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Rumor: Apple Watch to include “Power Reserve” mode to help extend battery life

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Date: Monday, March 2nd, 2015, 08:58
Category: Rumor, Wearables

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It’s speculation until the media event in a week, but this could prove useful.

Apple might offer a low power mode on Apple Watch to help boost it through longer days, according to a new report that also takes a stab at dispelling rumors that the company may have elected to all some long-rumored sensors last minute.

With the exception of Pebble products, most current and upcoming smartwatches – including the Apple Watch – will last no more than a day on a single charge. To help mitigate this issue, Apple has reportedly developed a still unannounced software feature of the Apple Watch called Power Reserve. This mode is said to cut power to all non-essential functions and display only the time, helping to extend the watch’s life in cases where a recharge may not be possible. The function is similar in concept to the Battery Saver mode in Android 5.0, which can push smartphone battery life from minutes to hours by reducing processor use.

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Apple Watch could remotely start your car one day, says Tim Cook

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Date: Monday, March 2nd, 2015, 07:22
Category: News, Wearables

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Your Apple Watch could one day start your car.

Which is pretty nifty.

Apple CEO Tim Cook told The Telegraph that when it ships, Apple Watch will let you filter messages, give you credits for meeting exercise goals, and accompany you in the shower. Cook also said the battery life will last all day and will take less time to charge than the iPhone using the new MagSafe-style wireless inductive charger. It’s unclear exactly how long the battery will last—recent reports indicate Apple is aiming for 19 hours of combined active and passive usage—or how long it will take to charge, though details are expected to be released soon.
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Rumor: iOS 8.2 could arrive next week with iOS 8.3 close behind

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Date: Friday, February 27th, 2015, 13:58
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software, Wearables

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iOS could be out the door as early as next week with iOS 8.3 not far behind it.

The rumor mill has it that iOS 8.2 could become available as soon as Monday. However, the report did qualify that “last minute problems” could delay the release until the following week.

A total of five betas of iOS 8.2 have been provided to developers, though the most recent one was a month ago.

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iWork for iCloud out of beta, now available to all users

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Date: Friday, February 27th, 2015, 08:00
Category: iCloud, News, Software

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What a difference a name change makes.

Well, that and taking something out of its beta cycle.

Apple removed the “beta” tag to its online suite of iWork apps on Thursday. The move means that anyone with an iCloud account can use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on their browser.

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iOS hits 73% of enterprise market share in Q4 2014 report

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Date: Friday, February 27th, 2015, 08:52
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News

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It never hurts to have decent market share in the enterprise space.

And that’s what Apple appears to be doing.

iOS gained another 4 percentage points, growing to 73 percent of global device activations in Q4 2014. Android device activations, meanwhile, dropped the same amount to 25 percent of total activations last quarter.

The latest findings come from Good Technology‘s Mobility Index Report. Windows Phone activations remain consistent with the seven previous quarters: flat at 1 percent. Since BlackBerry devices use BlackBerry Enterprise Server for corporate email access, Good Technology does not have insight into BlackBerry handset activations.

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Apple announces March 9th “Spring Forward” special event

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Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 10:45
Category: News, Wearables

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This could provide all the Apple Watch details you’ve been hankering for.

Apple said it will hold a “special event” for March 9 that is likely to be a coming-out party for Apple Watch. Apple has said the watch will go on sale in April.

The event will start at 10 a.m. at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco.

Apple unveiled the Apple Watch in September when it also showed off its new iPhones and Apple Pay, its mobile-payment service. On March 9, Apple is expected to delve deeper into the various features of the watch. The presentation aims to answer the defining purpose of the company’s first all-new product since it introduced the iPad in 2010.

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Rumor: Tim Cook vouches for shower-safe, waterproof nature of upcoming Apple Watch

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Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 09:32
Category: Fun, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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Well, there’s gotta be a nugget of truth in here somewhere.

The rumor mill currently has Apple CEO Tim Cook telling Apple Store employees in Berlin that he wears his Apple Watch everywhere, “even in the shower.”

Apple has not officially designated the Apple Watch as either waterproof or water resistant. If Mr. Cook actually said he wears his in the shower, it could indicate that Apple will market the device as one or the other.

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iPhone accounting for almost 90% of smartphone industry profits in fourth quarter report

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Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 08:47
Category: Finance, iPhone, News

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If nothing else, the iPhone industry is profitable for Apple.

The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Apple continued to dominate in global smartphone profit during the fourth quarter of 2014, capturing a record-high 88.7 percent share of profit during the three-month period ending December. Apple earned quarterly operating profit of US$18.8 billion on iPhone sales, up from US$11.4 billion during the fourth quarter of 2013.

“Global smartphone operating profit grew 31 percent annually from US$16.2 billion in Q4 2013 to US$21.2 billion in Q4 2014. Android hardware vendors combined took a record-low 11 percent global smartphone profit share, down from 29 percent one year ago. In contrast, Apple iOS captured a record-high 89 percent profit share, up from 71 percent in Q4 2013.”

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Rumor: Apple to overhaul Genius Bar operating procedures as early as March 9th

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Date: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, 12:11
Category: retail, Rumor

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Your Genius Bar experience could be changing as soon as next month.

According to the rumor mill, Apple Retail is reportedly in the process of overhauling its Genius Bar experience. In a bid to better serve customers, starting from the week of March 9, a new initiative dubbed “Concierge” will be rolled out to replace walk-in appointments. The program involves Apple Store employees using an algorithm-driven iPad app to provide priority-assessed wait times for a customer’s query.

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Pebble Time raises over $9 million on Kickstarter campaign

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Date: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, 08:49
Category: Hardware, News, Wearables

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Most Kickstarter campaigns don’t work out this well.

Pebble Time, the successor to the Pebble & Pebble Steel smartwatches, was able to hit its US$500,000 goal in 17 minutes and also hit the US$2M mark in less than an hour on its crowdsourced Kickstarter campaign. The new wearable is touting a color e-paper display and microphone for responding to notifications.

It also has features Pebble users are already familiar with, such as seven days of battery life, water resistance, and an extensive library of watch faces and apps.

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