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Apple reportedly tries, fails to hire Swiss watchmakers for iWatch

Apple reportedly tries, fails to hire Swiss watchmakers for iWatch

It looks like Apple has been attempting to hire away watchmakers from Swiss luxury watch brands as part of their much-rumored iWatch, though they are reportedly having some trouble with recruiting. While European watchmakers have been repeatedly contacted by Apple, Google, and others recently,...
Does Apple owe it to shareholders to rush out a new product category?

Does Apple owe it to shareholders to rush out a new product category?

We’re almost a quarter way through 2014, and it seems some Apple shareholders have ants in their pants. They’re impatient and want to see what Tim Cook’s team is going to do in a new product category, be it an iWatch, Apple television, or something else entirely. I guess it isn’t enough for Apple...
What if the rumored iOS 8 Healthbook wasn't just for an iWatch but for an internet of health things?

What if the rumored iOS 8 Healthbook wasn't just for an iWatch but for an internet of health things?

One of the most persistent rumors for iOS 8 focuses on Healthbook, a Passbook-style, card-based "wallet" app that would collect all your fitness, nutrition, sleep, and medical data all in one place. These rumors have been tied to the iWatch as a way Apple could track more and better health-based...
Google announces Android Wear, their pre-iWatch wrist-play

Google announces Android Wear, their pre-iWatch wrist-play

Google has officially announced Android Wear, their new wearable-focused software platform and — no surprise here — they're starting with the smartwatch. It's a trendy product category, fueled in no small part by rumors of an impending iWatch from Apple and all sorts of gadgets and bands from...
If not an iWatch... how about an iRing?

If not an iWatch... how about an iRing?

iWatch is all most markets and media outlets are talking about these days because wearables are new and every short-attention-span junky in the world wants Apple to do something new. But what if, instead of an iWatch, Apple went with an iRing? Make all the Sauron jokes you want, but hall-of-famer...
iMore show 392: CarPlay time

iMore show 392: CarPlay time

Rene, Peter, and Richard talk CarPlay, how it works and what it means, the dangers of driving distractions, why Apple isn't first on smartwatches, and how badly we need iOS 7.1 already, and your questions answered. Subscribe in iTunes: Audio Subscribe in RSS...
Apple reportedly working on expanding Siri partnerships, iWatch support

Apple reportedly working on expanding Siri partnerships, iWatch support

Apple is reportedly looking at expanding Siri partnerships, potentially for iOS 8, as is a small screen version of the interface that could work on something the size of the rumored iWatch. Amir Efrati and Jessica Lessin writing for The Information: Apple is working on ways to improve the...
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...

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