Posts Tagged ‘iWatch’

In the run-up to the launch of the Apple Watch, many expected the wearable to be treated to the “iWatch” moniker, but while we now know this will not be the case, the owner of the iWatch trademark in Europe is looking to diversify its business to include – yep – smartwatches. Probendi, a company based in Ireland, trademarked the name some time ago, and while the software outfit has very little experience in terms of hardware, is planning on coming through with its very own smartwatch anyway.

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The Cupertino company’s media event is undoubtedly the most anticipated Apple event for quite some time and is all set to kick off at 10am Pacific Time today, Tuesday, September 9th. Carrying on with Apple’s recent tradition of boasting about the fact that its products are “Designed by Apple in California”, the media event will be held in Cupertino, California at the Flint Center. Incase you didn’t know, the Flint Center has a historical significance for the fruit company as the location for the launch of the original Mac by Steve Jobs 30 years ago.

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The iPhone 6 event at the Flint Center in Cupertino is now just hours away, and here, we take a look at what might appear, what will appear, and what we almost certainly should not expect from the keynote. Billed as one of the biggest announcements in Apple’s history, there’s much to look forward to, and here, we gather up the evidence in an attempt to paint a picture of what’s in store.

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Mobile and contactless payments are already fairly prevalent in certain areas of retail, but there remains a lingering feeling that Apple’s NFC endeavors with the iPhone 6 will give the industry the push that it quite clearly needs. With said handset due for announcement tomorrow, Both Apple and Disney appear making preparations for its arrival, and while Apple is adding more fire-power to its in-store iBeacons system, Disney has been seen upgrading its NFC-ready payment systems.

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Given that we’re only expecting a preview of the iWatch rather than a full-on launch, it’s been relatively easy for Apple to keep the wearable tucked away under its cuff. Not due to release until next year, it’s unlikely to have gone into production, and as such, we’ve only tidbits of scattered, often conflicting information. However, a new leak today appears to offer a legitimate-looking glimpse of what’s in store, and although it’s hard to glean much from what are predominantly schematic drawings, they do give us a glimpse as to the gadget’s form factor.

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The world is waiting in anticipation as Apple gears itself up to introduce its first wearable device on Tuesday. The much speculated device, likely to be called iWatch, and which will apparently be based on a modified version of iOS, has been in development for quite some time, with Apple only now being in a position to introduce it to the world. Information pertaining to the device has been relatively sparse, with Apple managing to keep the lid tightly on things during the run up. However, now, according to a new report, the Apple wearable will be capable of running third-party applications, with a number of large developers already using and interacting with the bespoke SDK.

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Apple’s media event is slated to happen this coming Tuesday, the 9th of September, and amongst other announcement, the company is definitely going to reveal the larger, 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Another rumor that’s been really strong with respect to the expected product unveilings is the iWatch – Apple’s first wearable that’s probably going to function as a smartwatch, among other things. However, the elusive “iWatch” announcement isn’t as certain as the iPhone 6. but one pointer today indicates that Apple might be inching in that direction. According to Reuters, Apple is also extending invites to “top fashion editors and bloggers” for its 9/9 media event.

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We’re now less than five days from the grand unveiling of Apple’s major new releases, including the company’s inaugural smartwatch. Although we’ve a pile of info regarding the also-impending iPhone 6, the mere fact that the iWatch hasn’t apparently gone into production as yet means that details have been incredibly scarce. Still, with announcement day now imminent, tidbits of info appear to be slipping through the next, and while Ming-Chi Kuo revealed earlier today that the device may include 8GB of storage and 512MB RAM, another reliable source has dropped some information pertaining to the device’s other major features.

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iOS 8 will add quite a bit to the repertoires of Apple’s array of devices, but with the prospect of the company’s first smartwatch also on the table, things are shaping up very interestingly. We’re already aware of the significant emphasis on health and home automation thanks to the respective introductions of HealthKit and HomeKit back at WWDC, but with NFC finally becoming one of the Cupertino company’s ‘things’, there’s been rife speculation that mobile payments will be an integral part of the revitalized iOS experience.

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Apple’s iWatch is expected to take the smartwatch world by storm when it’s announced next week, and although it likely won’t begin shipping until early next year, the Cupertino company clearly wants to ensure that its first major wearable is among the competition as smartwatches go mainstream. Jony Ive, Apple’s lead designer, is naturally quite excited about the prospect of the iWatch hitting the market, and as quoted by a fellow member of the design team inside Cupertino, has jokingly suggested that Switzerland “is in trouble.”

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Next week, Apple will take to the stage at the Flint Center for Performing Arts in Cupertino where it is likely to announce the iPhone 6, iWatch, and according to a well-respected analyst, the second-generation iPad Air. The iPhone keynote is regularly beamed live across the world through a variety of different mediums, and with less than five days to go now until the curtains are pulled up, Apple has announced the official live streaming options for those wishing to tune in to the action.

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As well as noting that the iPad Air 2 may arrive next week as opposed to the usual October launch, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also shared some details on the iWatch. It emerged just prior to Apple sending out the September 9th invitations that the company’s elusive smartwatch would be showcased alongside the iPhone 6, and although, as has already been disclosed, Kuo believes two separate iWatch variants are in store, he’s also divulged a few key tech. specs as well.

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