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iWatch: Five problems I'd like to have solved by an Apple wearable

iWatch: Five problems I'd like to have solved by an Apple wearable

If the iPhone and iPad have taught us anything it's that no one can predict what an Apple product will be like no matter how obvious it later seems in hindsight. Such will almost certainly be the case with the iWatch, or iBand, or whatever Apple ultimately calls their wearable, if/when they...
There won't be another iPhone-class product, not for Apple, not for anyone, not for a long time

There won't be another iPhone-class product, not for Apple, not for anyone, not for a long time

Apple needs another iPhone-class product or they're doomed. We heard it right after the iPhone was released. We heard it right after the iPad was released. We're hearing it now. From shoddy journalists to market mad-people it's the single most consistent, most bullshit Apple narrative of the last...
Iterate 65: iOS 7 redux, wearables, and everywhereables!

Iterate 65: iOS 7 redux, wearables, and everywhereables!

Live from Macworld|iWorld 2014, Rene talks to Brad Ellis, Jessie Char, and Louie Mantia of Pacific Helm, Clarko of FitBit, and Sebastiaan de With of DoubleTwist about iOS 7 six months later, and interfaces on wearables and everywhereables. type="audio/mpeg"...

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There won't be another iPhone-class product, not for Apple, not for anyone, not for a long time

There won't be another iPhone-class product, not for Apple, not for anyone, not for a long time

Apple needs another iPhone-class product or they're doomed. We heard it right after the iPhone was released. We heard it right after the iPad was released. We're hearing it now. From shoddy journalists to market mad-people it's the single most consistent, most bullshit Apple narrative of the last...
How Apple could release a really expensive iWatch and prime the market for the wearable revolution

How Apple could release a really expensive iWatch and prime the market for the wearable revolution

Just as they were late getting into the smartphone game, Apple has not rushed into the wrist race with iWatch. Check out Smartwatch Fans and you'll find no less than 14 smartwatches that are either available now or will be early this year. Some are from major companies like Samsung, Sony and...
iWatch: Five problems I'd like to have solved by an Apple wearable

iWatch: Five problems I'd like to have solved by an Apple wearable

If the iPhone and iPad have taught us anything it's that no one can predict what an Apple product will be like no matter how obvious it later seems in hindsight. Such will almost certainly be the case with the iWatch, or iBand, or whatever Apple ultimately calls their wearable, if/when they...
Vector 36: iWatches, iPhablets, and Apple's next big thing

Vector 36: iWatches, iPhablets, and Apple's next big thing

Rene and industry analyst Ben Bajarin talk about the realities of the wearable and smartwatch market, the phablet space in North America, and why it's hard to see a next-big-thing any time soon. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in RSS Download directly Follow on Twitter Show notes...
From iWatch to iPad Pro: How Apple could fill the mobile device spectrum

From iWatch to iPad Pro: How Apple could fill the mobile device spectrum

Steve Jobs introduced the original iPad in 2010 by making the case that, in order for a new product category to exist between the smartphone and the laptop it had to be significantly better at certain important things than a smartphone or a laptop. A decade of Tablet PC ruins smote across the...
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...
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,...
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...
"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...
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...

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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:

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

While I take much of what's been written about a so-called "iWatch" with a grain of salt, one thing's clear: Apple's expended a fair amount of effort grabbing experts in medical and sensor fields this past year, meeting with federal regulators and more, so they're clearly up to something. Rather than speculating on what specific product they're working on, I'm more interested in whether Apple can revolutionize health the same way they've revolutionized other businesses.

In short, I think they have an uphill battle.

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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 other component. But that's not stopping Apple from exploring all the options. The NYT:

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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 collects your tickets and cards. Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac:

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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 should come as no surprise that Apple has been meeting with the United States Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss mobile medical apps. Nick Bilton and Brian X. Chen, New York Times:

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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 the iWatch. Masimo specializes in medical sensors, and is responsible for the iSpO2, a pulse monitor that connects to your iPhone.

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"Today Apple revolutionizes—" What exactly?

30 years ago Apple announced the Mac. Back in 1977 they'd helped spearhead the personal computer revolution with the Apple II, putting a command-line interface into homes and onto desks in a way that had never been possible before. In 1984 the Mac did the same for graphical interfaces, harnessing the power of the mouse, pointer, and windows to make computers even easier to use. In 2001 Apple expanded into music, unleashing the iPod + iTunes, and kicking off the mobile entertainment revolution. 2007 marked perhaps the most important announcement in Apple's history, when they took elements of their existing businesses, personal and mobile, and revolutionized the phone with the iPhone. 2010 saw Apple bridge the gap between iPhone and Mac, and once again made the computer even more personal, with the iPad. Any of those would have been the achievement of a lifetime. All of them, the achievement of Apple so far. But after over 30 years of making the computer even more personal and mobile, what on earth could follow? What else in our digital world, what of the magnitude of the computer or the phone, could Apple revolutionize next?

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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:

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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:

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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 to expect from CES for smartwatches (LOTS).

You can find our feed below and subscribe in any way you choose, then give this one a listen and let us know what you think in the comments!

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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 teased an all-new Mac Pro. July saw the launch of Logic Pro X. September is when things really got started, with the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, followed in October by the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, the Haswell MacBook Pro and Haswell iMac, and new, free-with-purchase, versions of the iWork and iLife. So what can we expect from Apple in 2014?

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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 Innovation Kitchen with strong ties to the FuelBand as well, according to 9to5Mac.

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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!

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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 reminder about just how Apple really does tend to think differently. My guess is the iWatch will be to the common perception of a watch what the iPhone was to the old corded handset. But we'll see. Meanwhile, Alex Doby from Android Central has a complete Samsung Galaxy Gear hands-on locked and loaded:

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iMore show 357: Multitouch clobberin' time!

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac joins Rene and Peter to talk iWatch rumors, iOS in the Car, the less-expensive iPhone, and Haswell MacBook Pros. Plus, djay 2, Ember, Shadow Run, Riptide, Catan, PvZ2, and more!

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iWatch rumors get fleshed out, focus on sensors, health

Apple's rumored iWatch may be a fitness-oriented device, as Apple has begun assembling a team of people with expertise in fitness and body sensor hardware and software. Additionally, multiple teams within Apple have been examining existing wearables like the Nike FuelBand, which CEO Tim Cook is known to wear, and the Jawbone Up

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Yet more rumors about yet more hires for rumored iWatch

Piling onto recent iWatch is yet another story about Apple hiring yet more people to work on the fabled product. This time, however, the rumors are as generic as they are nebulous, and come our way via Chris Nuttall of the Financial Times:

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Apple files for iWatch trademark... in Japan

Apple has filed to trademark the term "iWatch" in Japan. Naoko Fujimura and Takashi Amano of Bloomberg report:

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Watch apple board member Bill Campbell discuss the future of intimate technology

Longtime Apple board member Bill Campbell gave a talk at Intuit, where he once served as CEO and currently serves as chairman of the board, about the future of technology and how it will likely become more intimate with everything from Google Glass to Apple initiatives he wasn't at liberty to discuss (but fill in your own iWatch, at least short term). According to Ashlee Vance of Businessweek:

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iWatch as gesture control interface

With rumors of an Apple iWatch swirling, speculation over potential feature sets and use cases are swirling with them. Designer Neven Mrgan has an interesting one:

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