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Apple Watch orders reportedly top 5 million for first retail push

Apple Watch orders reportedly top 5 million for first retail push

According to the familiar unnamed sourced, Apple has reportedly asked suppliers to provide between 5-6 million Apple Watches for their initial push to retail. The sheer volume of the order suggests Apple is preparing for massive onslaught at retail stores, which will likely bring lines much like we see with iPhone releases. Apple is also keeping themselves grounded, and have reportedly asked for half of those orders to be the entry-level Apple Watch Sport, with much of the rest going toward the Apple Watch.

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Neptune Duo: an even stranger wearable

Neptune Duo: an even stranger wearable

The first wearable device by Neptune was a phone for your wrist. The second wearable from Neptune, called Neptune Duo, will be a phone for your wrist AND a device - like a smartphone - that uses your smartwatch as a base. So it's as if the team at Neptune decided that it didn't make enough sense for the smartphone to be the key device - like it is now - and decided to switch places with the smartwatch. How strange, you might say - how weird it is that they'd do such a thing!

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Apple Watch isn’t a wearable doctor, so what will it be?

Apple Watch isn’t a wearable doctor, so what will it be?

We may have already seen Apple Watch, but in actual fact we've hardly seen it at all: just what will we get from having the iOS wearable on our wrists? While Apple demonstrated early prototypes of the wearable back in September 2014, complete with nowhere-near-final software, the actual direction the Apple Watch has taken is, developers and project insiders say, quite different to the original intentions. In fact, while app makers aren't short of praise already, that's not to say Apple itself has made quite the timepiece it initially set out to.

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Apple Watch seen to be a marketing challenge for Apple

Apple Watch seen to be a marketing challenge for Apple

In about two months, we will finally be seeing the Apple Watch in the retail market. And while there is little doubt that it will sell well like any product Apple puts out, there seems to be some reservations about whether Apple will be able to answer the greatest question of them all. What is the Apple Watch, and smartwatches in general, for? Cupertino's spin on that is likely to set the tone for the smartwatch and perhaps all smartwatches in general, and some are saying that the company might already be at a loss for words.

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I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

I want a computer on my wrist, not a buzzer

This week it's become clear to me what Android Wear is doing wrong. It's not that the software isn't smooth. It's not that the software doesn't make sense. It's that Android Wear doesn't make good on the promise of a fully functional piece of smart equipment on my wrist. While a device like the LG G Watch R may be one of the finest smartwatches on the market today, it's still just a buzzer. Its main function is still secondary to the smartphone. UPDATE: March 9th, 2015 Apple Watch comments below.

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LG Watch Urbane brings metal luxury to Android Wear

LG Watch Urbane brings metal luxury to Android Wear

Third time's a charm, they say. First there was the G Watch, which was an Android Wear pioneer that was both smart yet plain looking. This was followed by the G Watch R, which tried to add a bit of sophistication with its round face but failed with its bulk. Now LG is trying again with a slightly different name and a slightly different aesthetic but with the same circular body. The LG Watch Urbane is designed to appeal to fashion, both male and female, and it's coming in time for MWC 2015.

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Apple Watch may have already beaten Android Wear

Apple Watch may have already beaten Android Wear

Canalys says about 720,000 Android Wear devices have been shipped. Of those watches, the Moto 360 is ‘the clear leader’ in the clubhouse, with the G Watch R from LG also making an impact versus its squared sister device. Their findings are interesting, but the caveat is ‘shipped’ versus ‘sold’. We know the two don’t directly correlate (we saw that with Samsung tablets). Now I'm starting to wonder if the Apple Watch has already beaten Android Wear, without ever having seen the inside of an Apple Store.

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We may have already seen HTC’s rumored new wearable

We may have already seen HTC’s rumored new wearable

A while back, we got a solid look at HTC’s proposed wearable via a video. Sadly, HTC said it was just a concept device some in-house designer was working on, and we should all just forget about it and move on. We didn’t really buy it at the time, and now we’ve got even better reason not to believe HTC (aside form late software updates). A new round of leaked info gives more details on just what HTC might bring to the wearable table, and it smacks of that watch ‘concept’ we saw last Summer.

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Android Wear may run out of time as Apple Watch nears

Android Wear may run out of time as Apple Watch nears

Android Wear may have beaten Apple Watch to market, but demand for smartwatches running Google's OS hasn't been as rampant as some predicted, new research released today suggests. Over 720,000 Android Wear watches shipped in 2014, Canalys suggests, and while some like Motorola's Moto 360 can't be produced fast enough to meet demand, the overall diagnosis is that the smartwatch market is still up for grabs. While the research firm appears confident that Google will continue to improve Android Wear, the lingering question is whether those enhancements can come quickly enough.

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Swatch smartwatch in 2-3 months with big battery boast

Swatch smartwatch in 2-3 months with big battery boast

Swatch plans to launch a smartwatch in the next three months, focusing on battery life and mobile payments as the company readies its retort to wrist-worn rivals like Apple Watch. The watch firm, known for its affordable, plastic, and fashionable models, will release a smartwatch that is connected "without having to be charged," according to CEO Nick Hayek, and is intended to work with Android and Windows, though there's no mention of Apple's iOS. The company - part of the Swatch Group which also owns high-end brands like Glashütte, Omega, and Rado - has been cautious on smart wearables in the past, though has quietly been building up its tech portfolio to suit the segment.

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