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.
The Fitbit Force came out just last October, and at the time it sounded like it was a wonderful improvement over its Fitbit Flex fitness band from last year. But recently a tiny percentage of users have discovered that the iOS-compatible device was actually hurting their health in addition to helping them traffic. It's worried Fitbit enough that it's ceased sales of the devices and recalled all of the ones currently in the hands of customers.
Holy smokes is it a week full of rumors. Since we love you, you know we do, we've got the good ones saved up here ready for you, just like a box of your favorite chocolates, the carmel only kind with no disgusting coconut in there to gunk it up. So, kisses all around, now let's dig in.
Could Apple's fabled "iWatch" be nothing more than a health and fitness sensor strapped on the wrist which connects to a new built-in app to monitor your well being? If so, this could offer a glimpse at what to expect.