Mac|Life - All Articles http://www.maclife.com/articles/all/feed en Morning Report: iWatch Still Stuck in Testing, Elgato Smart Home, Cortana vs. Siri http://www.maclife.com/article/news/morning_report_iwatch_still_stuck_testing_elgato_smart_home_cortana_vs_siri <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u220903/elgato_avea_620px.png" alt="Elgato Avea" width="620" height="300" /></p><p>We're back after an extended Labor Day weekend here in the U.S., and with only a week away from Apple's next media event, there's plenty to get excited about. Unfortunately, things are looking grim for the rumored iWatch, which appears to be stuck in not-quite-final testing, but Elgato's got a batch of new HomeKit-friendly accessories on the way to tide us over once iOS 8 hits the streets. Click to read more!</p><h3>iWatch Reportedly in Verification Testing, 2015 Launch Likely</h3><p>Apple's big media event is only a week away, and speculation continues to run rampant about the iPhone 6 and the possibility executives will finally take the wraps off the fabled "iWatch." <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140902PD205.html" target="_blank">DigiTimes today reported</a> the Apple wearable is "still unlikely" to be available until sometime next year, despite the fact components are already in production.<br /><br />According to supply chain sources, the hardware is still in what's known as the&nbsp; engineering verification testing (EVT) stage, which is kind of the next-to-last step prior to production verification test (PVT). At any point between these two stages, Apple could still make design changes — and sources claim that for this reason, Cupertino is "unlikely" to introduce the wearable at next week's event.<br /><br />"Currently, the upstream supply chain is mainly waiting for Apple to place component orders; however, Apple has not yet given a firm schedule for the production," one unnamed source revealed.</p><h3>Elgato Debuts iOS-Connected Smart Home Monitors, Lighting</h3><p>IFA 2014 kicks off Friday in Munich, Germany, but <a href="https://www.elgato.com/en/news/elgato-ifa-2014-live-smarter-app-powered-accessories" target="_blank">Elgato hit the ground running yesterday</a> by launching a new line of app-powered smart home accessories capable of being controlled from an iPhone or iPad. Elgato promises all three products will be iOS 8 HomeKit friendly soon after Apple releases the free update.<br /><br />First up is <a href="https://www.elgato.com/en/eve" target="_blank">Elgato Eve</a>, a monitoring system capable of reporting air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy, and water consumption data using a variety of sensors placed around the home. The company also introduced the $99.95 <a href="https://www.elgato.com/en/smart/smart-power" target="_blank">Elgato Smart Power</a>, billed as an "intelligent portable power device" capable of monitoring itself, sending a push notification to a connected iPhone when the device needs a charge.<br /><br />Finally, the $49.95 <a href="https://www.elgato.com/en/smart/avea" target="_blank">Elgato Avea</a> offers an alternative to more costly smart LED lightbulbs, capable of being controlled using Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi. The companion app offers seven dynamic scenes and colors for any situation, and requires no bridge device for direct use with iPhone.</p><h3>Microsoft Pits Cortana Against Siri in New Windows Phone Spot</h3><p>Microsoft has gone on the offensive against Apple yet again this week, this time taking aim at Siri and the iPhone 5s in a new commercial entitled "Mirror Mirror." Featuring the new HTC One (M8) for Windows, the spot portrays Apple's smartphone as a vain princess who winds up getting put in her place by the supposedly slicker hardware of the latest Windows Phone 8.1, including the built-in personal assistant, Cortana.<br /><br />"I have two speakers for music," Cortana boasts near the end of the commercial. "Oh, I only have one... and I'm sitting on it," Siri laments. 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Wall Street, too, is caught up in all the excitement generated by rumors and leaked parts, and today the fervor pushed the Cupertino company's to its all-time high.</p><p>The final stock price for the day was $102.50, and the intraday stock price (also representing a record) was $102.90. Such numbers mark the continuation of the impressive trend we reported back on <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/aapl_stock_closes_10053_just_short_alltime_high" target="_blank">August 19</a>, when the company's stock price sat at $100.53. Apple recently <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/apple_reports_record_quarterly_earnings_announces_7for1_stock_split_new_retail_chief" target="_blank">split its stock</a>, and these "record" numbers account for the split.</p><p><img src="/files/u334114/2014/08/appl1.jpg" width="538" height="458" /></p><p>Investors, of course, are hoping that the stock won't collapse after the highly anticipated September 9 event, when Apple is expected to announce two new iPhones and the long-awaited "iWatch." Current rumors suggest that Apple may go ahead and announce the latter device on September 9, although it's possible we won't get our own hands on it until early 2015.</p><p>Apple stock was at an all-time low just under a year ago, when it sat at $63.89 in September of 2013. 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Something about the audaciousness of the project seems more exciting than finding a iPhone 4 <a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/news/lost_found_iphone_4g_protoype" target="_blank">in a Redwood City bar</a>.</p><p>You can watch the full video made by Feld &amp; Volk <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRzhd_fOY-s" target="_blank">via the YouTube link</a> below. Specifically, the team used a leaked case, a logic board, a display, a true-tone flash and camera, and they then hooked up the finished creation to a Mac to see what would happen. Surprisingly enough, it actually booted up, but it wouldn't connect to Apple's update servers.</p><p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QRzhd_fOY-s" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>In their coverage, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2014/08/29/someone-assembled-their-own-iphone-6-using-leaked-parts-video/" target="_blank">9to5Mac </a>adds some healthy skepticism to the news. When the device boots up, for instance, you briefly see a gear icon that currently isn't a part of any iOS programming. The site also points out that iOS 8 actually has a red and white iTunes logo as opposed to the familiar blue and white one we see in the logo, which may cast some further doubts on the authenticity of the actually programming we see. The parts themselves, they claim, appear to be genuine.</p><p>All in all, the buildup to this year's iPhone event is starting to sound<a href="http://www.maclife.com/article/columns/why_there_wont_be_any_surprises_next_weeks_iphone_event" target="_blank"> just like last year's</a>.</p><p><em>Follow this article's writer, <a href="https://twitter.com/LeifJohnson" target="_blank">Leif Johnson</a>, on Twitter.</em></p> http://www.maclife.com/article/news/russian_team_reportedly_makes_working_iphone_6_leaked_parts#comments News Feld & Volk iphone iphone 6 leaks Rumors Sept. 9 September 9 speculation Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:11:04 +0000 Leif Johnson 20555 at http://www.maclife.com Price Drop: The Weekend's Best App Deals, August 29 http://www.maclife.com/article/gallery/price_drop_weekends_best_app_deals_august_29 <!--paging_filter--><p>We've got a game load of apps on sale this weekend and there are tons more we didn't have space to cover. 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