and has experience in wearable sensors and miniaturization technology related to sleep. Ueyn Block is an optical engineering scientist who worked before arriving at Apple on technologies that can measure substances in the human body in a non invasive way. Nancy Dougherty joined Apple in late 2013 and is a hardware engineer with experience in medical products including wearable devices such as ingestible, Bluetooth-connected smart pills. Todd Whitehurst joined Apple last summer, and he previously worked on wireless smartphone-connected body sensors. Michael O’Reilly also joined the company last summer, after working among other things on an iPhone application for sensing pulse at his previous employer Masimo – O’Reilly was also included in Apple’s mid-December FDA meetings. Ravi Narasimhan joined Apple in late 2013, and he’s an expert in biosensors and wireless communications. The other day, Apple posted a job listing for a fitness and health devices tester, although that listing has since been removed. On top of potential iWatch features, other Apple recent hires will likely be involved in making the product look good. One such person may be Paul Deneve, former Yves Saint Laurent CEO who joined Apple in July 2013 to serve under Tim Cook for special projects. Former Nike designer Ben Shaffer, who worked on the FuelBand and other devices, will also be involved in the iWatch product. Angela Ahrendts, former CEO of Burberry, also knows a thing or two about selling fashion-related goods and could help with the iWatch product, although she isn’t specifically linked to this rumored iWatch team – instead she will be taking over the senior vice president of retail position. In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Tim Cook assured customers, analysts and investors that the company is working on new products without confirming the iWatch, although given all the hires that Apple has made recently it’s pretty much a given. Source
  5. Apple is looking to hire physiologists who can “design and run user studies related to cardiovascular fitness & energy expenditure.” This job listing effectively confirms rumors that Apple’s iWatch will be laden with health-tracking sensors and features. The job listing, first spotted by 9to5Mac, calls for someone who has experience with “indirect calorimetry” and “exercise testing,” which suggests the iThing is now in the testing phase. Apple wants to run user studies to test various health factors, including “calories burned, metabolic rate, aerobic fitness level measurement/tracking.” This job posting is the latest in a string of iWatch-related rumors. Earlier this week, 9to5Mac reported that Apple had hired sleep expert Roy J.E.M. Raymann from Philips Research to work on its iWatch. And last week, 9to5Mac reported that Apple was hoping to make health and tracking a main feature of iOS 8, in the form of an app called Healthbook, which would integrate with the iWatch. The job listing also calls for someone who pays attention to detail, is organized, and can “carry projects through to completion.” A screenshot of the listing is below: Source
  6. While Apple is still very much trying to stabilize iOS 7 into a platform on which it can build, attention is already turning towards what could be part of the iOS 8 experience that is due to land later this year. With the iOS 7 redesign being somewhat on the radical side, all eyes are one where Apple takes its mobile operating system during the next few months. Now 9to5Mac is citing its own sources in a claim that Apple’s next big push is set to be based on health monitoring, with the unannounced but almost inevitable iWatch set to form the cornerstone of what will be a leap into the unknown for the hardware and software giant. Based on information from unnamed sources, 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has lifted the lid on iOS 8′s focus on health, with the new operating system set to receive the capability to read various health-related data from as-yet unannounced hardware accessories. Recent iPhones and iPads already feature technology that can track movement more accurately than previous generations thanks to the new M7 chip they possess, but the inclusion of a sensor-laden iWatch would give iOS 8 considerably more access to the data it needs to build an accurate picture of our overall health. According to the report, iOS 8 will receive a new app called ‘Healthbook’ that, at least currently, closely resembles the Passbook app pre-installed on every iPhone. With slide-able cards and a colorful interface, the app will aim to make fitness and health tracking as easy as possible while hopefully still offering a powerful alterative to existing products from the likes of Nike and Fitbit. While currently under development for a release in iOS 8, Gurman’s sources point out that there is currently no guarantee that iOS 8 will back the health-related features mentioned. Apple has a history of canning features before a new version of iOS ships, with the option of moving the feature to a later release also a viable one. It’s possible Apple would want to launch the health-based features alongside an iWatch announcement, meaning both could be intertwined when it comes to a potential release date. That iWatch is still very much mythical, so we’ll have to see what comes of both rumors with time. That being said, both the iWatch and health-targeted angle it is set to take are rumors that simply will not go away, and as the saying goes "there’s no smoke without fire." Will the rumors stand the test of time, or will Apple dump both its new iOS 8 features and the accompanying hardware before they ever see the light of day? Source
  7. The iPhone 6 seems to be the subject of a new leak or piece of information almost every day, and with so many reports flying about, it can be rather difficult to keep abreast of what’s going on. Here, we try to establish a little coherence with a brief run-through of what we think we know so far. With five months to go until the supposed release, it’s worth making clear the point that any information gathered could well be inaccurate, and even if it originates from a relatively legitimate source, could well be subject to change. However, it must also be noted that during the past couple of weeks, preparations look to have been made in advance of the commencement of the manufacturing process, and thus, Apple appears to be nearing that point of no return. So, what do we know? iPhone 6 Features / Specs: Display Size According to credible reports from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Apple is preparing two brand-new ‘iPhone 6′ models for release later on this year. Both will apparently be decidedly larger than any Apple smartphone we’ve seen so far, with a 4.7-inch model allied to a further configuration sporting a 5.5-inch or thereabouts display. More recently, it has come to light that the more sizeable, phablet-esque variant may be subject to delay, releasing later on the year. The version with the 4.7-inch display, however, is said to be close to mass production stage, and will supposedly be ready in time for the September announcement. It’s also rumored that the iPhone 6 will have a bezel-free display. On various occasions we’ve heard that the iPhone 6 will have a much higher resolution display, and if an earlier report is to be believed, then it will feature a full 1080p display. Relocated Power Button The Apple iPhone’s smaller display compared with the rest of the field has been advantageous to consumers in one respect, in that folks can easily reach all of the physical buttons and control every aspect of the device with one hand. To ensure that the iPhone remains comfortable to hold even when the device becomes larger, it would appear that Apple plans to relocate the power button to the edge of the handset, alongside the redesigned volume buttons. New Design It’s somewhat inevitable that, in significantly increasing the size of the iPhone, Apple must consider redesigning its prized asset, and according to multiple case leaks, that’s exactly what Jony Ive and his design team intends to do. As we’ve seen, the rear side of the iPhone will take on iPad Air-esque, whilst the front will boast an edge-to-edge display, allowing the screen to increase in size without leaving the device itself feeling too large and unwieldy. A new report now suggests that the iPhone 6 will be 33% thinner than the iPhone 5s. And the report falls in line with previous rumors that the iPhone 6 will indeed carry a brand new form factor, and Apple will move away from the iPhone 5-esque design for good. While we know that the iPhone 6 will indeed feature an all new design inspired by the iPad Air / mini, but it’s still unclear what the final product will look like. But the bits and pieces are coming in slowly and gradually, and the latest one suggests that the iPhone 6 will have a full aluminum back, and will also feature a display with slightly rounded edges. Bigger Battery and Front Panel Leaks have suggested that the iPhone 6 battery will increase, which, given the display increase, is not too hard to fathom. More features will require an increase in battery size in order to keep things ticking over, and although Apple isn’t likely to go too large – the company likes to concentrate on efficient use of power rather than frivolous addition of capacity – expect to see a bump from the iPhone 5s’s 1,560 mAh. A new report now suggests that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 phablet will have ‘special battery components’ which will make the device ultra-thin. This is said to be the reason why the device is also facing delays and might not be available alongside the 4.7-inch iPhone 6. iPhone 6 Front Panel The leaked front panel of the iPhone 6 which was accompanied by the battery leak suggests that the front of the device will be very much like the iPhone 5s, except that it will have a proportionately larger display of 4.7-inches. Better Camera We’ve come to assume that, with each new iPhone, Apple will improve the camera, and for the iPhone 6, this tradition looks set to continue. According to the most recently-leaked information, the rear-facing iPhone 6 camera will be of the 10-megapixel variety, with f/1.8 aperture. Again, when you look around the market and see the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 (16-megapixel, 4K video) and Nokia Lumia 1020 (41-megapixel), you may be forgiven for thinking that Apple is slacking. But meticulous focus on improving particular aspects of the point-and-shoot experience is something Apple has become famous for, so expect the snapper of the iPhone 6 to impress once again. An earlier report however, shed light on the fact that the iPhone 6 might end up retaining the same 8-megapixel sensor which we’re accustomed with on the 5s, but will feature better optical image stabilization (OIS) and faster autofocus. Improved Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor One of the marquee features of the iPhone 5s was the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a feature that has established itself rather well in its first six months in the hands of the consumer. In order to consolidate Touch ID’s glowing reputation, Apple is expected to make a bunch of customary improvements to iPhone 6 Touch ID fingerprint sensor, with better "efficiency" having been mentioned in several reports. Whether its functionality will be expanded beyond the current limitations is anybody’s guess, but hopefully, Apple will find ways to enhance one of the iPhone’s perceivably cooler features. Sapphire Glass Display There has been talk that the iPhone 6 will pack a toughened sapphire glass display, although the report in question did suggest that only the 5.5-inch model would benefit. Having surfaced back in February, the revelation from Japanese blog Macotakara also suggested that the display of the 4.7-inch model would be comprised of Gorilla Glass, but given how the same report also implied that the 5.5-inch-displaying variant would drop the "iPhone" branding, we’re still going to take this with a pinch of salt. To get an idea of how much tougher the iPhone 6 display be with a sapphire display, check out the demo we’ve embedded below: Analyst Timothy Arcuri reckons the iPhone 6 will pack Gigabit Wi-Fi standard, which would make hotspot connectivity faster and generally more efficient. Even though we get carried away by the trappings of improved fingerprint sensors and fanciful camera tweaks, this is perhaps one of the most important enhancements that Apple could make, and hopefully, Arcuri’s suppositions ring true once the release arrives. iWatch Integration The iWatch saga has been ongoing for a number of years now, but finally, it looks as though Apple will come through and release a competitor to the Samsung Gear 2, Pebble Smartwatch, and the several other efforts from vendors jumping on Google’s Android Wear OS. Given how every smartwatch released so far has served as an extension of the wearer’s smartphone, we’d expect heavy iWatch integration with the iPhone 6, and considering how iOS 8 is expected to add a Healthbook app, we’d expect the Cupertino’s new fitness and wellbeing suite to be at the heart of it. Heart Rate Sensor It’s also rumored that the iPhone 6 will come packed with a heart rate sensor, just like the Galaxy S5. And it’s believed that this sensor will be accessible via the Healthbook app in iOS 8. iPhone 6 Accessories Considering how the iPhone 5s was treated when it was announced last year, Apple took the opportunity to announce official accessories for said device. We’re certain that Apple will repeat history this time around as well with the release of official cases and cables for the iPhone 6. Keeping in mind how big the accessory business is, it was revealed a while back in an electronics fair in Hong Kong that the iPhone 6 will indeed be accompanied by a plethora of cases at launch. But, considering how Apple tends to throw in a couple of surprises on keynote date, we won’t bet our cards on them yet. But still, there will be cases, without a doubt. Hands-on with iPhone 6 Case Apart from the numerous iPhone 6 case leaks we’ve already seen, a video recently surfaced, comparing the alleged iPhone 6 case with the Galaxy Note 3, the LG Nexus 5 and the current-generation iPhone, the iPhone 5s. As you can see from the video below, the next iPhone will have a 4.7-inch display and an all-new design. How does iPhone 6 stack up against the competition? To give prospective buyers an idea of how the larger display of the iPhone 6 will stack up against other smartphones already in the market, MacRumors released a handy comparison of the iPhone 6 versus the HTC One M8, Galaxy S5, Moto X, LG G2 Mini, Nexus 5 and the LG G2. iPhone 6 Mockups We’ve seen a bunch of digital mockups of the iPhone 6 created by a variety of designers, but the above mentioned electronics fair was also host to a physical iPhone 6 mockup. You can check out the video of it below: iOS 8 We’ve come to see that every iPhone ever released was always accompanied by a fresh new release of iOS, and it’s a no-brainer to believe that iPhone 6 would follow the same pattern. It’s been suggested in numerous reports that iOS 8 will bring small changes to the fold, such as the inclusion of a dedicated iTunes Radio app, the aforementioned Healthbook app etc. Recently, we also came across a report suggesting that Siri in iOS 8 will natively identify songs, with the song recognition engine being powered by Shazam. iPhone 6 Release Date And Price The iPhone 6 – the 4.7-inch model, at least – is expected to arrive in September, amid a swathe of other big releases from Apple including the aforementioned iWatch. It has been rumored that Apple will increase the price of its new handset by approximately $100, with the justification being the higher production cost due to larger display and the use of more materials. We anticipate that, as with the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 will be announced in early September, with the subsequent release occurring later on in the month if not the first week of October. The 5.5-inch edition, meanwhile, appears to be subject to delay, and while it should be available in time for the holiday season, it looks like the smaller of the iPhone 6 models will have a good couple of months unattended as Apple’s flagship smartphone. Source : Redmondpie
  8. A research note (via Barrons) from Christopher Caso, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group, reiterates previous analyst reporting about the iWatch, saying Apple is looking to enter production with a pair of screen sizes in the fourth quarter of 2014. Caso says Apple has production targets of 5-6 million units, but believes the iWatch will "essentially replace the iPod in the consumer portion of AAPL's product lineup" and will see lowered iPod sales as a result of customers choosing the iWatch instead. The note says the iPod is not expected to be updated this year. Apple CEO Tim Cook said earlier this year that the iPod "is a declining business", with sales dropping to under $5 billion in 2013, down from a peak of more than $8 billion in 2008. Apple's iPod lineup has not seen a significant update since Fall 2012, other than a minor color change to match the rest of Apple's portable offerings. The iPod Classic has not been updated in several years. Apple has worked hard to have products at a variety of price points, from the $49 iPod Shuffle up to the 128GB iPad Air at $799, and then to the various Mac products. Source
  9. The Apple iWatch has been rumored year-in, year-out, but with rumors suggesting that the Cupertino’s inaugural smartwatch effort has its own dedicated development team echoing the sentiments of analysts that the device will finally manifest in 2014, we’re very much hoping that the announcement of the elusive gadget is imminent. Hitherto, there’s been a distinct lack of hard evidence with regards to the device, with only tidbits of speculation allied to numerous concepts, but today’s render of a curved iWatch design is one of the better ones we’ve stumbled across so far. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO has alluded to “new product categories” releasing from the fruit company this year, and although this could relate to any one of a number of rumored devices, there’s a genuine consensus that this year, Apple will finally come through and challenge the likes of the Sony Smartwatch, Samsung’s Gear range and of course, the Pebble. Only a couple of days ago, Nike, one of Apple’s closest allies, laid off a large portion of the workforce behind the FuelBand sports wearable, and given that Cook himself is a board member of the renowned sports brand, it always seemed like the release of an iWatch would represent something of a conflict of interest between the two cronies. With Nike having cooled things down as far as the FuelBand is concerned, though, the stage is now set for iWatch to burst onto the scene. And timely a release it would be. As well as the aforementioned trio, Google only recently took the wraps off Android Wear, its smartwatch-tuned flavor of Android, and with HTC, LG, Motorola and several others all lined up to release their own devices, Apple will not want to let some of the other major tech companies establish themselves. The folks of If You Could See The Future have drawn up a curved iWatch concept in black, gold and white, and even though it does look rather like a squished up iPhone with a strap, it does look rather like something Apple would come up with. The folks behind the concept have gone one further than your usual designers, creating a mock-up of the Apple website that showcases all of the watch’s features. Check out the renders below, and be sure to share your thoughts via the comments! Source
  10. A fresh report that is bound to turn many heads, Nike has fired most of its engineers working on the FuelBand and will stop production of the famous wearable. The news comes at a time when the speculation regarding Apple’s iWatch is at an all time high. And keeping in mind the staunch relationship between Nike and Apple – Apple CEO Tim Cook is a Nike board member – the news of FuelBand shuttering down serves as one of the biggest piece of puzzle in Apple’s dive into the smart wearable market. While Nike is yet to make the news official through its consumer facing website, they have already confirmed it to CNet in an email sent by Nike’s spokesperson Brian Strong. According to Brian:"As a fast-paced, global business we continually align resources with business priorities… As our Digital Sport priorities evolve, we expect to make changes within the team, and there will be a small number of layoffs. We do not comment on individual employment matters." The number of employees being laid off is significantly high, rather than ‘small’, as Brian puts it. With 70 people working on the FuelBand hardware, around 70 to 80 percent were shown the door. Nike strongly believes that their future lies in fitness software now, and therefore axing FuelBand hardware is a logical choice. It’s quite possible that the team will move on to Apple’s grip where they will work on the iWatch. But again, this is all speculation, but considering how things are unfolding, it’s highly likely that this is the case, and we will definitely have more information on this in the time to come. The rumored iWatch is expected to be a sensor filled mammoth, and on many occasions it has been pointed out that Apple’s wrist gear will be the only gadget you’ll need for all your fitness requirements. The latest Nike+ FuelBand, dubbed as the FuelBand SE, was announced in October 2013 at a dedicated event and went on sale in November. Guess we won’t be seeing another version of FuelBand after all. Source
  11. With Google having announced the smartwatch-optimized Android Wear OS as short while ago, it’s looking increasingly likely that Apple will respond with a device of its own. Even though, as revealed last year, the Cupertino company has apparently assigned a dedicated team to the process of developing the so-called “iWatch,” we don’t, as yet, have much idea as to its form factor. The various concept designers have regularly offered their takes on what might be in the offing, and Nermin Hasanovic’s latest effort presents a very circular, Moto 360-esque approach. When Google launched Android Wear, it was also noted that several manufacturing partners would be releasing smartwatches running on the software. Along with HTC and LG, it was revealed that former Google subsidiary Motorola would be getting in on the act, and it’s fair to say that, with the unveiling of the Moto 360, the interest of smartwatch-craving tech fans has been well and truly piqued. This concept presents that Moto 360-like form factor running iOS features like Siri, notifications and Messages, and given that iOS 8 is also set to bring a “Healthbook” suite to the fold, Hasanovic’s design also gives a taster of how this might look on iWatch. The health and wellbeing market is very lucrative indeed, and while Apple has teamed up with Nike on several occasions in producing some popular fitness-related products, the time appears to have come for a more concerted push. Healthbook, from what we’ve heard, will be able to monitor everything from blood pressure to calorie intake, and even though a great deal of its features will be managed through iPhone, there’s no doubt that a smartwatch would more than supplement the overall experience. Even though we like the way apps have been adjusted to suit the circular display here, we’re not particularly blown away by the design of the watch itself. It seems a little too plain and underwhelming for an Apple product, and given that most of the iOS device range likes to make a bit of a statement aesthetically, we’re expecting no less of any prospective iWatch endeavors. Source
  12. The iWatch is coming this fall and in multiple models, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Apple's rumored wearable device will come in multiple screen sizes and will feature over 10 sensors track one's health and fitness. The new wrist device from Apple will include more than 10 sensors including ones to track health and fitness, these people said. Apple aims to address an overarching criticism of existing smartwatches that they fail to provide functions significantly different from that of a smartphone, said a person familiar with the matter. Apple showed its interest in health and fitness-tracking last month with a new app called Health, designed to collect all of a user's fitness and health data in one spot. However, Apple didn't introduce its own device to collect that data, fueling speculation that the company would unveil a sensor-laden wearable device at a later date. The iWatch will reportedly begin production in a few months at Quanta Computer with a targeted release date of October. Shipments of the iWatch are estimated to be between 10 million and 15 million. KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo also believes Apple will be launching multiple smartwatches this fall, "I expect Apple to launch multiple smartwatches that come with different designs as watches are fashion accessories. One design doesn't fill all." How much would you be willing to pay for Apple's wearable device? <_< Source
  13. Quanta Computer will start mass production of the Apple iWatch in July, according to Reuters. The iWatch will have a display that measures 2.5-inches diagonally and is slightly rectangular, revealed a source. The watch face is said to protrude slightly from the band, creating an arched shape. The device will also feature a touch interface and wireless charging capabilities. The source said Apple expects to ship 50 million units within the first year of the product's release, although these types of initial estimates can be subject to change. The watch is currently in trial production at Quanta, which will be the main manufacturer, accounting for at least 70 percent of final assembly, the source said. Reuters says that the start date of mass production and the extent of Quanta's involvement were not known until now. Mass production is set to start in July and the commercial launch will come as early as October, according to two sources. A third source told the site that LG is the exclusive supplier of displays for the initial batch of devices. Finally, the iWatch is said to contain a sensor that monitor a user's pulse. Heptagon is pegged as a supplier for the sensor. Source
  14. With Microsoft’s BUILD and Apple’s WWDC now done and dusted, Google will be the last of the Big Three to run its annual developer event when I/O kicks off in San Francisco next week, and following on from the recent announcement of its smartwatch-flavored Android Wear software, the search giant’s emphasis on the emerging wearables market will likely be atop the agenda. In advance of arguably the biggest date in the company’s calendar for this year, an introduction clip of Android Wear has just been released, offering even more of an insight into what smartwatch owners can expect from this extension of the company’s traditional mobile software. Within the clip, there are few surprises, with Google naturally wanting to hold back some of the juicier details for those tuning into I/O. However, if you haven’t really caught much of the Android Wear coverage floating around the blogosphere up until this point, the video does showcase how a user will interact with their Android Wear-running gadget, and the intention appears to ramp up excitement in anticipation for the imminent developer event. Android Wear was first announced all the way back in March, with a developer preview instantly available for those looking to create apps for the platform. At the time, Google also reeled off a list of manufacturing partners, including ASUS and HTC, but it was both LG and the Big G’s former subsidiary Motorola that really took the bull by the horns and announced their own, notably different smartwatch efforts. LG’s G Watch takes on a form factor vaguely similar to what we’ve seen from Sony and Pebble, but Motorola’s Moto 360 is quite the departure from anything released so far, sporting a circular face akin to a more traditional wristwatch. Judging by the feedback we got from you guys, it seemed that many of you are swaying towards the charm and grace of the Moto 360 in the battle of the early Android Wear devices, but with plenty of other companies set to join the race fairly soon, you might want to resist the temptation of becoming an early adopter and instead wait and see what else might be on the horizon before stumping up any of your hard-earned cash. Anyway, check the Android Wear intro below, and be sure to leave your thoughts via the usual channels! Source
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