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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nike Launches Apple Watch NikeLab

Seven months after the launch of the first Apple Watch Nike+, Nike has launched a new variant called the Apple Watch NikeLab. As can be inferred from the name, this will be part of Nike's NikeLab range of products, which means it is also limited edition.
The Apple Watch NikeLab is functionally identical to the Apple Watch Nike+. What's new here is the color palette; while the Nike+ comes in a black or white color options, the NikeLab variant combines both to form a stunning new design, with a Space Gray aluminum body and Light Bone/Black band. Apart from that, it has all the features of the standard Apple Watch Series 2, along with the Nike exclusive extras, such as Nike+ Run app and exclusive Siri commands, found on the Nike+ variant.
The limited edition Apple Watch NikeLab has been available starting April 27 at NikeLab doors and at an Apple Tokyo pop-up in Isetan.

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Source: GSMArena

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Apple running the show in the Wearables Market

The wearable market is growing slowly but its dynamics are changing. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple ousted Fitbit from the top position with 3.5 million wearables shipped during the first quarter of this year.
That’s a jump of 59% compared to the same period last year. Apple raced ahead of the market, which grew only 21% annually for a total of 22 million units shipped. Fitbit went from first (with 4.5 million in Q1 2016) to third (with just 2.9 million in Q1 2017), a massive slump.
Xiaomi also declined - from 3.8 million to 3.5 million - but it still kept enough market share (15%) to go up to second place. The market also diversified, makers outside the Top 3 went up from 7.7 million units to 12.2 million.
Growth mostly came from North America, Europe and Asia. The Apple Watch 2, in particular, was a hot seller in the US, UK and several other countries as helped out by strong marketing.

This is a good place to mention that Xiaomi mostly ships smart bands, Fitbit has a variety of fitness trackers and smartwatches (though not Android Wear) while Apple only ships full-blown smartwatches. So numbers are not always directly comparable.
Still, the main takeaway from this is that the once market leader, Fitbit, is now in trouble. Shipments, along with revenue and profits, have fallen and it will be a struggle to recover.

Source: GSMArena

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Renders for Apple watch Sport Gold 42mm

These are the renders and edited photographs giving an idea as to how the newly launched Apple Watch Sport Gold 42 mm which comes by default with a midnight blue strap, would look with the black sport band.







Original photos taken from various respected websites with no intention of any defamation or harm.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Apple watch sport new colours launched with Watch OS 2

From http://appadvice.com/appnn (Appadvice)

Apple Watch Sport - New Colours with OS 2



I have to admit, the new Apple Watch Sport Band colors have me a little giddy. Just as we’d hoped when Jony Ive teased these colors last spring, we have a bevy of beautiful Sport Bands to choose from now. No longer limited to black, white, or neon shades of green, pink, and blue, we have a rainbow of subtle, fun, and wearable shades.
All of the new Apple Watch models on display, except for Hermès
All of the new Apple Watch models on display, except for Hermès

We’ve got warm neutrals like Walnut, Stone, and Antique White. There are cool neutrals like Fog and Midnight Blue. Two colors that I know many people have been clamoring for all over the Internet: (PRODUCT) RED and Orange. And finally, we have a selection of soft, sophisticated colors: Turquoise, Vintage Rose, and Lavender.
Some of the new colors are available to ship in as little as five to seven business days while others show shipping times of five to six weeks. You might even get lucky and find some of the colors in the Apple Store now. As an added bonus, when watchOS 2 is released, you’ll see many of these new colors available for your watch faces. We won’t be limited to bright colors and white any longer. I am especially excited about this, since while I can’t always change my watch band to match my outfit, I can certainly change the color of my watch face every day.

New Apple Watch Sport colors

Two new Apple Watch Sport colors were announced: Gold and Rose Gold. They’re quite striking, actually, and it’s no surprise that a new wave of slightly used Silver and Space Gray Apple Watch Sports have recently hit eBay. If I were in the market for an Apple Watch Sport, that Rose Gold would be awfully tempting, particularly if I buy an iPhone 6s in that shade.
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Note that you cannot buy an Apple Watch Sport with any color band you wish. Only 12 combinations are currently available to order on Apple’s site. You can get the Silver in either the 38mm or 42mm size with the Orange, White, or Blue band. Incidentally, the Blue is a new shade of blue – it’s slightly warmer than the old one but just as bright. Space Gray in either size still comes with the Black band. If you want a 38mm Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport, you get a Lavender band. If you want the 42mm, your band is Stone. The 38mm Gold Apple Watch Sport has an Antique White band, while the 42mm features Midnight Blue. All of the colors are quite lovely, actually, but I find it a bit silly that you can’t get a Watch with any band you want.
Why not just sell the Watches and bands separately? That’s a rhetorical question, of course. Apple doesn’t want you to own just one watch band. At any rate, they are available right now in my local Apple store, so check the store in your area if you’re interested.

A subtle change to the Classic Buckle

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Without making any formal announcement, Apple has made a slight change to the Classic Buckle. Some people have complained that the original Classic Buckle wasn’t secure, so Apple must have listened to those complaints. The new Classic Buckle has a two-toned look, with the inside being brown on the Black version, and lighter brown on the Brown one. Presumably the clasp is more secure, since I’m assuming that’s what prompted the change. If I already owned one of these, I’d be rather ticked at the switcheroo. Perhaps Apple will have a heart and swap out the older versions for the new one if the customer requests it. One can only hope.
Save some bucks on your Space Black Apple Watch by skipping the Link Bracelet.
Save some bucks on your Space Black Apple Watch by skipping the Link Bracelet.

Space Black + Sport Band

Great news for anyone who wants the Space Black stainless steel Apple Watch, but doesn’t want the pricey Link Bracelet: now you can buy that model with a Black Sport Band instead.

Hermès

Hermès specializes in luxury goods, and the new Apple Watch is no exception. This partnership between Hermès and Apple has resulted in an Apple Watch that differs from the standard stainless steel model in two ways: a special face and a special selection of bands.
The face, which looks very much like some of Hermès’ analog watches, is exclusive to the Hermès model. You can’t buy the bands separately, either. The bands are crafted from leather and come in three different styles and five colors. The Apple Watch with the Single Tour band, which looks like a standard leather watch band to me, will set you back $1,100. It comes in Fauve (brown), Noir (black), and Capucine (red). The Double Tour band wraps twice around the wrist and runs $1,250. In addition to Fauve and Capucine, it comes in Etain (dark gray) and Bleu Jean. And finally, the chunky Cuff style comes only in Fauve, only in 42mm, and costs $1,500.
Hermès Apple Watch

These are by no means inexpensive watches, but they start at the same price as the highest-priced Link Bracelet model. For people looking for a luxury name brand, the Hermès Apple Watches will fill a niche. They’re still significantly less expensive than the Apple Watch Edition. I won’t be buying one of these when they are available at select stores in October, but I do believe there will be a market for them.
The fact that Apple has created an exclusive Hermès face for this special watch brings up another thought. The watch faces are a big deal to Apple Watch owners. I believe that now we have the real reason why Apple has not opened up third-party faces to developers and probably never will. Apple is maintaining tight control over its faces so that they can continue to slowly trickle out products like this. The Hermès Apple Watch has more value because you get not only a band, but also a face that no one else can have. You could always buy an Hermès band, or use a band from another watch, but you’ll never have the Hermès face on your Apple Watch unless you buy this particular watch from Apple. I wonder what other high-end brands Apple will partner with in the future. I’m sure that Hermès is just the first of several.

Bottom line

I think that while none of these items are inexpensive, Apple has introduced some more affordable luxury for Apple Watch customers. Without spending $10,000 to $17,000 on an Apple Watch Edition model, you can get a high-end Hermès brand Apple Watch for $1,100 to $1,500. Instead of spending over $1,000 on a Space Black Apple Watch with Link Bracelet, you can get the exact same shiny black steel watch and sapphire screen with a Sport Band instead for less than $600. And finally, in the Apple Watch Sport arena, you can get that desirable gold or rose gold shade for $349 or $399, a tiny fraction of the cost of the Apple Watch Edition.