WatchOS 4.1, the newest version of Apple’s operating system for wearable devices, is expected to be rolled out before the start of November. Fans of the iPhone maker’s wearables have every right to be excited -- this latest update comes with loads of new enhancements, including the addition of music streaming over a cell network and Wi-Fi by way of Apple Music and iCloud Music libraries plus a new Radio streaming app (more on these later).
According to the results of Piper Jaffray’s latest survey on the consumer habits of teenagers, 82 percent of teens fully expect their next smartphone to be one made by Apple. Piper Jaffray’s survey also show that 78 percent of those attending high school already own an iPhone device. Moreover, despite the fact that there is only a minority of teen users that own smartwatch devices, those who do are likely to possess an Apple Watch, with 12 percent of the total number of teen smartwatch users owning an Apple Watch.
A number of reports are surfacing recently, stating that the Apple Watch Series 3, specifically the LTE compatible edition, is encountering issues related to connectivity. Because of this, Apple’s shares were reported to have dropped about 2.5 percent today. 2.5 percent may seem like a small percentage, but considering that the iPhone maker’s worth is valued at over $800 billion, that dip is equivalent to about $20 billion.
The preorder period for Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus devices, as well as its Apple Watch Series 3, has officially started. Not surprisingly, it appears that the demand is comfortably outpacing the supply. The iPhone 8 models and the latest version of Apple’s smartwatch are supposed to be made available next week, specifically on September 22nd, but as recently reported by CNET, the shipping schedule of specific editions of the iPhone 8 devices are now listed as one to two weeks.
Introducing the Apple Watch Series 3, which will likely be known to future generations as the first Apple Watch model to come with LTE connectivity. Technically speaking, this latest edition of Apple’s smartwatch offering is not only LTE ready but also happens to have support for Universal Mobile Telecommunications System wireless technology. The Apple Watch Series 3 will officially launch launch later this month to 15 countries across the globe, with prices starting at $399 for the cellular edition and then $329 for a unit with no cellular connectivity. Apple will start accepting preorders for the latest Apple Watch this coming Friday, September 15th.
According to a report recently published by CNBC, it is quite possible that Apple will be formally announcing its upcoming new iPhone devices -- namely the iPhone 8, the iPhone 7S, and the iPhone 7S Plus -- along with the Apple Watch 3 during its usual iPhone event next month.
Although the wearables market has been noticeably having a hard time in the United States mobile market, it is actually doing okay across the globe. As a matter of fact, the latest report from Canalys indicates that wearables are showing an 8 percent improvement year over year. Sure, that 8 percent growth may not be jaw dropping, but it is growth nonetheless.
According to recent reports, Apple is apparently planning to release an LTE edition of its one and only smartwatch offering, the Apple Watch. If this turns out to be true, the tech giant will have basically liberated the wearable device from being dependent on the iPhone for connectivity.
According to a report recently published by Apple Insider, it seems that a number of familiar apps have been removed from the Apple Watch, including Google Maps, Amazon, eBay, and Target, just to name a few. Because Apple has not confirmed anything yet, nobody knows for sure yet just when these apps were removed. As for Google, it did verify that it had indeed removed support from Google Maps, although the tech giant hinted that it might be for a temporary basis only.
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