Consumers are becoming anxious, you can now get the latest iPhone for pennies and the rumors on the new iWatch is well on its way to become a hot wearable commodity. One more rumor for the Apple device pile: Re/code’s sources say the company is planning a $400 starting price for its iWatch. Consumers might find that hard to swallow. Smartwatches from the competition, Google and Samsung, retail for $200 to $300.
But Apple aiming for premium buyers shouldn’t be much of a surprise, says Digital Trends. It makes sense for the company to shoot for “that same high-end bracket where it has found so much success with its phones, tablets and computers.” And for some fun perspective, high-end consumer electronics still have nothing on actual high-end watches. Your average Patek Philippe fetches well north of $20,000 at auction.
Anyway, an iWatch would be Apple’s first launch in a new product category since Steve Jobs debuted the iPad in 2010. Some blogs are floating the suggestion Apple is using that $400 price point to gauge market reaction ahead of time. Or it could be a straight up feint, says SlashGear, “intended to lead to surprise when Apple actually announces a considerably lower price.”
One thing we do know for sure is that’s not exactly Apple’s style, especially for new product categories. The 1st gen iPhone went for $599. The iPad was $499. Apple is expected to put an end to this speculation with an official announcement during its September 9 event. Industry watchers predict the iWatch — if it exists — will go up for sale sometime in 2015.
I’ve always been obsessed with functional and fashionable gadgets, since childhood. My first stylish gadget was a pink smart watch with a flashlight & calculator that all my friends wanted to covet for themselves. Fast forward years later in a world where smart watches are being released every other day, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the latest and greatest in gadgets. But how do you know which smart watch is right for you?
A few months ago, I was introduced to Martian Watches and their latest award-winning innovation the Notifier watch that was released in stores last month. Now that I have one on my wrist, it’s like my Girl Scouts moments all over again but this time it’s never coming off.
Check out why I’m in love with the new Martian Notifier smart watch below.
Simple style: The Martian Notifier is a classic analog watch with a simplistic feel that’s far from simple. The interchangeable bands keep up with my ever-changing style or I can keep it simple and monochromatic with my all-black timepiece that’ll go with everything!
The Martian Notifier is an attractive, colorful analog wristwatch with an integrated OLED readout that acts as a hands-free gateway to the world, keeping you well informed while your phone remains in a pocket, purse or backpack. This unique smartwatch gives you the ability to receive real-time alerts and notifications on your wrist. Used in conjunction with the free Martian Notifier App, you will automatically receive notifications — including Caller ID, texts, Facebook, Twitter, Weather, Email, Calendar, Instagram, Pinterest, favorite games, bank alerts, fitness stats, and any other alert your device allows. You can also initiate voice commands on your smartphone’s speakerphone for uses such as “read text” while you’re on the move.
Function: A touch of a Notifier button activates your smartphone’s speakerphone, enabling hundreds of voice commands to control music, check a sports score, get directions, search the web, create a reminder or appointment, and more. You can also decline an incoming call, set silent vibrating alarms that only you will sense, get a once-an-hour tickler to remind you to take a break, turn on an LED light to see in a dark room, control your phone’s camera shutter, and more.
You can now find Martian Notifier at Best Buy, Target, Bloomingdales, and Meijer! For more information on the Martian Notifier smart watch visit MartianNotifier.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter andPinterest today.
Yesterday Apple gained an interesting new employee. Paul Devene former CEO of the prominent Yves Saint Laurent high-end fashion line. I know many of you are thinking what in the heck is Apple doing hiring a fashion guy. Devene actually worked at Apple’s Europe division form 1990 to 1997 before moving on to other companies and fashion houses.
What is Paul Devene’s Role at Apple?
Contrary to earlier speculation, Apple says that Deneve will work on “special projects,” not in retail. Apple has been without a de-facto Head of Retail since John Browett’s departure last fall. It is unclear what projects Deneve will be developing specifically…
While checking out the latest in wrist apparel I came across one of the most exclusive accessory events in the world. The Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie in Geneva is the premier place where luxury watch brads display their latest creations in the world. I got to spot the latest trend in gold tones and hues (…and if you’re thinking rose gold is still haute to trot – then you’re sooo last season…) Take a gander at what W Magazine boasts as the top timepieces for 2012 and let us know if these are lust-worthy or just a bust.
For more checkout W Magazine online.
THE SWATCH NEW GENT LACQUERED COLLECTION MAKES EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY MINUTE FABULOUS AND FUN!
With these past few icky, snowy, rainy days behind us – wouldn’t you like to get a little hint of Spring every now and then? There’s no better way to usher Spring into your life then adding a few pops of bright color into your wardrobe and Swatch has the ultimate rainbow of color that will bring Spring right to your doorstep. Check out this fresh collection of ten sensational watch designs from Swatch! These designs were created to be as eye-catching as possible while delivering the Swiss innovation that has had fans adoring Swatch watches and jewelry for years. The New Gent Lacquered collection combines super-sleek and stylishly-slick lacquered surfaces with a fabulous selection of fashion-forward colors, ensuring any wrist wearing one of them remains at the centre of attention!
Check out the deconstructed dials of each of theses designs, with intricate inner mechanisms of each watch exposed and lacquered in contrasting color this is definitely a watch that you’ll enjoy admiring for a long time.
Tantalizing colors used across the range include vibrant hues of pink, purple, indigo, blue-grey, orange, green and yellow, through to classic black or timeless white. At only $75 each – all of which means The New Gent Lacquered collection offers an ideal watch for every mood and any occasion.
Watchmakers Ziiiro have launched their two latest models, the Gravity and the Mercury, both of which share one distinctly futuristic touch: their hands have been replaced by glowing concentric circles. The watches, which look like some pie in the sky concept but are actually available for preorder right now, have a fat circle to indicate the hour and a thin one to indicate the minute. If you’re looking for seconds, well, you’re just asking too much. If you’re still not sure how you feel about the new geometric time-telling scheme, you can practice with their similarly styled app.
spotted at Gizmodo.com