Like it or not, Apple is often seen as the benchmark in every product line. The iPhone revolutionised how touch screen smart phones work while the iPad turned out to be the fastest selling consumer product in history.
The truth is Apple never created anything new. They were not the first to create a smart phone, a tablet or even a music player. But somehow they managed to take an existing product and turned it into something new, prompting you to ask yourself “why didn’t anyone think of that?”
As wearables are seen as the next hot category, Apple has finally jumped onto the bandwagon with the Apple Watch. Its competitors especially from the Pebble and Android Wear camp had an early start and this should give Apple some insights on what to do, and what not to do.
Can Apple emulate the same success with the Smart Watch? Or is it all just for looks? Find out in our review.
The Apple Watch has been released only a couple of months back and already Apple is planning some improvements on the supposed second gen Watch.
Of the new features the device reportedly will have is a FaceTime camera for video calls. The decision to include the camera isn’t yet set in stone so it might not even make it to the final product. Also the next Apple Watch is rumoured to be adopting Wi-Fi compatibility to make the watch less dependent on your phone and capable of more on its own.
Apple had unveiled its new iOS 9 at WWDC15, marking the 9th generation of its mobile platform. While on the surface it doesn’t look radically different since iOS 7, the new version brings a couple of major refinements for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch which are big on productivity and intelligence.
In a nutshell, iOS 9 is supposed to work harder for you, to give you what you want based on your past and current behaviour. For those using the iPad for work, iOS 9 offers better multi-tasking features which has been present on other tablets in the market. It is safe to say that Apple has gotten some inspiration from its rivals.
Head after the break for our list of 9 things to look forward to in the upcoming iOS upgrade that’s due end of this year.
The Apple Watch which went on sale in a handful of countries will be making its way to more markets on 26th June. The Apple Watch will be sold in our neighbour Singapore, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan, bringing up to a total of 16 countries for its official availability.
Initially sold exclusively online, Apple is finally opening up its sales to on-ground Apple Retail stores and resellers. According to the source, the in-store sales would begin around 18th June with selected models available. The Apple Watch is priced from US$349 (about RM1,300) for the smaller 38mm Apple Watch Sport and it can go all the way up to RM67,000 mark for its top end Apple Watch Edition in 18 Carat Gold.
Currently there’s a bug with iOS Messages where a single message is able to crash the iPhone, iPad and even the Apple Watch. This is due to its difficulty to render specific unicodes which results a crash or a reboot.
Apple has acknowledged the issue and they are working on a new software update. In the time being if you’ve received such message and couldn’t open Message properly, Apple wants you to ask Siri for help.
Apparently there’s a little iOS bug that could cause any iPhone, iPad and even the Apple Watch to crash or reboot. The cause? A specific line of unicode that looks like random mix of arabic and other characters. This is due to iOS difficulty of rendering them on the notification screen and pranksters are using this to annoy iOS users until an official fix is released.
Microsoft‘s Cortana is jumping off the Microsoft exclusive wagon and is heading straight to iOS and Android. This was just revealed in a video as explained by Redmond’s Joe Belfiore and Cortana will be presented as a “phone companion app” to be some serious competition for Apple’s Siri and Google Now.
The Apple Watch is widely seen as a game changer for wearable device this year. Like the iPhone, it isn’t the first smart watch, but Apple is expected to bring something new to the table which hopefully sets a new standard on how a smart watch should be.
While availability of the Apple Watch is limited only to a handful of countries, we managed to get one from Sydney, Australia just to find out if it is any good. To recap, there are 3 versions available – The Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition. For the sake of trying it out, we got the cheapest of the lot, which is the Apple Watch Sport which costs us about RM1,600 (A$579) for the 42mm version.
If you’re wondering how is Apple packaging their wearable device, check out our unboxing after the break.
The Apple Watch as a whole is a refreshing take on the smart watch but it’s nowhere near perfect as it’s still lacking features in certain areas. Similar to the iOS, the Watch OS is still quite basic for it’s first iteration. For example when the iPhone was initially launched it couldn’t even copy and paste which was a point of mockery for the device’s rivals, plus it didn’t even have an AppStore till iOS 2.0 was released.
But this is set to change as a new software update will be teaching the Watch a bunch of new tricks, like Sleep Tracking and Find my Watch. While the security is already pretty decent, it’s getting further bumped up with the Find my Watch feature and possibly a proximity alert for your iPhone should the Watch get out of range.
Apple has been more than ambitious with their Apple Watch, with them crossing into essentially unknown territory in the way of wearable tech.
While we have seen plenty about the watch already, there hasn’t been much details about the screen besides that it’s using a ‘Flexible Retina Display’ . The team behind DisplayMate decided to put the watch’s screen to the test and they’ve found that the Apple Watch Sport actually has a better display than that of the Apple Watch Edition.
Granted the Apple Watch and the Edition are harder to scratch than the Sport due to their sapphire crystal displays which a tougher than normal glass.Unfortunately they reflect about twice as much light as well. Based on their tests, the Apple Watch with sapphire crystal has a reflectance of 8.2 percent which is almost double of that of Ion-X glass. Compared to an iPhone 6 which has a reflectance of 4.6 percent, an Apple Watch essentially reflects 178 perfect of the light reflected by the iPhone 6.
DisplayMate hasn’t tested an Apple Watch Sport that has Ion-X glass but they feel that they would have similar results to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Using sapphire could end up being an issue for smartwatches because the reflected light could impact the display visibility to the point the screen’s own brightness would be compromised and ultimately become difficult to see clearly.
Check out our own impressions about the Apple Watch here.