Apple Watch’s Wristful of Sensors and MEMS – IEEE Spectrum

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A Watch Guy’s Thoughts On The Apple Watch After Seeing It In The Metal (Tons Of Live Photos)

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Poor old Samsung: APPLE WATCH will EAT the SMARTWATCH MARKET – analyst
    But after Applelocalypse other wrist ‘puters will get look-in

    Apple is set to be the biggest player in the smartwatch world, the analysis firm Canalys has predicted. But its reign may only be temporary, as competitors will inevitably storm the fruity barricades armed with cheaper wrist ‘puters in a bid to steal away the unfaithful.

    Canalys predicted that “wearable band” shipments will grow 129 per cent between now and 2015, reaching a total of 43.2 million a year.

    Of course, Apple is likely to still be sitting pretty on its iPerch by then, dominating this new market.

    “By creating a new user interface tailored to its tiny display, Apple has produced a smartwatch that mass-market consumers will actually want to wear,”

    However, Canalys warned the acolytes of Apple that their favourite smartband brand might see its market share drop whenever the rest of the industry gets itself together.

    It warned that “low-cost Chinese vendors” are already trying to tempt cash-strapped folk with lesser smartwatches. Xiaomi, for instance, has released a band called Mi which costs under 20 quid. However, this is what Canalys deem a “basic band”, which does not run third party apps, as opposed to an Apple style “smartband”, which is likely to run all manner of apps.

    Google’s Android may also power competitors to the iWatch, although this platform needs to be “greatly improved” if it is to match Apple’s offering.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Apple Could Get A Cut Of Every Transaction When People Use The New iPhone Payments System

    During its mega-presentation Tuesday, Apple announced a new mobile payments system called Apple Pay. which will let owners of the new iPhone or Apple Watch ditch physical credit cards and instead pay for things with a simple tap of their device.

    Although Apple made it clear that it won’t charge users, merchants, or developers to use this new service, sources with knowledge of the arrangement told Bloomberg’s Elizabeth Dexheimer that Apple will charge banks a fee.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Correction: Switzerland Now Has An Incredible Competitor

    So here we are, in the hours after the official launch of the Apple Watch, and we need to address just what the watch means for Switzerland.

    When I first saw the watch I literally thought that Jony Ive was right in regards to how – ahem – ruined the Swiss watch industry was.

    In short, the Apple Watch replaces the regular watch. This doesn’t mean it will actively replace the TAG Hauers and Rolexen out there. Instead, it will fill the blank space that is currently on most of our wrists. This space has, of late, been home to Fitbits and Pebbles and the like but, for most people, a watch hasn’t been a must-have accessory. And now it is.

    Apple made watches cool again and new buyers of watches who may or may not have worn watches in the past will be its biggest customers. It will sell millions. That’s why Switzerland should be scared. Because they will now have to compete with Apple and they can’t. So they will have to improve their own wares and make mechanicals and quartz watches much more compelling. I won’t wear an Apple Watch 24/7. I still prefer my Omega Seamaster and my Bell&Ross. But I will wear the Apple Watch when I’m traveling or need to be aware of incoming messages.

    Finally, Apple has obsoleted almost all Android Wear devices without even firing a shot


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