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.
Google's I/O developer conference kicks off today in San Francisco, and perhaps as a preview of things to come, The Verge reported yesterday that freemium apps on Google Play now account for 98 percent of worldwide revenue for the Android platform. Curiously, Japan is billed as "the world's biggest spender" on in-app purchases thanks to "addictive mobile games," but here's hoping this trend doesn't absorb the iOS App Store as well. Here's a handful of other tidbits you might have missed on Tuesday...
Whew! We made it through another April Fool's Day mostly unscathed. Anyone who was fooled by "news" that Apple was acquiring popular teardown service iFixit or other such silliness is probably relieved that the calendar has flipped to April 2, and with a new day comes another batch of news from the tech community. Read on to see what you might have missed yesterday!
You know, there's a reason why the iPhone is classified as a smartphone.
It's not because it has a touch screen or because it has more features than a flip phone. It has nothing to do with its design or LTE networking or sensors, nor is it because of its 64-bit chip. Quite frankly, it's not because of anything that it does, but rather what it can do — boundless capabilities made possible by hundreds of thousands of native apps, tiny programs running on a dedicated, independent operating system. They don't need any assistance; install them and they just work.
Back in 2007, some people questioned whether the iPhone was truly a smartphone since it lacked this basic ability, but today the term is applied much more loosely. Anything that can be controlled by an iPhone is suddenly a smart this or smart that, and we seem to have forgotten what actually makes these gadgets intelligent.
And that includes all those watches everyone keeps talking about.
This year might end up being the year of the iWatch, but that isn't stopping Pebble from improving its own line of smartwatches. Today the independent developer announced the release of the Pebble Steel, which sports a (fittingly) stainless steel body and a band that comes in either leather or (yes) steel. There's even an echo of Apple products in the device as it uses the same Gorilla Glass the Cupertino manufacturer uses for its own products.
The iWatch may still be many months away (or so it seems), but those who've been enamored with Pebble's smartwatch will be happy to know that the device will be getting its own app store sometime early next year. Developers will be able to list their apps on the store, and from there Pebble owners will be able to download them to the watch itself via their iPhones.
It’s the week of updates and shutdowns, of explosions and insomnia. In short, it’s another week of the biggest news stories from the writer of Mac|Life, getting you up to date with everything you ever might have missed that you shouldn’t have. So without further ado….
Apple iWatch hopefuls, take note. Pebble, the maker of one of the few existing smartwatches that's truly worthy of note, just released an update that further demonstrates the effectiveness of the concept. Whereas previously users could only receives notifications for calls and text messages, now any kind of alert that appears on iOS's Notification Center will pop up on the device.
Call me crazy, but I'm just not sold on the whole iWatch thing.
Of course, that's not to say Apple isn't building one, or that it won't be an unfathomable success, or even that I won't rush out to buy one if and when it releases. But from where I'm standing, I just don't see the reason for it.
So apparently some of you are really into this whole smartwatch thing. We still don't have many ideas about what to expect from Apple's take on the tech, but apparently Pebble's smartwatch received as many as 275,000 preorders through Kickstarter and Best Buy before its launch last week. You can bet Apple's taking note.