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Apple Watch Battery Life: 18 Hours Mixed Usage, Up to 72 Hours on Power Reserve

Apple Watch Battery Life: 18 Hours Mixed Usage, Up to 72 Hours on Power Reserve | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Apple has outlined specific information about Apple Watch battery life on its website, claiming that the wrist-worn device gets all-day battery life of 18 hours on a single charge based on mixed usage, and up to 72 hours in Power Reserve mode. The battery testing was conducted in March using a preproduction Apple Watch paired with an iPhone running preproduction software.

Apple claims that the Apple Watch has battery life of up to 3 hours for talk time, 6.5 hours for audio playback over Bluetooth, up to 7 hours during a workout session with the heart rate sensor on and up to 48 hours for timekeeping. Apple Watch charging times are listed as about 1.5 hours from 0% to 80% and 2.5 hours from 0% to 100% using the included MagSafe inductive charger.

Apple's claim of all-day battery life is based on using the Apple Watch for 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music playback via Bluetooth over the course of 18 hours. Apple used a 38mm Apple Watch for testing and claims that the 42mm will generally experience longer battery life. Additional magnetic chargers are available on Apple's bands and accessories page, costing $29 for a 1-meter cable and $39 for a 2-meter cable.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals more details about what you can do with the Apple Watch

Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals more details about what you can do with the Apple Watch | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Just a few days before Apple is expected to reveal more information about the Apple Watch, CEO Tim Cook is providing some clues as to how its apps will work.

Cook reportedly shared this information with Apple Store employees at a flagship store in Berlin during a briefing, according to 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman.

Based on Gurman's report, here's a rundown of what Cook said:

  • You'll be able to check in at hotels and open your room with the watch. Starwood Hotels already announced in September that it would be working with Apple.
  • You can order food at chains like Panera Bread from your wrist. Cook specifically mentioned that Panera Bread is currently working on a WatchKit app, according to Gurman. 
  • Salesforce is also reportedly developing an enterprise app for the watch, but the report didn't mention any more details.
  • Third-party fitness apps will be compatible with the Apple Watch, which isn't too surprising given Apple's focus on health and fitness. No specific apps were mentioned, however. 
  • Finally, Gurman mentions that Apple has invited more than 100 app developers to Cupertino to design and test apps for the Apple Watch. This means Apple's event on March 9 could focus on apps and how they'll work on the wrist.


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The Apple Watch is the only smartwatch people will care about

The Apple Watch is the only smartwatch people will care about | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Even though smartwatches aren't really popular yet, Apple CEO Tim Cook is confident in the Apple Watch.

When asked about the device at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference on Tuesday, he implied that the Apple Watch will be the first smartwatch consumers really care about.

He likened the Apple Watch to the iPod and iPad, saying that although tablets and MP3 players existed beforehand, many of them weren't very easy to use.

Here's what he said at the conference, according to a transcript from iMore:

If you think about the, for those of you can remember, the MP3 industry, before the iPod — we weren't the first company to make an MP3; there were lots of companies in the... you may not be able to remember that, but there were lots of them out there. They weren't used very much. They were fundamentally too hard to use, and the user interface was really bad. You almost needed a PhD to use these. They weren't, they're not memorable. They didn't really move the dial.

And the tablet business was kind of like this, too. There were lots of tablets shipping when the iPad came out. But there was nothing earth-shattering. There were very niche-y kind of applications; you probably weren't using one like you're using now.

And so I see the smart watch category very much like that. There are several things that are called "smart watches" that are shipping, but I'm not sure you could name any. Maybe you could. I'm not sure the audience could name very many. But certainly there's been none that have changed the way people live their lives.

This is somewhat true — there are plenty of smartwatches out there that are clunky and big, or that do too many things and aren't very simple. It's unclear, however, whether or not the Apple Watch will be one of the first devices to change that.

We expect to learn more about what the Apple Watch can do in April when it ships. 


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Apple's next iPhone update may come next month, and it'll include Apple Watch support

Apple's next iPhone update may come next month, and it'll include Apple Watch support | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Apple is planning to release a new software update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPad Touch in March, so those products can support the Apple Watch, according to BGR.

The update will bring some general fixes, but the update will largely focus on making sure Apple's devices are compatible with its watch.

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac previously reported that companion app for the Apple Watch would require iOS 8.2, so it's not too surprising to hear that the update will focus on Apple Watch compatibility.

Apple has also released a new beta version of iOS 8.2, providing more evidence that the company is in fact readying its next big iPhone update. Other than adding Apple Watch compatibility, the update is said to fix a bug that prevented Facebook from working properly on some iOS devices.

The update is said to roll out in the second week of March, but there's no solid release date just yet. The Apple Watch, meanwhile, is set to ship in April, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced during the company's earnings call last week. 


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Google Reportedly Preparing Android Wear for iPhone and iPad

Google Reportedly Preparing Android Wear for iPhone and iPad | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

Google is reportedly preparing to release an Android Wear app on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, according to French technology website.

The report claims Android Wear with extended iOS support could be announced at Google's I/O developer conference in late May, although Google may push the agenda depending on sales of the Apple Watch.

Google may be interested in capitalizing on iPhone and iPad users that are not planning to purchase an Apple Watch when the wrist-worn device is released in April, the report adds. Last month, an unofficial video of an iPhone paired with Android Wear for notifications amassed over 300,000 views on YouTube.

Android Wear smartwatches such as the LG G Watch, Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live are currently limited to pairing with smartphones running Android 4.3 or later, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and LG G3. Pairing an Android smartphone and smartwatch requires the official Android Wear app on the Google Play Store.

While 01net is one of the largest technology publications in France, its exclusive report has not yet been corroborated by other sources and its veracity cannot be confirmed. But given that Google is generally more open about cross-platform compatibility, and has an existing portfolio of apps on the App Store, there is a possibility that Android Wear for iOS could one day be a reality.


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Apple Watch Gets Another Competitor in the Android-Based LG Watch Urbane

Apple Watch Gets Another Competitor in the Android-Based LG Watch Urbane | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it

LG Electronics today announced a new device in the line of Android Wear smartwatch products, called the LG Watch Urbane. Planned for a full unveiling at Mobile World Congress next month, the watch is said to combine the traditional aspects of a luxury timepiece with the "high-tech flare" of a modern smartwatch.

The LG Watch Urbane follows in the footsteps of LG's previous foray into the world of smartwatches with the LG G Watch R, launched last October. LG says while the G Watch R was designed with a more active lifestyle in mind, the Watch Urbane has taken a more formal, classic route that will suit both men and women. Despite the formal look, the Watch Urbane is powered by a smartwatch-style touch-based interface that is compatible with any smartphone running Android 4.3 or above.

“The LG Watch Urbane’s classic design and smart features make it the perfect smartwatch to complement our G Watch and G Watch R, which were designed as more casual and active devices,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “LG Watch Urbane is an important part of our strategy to develop wearable devices that are worn and viewed as everyday accessories, not electronic gadgets.”

The LG Watch Urbane includes the same 1.3-inch full circle P-OLED display as the LG G Watch R - which was the first smarwatch to include such a display - but features a narrower bezel this time around, offering it that more formal, sleeker look touted by LG. The watch comes in gold and silver options with a natural leather strap that can be replaced by any 22mm wide band, according to the company.

Not many specific details were given on the device's smartwatch capabilities, but LG confirmed the LG Watch Urbane will be able to measure a user's heart rate for fitness purposes thanks to a photoplethysmography (PPG) sensor built into the device. Other key factors, like pricing and whether the new Android-based smartwatch will hit around the Spring launch of the Apple Watch, was not yet disclosed by LG.

Key Specifications:

- Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400
- Operating System: Android Wear™
- Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320, 245ppi)
- Size: 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm
- Memory: 4GB eMMC/ 512MB LPDDR2
- Battery: 410mAh
- Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass) / Barometer / PPG (Heart Rate Sensor)
- Colors: Gold / Silver
- Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67)

LG's newest foray into the increasingly crowded world of smartwatches is the latest in a long line of companies announcing new iterations of older products, or new products altogether, preparing to do battle with Apple's April launch of the Apple Watch.


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Apple Watch will be released in April, according to CEO Tim Cook

Apple Watch will be released in April, according to CEO Tim Cook | IT Support and Hardware for Clinics | Scoop.it
Apple CEO Tim Cook just announced that the Apple Watch will begin shipping in April. Cook revealed the shipping timeframe during Apple's quarterly earnings call with investors; the company enjoyed a blockbuster quarter backed by massive iPhone sales and huge growth in China. Now it will look to carry that success forward with the launch of Apple Watch, its first major new product since the debut of iPad in 2010. "We’re making great progress in the development of it," Cook said. He also revealed that Apple is encouraged by the response from developers and app makers so far, saying "We’re seeing some incredible innovation."

"April meets Apple's definition of 'early' in the year"

Upon revealing Apple Watch in September of last year, Apple described the smartwatch as its "most personal device ever." Today's the first time Apple has publicly commented on the product's release date beyond a vague window of "early 2015." The company rarely announces significant news during earnings calls, making today a notable exception. Some might criticize Apple for considering April to be "early" in the calendar year, but Cook doesn't see a problem. He said that when mapping out product launches, Apple separates the year into three, four-month windows for early, middle, and late. "To us, it’s sort of within the range. It’s basically when we thought," he said.

And while he got more specific about the launch, Cook did not reveal any new pricing details for the Apple Watch beyond the "starting at $349" we heard in September. Apple Watch will be made available in three styles: the regular model, an Apple Watch Sport version aimed at active consumers, and an ultra-premium Apple Watch Edition that could be priced in the thousands and compete against brands in the luxury watch market. Even with a release month now official, there's still plenty more we expect to hear from Apple over the next few weeks and months. Aside from sharing full pricing details, Apple will need to set consumer expectations around battery life — for better or worse.
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