Apple's smartwatch is going to be sensor-stuffed and come in multiple sizes, according to a new batch of rumors, with the Cupertino firm tipped to take a broader strategy toward wearables than previously expected. The "iWatch" will pack more than ten sensors as Apple attempts to differentiate what its wearable can do versus those of other manufacturers, including Android Wear smartwatches as Google is expected to fully detail later this month at Google I/O.
The USPTO has just published three new patents filed by Apple way back in 2012 detailing smart, adaptive, and sensor-based features. While some of these can almost fit any type of smart device, even an iPhone itself, they do make more sense when put inside the context of a wearable apparatus, perhaps the fabled iWatch.
Apple CEO Tim Cook may be building a smartwatch but he's taken a hands-off approach to the rumored wrist-worn wearable, it's suggested, at odds to the notoriously micro-managing Steve Jobs. Development of the so-called "iWatch" has seen Cook delegate the details of its creation to his executive team, according to new leaks, including design chief Jony Ive, while the CEO takes a more over-arching view of Apple's wearables strategy.
Apple aims to launch its first wearable device at an event in October, insiders claim, with a standalone launch for the new hardware range. Form-factor for the new device is unclear at this stage, though long-standing rumors point to an "iWatch" smartwatch with a health focus that would link into Apple's new HealthKit platform.
Apple acquiring Beats is not about design. Apple did not acquire Beats for their design prowess, as the Beats group does not design the physical elements of their own products - Ammunition Group* does. Instead, Apple will have acquired Beats for its inroads to music, one way or the other. It is possible, if this deal is done, that Apple will have made a bad decision.
Qualcomm's Toq smartwatch is a work-in-progress, but while the chip company waits for its reference design to be picked up, it's enhancing the experience with a Nuance-powered voice-to-text system. Toq Talk uses Nuance's speech recognition engine to allow dictated replies to messages straight from your wrist; we've been testing it out, so read on for some first-impressions.
Apple has reportedly added a wearable health expert to its ranks, with an MIT researcher with a history of ear-worn "vital signs monitor" tech said to be joining the company as it makes a push into mHealth. Long-standing rumors have suggested Apple will stage a significant play for the health wearable market with the release of iOS 8, and in fact only this week was tipped to be developing a new set of EarPods headphones that would be able to track pulse.
Smartwatches will be everywhere this year. With Google announcing Android Wear and companies already showing off devices at CES and Mobile World Congress, it won’t be long before a slew of smartwatches are sitting on store shelves.
Of course, smartwatches are already available. In fact, several companies, from Samsung to Pebble, have offered their interpretation of wrist-worn wearables. The trouble for those firms, however, is that so far, those products haven’t taken off. And it’s unclear whether even Android Wear could go a long way in pushing smartwatches onto more wrists.
Every year, Fortune compiles a "World's Most Admired Companies" list, the latest of which was just published. Those who have monitored the list for the last several years won't be surprised at what they see: Apple has again taken the top slot, something it has pulled off for seven consecutive years.