Nike To Help Apple Develop iWatch After Ditching The FuelBand?

Is Nike going to be teaming with Apple for the iWatch?

Ever since Nike announced the surprising news that it was scrapping its rival fitness-tracking FuelBand line of wearables — including a new, slimmer device planned for this fall — the rumor mill has been buzzing with suggestions that Nike is now positioned perfectly to partner Apple for its long-awaited iWatch.

Nike’s move away from wearables also comes as Apple’s long-rumored iWatch is expected to come to fruition. Apple CEO Tim Cook is an avid wearer of the FuelBand and has sat on the Nike board for the last nine years, which has helped the two brands foster a strong relationship.

Finally, consider also this statement given to The Next Web on the back of the FuelBand firings, in which Nike noted the two company’s shared history:

Partnering with industry-leading tech companies is nothing new for [us]. We have been working with Apple to develop products since 2006, when we introduced Nike+ Running, and Nike has since created iOS Apps including Nike+ Training Club, Nike+ FuelBand and Nike+ Move.

Building on these successful products and services, Nike and Apple continue to partner on emerging technologies to create better solutions for all athletes.

Apple is expected to announce the iWatch later this year along with iPhone 6 and the Healthbook app.

Apple iWatch to be released in September

DigiTimes have reported that three suppliers have delivered parts for the iWatch to Apple. This comes just after a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News which indicated that the iWatch would launch in the third quarter of this year.

A September release of the iWatch would mean the iWatch would be released alongside the iPhone 6 and iOS 8.

iPod Nano Watchi
iPod Nano Watchi

The iWatch is expected to feature biometric sensors to track a number of health-related statistics, including UV light exposure, heart rate, and skin temperature. Apple is also said to be releasing a “Healthbook” app with iOS 8 that will work with the iPhone and iWatch to track other health statistics like weight, heart, rate, and calories.

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WWDC to be held from the 2 – 6 June

Apple has announced that WWDC will be held from the 2 – 6 June 2014 at Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. Every year Apple hosts WWDC for it’s developers to assist with developer programs, including the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or Mac Developer Program.

During WWDC Apple announces updates to iOS and OS X software with some minor product launches. It however has made some major product launches including some iPhone models.

During WWDC this year Apple is expected to announce iOS 8, an Apple TV and the iWatch.

iWatch to be released in 2014

It has become clear that Apple will not release the iWatch in 2013 but most likely towards the end of 2014. The new report comes after DisplaySearch reported that Apple will release a 1.3 inch and 1.6 inch AMOLED displays.

 

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Apple begins Trademarking iWatch

iWatch

Apple have begun filling trademarks for iWatch around the world. So far the records show that Apple has filling in Russia, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Turkey, Colombia, Chile India and Jamaica.

Apple reportedly has over 100 staff working on the iWatch project. Rumours have been steadily increasing over the last year with predictions of a launch in 2013. However, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record of predictions, has instead targeted a late 2014 release date for the iWatch. 

In the passed Apple has tried to hide it’s trademarks through shell companies but this time seem to be doing things differently. Could Apple be trying to generate news and rumours to create hype around a future product? 

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Is iOS 7 iWatch ready?

During WWDC Apple get a preview of iOS 7 and made it available to developers. Apple however didn’t expose to much of what was available to developers in iOS 7 during the keynote.

Something that came up during WWDC is that Apple has opened up Bluetooth LE support. This allows bluetooth devices to receive Notifications which was previously not supported. This means that smart watch’s like the Pebble can now get real time notification from iOS 7.

Does this mean Apple is creating the iWatch? News suggests that Apple already has a 100 person team working on a smart watch and this feature was most likely influenced by that team. The big question is when will Apple release the iWatch? Most rumours suggest 2014 but with this recent discovery could Apple be planning a release in September when they release the iPhone 5s / 6? 

Martin Hajek put together some designs of a possible iWatch.

iWatch, Smartwatch

iWatch, Smartwatch

iWatch, Smartwatch

iWatch, Smartwatch

iWatch, Smartwatch

iWatch, Smartwatch

Apple Testing 1.5-Inch OLED Displays for iWatch

Apple iWatch

Japanese blog Macotakara reports that Apple has begun sampling 1.5 inch OLED displays. The report suggest that Apple had originally hoped to use a 1.8 inch display for the iWatch.

In a second report which give an overview of the smart watch industry, with “market rumours” indicating that Foxconn has already received orders for Apple’s smart watch. But with order volumes said to be around 1,000 units, the production run would clearly be a small-scale trial.
 

Rumours of an Apple iWatch were wide spread at the beginning of this year suggesting that Apple would release the iWatch this year. However information has been very quiet  for the last few month.

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iWatch?

We found these images, which we had never seen before, doing the rounds on Twitter. We have confirmed that they are not real and are just mock ups.

Having said that, they did catch our attention as the design is very similar to the iPhone 5 and of all the mock ups we have see we think this is the one that is most likely to have come out of Apple. The strap is the part that gave it away. We think Apple will do something special with the strap that fits the design of the iWatch.

Rumours about the Apple iWatch have increased over the years but in 2013 it seems that most people expect Apple to actually release the iWatch.

For the first time in over 10 years Apple has not hosted a Media event in the first 5 months of the year. This may be due to the update of almost every product during September and October 2012. During WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) Apple will give a preview of iOS 7. So far rumours suggest that Apple will not release any hardware during WWDC. 

The chart below shows the interest over time for the iWatch. 

#iWatch at WWDC?

JayJayAbels posted something very interesting online this weekend which we though we would share. Generally Apple Media invites have hidden clues to what products will be released but it seems like WWDC invites don’t give as much of a clue.

Below is the invite that was sent to the media to invite them to the launch of the iPhone 5. This has been the most obvious clue Apple have ever given in an invite. 

Apple iPhone 5 Media Event

WWDC 2013 iWatch

JayJayAbels claims that the invite to WWDC has cryptic clue in them. Here is his view:

It’s 100%… without a doubt… referencing an iWatch.

How anyone else sees something different is beyond me.

People in this thread are missing a fundamental point. Why didn’t they just use “WWDC 2013”?

WHY did they choose Roman numerals specifically?

It’s easy. A quick look over at Wikipedia will show you just how important Roman numerals have been to clocks all throughout history.

They could’ve just used 2013. They didn’t. That was done purposely and I came into this thread excited at how everyone would finally realize it was all about an iWatch. Instead there’s like 4 people in this entire thread who saw what I did.

As far as the multiple colors go… I think it’s also a nod to a variety of iWatch colors.

The different shape? A possible face for the iWatch. Clean and colorful.

The only thing I’m not sure of is WHY the colors are transparent. Maybe that was the only way they could show off the palette in a simple fashion?

Or maybe the face on the iWatch will have the ability to change colors?

WWDC 2012 Media Invite

Last year I was almost screaming the same exact sentiment. The 2012 WWDC logo absolutely referenced the Retina display. All of those colorful “squares” were popping off the logo in an attempt to convey the importance of pixels.

Make NO doubt about it… this is the year of the iWatch. And it will be announced at WWDC “MMXIII”.

This is the new iPhone. Believe the hype.

News and rumours are very slow at the moment but as we get closer to WWDC we will get a better idea of what Apple will do. 

iWatch?

Apple iWatch

MacGeneration, a French site, report that former Adobe executive Kevin Lynch, who
joined Apple as a vice president of Technologies last month, is working with a group of iPod engineers on a secret product. MacGeneration suspects it is the iWatch.

The team consists of people who have worked on previous iPod’s and who’s names appear on numerous patents related to Apple’s music player and touch screens

Apple’s iWatch project is said to be well under way with over 100 engineers working on the project. 

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