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The iWatch first-mover non-advantage

The iWatch first-mover non-advantage

While iWatch rumors continue to run hot and heavy Apple hasn't said word one about any specific wearable product. Many of their competitors, however, have had smartwatches on the shelves for months if not years. That's led to some market and media sentiment that Apple's "late" to the game. Apple...
iMore show 391: Apple fanboys

iMore show 391: Apple fanboys

Jim Dalrymple from The Loop joins Rene and Peter to talk about Steve Jobs’ legacy, the SSL/TLS bug, the new Galaxy S5, iPhone 6, iWatch, and Apple TV expectations, and dumb media stories. Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS: Audio Download directly:...
Apple's sapphire glass manufacturer readies for product, but will it be in time for iWatch, iPhone 6?

Apple's sapphire glass manufacturer readies for production, but will it be in time for iWatch, iPhone 6?

GT Advanced Technologies, which is partnering with Apple to produce sapphire in a new Arizona plant, expects production to be in full swing by the second half of this year. In announcing their Q4 2013 earnings, the company said that while earnings for the first half of this year would be lower...
Samsung unveils Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo smartwatches. World still waiting for iWatch...

Samsung unveils Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo smartwatches. World still waiting for iWatch...

Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are Samsung's second-generation smartwatches. They've lost both the Android operating system and the "Galaxy" brand, but gained Samsung's own, home-grown, Linux-based Tizen operating system instead. What exactly that means will take a while — and a series of reviews — to...
Apple met with Tesla's Elon Musk, working on heart-attack detection

Apple met with Tesla's Elon Musk, working on heart-attack detection

Apple's head of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), Adrian Perica, along with CEO Tim Cook, reportedly met with Tesla's Elon Musk back in the spring of 2013. Also, Apple's Tomlinson Holman, formerly of THX, has reportedly been looking at ways to detect heart attacks. Both bits of news come by way...
Vector 30: Wearables, contextual sensors, and making them mainstream

Vector 30: Wearables, contextual sensors, and making them mainstream

Matthew Panzarino, co-editor of TechCrunch joins Rene to talk about why mobile is going wearable, how contextual information and sensors are evolving, and how Apple, Google, Samsung, and everyone else will try and sell them to us. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in RSS Download...
iWatch rumors keeping you up at night? Apple just hired a sleep specialist for that!

iWatch rumors keeping you up at night? Apple just hired a sleep specialist for that!

If iWatch and the rumored iPhone 6 "Healthbook" feature are keeping you awake at night, then good news! — It looks like Apple has hired a sleep expert, Roy J.E.M Raymann, to join the health team! Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac: Joining a longlist of Apple executives and new hires thought to be working...
iPhone 6 and iWatch: Can Apple really revolutionize health ... and when?

iPhone 6 and iWatch: Can Apple really revolutionize health ... and when?

The writing is on the wall - Apple's getting into the health business. But how far is Apple going to push? And how far is this very fragmented industry going to let them? While I take much of what's been written about iOS 8, the iPhone 6, and especially the iWatch with a grain of salt, one thing...
iWatch to be powered by sun, speed, or electromagnetic field... like the Justice League?

iWatch to be powered by sun, speed, or electromagnetic field... like the Justice League?

Battery technology remains one of the biggest barriers to the advancement of mobile, and that'll be no different when it comes to the iPhone 6 or iWatch than it has been for any previous iPhone or iPod. Battery tech simply isn't evolving as fast as radios, chipsets, screens, or pretty much any...
iOS 8 codenamed Okemo, may include HealthBook, focus on fitness, tie iPhone 6 to iWatch

iOS 8 codenamed Okemo, may include HealthBook, focus on fitness, tie iPhone 6 to iWatch

iOS 8, which should be shown off this summer and ship later this fall, is codenamed Okemo, and one of the tentpole features could be HealthBook, a new app that will monitor your fitness activity and health information from the iPhone 6 and iWatch as centrally and easily as Passbook currently...
Apple meeting with US FDA to discuss mobile health technologies

Apple meeting with US FDA to discuss mobile health technologies

The next area Apple plans on revolutionizing is health. Following on their text book and education initiative, they're pushing deep into medical sensors, and looking to bring their unique brand of accessible mainstream problem solving to something that can really change lives. Given that, it...
Apple continues medical hires, could their ambitions go beyond the iWatch?

Apple continues medical hires, could their ambitions go beyond the iWatch?

Apple has continued hiring of medical experts, nabbing Michael O'Reilly, formerly Chief Medical Officer for Masimo, to work on a number of projects for Apple, possibly including an iWatch. Masimo specializes in medical sensors, and is responsible for the iSpO2, a pulse monitor that connects to...
"Today Apple revolutionizes—" What exactly?

"Today Apple revolutionizes—" What exactly?

The Mac and the iPhone represent two of the most important, most fundamental revolutions in the history of personal computing. If not watches and televisions, what could possibly come next? 30 years ago Apple announced the Mac. Back in 1977 they'd helped spearhead the personal computer...
Tim Cook talks sapphire glass, iRing, gag orders, and how the NSA would have to cart Apple out in boxes...

Tim Cook talks sapphire glass, iRing, gag orders, and how the NSA would have to cart Apple out in boxes...

Tim Cook's segment on ABC news aired last night. Ostensibly about the 30th birthday of the Mac, most of the time was spent on more sensational (and serious) subjects: Cook confirmed Apple's Arizona investment in sapphire glass, currently only used to protect iSight camera lenses and Touch ID...
Recent Apple hires renew dreams of an iWatch that could analyze your blood and respiration, an iPhone that could unlock at a glance

Recent Apple hires renew dreams of an iWatch that could analyze your blood and respiration, an iPhone that could unlock at a glance

Apple continues to round out their superstar sensor team, reportedly for the ongoing iWatch project. Mark Gurman has tracked down two new additions, along with their backgrounds and particular areas of expertise. 9to5Mac: Over the past couple of months, Apple has been seeking even more...
Smartwatch Fans Podcast 00 - Ground Zero!

Smartwatch Fans Podcast 00 - Ground Zero!

In our inaugural episode of the Smartwatch Fans podcast, Kevin Michaluk, Phil Nickinson and Rene Ritchie join me for a quick podcast to get things started. There's plenty more to come, but for this round we talk about the launch of SmartwatchFans.com, our recent visit with Pebble as well as what...
214: What should we expect from Apple this year?

214: What should we expect from Apple this year?

2013 brought us quite a lot from Apple, backloaded as it might have been. For the first half of the year, there was almost nothing. Then, at WWDC 2013 in June, Apple showed off iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, released the Haswell MacBook Air and 802.11ac AirPort and Time Capsule base-stations, and...
Apple reportedly hires another Nike exec

Apple reportedly hires another Nike exec

As the industry tries to figure out what Apple has planned in the burgeoning wearables market, some pieces are falling into place. Apple recently hired Jay Blahnik, who worked on Nike's FuelBand wearable, and now the company has reportedly hired Ben Shaffer, who was Studio Director of Nike's...
Vector 10: Kevin Michaluk and smart watches

Vector 10: Kevin Michaluk and smart watches

Kevin Michaluk of Mobile Nations and CrackBerry.com joins Rene to talk about smart watches, what they mean for traditional watch enthusiasts, for geeks, for the mainstream, for the tech industry, and for Google, Microsoft, BlackBerry, and Apple. Also: Samsung Galaxy Gear!...
Samsung Galaxy Gear shows what Apple won't do with the iWatch

Samsung Galaxy Gear shows what Apple won't do with the iWatch

Samsung has launched their pre-emptive strike against Apple's widely anticipated iWatch, and it's the Galaxy Gear. Not surprisingly, it seems like what many pre-Apple products seem like - the HP Slate held up by Steve Ballmer at CES 2010. That's potentially neither good or bad, but it's another...

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