Today Apple unveils the iPhone 6 and mythical iWatch, and Cult of Mac is on the ground in Cupertino, enthusiastically reporting all the action from The Flint Center. Leander will be at the event, elbowing his way to the front of the line for the keynote and hands-on sessions.
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A former Apple senior mechanical engineer has confirmed to Cult of Mac that, judging by pictures, the iWatch most likely comes with wireless charging.
Earlier today a Reddit user posted schematics supposedly showing various components of the iWatch. One of these refers to BCM coils, meaning Battery Charging Module or Battery Control Module. These components are routinely found in electric cars featuring wireless charging.
“If it has wireless charging then it needs an internal coil and the screen shots look to have a coil,” says Abraham Farag, Apple’s former Senior Mechanical Engineer of Product Design and owner of product development consultancy Sparkfactor Design.
While the Reddit post alluded to wireless charging by noting the lack of ports on the iWatch, it did not explicitly state this to be the case.
Is this the iWatch chassis? The round hole is reportedly for the sensor plate, which will be in contact with the skin. The chunk missing on the side is where the watch’s crown will go. (Picture: Reddit)
There’s just one day to go until Apple reportedly unveils its long-awaited iWatch and — as if anticipation couldn’t be any higher — a Reddit user just posted what he claims to be half a dozen technical images of Apple’s wearables device.
The user claims that the device will feature a microphone, speaker, and Siri virtual assistant. It is also reported that there will be a flexible multi-touch screen, that it will be waterproof to a depth of 20 meters, and that Apple will announce the availability of 4 colors and 2 different sizes.
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“I’m pretty sure there’s more to Apple’s strategy than creating a smart watch that’s really, really, ridiculously good looking.” (Picture: Zoolander)
As much as Apple wants the tech press on its side, tech writers aren’t the only journalists being invited to Cupertino’s September 9 event, where it’s heavily rumored the iWatch will be unveiled for the world to see.
Lending even more credence to the idea that Apple is set to announce its entry into the world of wearables, the company has reportedly been inviting unprecedented numbers of fashion editors and bloggers to the event.
“I assume it’s because they are unveiling a wearable,” Lea Goldman, features and special projects director for Marie Claire magazine told Reuters. “This suggests Apple is serious about tapping into the fashion world, which often sits on the sidelines.”
Details of the iWatch’s features have been trickling out the rumor mill in the lead up to next week’s event shedding light on the new fitness, homekit, and payments features Apple’s first wearable will include, but according to a report from The Information, all those special features are going to take a big toll on the iWatch’s battery.
After speaking with sources inside Apple, Jessica Lessin writes that iWatch battery life might be “disappointing.”
Unlike the iPhone 6, however, which has seen enough leaked parts that you could practically build your own working model, the lack of clues regarding the actual design of the iWatch has left everyone none the wiser.
That’s why talented graphic designers are stepping into the breach, to show us what they at least hope Apple has up its sleeves.
One such designer is Fuse Chicken‘s Jon Fawcett, whose concepts blur Pebble-style notifications and health tracking with a classic rounded watch face.
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
iPhone and iWatch rumor season is nearly at an end, and with Apple's big event just a week away, everyone from analysts to bloggers are trying to get in their last minute predictions.
Will we really see a gold iPad Air 2 on September 9th? Does the iPhone 6 have a programmable home button? Is that mysterious white building next to the Flint Center really for a U2 concert? Step up to our crystal ball to see which of this week's rumors are bangers, and which are bound to be duds.
The Verdict: No way. Gold iPads are probably in the cards, but Apple always waits until October to reveal its new tablets, and next week's event is going to be jam packed as is with iOS 8, iPhone 6, mobile payments, and the iWatch. Save some more goodies for later Apple.
The Verdict: Too early to tell. Ming-Chi Kuo dropped a fat stack of new Apple rumors this week that are either next-level Apple scoops that no one saw coming, or a sign that "the world's top Apple analyst" is slipping.
The Verdict: That's it? After hearing about a possible $1000 price point last year, $400 sounds like a steal. As long as the iWatch is more than just a smaller screen for your iPhone attached to your wrist, Swiss watch makers might be screwed.
The Verdict: Sounds too bad to be true. A U2 appearance isn't going to elevate the iPhone/iWatch event to the next level, and you'd have to think Tim Cook would hire someone a lot cooler than U2 (I heard Kanye's got a secret new album he's ready to release).
Representatives for U2 have already squashed the rumor, but some of U2's worst fans are still holding onto hope.