In one of the surest signs that the so-called "iWatch" is on its way and not just a rumor, Apple recently attempted to extend its corporate trademark to provide coverage for "Class 14" objects, which include jewelry, clocks, and, yes, watches.
Sooo, just the biggest internet security problem in EVER this week, but no biggie. Lucky for Apple users, many of their services were safe, though it's not like you can't have been affected. Plus, iWatch rumors heating up this week, so we're moving into higher gear on the rumor front. And if you love LEGO, we've got a treat for you.
More rumors about the "iWatch" today, and they show just how risky it is to take them at face value. According to the latest report from DigiTimes (the same folks who relayed the news about the "August" release date just yesterday), three of Apple's suppliers have delivered samples of the flexible circuit boards intended for the iWatch.
Samsung's anti-Apple commercials sometimes suggest that the iPhone is for the older crowd, but new data from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster (via MacRumors) suggests that the Cupertino company's smartphone is actually growing in popularity among the teen demographic. Based on a sampling of 7,500 teenagers, a full 61 percent now own an iPhone.
If the latest rumors from China are correct, we may be getting the iWatch on our wrists a lot more quickly than anticipated. As reported by the Economic Daily News, Apple's long-rumored piece of wearable tech will be built by Quanta Computer of Taiwan, who'll be manufacturing 65 million units at first. And we could see it as early as August.
If you want to make a good watch, it's probably a good idea to court the Swiss. Apple's allegedly taking that advice to heart, reports The Financial Times (via MacRumors), but few watchmakers in the landlocked country are willing to lend their technical expertise to Apple (or to any other smartwatch maker, for that matter). In fact, the Swiss themselves are making no secret of their lack of desire to contribute to the excitement over smartwatches designed in other countries.
Several months after Samsung's bungled entry into the world of smartwatches (and possibly months ahead of the appearance of Apple's so-called "iWatch), Google has announced its "Android Wear" system. Android Wear is designed to bring Google's mobile operating system to smart watches designed by other manufacturers, much in the way Android is designed for other manufacturers' smartphones.
CarPlay was one of the biggest stories of the week, so all the revving of tech engines weren't just for tracking down the supposed founder of Bitcoin. But did you hear any of the news over the sounds of engines? In case you missed it, we've got you covered in this week's wrap up.
A new report from The Information claims that Apple's trying to expand Siri's interaction with third-party apps, and it's possible the focus of that attention concerns the highly anticipated "iWatch." As TechCrunch notes, Siri might be the best way to get around the limitations of interacting with wearable tech. As a bonus, it'll bring us closer to the Dick Tracy style watches of comics past.
Back in November we reported that an iOS-integrated hearing aid could be on the way, and now it's here. The new device is called the ReSound LiNX, and its iOS integration allows users to listen to music and talk on the phone in addition to its standard hearing aid duties.