Apple orders 6 million watches for first quarter

A recent report at the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) claims that Apple has requested between five and six million Apple Watch devices from their Asian supply chain ahead of April’s Apple Watch launch.

The WSJ article claims that this inventory, manufactured by Quanta Computer Inc, will be made up of the three Apple Watch variants, the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and pricey Apple Watch Edition.

The quoted six million figure is said to be for the Apple Watch’s entire first quarter on sale — a number which seems just a little conservative to me.

Apple Watch Spotted: Apple’s upcoming wearable ‘in the wild’ ahead of launch

Have you spotted an Apple Watch whilst out and about — before the April release date?

Share it with us on Twitter and we will add it to this regularly updated round-up.

Developers share a preview of their upcoming Apple Watch apps

Ahead of the Apple Watch launch in April a number of developers are starting to share previews of what their upcoming apps will look like on Apple’s wrist watch, including the likes of Realmac, BMW and Nike.

Craig Grannell of Wearable collates a handful in this round-up, with accompanying images of what their Apple Watch apps may look like.

Get ready to pay upwards of $10,000 for a gold Apple Watch

You only need to cast your eye over the price of any gold Rolex or Omega to get an idea for how much a quality gold wristwatch will cost you.

Stephen Foskett of Grail Watch explores how Apple’s entry into the watch market will no doubt see their 18-karat ‘Edition’ watch retail for prices in excess of $10k.

Thinking about Glances

Mobile strategist Lou Miranda writes that app designers should think of the Apple Watch’s ‘Glance’ ability as similar to the iPhone’s Today view extensions, but with less interactivity.

For those unaware, the Glances interface offers a customisable view of live data from any number of given apps — allowing the user a quick way to ‘glance’ at data from an application, without the need to open it. Apple describe Glances as follows:

Viewed together, Glances are a browsable collection of timely and contextually relevant moments from the wearer’s favorite apps. Individually, a Glance is a quick view of your app’s most important content. — Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines

Miranda explores how he believes this should be thought of from a design perspective:

Your app can only provide one Glance. So how do you think about a Glance from a design and interactivity viewpoint?

It’s simple. A Glance is a dynamic view into your app’s data. It’s dynamic in the fact that you can update the data (using a timer), but it’s completely non-interactive and confined to a single screen.

The only interactivity is this: a user taps on it, and it opens the app. There can be no buttons or other interactive controls on a glance, and it won’t scroll.

It’s almost like a screenshot of your app’s most important data. In a user-friendly layout.

Remind you of something? Yes, it’s very much like a Today Extension on an iPhone or iPad. But it’s more limited in that a Today Extension does allow some interactivity, although Apple downplays that.

→ An Apple Watch ‘Glance’ is a Today Extension for Your Watch

Tim Cook talks Apple Watch at Goldman Sachs conference

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco Tuesday, February 10th.

Cook was asked by Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn what will make the upcoming Apple Watch different from other smartwatches already available on the market.

In response, Cook mentioned prior Apple products, such as the iPod and iPad, noting how although not first to their respective MP3 player and tablet markets, they made a more profound impact. Cook added that he sees a similar parallel with what’s on offer in the smartwatch market today:

There are several things called smartwatches that are shipping, but none have changed the way people live their lives.

Just like iPad has changed the way you work and hopefully the way you live, and iPhone has done that — we hope Apple Watch will do the same.

Tim Cook highlighted the Apple Watch’s high level of customisation and variety of styles as a key differentiator to competitor devices, declaring that their device “looks fantastic”.

Speaking on a more day-to-day level Cook detailed how he personally uses the Apple Watch, be that interacting with Siri, in the gym to track exercise or as a reminder to move if he sits too long, with the watch ‘tapping’ him on the wrist.

Cook elaborated on this subtle ‘tapping’ action, noting that a number of doctors have expressed concerns over how long people are sitting, calling it “the new cancer”. The Apple Watch is said to be able to schedule reminders ten minutes before each hour to get you up and moving.

The Apple Watch, to begin with at least, will be a companion device to the iPhone, requiring one to be paired to a handset for certain tasks. Cook spoke how these paired devices can compliment each other noting that the Apple Watch is more suited in certain scenarios, such as a meeting where checking your wrist may be more subtle than pulling your phone out of your pocket.

Tim Cook added that one of the bigger surprises for the upcoming Apple Watch will be the “breadth of what it will do”.

A full run down of what was discussed at the keynote can be found over at 9to5Mac.

 

Uber rival ‘Get Taxi’ making its way to Apple Watch

The London Evening Standard reports on a new smartwatch app for commuters that allows them to beckon a cab via their wrist.

The Get Taxi app is currently available for a range of smartphones and Android Wear devices, however according to the London Evening Standard the firm do plan to bring their app to the upcoming Apple Watch.

Designers mock-up how popular apps may look on Apple Watch

I missed this gallery posted on Wired last week of how certain apps may look on the Apple Watch.

It features a mock-up view of how popular apps such as Uber, Foursquare, Mint, Shazam and Garmin may look on the Apple Watch. It’s worth checking out for a feel on how these apps may slim-down for the wrist.

Apple Watch ‘Banned’ from University Exams

The Apple Watch isn’t even out yet, however according to BuzzFeed News a number of UK universities are taking pre-emptive measures in banning students from wearing any watches, smart, or not, when entering an examination hall.

The ban is in place to save exam invigilators from having to check the wrists of all students. The concern is that smartwatches, much like smartphones, could be used in an exam to aid cheating.