Apple Store down ahead of March 21st media event

Posted by:
Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 08:27
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, OS X, retail, TvOS, Watch OS, Wearables

applestoredown

As expected, the Apple Online Store has gone down ahead of today’s scheduled media event.

At present, there’s just a graphic stated “We can’t wait to show you what we have in store”.

Apple is scheduled to hold its media event at 10 AM PST in Cupertino and is expected to launch the 4-inch iPhone SE, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and updates to its Apple Watch line.

(more…)

Apple patent points out potential to turn Apple Watch into urgent care device

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 07:20
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Software, Wearables

applewatchheartbeatsensor

This is definitely nifty.

A recently published patent application suggests that Apple is working to turn Apple Watch into a full-fledged medical device, one that can monitor a user’s vital signs and automatically send out an alert should they need urgent care.

The application, entitled “Care event detection and alerts” provides for a hardware system capable of monitoring its surrounding environment for so-called “care events,” described as any event that necessitates assistance from medical personnel, police, fire rescue or other emergency technicians. For example, the device could be programmed to monitor a user’s heart for an arrhythmia and, upon detection, send out an alert to family or emergency responders.

(more…)

Why I stopped wearing my Apple Watch

Posted by:
Date: Friday, February 12th, 2016, 05:16
Category: Android, Android Wear, Apple Watch, iOS, Opinion

I’ve been a Mac user since 1984 and iOS user since 2007. In 2016 I’m switching from iPhone and Apple Watch to Android and Android Wear as an experiment. This blog post is one in a series from a lifelong Apple/iOS user  switching to Android.

The Huawei Watch is a sharp-looking timepiece.

Like many of you I ordered an Apple Watch at midnight on April 10, 2015 and received it on April 24, 2015. To say that anticipation was high might be the understatement of the year.

Before the arrival of the smart watch, I wore a Breitling watch daily (and a Tag Heuer before that). I don’t consider myself a horologist or even a watch snob, I just have thing for nice watches. A watch is one of the few accessories that men can wear and I have a fondness for fine Swiss movements.

I dutifully wore my Apple Watch from April 24 until December 25, 2015 when I received an Android Wear watch as a gift – more on that later. As a daily Apple Watch wearer for eight months, switching to Android was disruptive and sometimes unsettling but, pardon the pun, the time had come.

I’m quite happy with Android Wear in my first six weeks of wearing it full time. There are four killer features in Wear that trump watchOS…

(more…)

Rumor: Apple to hold media event on March 15th, focus on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch updates

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016, 08:19
Category: Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

applelogo1

Apple’s next media event is rumored to take place on Tuesday, March 15th and is expected to cover a new 4-inch “iPhone 5se”, iPad Air 3 and Apple Watch updates.

Still, the date could change at the last minute, so things are up in the air.

Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone is rumored to feature an A9 chip with M9 motion coprocessor, 1,624 mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.2, Apple Pay, VoLTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and 16GB and 64GB storage models, but 3D Touch appears unlikely.

The “iPhone 5se” is rumored to ship in late March or early April and will likely replace the iPhone 5s. Apple is also expected to release the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models this September.

(more…)

Apple announces $75.9 in revenue, $18.4 billion profit for Q1 2016

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, 14:37
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, iPad, iPhone, News

applelogo1

It’s hard to argue with an $18.4 billion profit.

This is what Apple had to announce for its Q1 numbers, the company citing an $18.4 billion profit on $75.9 billion in revenue.

During the conference call, Apple cited 74.7 million iPhones sold, 16.1 million iPads sold, and 5.3 million Macs sold. Although the October through December period was probably a stacked quarter for Apple Watches sales, the company doesn’t break out category sales for that product for “competitive” reasons.

(more…)

Rumor: Second-gen Apple Watch will enter mass production in Q2 of 2016, Quanta cited as sole manufacturer

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, 08:31
Category: Apple Watch, Rumor

applewatchworkers

The source has a mixed track record, but the rumor is pretty interesting.

A new rumor has it that the second-generation Apple Watch will go into mass production in the second quarter of 2016, with Quanta Computer remaining as the sole manufacturer.

Apple had apparently considered placing some orders with Foxconn, its main manufacturing partner, but volumes aren’t expected to be that high according to supply chain sources. Both Quanta and Foxconn refused to comment on the matter.

(more…)

Hermes Apple Watch Edition to arrive this Friday

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, January 20th, 2016, 07:01
Category: Apple Watch, News, Wearables

hermesconrad

Amid the watchOS 2.2 and next-gen Apple Watch rumors, potential buyers are about to get a dose of fashionable options.

Four months after announcing a special Apple Watch edition created in collaboration with French fashion house Hermes, Apple is taking the device out of limited availability and will begin online sales starting Friday.

The 10 styles and sizes will debut online on Friday and be available through both Apple.com and Hermes.com.

(more…)

Apple to add Nearby feature to watchOS 2.2

Posted by:
Date: Monday, January 18th, 2016, 09:08
Category: Apple Watch, iPhone, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

watchos2

Apple’s watchOS 2.2 is en route and the current beta features an upcoming Nearby search features in Apple Maps as well as quick navigation buttons for travel directions to home and work addresses.

The current shipping watchOS version has the Maps application launch to a view of your current location, then pressing the display firmly reveals buttons to access contact addresses, search, and toggling between transit and standard directions.

The Maps application on watchOS 2.2 appears to incorporate a new layer of actions, the beta featuring shortcuts to navigating to your home and work address from your current location. Search is also a more accessible button that doesn’t require Force Touch. The old Maps view can still be accessed through the My Location button beneath Search.

(more…)

Apple posts record earnings of more than $1.1 billion in App Store sales over 2015 holiday season

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2016, 07:48
Category: App Store, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Finance, News

appstorelogo

The numbers are in and Apple had a killer 2015 holiday season on the App Store, customers spending over $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases over a two week period and $144 million in App Store spending on January 1st.

The total beat last year’s record in terms of gross purchases.

(more…)

Rumor: Apple to delay 3D Touch on iPad Air 3 until second half of 2016

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, December 16th, 2015, 08:15
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPad, Rumor, Uncategorized, Wearables

facebook3dtouch

As much as you love the 3D Touch feature on your new iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac trackpads, it won’t come out for the iPad Air 3 until sometime in 2016.

The current rumor is that the iPad Air 3 will be released in the first half of the year, but it will be missing the 3D Touch feature. Anonymous sources at KGI Securities have been quoted as saying that “production issues within Apple’s supply chain” have led to the delay.

(more…)