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.
Apple’s September 9th event is nearly here, and you know what that means: last-minute rumors galore.
The New York Times weighs in today with several new tidbits, including details about the iWatch. Not only will Apple’s wearable sport a curved sapphire glass display, but it will reportedly power up via wireless charging.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Apple could charge an upwards of $400 for its highest end iWatch, according to Recode. Apple executives have reportedly “discussed charging around $400 for the company’s new wearable device,” although there will also be different models set at lower prices.
Does that mean the top-of-the-line iWatch will actually cost $400? Not necessarily.
This week: Mark your calendars for Sept. 9th, friends, because iWatch is nigh! Plus: an insanely accurate iPhone 6 leak hits Youtube; the apps we use to send our friends and family money; why everyone’s buzzing about Hyperlapse; rumors of a 12.9-inch iPad resurface; and privileged apps that live in our menu bars.
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