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Apple Watch coming out in early April in United States

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The Apple Watch release date, which will be announced at Apple’s “Spring Forward” special media event next Monday, is rumored to be in the early part of April.

credit: Forbes.com

credit: Forbes.com

A source has told MacRumors late last week that Apple will be launching the Apple Watch in the United States during the first few days of the month. The first full week of April, which is April 6-10 will likely be the launch date for the smartwatch. It’s possible that Apple will open up preorders so this is expected to be in late March/early April.

Last week Tim Cook spoke to employees at the Berlin flagship Apple Store confirming that the Apple Watch will be coming to other countries after its release in the United States. He said that Germany will be receiving the watch in April and other countries will soon follow. Various sources and rumors suggest that Canada, China, United Kingdom, Australia and France may also be seeing the watch in April.

The Spring Forward special media event will live streaming on Monday, March 9th at 10am PDT or 1pm EST.

Reports claims to know pricing for each version of Apple Watch

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When Apple announced the Apple Watch in September, they said the starting price would be $349.  They didn’t elaborate beyond this or talk about the differences in prices for each of their three versions.  It was immediately expected that they were talking about the Apple Watch Sport, though, since it is made from less expensive materials as compared to the other two.  The French blog iGen.fr claims to have the actual pricing on each of the models.

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As expected, the Apple Watch Sport will retail for $349, the regular Apple Watch will be $500 and the Apple Watch Edition will be between $4,000 and $5,000.  The sports version comes with an anodized aluminum case and a band made of fluoroelastomer, which is a technical term for synthetic rubber. The more expensive Apple Watch has a stainless steel case with a choice of many types of bands.  The Apple Watch Edition comes with an 18-Karat gold case and also the choice of many different bands.

The French blog goes on to say that Apple is still looking at Valentine’s Day as the launch day for the watch. Although this contradicts what Angela Ahrendts, the senior VP of retail and online stores, said recently about the Apple Watch.  She spoke with all retail store employees and told them to look forward to the watch coming in the spring.

Apple will allow developers to start designing apps for the watch this month.

Apple Watch Battery Life at 1 Day Now, Expecting Improvement Before Launch

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Apple announced their first wearable product on Tuesday called the “Apple Watch”.  They gave us a few details about the watch, but failed to mention any specifics on battery life.  A new report on Re/Code suggests that Apple is “not happy” with the current battery life and they seek to improve it before the device launches in early 2015.

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A spokeswoman for Apple commented on the battery life for the smart watch saying that users will have to charge it once a day.  She goes on to say that people will love using the Apple Watch during the day, the MagSafe charger is innovative and that there is a lot of technology in the watch.  So like Apple at their conference, the battery life for the smart watch isn’t that impressive hence why it was “skipped over.”  Re/Code reports that Apple is apparently working on modifying the watch to include a better battery life.

The Apple Watch was announced on September 9th, 2014 and will not be available for sale until early 2015.  This is the first wearable product Apple has made and is likely to be the first of many more wearable products.  If this generation’s battery life doesn’t improve in time for the launch, the second-generation will include a much longer battery life.

 

How to Watch Today's Apple iPhone 6/iWatch Event

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Today’s special media event will start at 10am PDT at the Flint Center for Performing Arts in Cupertino, California.  If you are not one of the lucky people who will be in attendance at the event, there are many other places you can watch it live.

Apple will be live streaming the event on their website.  If you have an iPod, iPad or iPhone, you can access the live stream via iTunes or by going on the Apple website.  You can also watch the event on your computer. Safari is the other web browser that will be allowed to watch the event.  If you are trying to use Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer; those will not work.  The event will also be available on the Apple TV (second- and third-generation only).

As usual, the company has been highly secretive about what they plan to show at their event.  The only words on the invitation say “we wish we could say more.” Rumors highly suggest that Apple will announce a completely redesigned iPhone with two larger-sized displays, their first wearable product (likely called the “iWatch”), a new mobile payment system and according to a popular analyst, the iPad Air 2 as well. We will also find out the release date for iOS 8.

We will not be in attendance at this event, but shortly afterwards, we will post a full recap of it.

Click here to watch the iPhone 6/iWatch event on Apple’s website.

Few Last Minute Rumors Come Out About iPhone 6 and iWatch

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The iPhone 6, iWatch and Apple’s new mobile payment system are expected to be announced at their special event tomorrow morning.  Today a few reports came out across various networks that give us more details about the next-generation phone and Apple’s first wearable product.  Here’s a quick summary of today’s rumors:

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China Mobile, which is the world’s largest mobile operator, leaked the full tech specs for the iPhone 6 in addition to already starting preorders.  These specs may be based on what they hope the phone will be like or more likely, what the phone actually is like.

  • A8 quad-core processor
  • 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front camera
  • 4.7″ model: resolution of 1134 x 750 pixels with a sapphire display
  • 4.7″ model dimensions: 7mm thin, 138mm long and 67mm wide
  • waterproof and dustproof
  • colors: gold, silver and space gray
  • storage sizes: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB

In addition to China Mobile’s specs, other rumors for the phone came out today as well:

  • 4.7″ and 5.5″ iPhones will be launching at the same time on September 19th, but the larger one will be available in limited quantities (iGen.fr)
  • The smaller iPhone will be called “iPhone 6” and the larger will be “iPhone 6 Plus” (Macotakara) (remember the rumored iPhone Math from a couple of years ago?)

 

iWatch

CAD image of the housing for the iWatch.

CAD image of the housing for the iWatch.

  • First pictures of the watch leaked online via Reddit and give us some of the tech specs: microphone, speaker, Siri, flexible touchscreen, waterproof up to 20 feet, 4 colors and 2 sizes available, battery lasting about a day, no Lightning port (only wireless charging) and mass production to begin in January
  • The watch may also have its own App Store and apparently some major developers are already working on apps for it

 

Mobile Payment Plan

  • Apple may be looking to incentivize customers and businesses to use its new system by with a special rewards program (Bank Innovation)
  • They also may be using implementing a feature called tokenization into their plan, which only transmits one-time use codes for purchases instead of account numbers and other confidential information (Bank Innovation)

 

The Event

  • The New York Times claims that U2 will be playing even though the band has denied involvement in the special event.

iWatch To Be Previewed, Not Released at Sept 9 Event

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The iPhone 6/iWatch event is about nine days away and we are pumped to see what Apple has been working on since their last event in June.  Their smart watch is rumored to make an appearance at the event, but only because Apple wants to get ahead of the leaks and be the one to tell the world about their new wearable product.  The watch won’t actually be available for sale until 2015.

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Re/Code reported last week that Apple is planning on announcing the next-generation iPhone and first-generation smart watch at their event next week.  They followed up this report to say that Apple is planning on only announcing the smart watch and not releasing it until 2015.  This may seem crazy, but Apple has a history of doing this for their first-generation devices.

Previously, the first iPhone was announced January of 2007 and didn’t go on sale until late June.  The first iPad was announced in January 2010 and released in April. Last year, the completely redesigned Mac Pro was announced in June at WWDC and wasn’t released until December.

It is also interesting to note that in Re/Code‘s report, they don’t call it the “iWatch”, instead they don’t call it by a name.  They refer to it as the “new wearable device“.  This may be because Apple isn’t calling their smart watch the “iWatch”, but instead something else. 9to5Mac believes it may also be called the “iBand”.  Whatever the name is, it’s going to be an amazing product. In nine days, we will find out.

Analyst Believes iWatch Delayed Until 2015

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As we get closer to the iPhone 6 announcement date, we also get closer to the rumored iWatch announcement date.  It was originally expected that the smart watch would be coming out alongside the next-generation iPhone, but due to production issues, it would be delayed until the iPad announcement in October.  KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, wrote a new report saying the watch will be pushed back even further and not come out until 2015.

iWatch Concept by iSoft

iWatch Concept by iSoft

Kuo believes the delay is due to higher level of difficultly for Apple to make a smart watch.  The company may be suffering from problems with the device’s design and integration between its hardware and software.  Kuo believes the watch will be a success, but Apple needs to get everything right before launching the product.

In the analyst’s last report, details about the watch’s design were given. It will feature a curved AMOLED display, high waterproof standards and new system-on-a-chip components.

As of June, Re/Code said that the iWatch is still on schedule to be announced at the iPad event in October.  So unless production hasn’t even started yet for the watch, we will likely see it in October (as rumored).

iWatch Rumored to be Delayed Too

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According to a new report by KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, the iPhone 6 may not be the only new product that Apple is delaying.  The report says that the iWatch is suffering from issues with production, mainly the sapphire display, that will cause it to not enter mass production until late November and not be available for sale until December.

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In Kuo’s original report, he said that Apple is estimated to be shipping between 5 million and 10 million watches by the end of the year and that it will be entering production in September.  In a recent conversation with supply chain sources, he has learned that Apple is suffering from issues with the display and this may pushback production until November.  A report found on Weibo, a Chinese micro-blogging site like Twitter, also confirms the delay in the smart watch.  If this happens, then the iWatch will have less time to be mass produced and the amount of units shipped may drop to 3 million.

His report also mentions that TPK is supplying the touch screen for the watch, while LG is responsible for lamination and manufacturing of the AMOLED display.  He mentions that some models may ship with glass instead of the rumored sapphire.  I doubt Apple would ship the initial watches with glass and future ones with sapphire without letting their customers know.  They are more likely to offer glass on a less expensive model and save sapphire for the high-end models.

The iWatch is rumored to be announced in October alongside the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.  Since these tablets aren’t having any major redesigns, an iWatch would fit in nicely at this event.  The watch is expected to have a curved AMOLED display, wireless charging and work together with the new Health app in iOS 8.

Apple Partnering with Swatch to Make Multiple iWatch Devices

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The iWatch may not be only one device, but several.  According to a new report by VentureBeat, Apple is partnering with Swatch and other watch companies to produce a whole line of smart watches.  There will be multiple styles, price points and some may not even have the “iWatch” name.

iWatch round, flat face concept by Gabor Balogh

iWatch round, flat face concept by Gabor Balogh

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iPad Pro and 3 Models of iWatch Due Out By End of 2014

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Eddy Cue recently said in an interview that this year’s product lineup will be the best he has seen in 25 years.  We expect two new iPhones (one with a 4.7″ display and one with a 5.5″ display), the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Apple TV and updated computers.  However, a new report by Taiwan’s Economic Daily (translated), says that we should also expect three models of the iWatch and the iPad Pro by the end of the year.

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Rumors for the iWatch have been around since early 2013 and every so often a new rumor will come out about how many models Apple will be announcing.  The Economic Daily claims that there will be three models: one with a 1.6″ regular display, 1.8″ regular display and 1.8″ sapphire display.  Since sapphire is more expensive than Corning Gorilla glass, the report believes that only the high-end model will be the only model featuring sapphire glass.  The report also mentions that this model will pave the way for sapphire glass to be found on the 5.5″ iPhone 6 and future iPhones.

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