New report claims second-gen iPad Air may feature 2GB of RAM

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2014

A new report is out this afternoon from Asian site TechNews.tw, claiming that it has received intel from Apple’s supply chain suggesting that the second generation iPad Air could feature 2GB of RAM—double that of the current model.

According to the site, which doesn’t have much of a track record when it comes to Apple rumors, the increase in RAM will be limited to the new iPad Air. The second-generation Retina iPad mini is expected to once again feature 1 GB of RAM… Read More

 

Trusted analyst no longer sees iWatch in 2014

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2014

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo has made a name for himself as one of the more credible — if not the most credible — analysts covering Apple.

And unlike many other ”analysts“ who base their armchair predictions on the combination of the generally inaccurate rumor-mill reporting, hearsay and the Internet echo chamber, Kuo actually does research and puts some thought into notes he issues to clients.

But even renowned analysts like Kuo — and trusted he is — have had their share of misses. Today, Kuo backpedalled on his earlier claim that Apple was working to released an iWatch at some point this year. Ask him again and he’ll now tell you he no longer sees the mythical wearable released in 2014 due to the complexities involved in hardware and software engineering… Read More

 

Apple could announce its “wrist wearable thing” next month, says Gruber [updated]

By Cody Lee on Aug 8, 2014

Apple may unveil its so-called iWatch sooner than expected, according to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. In a new blog post this afternoon, the well-connected Apple pundit casually mentions that the Cupertino company plans to announce its “wrist wearable thing” next month.

Gruber’s claim contradicts previous reports from various outlets, which have all suggested that the iWatch would land in October. But given his near perfect track record in predicting Apple plans, it’s certainly possible that we could see more than bigger iPhones in September… Read More

 

Analyst predicts initial iWatch shipments may be limited due to sapphire issues

By Cody Lee on Jul 31, 2014

Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a new note to investors today regarding the upcoming iWatch. Echoing his thoughts from earlier this month, Kuo says he believes that only around 3 million units or so of Apple’s smartwatch will ship this year.

Citing supply chain sources, the analyst blames production issues for the device’s limited availability. More specifically, Kuo believes that Apple is running into problems with the iWatch’s sapphire cover lens, pushing mass production back until late-November… Read More

 

Rumor: iPhone 6 launching on October 14, an ‘immense’ day for Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014

According to a rather dubious rumor published by MacRumors, citing a source familiar with an internal Apple Retail Store meeting, a senior Store Leader allegedly told staff that the whole month of October will be very busy for Apple Stores and the company itself, singling out October 14 as a particularly “immense” day for Apple.

Furthermore, the company is apparently planning a media event for Tuesday, September 16, nearly a month ahead of the iPhone 6‘s assumed October 14 launch… Read More

 

New evidence hints that iWatch production is behind schedule, delayed for Q4 2014

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2014

The iWatch, Apple’s alleged fitness/health wearable device, may not launch in November alongside a 5.5-inch iPhone 6, as previously rumored.

If a revised guidance for the third calendar quarter of 2014 by Apple supplier TPK Holdings is an indication, ongoing production issues are to be blamed that the gizmo is running behind schedule and is now said to launch by the end of the fourth quarter.

Although TPK during its quarterly conference call with analysts did not mention Apple by name – nor has the Taiwanese supplier blamed Apple for its poor third-quarter performance – the iPhone maker is its biggest client and the rumor-mill did identify TPK as a supplier of flexible iWatch displays… Read More

 

Don’t expect to see iWatch or 5.5″ iPhone 6 before December, new rumor cautions

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 28, 2014

I don’t think anyone in their right mind would seriously question Apple’s motivation to reportedly market and sell bigger iPhones this year.

Moreover, many pundits and watchers are in agreement that Apple will indeed enter new product categories this year with a rumored iWatch wearable device, said to combine health and fitness functions.

What’s unclear though is the timing for these product launches. We already know it’s going to be action-packed Fall, but you’d be wise not to keep your fingers crossed for a simultaneous launch of both new iPhones and iWatches… Read More

 

Swatch says it doesn’t need Apple, will launch its smart watch next year

By Sébastien Page on Jul 27, 2014

Some silly rumor made the rounds last week claiming Swatch was in talk with Apple to produce a line of iWatch devices. This was quickly denied by Swatch, who’s now saying it will bring its own smart watch/fitness tracker to market by next year.

Swatch CEO Nick Hayek recently told Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag (via Reuters) that the company will soon update its Swatch Touch line, which will be equipped with features appealing to athletes: Read More

 

Big increase in Apple spending suggests major new products incoming

By Cody Lee on Jul 25, 2014

For those of you still skeptical that Apple is gearing up for a blockbuster fall, check out this report from Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty. The analyst dug through its just-released 10-Q filing, and she says it reveals a lot about its upcoming plans.

Huberty explains that the company’s significant increase in spending all-but-confirms that we’ll see some major new products this year. In fact, its quarter-over-quarter increase is the largest we’ve seen since it introduced the first iPhone in 2007… Read More

 

Swatch: we’re not working with Apple on iWatch

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2014

Just as I’d suspected, Apple isn’t really partnering with Swiss watchsmiths on developing and producing multiple iWatch devices.

That’s according to Swiss watchmaker Swatch which today issued an outright denial of the rumor in the form of a statement issued to Reuters.

In it, a spokesperson categorically states that the Swatch Group is not working with Apple on iWatch devices although the company has supplied components like integrated circuits to certain mobile phone makers… Read More

 

Apple said to be working with Swatch and others to produce multiple iWatch devices

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2014

VentureBeat is out with a new report this afternoon, claiming it has learned that Apple has partnered with Swatch to produce an entire line of ‘iWatch‘ devices. Apparently these devices are going to come in multiple styles, and at a variety of price points.

Citing sources familiar with the project, the outlet says that while the current consensus is that Apple is building one or two iWatches by itself, the firm may actually be preparing a variety of smartwatches with several partners from the watch industry… Read More

 

Apple granted ‘iTime’ patent for smart wristband

By Cody Lee on Jul 22, 2014

With no physical evidence supporting the ongoing ‘iWatch‘ rumors, we continue to search for other forms of proof that Apple is indeed working on a smartwatch. And today, we are adding a new piece to the puzzle with the ‘iTime’ patent.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the Cupertino company a patent today for a new device called the ‘iTime.’ It’s described as a smart wristband that contains various sensors and wireless radios, so it can talk to other devices… Read More

 

Rumor: iWatch to come in three models and two sizes, one featuring sapphire screen

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

Apple’s rumored iWatch is said to come in three different models and two sizes: 1.6 and 1.8 inches. That’s the gist of a new report from the Economic Daily newspaper which claims that one 1.6-inch model and two 1.8-inch models are in the works, with one of the bigger models incorporating a sapphire-strengthened screen.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo speculated back in April that the iWatch would come in two sizes, one for men and the other for women. That being said, this is the first time we heard that the device would come in both sapphire and non-sapphire varieties… Read More

 

Why iWatch may not release before Spring 2015

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 11, 2014

For the past year or so, Apple executives have been teasing new product categories coming in 2014.

“There will be new categories,” Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal back in February, for example. “We’re not ready to talk about it, but we’re working on some really great stuff.” Sadly, six months have already passed without a single major Apple product launch, let alone a new product category.

I’m referring to a mythical iWatch, of course, although Apple is rumored to enter new markets other than smartwatches, such as home automation accessories.

A report earlier today by KGI Securities’ pretty reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has hinted that Apple has been forced to push mass production of the iWatch back more than a month. He now expects the device to enter production as late as November.

Assuming Kuo is right, when can we expect iWatches to hit store shelves? Read on… Read More

 

New report says mass production of iWatch may not begin until November

By Cody Lee on Jul 11, 2014

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo issued a new note to investors this morning, stating that Apple may have to push mass production of the iWatch back more than a month. The highly revered analyst originally predicted that production for the device would ramp up in September, but due to the complexity of the project, he now believes it could begin as late as November… Read More

 

Apple picks up two engineers from Nike’s FuelBand team

By Cody Lee on Jul 8, 2014

A few months ago, word got out that Nike was significantly downsizing its FuelBand team. The company’s CEO later confirmed the move, saying that it would be transitioning the focus of its FuelBand project from hardware to software.

The news sparked speculation that the strategy shift had something to do with Apple’s rumored wearable, and today more fuel was added to that fire. Apparently the iPad-maker has added two ex-FuelBand engineers to its iWatch team… Read More

 

Apple poaches TAG Heuer exec for iWatch marketing role

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 4, 2014

Apple has made another high-profile hire related to iWatch as CNBC reports that the company has successfully poached sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer, who has now joined the iPhone maker’s teams in California  to help sell the iWatch and position the device as a must-have gadget in the minds of the consumers.

Several sources already suspected that the iWatch could actually be a high-end luxury watch augmented by smart functions. Also keep in mind that earlier reports said Apple had approached the world’s top watchsmiths in an attempt to poach their talent for its iWatch team.

That being said, this hire certainly makes sense because Apple is going to need experienced marketeers from the watch industry if it’s to position the rumored device as a luxury good… Read More

 

Voice messaging could be an integral iWatch feature

By Joe Rossignol on Jul 2, 2014

As it becomes more clear that Apple is actually planning to release its highly-anticipated iWatch, the rumor mill has shifted towards what kinds of features the smart watch could have. It appears that voice messaging could be at the top of the list, at least according to a recent talk that UBS analyst Steven Milunovich had with Apple CEO Tim Cook in China…  Read More

 

Apple hires head software engineer from Atlas Wearables, likely to work on the iWatch

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 26, 2014

Apple is believed to have an interesting pipeline of new products planned for the second half of this year, including new Macs, iPhones and its first wearable device. It has been speculated over the past several months that the company is gearing up to launch the so-called “iWatch” in the fall, a smart watch that will double as a health and fitness tracker for managing your heart rate, calories, blood glucose levels and more… Read More

 

iWatch said to feature blood glucose and sweat sensors

By Cody Lee on Jun 21, 2014

Rumors regarding the iWatch have reached a fever pitch this week. We’ve heard 3 reports in just the past 2 days, and we’ve got another one to add to the list this morning. It seems that everyone is interested in Apple’s highly anticipated wearable.

Today’s report comes from Chinese website Laoyaoba, which claims that Apple has finalized the design and specifications of the watch, and is now awaiting FDA approval. The site also says that the device will include blood glucose and sweat sensors… Read More

 
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