The Apple rumor train has been picking up speed as we get closer to the fall, and we’ve started to hear some interesting things about the Apple Watch. Specifically, there seems to be a strong indication that the next version of the Watch will have an LTE cell radio. You might be wondering why Apple would want to put a cell radio in a watch, but I think it’s an exciting possibility. Let’s take a look at what this feature means and how Apple could use it to make the next version of the Watch better.
One of the constants of tech news is that there will be iPhone rumors, and this year has been no exception. 2017’s iPhone may actually be one of the most anticipated yet, with it being the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone’s release. What’s been interesting about it this time around is that while there have been plenty of rumors floating around, there hasn’t been much evidence to support any of the claims. For the most part, we have no idea what to expect from Apple this fall.
However, this week we’re starting to see some evidence that lends credence to a few of the rumors, and it came from an unlikely source: firmware for the Apple HomePod.
At the WWDC conference last week, Apple announced its long-awaited entry into the home voice assistant market: the Apple HomePod. In traditional Apple fashion, it’s beautiful and expensive. But unfortunately, it’s not going to be available until December. So the question is: should you hold out until the HomePod is released, or go with another option now, such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home?
With the success of the iPhone and iPad, it’s easy to see Apple as a mobile device company and forget that they make other products too. At times, it has felt like Apple has forgotten that too. But at this year’s WWDC conference, Apple did announce quite a few new things outside of its mobile lineup that I’m excited about. This post will cover some of those highlights, while our other WWDC post will focus on the mobile side of things.
Apple’s WWDC developer conference kicked off this week, and as usual Apple held a keynote on Monday to announce updates in its hardware and software offerings. This was an unusually long keynote and Apple didn’t leave very many of its products untouched, so there is a lot that I could potentially talk about. In the interest of keeping our articles to a reasonable length, this post is going to focus on mobile-related announcements. For all of the other WWDC announcements, check out our other post here.
Recently, Google held its yearly developer conference, Google I/O. Google is involved in a dizzying number of different projects and initiatives, but one of the stars of the show this year was the Google Assistant. Since Google Assistant is the voice assistant used on Android phones as well as in the Google Home, Google’s keynote presentation included some announcements that will be exciting to Android and Google Home fans. Let’s take a look at some of what Google announced. Some of this is available now and some will be available in the next few months, but there is some exciting stuff here.
Apple doesn’t always hold a Spring event, but the Internet is a buzz that one is expected this year around the beginning of April. All the children dream of new iMacs and Mac Pros, but we all know what this event is actually about. iPads.
The Internet has been buzzing recently about a rumor published by the Wall Street Journal that the next version of the iPhone will have a USB-C port. Rumors about future iPhones are a dime a dozen, but the WSJ is a credible enough source that people are taking a serious look at whether this is something Apple might actually do. Is it actually plausible that Apple might ditch the Lightning connector for USB-C?
If you’re interested in picking up a pair of AirPods, you might be surprised to discover that your local store doesn’t have any in stock. Even Apple’s own online store currently has a shipping estimate of 4 weeks for the wireless earbuds. This is the type of delay you expect for a few weeks after a new product is released, but the AirPods were released 247 days ago and they’re still not readily available. What’s the deal?
I’ve had an original Apple Watch since it came out in April 2015. Surprisingly, I still get comments and questions about it, and I’ve decided to write down some of the thoughts I’ve shared with various people over the year and a half I’ve owned the watch. Most reviews of tech products are based on a surprisingly limited amount of usage, because everyone wants to see a review as soon as the newest products come out.
However, a lot of gadgets make an especially good (or bad) first impression that doesn’t end up holding true over months or years of use. I’m going to review the Apple Watch from the perspective of having owned one for quite a while, and point out a few places where I think there is potential for growth and change in the wearable market.