It looks like the forthcoming Apple Watch is about to become a genuine fashion icon with an extraordinary marketing spread in the fashion bible Vogue.
Following on from the exciting news that Apple is to hold an event to launch the Apple Watch on March 9, Fortune reports that the 12-page spread appears in the March issue of Vogue, which is, apparently, for the fashion-challenge among us, one of the most prestigious issues of the year, as it’s the month when the fashion houses launch their spring collections.
The glossy spread shows three versions of the watch—a leather-bound standard version, the rubber-banded Sport, and the gold luxury edition. There are no exact details about price, other than that it starts at $349. The luxury edition is rumoured to cost in the region of five figures.
Clearly Apple intends the Apple Watch to be as much of a high-fashion item as a utility, health, and sports item, having courted top fashion commentators for many months, even as far back as last September, when legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour and other members of the fashion elite were given a sneak-peek preview of the watch by Jony Ive himself.
We knew it would be coming soon. The FCC had their final meeting regarding the Net Neutrality debate. As the FCC Director Tom Wheeler shared in his proposal, the FCC will now classify the Internet under the Title II classification. This basically categorizes the Internet like a utility and allows the FCC to keep ISPs from blocking or slowing down traffic on wired and wireless networks. It also bans ISPs from charging content providers differently for any type of paid priority "fast lanes," even in the case of network congestion.
This classification will be applied to both wired and wireless broadband networks to prevent ISPs from favoring bits of data over each other. Here's a quote with a few more details regarding the resulting furor over the official announcement,
Apple just announced they will be holding a press event on March 9th at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It is expected to be the event in which Apple shares the final pricing and launch date for the new Apple Watch.
We will share all the details as soon as they occur, so be sure to stay tuned!
According to a fresh report coming from MacRumors, it seems that Apple has acquired popular music plug-in and effect maker Camel Audio. The company is known for its range of plug-ins, synthesizers, effects, and sound libraries, which were available via the company's Alchemy software.
Available for $249, Alchemy included more than 1000 sounds, 5.5GB worth of samples, a powerful additive resynthesis engine, spectral resynthesis, a virtual analog synthesizer, and much more.
The reason for the acquisition isn't known at the moment, but it's been speculated that Apple could use it for a future version of Logic Pro X, Apple's software designed for professional musicians, or GarageBand. Who knows, maybe it will be used also in the upcoming revamped music streaming service based on the Beats acquisition, as well.
According to a fresh report coming from market research firm IDC, it seems that iOS and Android are the absolute leaders of the smartphone market. There was no doubt about it, but the numbers are really mind-blowing - Android and iOS combined accounted for a whopping 96.3% of all smartphone shipments worldwide in 2014, which is up from 93.8% in the prior year.
Google's mobile operating system captured 81.5% of the market, which has increased from 78.7% in 2013. iOS has claimed 14.8%, which is slightly less than 15.1% in 2013. Ramon Llamas, Research Manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team, said the following:
"Many of the same drivers were in play for Android and iOS to tighten their grip on the market. A combination of strong end-user demand, refreshed product portfolios, and the availability of low-cost devices – particularly for Android – drove volumes higher."
Melissa Chau, Senior Research Manager with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracke also added the following:
"Instead of a battle for the third ecosystem after Android and iOS, 2014 instead yielded skirmishes, with Windows Phone edging out BlackBerry, Firefox, Sailfish and the rest, but without any of these platforms making the kind of gains needed to challenge the top two.
"This isn't to say that vendors aren't making moves, especially for the growth segments – the low-end markets. With Microsoft bringing ever-cheaper Lumia into play and Tizen finally getting launched to India early this year, there is still a hunger to chip away at Android's dominance."
Windows Phone had the smallest year-over-year increase, growing just 4.2%, while BlackBerry saw its YoY growth decline by 69.8%.
Apple still has a lot of work to do if it is trying to cover the entire planet with its 3D FlyOver technology. Now we don't actually think the entire Earth will be covered by the Apple Maps feature, but we like to think a lot is possible.
FlyOver first saw light when it became a new feature in iOS 6. 2012 was quite a long time ago, but since then Apple has been adding new cities to support FlyOver almost monthly. February's Apple Maps FlyOver update includes these 10 new cities seen below:
Baton Rouge, LA
Ponce, Puerto Rico
We'll continue to keep our readers posted as Apple decides to add more cities. In the mean time, why not take a nice vacation to one of the above cities via your iPhone.
It's basically like watching two kids who hate to love each other. Samsung and Apple have been going at it in patent wars for the last couple years, however when it comes to manufacturing components, the latter needs the former.
Recently Samsung landed a deal with Apple, agreeing to build our favorite fruit company's A9 mobile processor for this year's iPhones and iPads. According to a new report from The Korea Times, Samsung will also be Apple's main supplier of DRAM, the same chips which will be used in the upcoming Galaxy S6.
Samsung will be responsible for at least half of the memory chips, with the contract estimated to be worth "millions of dollars".
Yesterday we saw an image of what looked to be the next generation Pebble smartwatch, set to release in 2015. The leaked image was quickly taken off the Pebble website and replaced with a photo of someone's wrist with an actual pebble rock on top.
It seems the leak nudged Pebble to unveil the Pebble Time on Tuesday with a Kickstarter campaign. The Pebble Time is exactly what we saw from the leak. The future smartwatch promises a color e-paper display, 7 hours of battery life, and more.
What's more interesting are the records the watch is setting on Kickstarter. Initially the team set out to hit a goal of $500,000. Within 20 minutes that goal was met. 34 minutes after launching, the campaign was at $1 million, then $2 million in under an hour.
At the time of this writing, the campaign is sitting around $6.5 million dollars, it's only been running a few hours. All of the information regarding the new watch can be found on the Kickstarter page, with the least expensive pledge goal tethered to receiving a Pebble Time being $179.
We all use it. We all like it. We all hate that it's a separate app. Of course I'm talking about Facebook Messenger for iOS. Since last year, Facebook made it mandatory for Messenger users to download the standalone app, causing us to switch from one app to the other when peeping our News Feed. It gets a tad bit annoying.
Luckily on Tuesday, Facebook made it a little easier to send photos/videos to your friends via extension. This means that if you're looking to said a friend a photo/video, you can simply do it from within your Photos app(or any app with photo/video sharing) with the Facebook Messenger version 22.0 update.
The new Messenger extension can be found when going into a share menu in an app, the scrolling to the More option, and turning on sharing with Messenger. The extension then allows you to app a caption and choose recipients of the message.
We've seen lots of reports predicting the number of Apple Watch units our favorite fruit company will produce and sell. Most of the aforementioned numbers are in the high millions and look good for Apple, but what about the amount of supported apps on the device?
Barron's reports Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research believes the Apple Watch will launch with about 100,000 apps from the get go. Chowdhry basis his prediction after attending several "Apple Watch-Kit hackathons" with his fellow team members.
Chowdhry also believes "the $350 price of Apple Watch appears to be a non-issue”, because “On an average an Apple Watch user will have 100 Apps installed, and one way to think about it is that the consumer is getting 100 devices for $350 ..i.e. $3.50 per device."
Keep in mind that it took the iTunes App Store 16 months to hit the 100,000 app milestone. It is also important to note that the App Store is already established, only requiring developers to create extensions of apps for the Apple Watch. What do you think?