Smartwatch shipments collapse in Q3 2016

Graph - Going down

All is not well for the global smartwatch market. Year-over-year shipment figures dipped for the first time in the second quarter of the year. Things did not improve in Q3 as International Data Corporation (IDC) reported yesterday that the market experienced a “round of growing pains” with another year-over-year decline in shipment volumes. Volumes dropped 51.6% from a total of 5.6 million […]

Apple unveils Apple Watch Series 2 and Apple Watch Nike+

Apple Watch Series 2

As widely expected, Apple unveiled some new wearables alongside the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. The Apple Watch Series 2 retains the overall design of the original model while adding a number of new features including GPS and a new water-resistant shell. Apple has also updated key components, giving the Series 2 a brighter display and a new dual-core […]

Apple to announce iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 on September 7th

September 7th 2016 Apple event

Apple yesterday sent out invitations to its next press conference. It will take place on September 7th. As is so often the case, it reveals little about what will be announced, saying only “See you on the 7th.” The company is widely expected to unveil next generation iPhones, likely the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, along with one and perhaps even […]

No cellular connectivity for upcoming Apple Watch 2

Apple Watch 2 concept by Eric Huismann

Rumours earlier this year suggested that the upcoming Apple Watch 2 would come with cellular connectivity. Bloomberg today reports that Apple was indeed trying to make its next-generation smartwatch less dependent on the smartphone but “hit roadblocks in making major changes that would connect its Watch to cellular networks and make it less dependent on the iPhone.” It now looks […]

Apple to offer limited edition Olympic straps for Apple Watch

Olympics strap for Apple Watch

The Summer Olympic Games kick off on August 5th in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. There are already a number of ways to show your support for the country of your choice. Apple this week unveiled one more way to do so, limited edition Apple Watch woven-nylon straps sporting the flag colours of 14 participating countries. The countries that will have their own Apple […]

IDC: Worldwide smartwatch shipments decline for first time

Graph - Going down

While analysts continue to predict a rosy future for wearables, the road there will not be without its bumps. International Data Corporation (IDC) today reported that the worldwide smartwatch shipments recorded their first ever year-over-year decline in the second quarter of the year. Data from its latest Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker indicates that shipments dropped 32% from 5.1 million units in Q2 2015 […]

Apple offers employees rainbow Apple Watch strap for Pride weekend

Pride strap for Apple Watch

Pride celebrations took place this past Sunday in a number of U.S. cities. As in past years, a number of Apple employees, including CEO Tim Cook, took part in the San Francisco Pride parade. According to Reddit user Sakusuhon, those who had registered ahead of the event received rainbow-patterned straps for their Apple Watches. The limited-edition straps were given out as “a symbol of our commitment to […]