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The Smart Watch

Fuelband-inspired iWatch concept by FuzeChicken
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Apple is expected to announce the next-generation operating system for the iPad, iPhone and iPod at their Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in June.  This operating system has been rumored to be fitness- and health-focused.  In addition, the iWatch rumors have been increasing as this device will also focus on fitness and health.  The smart watch (code named ‘iWatch’) will work alongside a smartphone to enhance life by showing the user notifications (like missed phone calls, calendar events), health activities (like heart rate, steps taken, calories eaten) and other information (time, weather, traffic conditions).  In the picture below, FuzeChicken created a concept of what the iWatch will look like, based on rumors, displaying notifications.

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iWatch concept displaying notifications, important information and the time.

The Main Competition

Although the iWatch is not expected to be released until the end of the year, Apple’s competitors are currently creating their own smart watches.  Samsung just announced two second-generation smart watch, called “Gear 2” and “Gear 2 Neo”.  Their smart watches feature: a 1.63″ touchscreen,  4GB of flash storage, 512M of RAM, camera and built-in speakers. The Gear 2 Neo does not include a camera, since it is the less expensive version.  Although the pricing for these new models have not been announced, the first generation watch had a price of about $300.  The picture below shows the new Gear 2.

The next-generation smart watch by Samsung.

The next-generation smart watch by Samsung.

Google is rumored to be working on their own smart watch as well.  Although Google is being very secretive about their new product, those familiar with the matter have commented on the design of the product.  It will have a steel-like metal band, square face with a full-color touchscreen, display notifications and be very gesture-driven. The picture below shows a concept of the Google smart watch, based on current rumors.

The Google smart watch concept.

The Google smart watch concept.

The iWatch

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The video above, created by FuzeChicken, displays all the current rumors for the iWatch in one short video.  Based on these rumors, the iWatch is expected to feature:

Since Apple has never created a wearable technology, like the smart watch, there are many concepts floating around on what the iWatch will look like.  From a mini iPhone on your wrist (like this one or this one) to a Nike Fuelband inspired design to a design we won’t see for several years (if ever), no one knows what the device will look like except for Apple.  For now, we have the concepts, the rumors and our imaginations to keep us busy until Apple reveals their iWatch.

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iPhone 6 Rumors

This design is beautiful and I think the iPhone 6 will look just like this.
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Every year Apple announces a new iPhone, whether it be an upgraded model (#S) or a re-designed model (#), and this year is a re-designed iPhone year.  The iPhone 6 is not only wanted, but it is expected.  There are many rumors about it, ranging from realistic (larger display) to unrealistic (curved glass).  This guide will give you the most up-to-date information about the iPhone 6, updated 02/12/2014.

The iPhone 6

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Display

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Two models will be available: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch.

Tech Specs

 

Here are some recently leaked images of the proposed iPhone 6:

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Credit: MacRumors

This image shows a probable prototype for the iPhone 6. The back of the device (top) has an Apple logo, FCC information, cut out for dual-LED flash (found on iPhone 5s) and camera. The front shows a larger display (around 5.25 inches diagonally), Touch ID on the Home button and thin bezels.

Credit: MacRumors

Here’s another close up of the iPhone 6. This device prominently shows Touch ID on the Home button, the lightning port, the cut outs for the speakers, microphone and headphone jack.  Also, the design is very similar to the iPad air and iPad mini.

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  • health and fitness tracking integration
  • Healthbook (new app made by Apple)
  • integration with iWatch
Credit: MacRumors

Credit: MacRumors

Release Date

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Credit: MacRumors

Other Rumors

For the latest iPhone 6 rumors, check out our iPhone 6 Rumors page and see Rumors for everything else.

VARIUS DOCK: Kickstarter Project

The VARIUS DOCK on Kickstarter.
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There are many docks available on the market, but many are not universal and only work with either the iPhone/iPad or Android.  On Kickstarter, the VARIUS DOCK exists to solve this problem.

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The VARIUS DOCK

The VARIUS DOCK is created and designed by Michael and Enblue Technology.  It is elegantly designed and works with all brands (Apple, Samsung, HTC, Kindle and more).  It works with lightning cables (iPhone 5/5s/5c), 30-pin (pre-iPhone 5) and micro-USB (android devices).  The first model, VARIUS DOCK SINGLE X1, is a dock for one.  It works for holding tablets, smartphones and phablets.  This model comes with a USB wall charger and tablet support inlay.  The second model, VARIUS DOCK DUAL X2, is the dock for two.  It comes with two slots for two different slots to charge and sync your devices at the same time.  Although they might not like it, you can charge an iPhone 5s in the front slot and a Samsung Galaxy S4 in the back slot.  This model comes with a USB cable, wall charge and tablet support inlay.

Colors Available

The available finishes on the VARIUS DOCK: gold, silver, white, black, walnut, oaktree and bamboo.

The available finishes on the VARIUS DOCK: gold, silver, white, black, walnut, oaktree and bamboo.

All models are compatible with iOS 7.  They are made out of either a single block of aircraft aluminum or the finest hardwood.  There are seven finishes available: black (aluminum), silver (aluminum), white (aluminum), walnut, oaktree, bamboo and of course, gold.  Each model comes with a wall charger made for Samsung and Apple.  The gold one is plated with real gold.

How to Pledge

The project is looking for $50,000 by Saturday, February 8 at 1am EST.  It currently has 21 backers with $2,235 pledged.  If the project gets the funding by the end date, the docks will be delivered by the end of April.  The minimum pledge is $1. The single pack, X1, (surface of your choice, except gold, adapters, cable and charger included) is $69.  The dual pack, X2, is $79.  If gold is the one you want, you can play $499 for the X1 and $549 for the X2.  You can pledge your amount here.

The VARIUS DOCK looks perfect next to the iMac like it was made by Apple.

The VARIUS DOCK looks perfect next to the iMac like it was made by Apple.

Thank you for reading my blog.  This year we expect an iPhone 6, iPad air 2 and the iWatch.  To stay up to date with the latest rumors, check out the rumor page.

12 Days of Gifts

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Christmas is my favorite time of year because of the smells, the sights, people coming together, being able to spend time with family and friends and receiving gifts.  I love spending the entire month deciding which gifts to get each of my loved ones in order to have a great Christmas (and they do the same so I have a great Christmas too.)  However, as soon as Christmas comes, the season ends and everything goes back to the way it was.  To keep the Christmas ball rolling, Apple has created an app called 12 Days of Gifts.  This app has been around for many years in other parts of the world, like the UK and Japan, but this is the first year it is available in the United States.

12 Days of Gifts, created by Apple, gives you a new gift (free song, movie, app, book and more) each day from December 26 to January 6.  The gifts are only available for 24 hours and they are not available in all countries.  Apple gives you Lorde’s new single to get you started once you download the app.

12 Days of Gifts app

12 Days of Gifts from Apple, credit: Apple

12 Days of Gifts from Apple, credit: Apple

Map Out Your Black Friday

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Black Friday shopping has officially started, thanks to Kmart.  For all others, Black Friday shopping starts tonight at 6pm or 12am depending on local laws.  Below you will find store hours, the links to the store maps and the best deals at each store. For all store hours in your local area, check out the International Business Times and for every Apple deal on Black Friday, check out my Black Friday Survival Guide.
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Black Friday Survival Guide

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Black Friday is almost here and that means most of the advertisements are out.  Apple, as expected, waits until nearly the last minute to post their Black Friday deals.  For now, we have all the major retailers with their Black Friday Apple iDevice deals.  Here is your full guide to getting the best deals for the best iDevices, for hours check out this page:

First, the hot buys:
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Black Friday Deals Update

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Why look online through Black Friday advertisements looking for Apple iDevice deals when I have already done that for you.  Come back here often to see the iDevice deals. (Updated 11/12 8pm)
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iDevice Deals

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Apple has already announced all of the products they plan on releasing this year, which means that the rumor mill has quieted down for a little while. We are still waiting for the Retina iPad mini to be released (November 22 most likely) and the Mac Pro (December?). For the next month and a half/until the end of the year, this blog will be primarily focused on deals for iDevices and their accessories. My twitter feed will be updated with bunch of deals, the Facebook page will have the iOS 7 Tip of the Day in addition to deals and the blog will feature the best deals and a full guide to Black Friday.

At the top, you’ll see the link for the Black Friday page of deals. This page has all the deals for Black Friday 2013 at major retailers, including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Apple Store, etc. The page will be updated at least twice a week and more frequently as Black Friday approaches. You can also click here to get to the page.

Finally, tweet or share any part of my blog with #idevicegeekblog to be entered to win an iTunes Store, Windows or Google play gift card.

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iPad Air

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The iPad Air (the fifth generation iPad) was announced at Apple’s October 22 Event.  In addition to a brand new design for the full-sized iPad (mostly taken from the iPad mini), Apple updated its internal components.  This iPad will be available for purchase starting November 1.  Here’s a breakdown of the new iPad Air with features, tech specs and what’s included along with rumors for future iPads.

iPad Air weighing in at only 1 pound

iPad Air weighing in at only 1 pound

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October 22 Event: The Full Breakdown

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Here is the full breakdown of all the new products that Apple announced at 10am PT today.  Check us out on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with tips, news and rumors for next year’s Apple devices.  We should see a large iPhone 6, full-sized Apple TV and iPads with Touch ID.

Apple covered a lot of new products today.  Click below to see them all!

Apple covered a lot of new products today. Click below to see them all!

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