Apple Watch Display Technology

Apple’s 2017 Apple Watch may be the wearable we’ve all been waiting for

By on June 24, 2016 at 5:45 PM.

Apple’s 2017 Apple Watch may be the wearable we’ve all been waiting for

A new report from DigiTimes claims that there are some interesting changes in store for the Apple Watch. According to the publication — which admittedly has a spotty record with Apple rumors — Apple is planning to replace the OLED panels it currently uses on the Apple Watch with Micro LED technology sometime next year.

The report adds that the new display panels will be built on technology Apple acquired when it purchased LuxVue back in 2014, a company well regarded for its power-efficient micro-LED displays.

The benefits of switching from OLED to Micro LED are certainly intriguing: not only might it help increase battery life on the Apple Watch, but it may also result in a richer and more vibrant color gamut with higher resolutions. More importantly, because Micro LED panels are thinner and lighter than OLED screens, it stands to reason that the Apple Watch 3 casing will be thinner than its current form, a welcome change for those who find the current design a bit unwieldy.

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Apple Watch 2 Release Date

We might’ve just found out when the Apple Watch 2 will launch

By on June 15, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

We might’ve just found out when the Apple Watch 2 will launch

One of the best software updates announced at WWDC 2016 earlier this week affects Apple’s Watch. watchOS 3 is a massive overhaul of the watch’s software, bringing several new features, as well as many user interface changes and performance improvements. All in all, watchOS 3 should make the current Apple Watch an even more interesting proposition to buyers looking for a smart gadget for the wrist. But if you haven’t already bought one you might want to sit tight for a bit, as the Apple Watch 2 might be on the way. More →

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WatchOS 3

With watchOS 3, the Apple Watch is finally ready to soar

By on June 13, 2016 at 6:50 PM.

With watchOS 3, the Apple Watch is finally ready to soar

The Apple Watch has something of a strange existence. Ahead of its release, the hype and anticipation surrounding Apple’s long-rumored wearable was arguably unprecedented. But in the weeks and months following its release, it became immediately clear that the Apple Watch wasn’t going to immediately become the breakout success many initially thought and hoped it would be.

That being the case, Apple still hasn’t divulged any specific sales figures for the Apple Watch, a curious move for a company that loves touting favorable stats and figures every chance it gets. While the Apple Watch is far too young to be categorized as a flop, there’s no denying that the device was hampered by some frustrating performance issues and a user interface that was uncharacteristically challenging to master.

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Blocks Modular Watch Release Date

The first Blocks modular smartwatch is available for preorder

By on June 9, 2016 at 10:15 PM.

The first Blocks modular smartwatch is available for preorder

Remember the Blocks modular smartwatch concept? Well, the good news is that the product is no longer just a concept. After an impressive $1.6 million Kickstarter campaign, the company is ready to show off the final version of the product. Even better, you can preorder a Blocks watch right now, though the device launches only later this fall.

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Apple Watch Price

Save up to $220 on 10 different Apple Watch models in this big sale

By on June 8, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

Save up to $220 on 10 different Apple Watch models in this big sale

Is Apple about to unveil a brand new Apple Watch at next week’s WWDC 2016 keynote event? No, probably not, but there’s a big sale going on ahead of the big event anyway. The Apple Watch is a bargain at its newly reduced full retail prices, but B&H is offering as much as $220 off 10 different models in a new sale that’s going on right now. And we’re not just talking about the most expensive models here, either. For example, you can get a silver Sport model with a blue band for just $249.00 or a gold Sport model with a navy band for $279.00. More →

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Fitbit Heartrate Inaccuracy

Fitbit’s inaccurate heart-rate tracking can ‘put consumers at risk’

By on May 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Fitbit’s inaccurate heart-rate tracking can ‘put consumers at risk’

Fitbit is currently embroiled in a class-action lawsuit over the accuracy of its heart-rate tracking. As part of their case, the plaintiffs commissioned a scientific study of the accuracy of the Fitbit Charge HR and Surge. Wareable spoke to the scientist who was paid to do the testing, and unsurprisingly, he has bad things to say about Fitbit’s devices.

Dr. Edward Jo, an assistant professor of Applied Physiology at California State Polytechnic University, was paid to conduct a “validation study,” seeking to prove that Fitbits mis-report heart-rate data when users are working out.

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Pebble Core Pebble 2

Pebble just re-invented the iPod Shuffle, and it runs Spotify

By on May 24, 2016 at 12:05 PM.

Pebble just re-invented the iPod Shuffle, and it runs Spotify

Back in the days before RunKeeper and GPS watches, my jogs were a beautifully simple thing: I strapped on an iPod Shuffle loaded with a strong mix of Britney and Eminem, and vanished into my own little world for an hour.

A couple years later, I transitioned to Spotify and never really looked back. But running with an armband and a 5-inch phone never felt quite the same, and clearly other people agree. That’s why I’m absurdly happy that Pebble, a small Canadian company that makes wearables, is making a Shuffle-sized device that clips on to your shorts, plays your Spotify playlists, and tracks runs.

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Best Activity Tracker 2016

The gorgeous activity tracker for people who hate activity trackers

By on May 21, 2016 at 10:26 AM.

The gorgeous activity tracker for people who hate activity trackers

There’s no question at this point that activity trackers can help you lose wait and get healthy. In fact, our own editor used one to lose 50 lbs in just three months. For some people though, the fact that activity trackers are a bit ugly is a major turnoff — isn’t there something that looks stylish and will still help you get in shape?

Check out the Withings Activité Steel – Activity and Sleep Tracking Watch – Mineral Glass and Stainless Steel, which is on sale for $170 on Amazon with free express shipping. More →

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Google Levis Wearable Jacket

Google and Levi’s will release a touch-sensitive jacket, out later this year

By on May 20, 2016 at 4:39 PM.

Google and Levi’s will release a touch-sensitive jacket, out later this year

Touch-sensitive clothing has been one of the promised inventions coming in ‘just a few years’ for a while now. But with a partnership between Google and Levi’s promising to make an actual tangible product within the year, things are getting real.

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Apple Watch Sales Profits

What people don’t get about the Apple Watch

What people don’t get about the Apple Watch

By on May 5, 2016 at 1:20 PM.

There’s no getting around it: the first-gen Apple Watch leaves a lot to be desired. Not only can Apple’s wearable be painfully slow at times, its user interface could stand to be much more intuitive. Whereas anyone could pick up a first-gen iPhone and intuitively figure out how it works, the Apple Watch requires a bit of a (frustrating) learning curve.

What’s more, even the most ardent of Apple Watch supporters would have to concede that the device is not the revolutionary game-changer many people were anticipating in the weeks and months prior to its unveiling. Additionally, Apple has been uncharacteristically quiet about cumulative iPhone sales. Taken together, all the factors above have contributed to an increasingly popular narrative that would have you believe that the Apple Watch is a complete flop and nothing more than a failure indicative of the fact that Apple’s ability to innovate likely vanished the day Steve Jobs died.

The reality, however, is much more nuanced. In short, the success of the iPhone and the iPad have saddled subsequent Apple products with wholly unrealistic expectations. A revolutionary product like the iPhone is truly a once in a lifetime device, yet that unfairly remains the barometer by which the Apple Watch is being judged.

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Review
Apple Watch Review

Apple Watch Spring Collection review

Apple Watch Spring Collection review

By on April 22, 2016 at 12:31 PM.

As most of you know, I’m a pretty big fan of the Apple Watch. Both the current iteration as well as what it means for the future of interaction and integration with technology into our lives. One of the many reasons that smartwatches have failed so far (Apple Watch not included) is that people don’t want to wear them due to the fact they are utilitarian. They aren’t objects of affection. They aren’t jewelry, a bracelet, a bangle, a mechanical watch.

The Apple Watch solves this problem with an unoffensive design, but more so because of the fact that there are thousands of different combinations when considering case material, color and bands. That doesn’t even include Apple Watch-wearers who put third-party straps on their watches. More →

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Apple Watch Sales 2016 Projection

One year after its launch, things aren’t looking up for Apple Watch

By on April 11, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

One year after its launch, things aren’t looking up for Apple Watch

It’s been nearly one year since the launch of the Apple Watch. While the device is easily the most successful smartwatch ever released, it hasn’t exactly set the world on fire the way the iPhone and iPad once did. Well connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is projecting that Apple Watch shipments are actually going to decrease by 25% this year despite the fact that Apple is planning to release a second-generation Apple Watch.

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