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It looks as though the iWatch may be unveiled a month earlier than initially reported

We’ve already seen what Google has to offer with its Android Wear operating system. Android Wear was first announced back in March, while smartwatches from Samsung and LG running the mobile OS were launched in July. Next week, we’re scheduled to see a second wave of new Android Wear devices from Motorola, LG, and ASUS.
 
Two weeks from now, we may see the official unveil of Apple’s much rumored entry into the wearable devices market. A new report from John Paczkowski of Re/code states that Apple will unveil the “iWatch” alongside the 4.7” and 5.5” iPhone 6 on September 9. Most earlier reports have suggested that the iWatch would be unveiled sometime in October at its own separate event, but perhaps Apple feels that there is plenty of room on stage for both an fresh iPhone reveal and a whole new product category for the company.

 
The iWatch will be highly integrated with HealthKit, which was announced as a new feature in iOS 8. Paczkowski also suggests that the wearable will be integrated with HomeKit, although its relationship with that framework remains a bit murky. 

Source: Re/code



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Not expecting much
By tayb on 8/27/2014 3:53:24 PM , Rating: 2
Unless Apple has secretly made a massive breakthrough in battery technology I don't have very high expectations for this. There are some interesting smart watch concepts but every single one of them is limited by taking off the fucking watch and charging it every day or so.

Even if the functionality and looks are all there I still don't need or want another device to have to plug in and charge at night. My nightstand would look even more comical than it already does with cables going everywhere.




RE: Not expecting much
By Arsynic on 8/27/2014 4:14:48 PM , Rating: 3
I take my watch off every time I get home. This literally won't be a problem for me.


RE: Not expecting much
By hechacker1 on 8/27/2014 4:18:29 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think it'll be a problem unless there's constant notifications and it doesn't have some sort of always on low power screen.

I have the ipod nano with watch band, and it stays charged for weeks assuming I'm not constantly using it. But then again, it's a dumb ipod that only does bluetooth and music, and I have to click the on button to see the time.


RE: Not expecting much
By StevoLincolnite on 8/27/2014 11:46:06 PM , Rating: 3
Welcome to the future where we even recharge our books/cigarettes and bicycles.


RE: Not expecting much
By tayb on 8/27/2014 5:07:54 PM , Rating: 3
You take your watch off every night and plug it in? Doubt it.


RE: Not expecting much
By retrospooty on 8/27/2014 5:47:58 PM , Rating: 3
If someone is interested in buying a smartwatch, charging it nightly isn't going to be a problem... A problem would be if it didn't last a full day and they had to charge it more than nightly. That would suck.


RE: Not expecting much
By Omega215D on 8/27/2014 6:35:33 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe someone will make a smartwatch that uses e-ink or OLED which has the tendency to be easier on power consumption (of course for OLED it'll have to be a black background). Not sure how much of a refresh rate you need on a smartwatch.


RE: Not expecting much
By retrospooty on 8/27/2014 6:44:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, maybe... But still, for a small device to have full color, mobile OS, apps running etc. , its just not realistic to think you are going to get more than 2 days on a charge without it being enormous to house a huge battery.


RE: Not expecting much
By Samus on 8/27/2014 6:34:26 PM , Rating: 3
My Pebble needs a charge once a week. It also charges from empty to full in 40 minutes. It is also incredibly durable (I swim in salt water with it) and does everything every other Smartwatch does, sans for a crappy gimmick camera or a useless microphone nobody can hear you on because the noise cancelation sucks.

I don't think Apple needs to try very hard here to make it a hit. What they need to do is not OVER-DO it.


RE: Not expecting much
By NellyFromMA on 8/28/2014 11:44:23 AM , Rating: 2
That's nice. Hopefully you don't go anywhere with your watch on for more than 1 - 2 hours tops.

The latest Samsung wearable gets about an hour with low usage.

Apple has done better with battery optimization so MAYBE 2 hours tops.

For me, this is still personally a gimmick. However, people will no doubt buy the iWatch in droves.

Apple's iPhone market seemingly doesn't mind all having phones that look essentially the same (they didn't even add colors besides black and white until last year). I wonder if those same consumers will really be as interested in something typically more fashionable than functional being so similar among the masses?

Meh, tech AS fashion. No thanks.


RE: Not expecting much
By Dorkyman on 8/27/2014 5:33:15 PM , Rating: 3
I don't understand why these devices can't steal the "self-winding" concept from mechanical watches. Just a tiny counterweight that moves as the user moves and it generates electricity for charging; at night the thing could be placed on a weak rotating magnetic field that moves the counterweight. Not exactly rocket science but watch: if Apple does this, it will be hailed as a "genius" idea from those wizards of Silicon Valley.


RE: Not expecting much
By artemicion on 8/27/2014 7:23:23 PM , Rating: 2
Power consumption of a smart watch > power generation of an automatic watch.

Also, the added thickness of the counterweight system PLUS the thickness needed for the smart watch circuitry and LCD would probably be horrible looking.


RE: Not expecting much
By Bill S. on 8/28/2014 7:34:32 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, but it will also provide hours of entertainment, as Apple fans defend their new iWatch, which will likely enter the market already behind in features, compared to its competitors. SS/DD, in other words!


Know what time it is?
By chmilz on 8/27/2014 6:43:09 PM , Rating: 2
Time to continue not caring about smart watches.




RE: Know what time it is?
By Mitch101 on 8/27/2014 8:21:07 PM , Rating: 3
ADVENTURE TIME!


RE: Know what time it is?
By Drafter on 8/27/2014 9:50:21 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately the tech headlines will be full of this pointless technology from here on out. Why? Because the smartphone market is mostly saturated and it's time to create a new market for brain dead consumers to buy into. I stopped wearing watches years ago and I couldn't imagine having something new to think about charging every day that does nothing special that my smartphone doesn't already do. I hope this proves to be a niche market.

I'm also laughing because Apple put an "i" in front of the word "Watch". WHAT A GRACEFUL STROKE OF INGENIOUS ORIGINALITY!


RE: Know what time it is?
By NellyFromMA on 8/28/2014 11:46:29 AM , Rating: 2
People are on their phones so much as it is, they practically are wearing them. Now they can strap a piece of tech on their wrist and "show off".

This thing won't have a problem selling because its geared primarily towards a VERY vain market to begin with. Every tween will demand one.


RE: Know what time it is?
By jdre on 8/28/2014 12:09:06 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're on to something. The whole "smart watch" market seemed to be more tech blog driven than actual consumer driven.

I think people are tired of reading article after article about iterative improvements in phones - so tech writers are itching for something new to get clickbait from. Pity a lot of people are already "over it" when it comes to smart watches. I mean, honestly - taking a device out of my pocket isn't that difficult or inconvenient.


iTunes Store Gets A New Name
By Iantech on 8/27/2014 9:58:59 PM , Rating: 2
An insider I trust says they're also renaming the iTunes Store "Apple iStore", which makes sense as the store has obviously become much more than just music (tunes).




Blues Brothers 3000
By ProZach on 8/28/2014 1:34:00 PM , Rating: 2
Cop 1: "They broke my iWatch!"

Cop 2: "What are you talking about? You said a hundred times it never worked!"




Line up the yuppies
By Shadowmaster625 on 8/27/14, Rating: -1
RE: Line up the yuppies
By ritualm on 8/27/2014 3:18:01 PM , Rating: 2
They're not going to pay a thousand bucks for a "smart"watch just because there's an Apple logo imprinted in the backside. $500+ is pretty much a luxury market for watches. Downmarket is under a hundred, so even the Pebble (yes, I'm a backer and owner) is too overpriced.


RE: Line up the yuppies
By AMDftw on 8/27/2014 3:19:09 PM , Rating: 1
"I approve this message" lol


Can't wait
By JackBurton on 8/27/14, Rating: -1
RE: Can't wait
By Banana Bandit on 8/27/2014 7:45:43 PM , Rating: 4
Quite to the contrary I think it is great that the Apple fans can finally enjoy some of the benefits that the Android world already takes for granted.

Hope Apple sells a ton of them. I'm sure iPhone users are chomping at the bit to get one. I just hope they aren't banking on Android or WP users to buy then. They will be disappointed.


“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads














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