Today Apple secured a patent for a smartwatch from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (No. 8,787,006), providing some of the first direct evidence that the company is, in fact, working on a piece of wearable tech for the wrist. Here's the thing, though—the patent filing dates all the way back to 2011, meaning that whatever Apple announces in the coming months (if they do) might not look anything like what we see on the paper.
If you want to know more about the iPhone 6 and iWatch, you're in luck — it seems that a day can't go by without more rumors about Apple's upcoming hardware. But that's not all that's been happening this week — there's also been loads of other news, including a new look at Apple HQ, info on vastly improved battery life, and some great tips to deal with spam and Time Machine.
Apple’s iWatch might be the worst-kept secret in tech history. There haven’t been information leaks so much as geysers, and thanks to countless comments from “those in the know,” we’ve put together a pretty solid picture of what we think the final product will be. Of course, we won’t have all the details until Tim Cook flashes the first iWatch on stage at some point, but for now we can sort through the rumors to separate the probable from the preposterous.
Our knowledge of what the so-called "iWatch" actually looks like might be limited to fanciful concept art, but at least information is starting to trickle in regarding our options. The latest rumors come from the supply chains in China via the Economic Daily News (via G for Games), and they claim that the Cupertino company will release three models of the long-anticipated piece of wearable tech sometime this fall.
We've long heard that we'll probably see the iWatch go live sometime "this fall," but the latest reports seem to indicate that Apple will be cutting it close. Past reports said that the device would start mass production in July (so much for that) or September, but now respected analyst Ming Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes Apple won't boost production until sometime in November. That means it's possible that we won't see it until December or even 2015.
With the release of the iPhone 6 still a few months off into the future and some of the biggest leaks already out there on the table, all the explosions this week were up in the skies, courtesy of the world's fireworks manufacturers. That doesn't mean there weren't some good news tidbits dropped this week, including some iPhone 6 rumors plus a little something for the Apple image-editing faithful.
According to analyst Steve Milunovich of UBS, you may end up sending more messages via your iWatch with your voice than with traditional text messaging. That, at least, is the vibe Milunovich picked up during a meeting he had with Apple CEO Tim Cook recently, and he relayed his convictions in a letter to investors recently, reports Fortune.
Rumors, we got hot and tasty fresh rumors stewing in the pot for you this week. So many leaks and speculation and unnamed sources. Some of them are probably right, but which ones? Ah, that's the trick. See if you can spot the plausible ones. (Photo by Apfel Page Concept Design.)
Last month we reported that L.A. Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant had been seen hanging around Apple's offices in Cupertino, and at the time we speculated that he was in town to discuss endorsement deals regarding the rumored "iWatch." But a new report from 9to5Mac claims that he and other athletes from the NBA, NHL, and MLB have instead been visiting Tim Cook and friends to test the fitness capabilities of Apple's long-anticipated wearable tech.
Apparently, the iPhone 6 rumor mill has run dry: No sooner does another report on Apple's fabled iWatch surface Thursday night, than two others pop up offering even more details on how Cupertino might dominate the wrist.