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iWatch Rumor Watch

Published on March 5, 2013 by in Apple, News, Rumors

Apple fans who’ve spent any time at all following the company know that intense speculation precedes any major product launch from the folks in Cupertino.  It’s true whether the product in question already exists or is merely being strongly hinted at in the tech press.  It’s also well-known that Apple is one of the most secretive companies around.  In fact, Steve Jobs famously denied that Apple would ever create an App Store for iOS or Mac OS X, or create any product in the tablet space.  Of course, the company went on to do all 3 of those things, to amazing acclaim.

So now there are rampant rumors about an “iWatch”, and have been for several months.  We have something of an idea of what such a device might look like, based on the clever 6th-generation iPod nano.  It ran a stripped-down version of iOS and gave users several cheerful watch faces from which to choose (my own is permanently set to Mickey Mouse), and sported a clip on its underside that allowed users to attach the iPod to any of myriad third-party watch bands.

Bloomberg is pointing to an end-of-year launch for this as-yet unconfirmed device.  We don’t know if the thing even actually exists yet (nor what kind of product it will be if and when it does), but there seems to be a great deal of pressure on Apple to prove it can still do “insanely great” things after Steve Jobs’ death in October 2011. Sources close to company say that the iWatch will run a full version of iOS, unlike the previous iPod nano, and designers are still working to get better battery life out of the device.

One other fascinating bit of iWatch info circulating on the web is that both Bloomberg and Business Insider are reporting that Apple design guru Jony Ive ordered boxes of Nike watches in the mid-2000s.  He was specifically interested in the Nike Presto Digital Bracelets and the Oregon Series Alti-Compass watches, which were manufactured in 2002–2004. Both of these models feature minimalistic designs, using translucent plastic and aluminum.  That should sound quite familiar to anybody who’s looked at an Apple product in the past half-decade.

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Google Glass or Apple iWatch

Published on February 20, 2013 by in Commentary

Which to choose Google Glass or iWatchThere seems to be a lot of talk about the Google Glass and Apple iWatch.  Many are wondering if they are going to be real products, but I think the real question is… Which would you rather have or would you want both?

I think the Google Glass is a great concept, having all the information at the tip of your eye and without any keyboards, just using your voice.    Imagine being at the store and trying to compare prices without having pull out your smart phone and taking a picture of the item and or bar code.  One of the wow factors is that you wont forget a name anymore… with the Glass all the info will be right there.  But what happens when its raining?  Will Google make it waterproof or at least water-resistant?   Wonder if there will be any studies done regarding viewing things at such close range at high-resolution and with that one eye… will it strain it?   Makes you wonder doesn’t it… what other things can you guys think of that can be pros and cons of the Google Glass.

Now the iWatch is something that is another great concept.  Although no word of Apple inc actually producing one but rumor has it that they are looking into it.  An iWatch can be great but what if I already have a nice time piece that I sent a ton of money on and like to wear?  I guess I could sell it to get the iWatch.    Joking aside, the iWatch sounds like it will be a great extension to your iPhone.   No more having to reach in your pocket to get quick information or see text or who is calling, etc.    One concern I had would be battery life.  Would this device need to be charged daily?

With so many unknowns about the 2 devices, I don’t know which I would  go with. Which one would you choose?

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