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Even Apple’s rivals want the iWatch to succeed

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Samsung and LG are hoping Apple can light the way when it comes to wearables.

Apple could be less than one week away from unveiling its long-awaited iWatch, and surprisingly for an industry as competitive as tech, pretty much everyone is rooting on it to succeed.

The reason? Because once Apple cracks open a market and shows how it can be done, everyone else can dive in and make more money.

iWatch battery life might be disappointing, source claims

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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.”

iWatch gets ultra-classy in gorgeous new render

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Could this be what Apple has in mind for its long-awaited iWatch? (Picture: Fuse Chicken)

From alleged wireless charging to circuit boards the “size of a postage stamp,” there are plenty of rumors about the features Apple is supposedly cramming into its eagerly-anticipated wearables debut, the iWatch.

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.

More pictures after the jump.

Crystal Baller: Gold iPad Airs, tap-to-pay on iWatch, and 10 other wild Apple rumors

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The end of iPhone rumor season

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.

No iWatch on Sept. 9th?

The Rumor: The iWatch won't even show its face on September 9th.

The Verdict: Sorry DigiTimes, but the iWatch is definitely going to be at the event.

Banks give Apple a break

The Rumor: Banks are cutting Apple a huge deal on transaction fees to participate in its mobile payments play.

The Verdict: Sounds about right. Anytime Apple enters a new market it squeezes the competition by setting up super deals with the content creators, or in this case, the people running your payments.

iWatch with 8GB of storage

The Rumor: iWatch will get 8GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM.

The Verdict: Probably. Users won't be looking to store their entire music libraries on the iWatch, but we'll need just enough room to cram it full of apps.

iPhablet gets huge battery

The Rumor: The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will get a massive 2,915 mAh battery.

The Verdict: Yay. We've seen the battery leak out of the supply chain a few times already, and based on other rumors, it looks like Apple is reserving some of the best new features for the iPhablet.

Gold iPad Air 2 next week too?

The Rumor: Apple will reveal a gold iPad Air 2 alongside the iPhone 6.

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.

Programmable power buttons

The Rumor: The iPhone 6 will be the first iDevice to get a programmable power button.

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.

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iWatch won't be cheap

The Rumor: High-end iWatch units will cost $400.

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.

NFC-enabled tap-to-pay

The Rumor: NFC will be added to iWatch to make mobile payments a breeze

The Verdict: Looks like 2014 is the year of NFC, and as long as it means I don't have to bust out my wallet every time I want to buy a Red Bull, Apple can put a NFC chip in anything it wants.

iWatch will charge wirelessly

The Rumor: iWatch will have postage stamp sized guts and feature wireless charing.

The Verdict: No doubt. No one wants to plug in their wrist watch at the end of the day to juice it up, but you'll probably have to set it on a charging pad at night.

Launch date confirmed?

The Rumor: Dutch carrier confirms September 19th launch date for iPhone 6.

The Verdict: Mark your calendar and get ready to wait in line for hours, because the iPhone 6 will definitely be in stores on September 19th, but the 5.5-incher might be in low supply.

Reversible USB

The Rumor: Reversible USB cables won't be included with iPhone 6.

The Verdict: Most likely not. Based on leaks, it doesn't appear that Apple is producing them en masse yet. Looks like we'll have another year before Lightning cables are reversible at both ends.

U2 to rock the Flint Center

The Rumor: U2 will play at the iPhone 6 event and preload its new album on every iPhone.

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.

NFC-equipped iWatch will make mobile payments a breeze

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Apple will unveil not one, but two different iWatch sizes when it takes the stage at the Flint Center next week, and according to the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s wearable will make mobile payments as easy as a tap on the wrist.

The new device is unlikely to launch this year, but the report claims that along with tracking your health and fitness data, the iWatch will feature a battery efficient OLED display, and an NFC chip an secure enclave to store all your credit cards for mobile payments.

Pictured together at last, the iWatch and iPhone 6

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Martin Hajek’s incredible renders come in two equally impressive categories. The first are the realistic recreations of upcoming devices that that the artist put togethers based on leaked parts and schematics: for example, his incredible iPhone 6 render.

But Martin Hajek does another kind of concept as well: his purely conceptual imaginings of what still unrevealed Apple gadgets like the iWatch or the Apple HDTV.

This might be a first though. In his latest series of rendering, Hajek has paired both kinds of renders together: the iPhone 6, a design we know, with the iWatch, a design that is, to all of us, still a mystery. And if the real iWatch + iPhone 6 combo looks half as good in real life as Hajek’s, we’re in for an exciting year. More images after the jump.

Wellograph’s wellness sapphire smart watch beats iWatch to market

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Wellograph's iWatch can monitor your heartbeat. (Picture: Wellograph)

There have been numerous companies, from Samsung downwards, willing to leap onto the smart watch bandwagon to try and beat it to market. Wellograph’s new smart watch, however, perhaps comes the closest to what many users are expecting to see from Apple — with the world’s first wellness-focused smart watch sporting a sapphire crystal display.

The 1.26-inch LCD display watch is available to ship now, and comes with various smart functions, including a Tri­-LED heart­ rate sensor, which replicates the action of a doctor using their fingers to feel for a pulse and provides real-time readings of heart signals.

The real chance of seeing the iWatch on September 9, according to Gene Munster

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Gene Munster says not to expect sapphire screens except on the 64GB iPhone 6.

Piper Jaffries analyst Gene Munster: Thanks to his endless advocacy of the so-called Apple HDTV, claiming year after year that Apple’s television set is just a few months away, Munster’s a bit of a laughingstock, even amongst the shallow knowledge pool of most tech analysts.

Instead of predicting the imminent arrival of a mythical Apple device, though, in Munster’s latest note, he’s making a far more reasonable prediction: When the iPhone 6 makes its debut September 9, only the 64GB model will ship with a sapphire glass display. And he’s got a call on the iWatch as well.

iWatch won’t show its face at September 9 event, sources claim

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The iWatch may not be unveiled September 9 claim supply chain sources.
The iWatch may not be unveiled September 9 claim supply chain sources.

The world may be buzzing to get a glimpse of Apple’s eagerly-anticipated iWatch, but according to sources from the “upstream supply chain” the company is unlikely to unveil its take on the smart watch Apple’s September 9 press conference.

The report, from Digitimes, also notes that despite various iWatch components already entering production, the wearable device itself is still in what is termed the engineering verification testing (EVT) stage.