Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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It seems for years now, we've been hearing rumors about some type of Internet connected watch coming down the pipe from Apple.  Well today, Apple entered the market that people are now calling wearable technology with an announcement at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California.  At the event, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the Apple Watch and revealed the new gizmo will be available early in 2015 for a price tag of $349.  The delivery date is a bit confusing to me.  Usually tech companies announce new device at this time of year to catch the holiday buzz and get them on people's wish lists.  Making the watch available in 2015 sort of defeats that purpose.
 
This type of device has been brewing for a while now.  Some of you have been using wearable fitness devices to track your workouts, sleep patterns, etc for a while now.  However, Apple was quick to let consumers know that this watch is not something that will replace your existing devcies.  Instead, the Apple Watch is a gadget designed to work with your iPhone.  It will also *only* work with the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus.  Users of older iPhones will need to purchase a new phone to get integration with the Apple Watch.
 
The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are phones that appear to be designed to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S5.  The iPhone 6 sports a 4.7" screen while the iPhone 6 Plus sports a 5.5" screen.  Compare that with the Samsung Galaxy S5 that has a 5.1" screen.
 
The New York Times has a *great* article that goes over the entire announced changes.  You can read all the details here.  Way to go NYT!!!   
 
 
 

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