Apple releases invitations for September 7 media event, iPhone 7 announcements likely

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Date: Monday, August 29th, 2016, 10:37
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, macOS, News, Sierra, TvOS, Watch OS, Wearables

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When the media invitations go out, you know something’s on the horizon.

Apple on Monday distributed media invitations an iPhone-centric event that will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 am at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. The invitations include the tagline of “See you on the 7th”.

The event is expected to include the debut of the next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which are rumored to feature improved cameras, better processors, and improved water resistance, implemented through the removal of the headphone jack and the introduction of a new flush, pressure-sensitive home button. Both devices are said to look similar to the iPhone 6s, with the same general size and shape, but with relocated antenna bands that no longer span the back of the devices.

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch to feature GPS, other improvements, will be released this fall

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Date: Friday, August 19th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Watch OS, Wearables, wireless

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The next-gen Apple Watch may still be somewhat dependent on the iPhone.

Sources have stated that Apple is planning to launch a next-gen Apple Watch this fall with integrated GPS and improvements to health tracking.

Apple shipped its first watch in April 2015, hoping for a new blockbuster product amid slowing iPhone sales, which contribute almost 60 percent of revenue. While the company shipped 1.6 million watches from April to June, that was less than half as many as during the same period in 2015, according to IDC.

Since its inception, wireless network carriers have been urging Apple to create an Apple Watch variant that can connect to data networks without the aid of the iPhone, thereby untethering it. Apple had been in talks this year with mobile phone carriers in the U.S. and Europe to add cellular connectivity to the watch, according to people familiar with the talks. A cellular chip would have theoretically allowed the product to download sports score alerts, e-mail and mapping information while out of an iPhone’s reach.

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Samsung patent caught using Apple Watch figures in descriptions

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Date: Friday, August 5th, 2016, 16:38
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Patents, Samsung, Wearables

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Ok, well, this is just plain embarrassing.

After years of legal patent-based squabbles between Apple and Samsung, a recently published Samsung patent application surfaced entitled “Wearable Device” featuring form factor patent figures that were actually Apple Watch designs

The Samsung patent, first discovered by Patently Apple, presents patent figures that are clearly Apple Watch designs with its classic backside charging mechanism that Samsung doesn’t incorporate and various Apple band styles. Nowhere in the patent do they reference the designs as being from Apple.

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DataMan offers data monitoring, reveals all data connections on your iOS device

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Date: Monday, June 27th, 2016, 13:14
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables

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This is pretty interesting.

Developer Johnny Ixe has released DataMan, an iOS app designed to help you track your data plan usage on your iOS device.

The app, which also runs on the Apple Watch, can monitor your data cap, give real-time stats as to usage, be configured to follow your specific plan and monitor your assorted activities with a Stopwatch widget feature.

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Rumor: Apple to adopt micro-LED displays for Apple Watch units in second half of 2017

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Date: Friday, June 24th, 2016, 08:28
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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Apple may opt for micro-LED displays come the second half of 2017.

Sources within the supply chain have suggested that that the much-rumored Apple Watch 2 lineup expected to debut in the second half of 2016 will continue to have OLED displays, with the move towards micro-LED panels liking occurring in tandem with the tentatively named Apple Watch 3.

Micro-LED displays can be thinner and lighter and allow for improved color gamut, increased brightness, and higher resolutions. The panels do not require backlighting like traditional LCD displays, but they can be difficult and expensive to mass produce. Micro LEDs range in size from 1-micron to 100-micron.

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Rumor: Apple ramping up procurement for second-gen Apple Watch, could release units this fall

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Date: Thursday, June 16th, 2016, 08:52
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Watch OS, Wearables

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In the midst of a news-filled week at WWDC, sources within the supply chain have been cited as saying that Apple may be gearing up to launch the second-generation Apple Watch alongside the iPhone 7, in September.

Shipments of chips and components for the second-generation Apple Watch are set to begin in the third quarter, the sources indicated.

While the time frame is understandably vague, the component production range of July to September would be compatible with Apple launching the Watch with the iPhone 7. If the next iPhone is an iterative model, as widely expected, then a new Watch could give the launch event more punch.

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WWDC: watchOS 3 unveiled, explained

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Date: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 08:30
Category: Apple Watch, Developer, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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Amidst the hubbub of yesterday’s announcements, Apple unveiled watchOS 3, its upcoming operating system for the Apple Watch.

The new operating system seems to focuses on addressing comments made about the speed and responsiveness in previous versions of watchOS, including background loading of data, a quick-access Control Center, and new uses for the side button.

During the demonstration, watchOS head Kevin Lynch showed off the speed factor and explained that favorite apps will be kept in memory, background updates will pre-cache data, and apps will launch instantly.

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Apple releases watchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1

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Date: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, 07:59
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, News, Software, TvOS, Watch OS, Wearables

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Along with yesterday’s smorgasbord of updates, Apple also updated its watchOS and tvOS operating systems.

tvOS hit version 9.2.1 and contained bug fixes and performance improvements, but no new features. Apple released tvOS 9.2 just last month, which brought support for Siri dictation, organizing your apps in folders, and connecting a Bluetooth keyboard.

To update your fourth-gen Apple TV, start in the Settings app, then scroll down to System > Software Update. If you have automatic updates enabled, you’ll be prompted the next time you fire up your Apple TV.

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Apple Pay adds two of the five major Canadian banks, three more confirmed to come online in later months

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Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016, 08:33
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News, Wearables

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In Canadian news that doesn’t focus on a horrible, raging wildfire, Apple Pay has gone through for Interact debit and major credit cards issued by Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Until today, customers of these banks had to use a non-bank-issued American Express card, bringing two of the five major banks under the Apple Pay flag.

ATB Financial and Canadian Tire Financial Services also go live today. Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey confirmed that all of the Big Five will be included and offered the following statement:

“We are thrilled that seven of Canada’s leading banks, including […] every one of the Big Five are bringing Apple Pay to their customers.”

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch could include cellular functionality

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Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016, 13:06
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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While it’s been estimated that the Apple Watch has sold 12 million units within the device’s launch year, it’s hard to know exactly how many have gone out the door or what’s in store for the next generation.

Either way, a new rumor has it that that Apple Watch 2 will include cellular connectivity and a beefier processor so apps will load more quickly. That might mean yet another data plan to pay for, but the watch would function on its own instead of being tethered to an iPhone.

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