One of the newest Apple employees, Andre Young a.k.a. Dr. Dre, is the latest to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Apple CEO Tim Cook and VP Phil Schiller also did it, and passed the challenge on to Dre. For the uninitiated, the challenge is to donate money to fight ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) or allow yourself to be doused by ice cold water. Of course, most challengees (especially the super wealthy and famous) are expected to do both. So far, quite a few celebrities have gotten into the act, including Bill Gates with a sophisticated contraption.
BestBuy may have jumped the gun, but for now at least, their website shows the Moto 360 with pricing ($249.99) and specs, and states "Coming Soon" for availability. The page might come down, so here's a screengrab and the specifications. The pricing is actually pretty attractive (as is the watch) given that it is voice actived, waterproof, and manages to fit in a 1.5-inch round LCD touch screen.
There is a good article over at CNET on how an iPhone 5s from Verizon could work on AT&T. I won't go into the details here, but suffice it to say, as carriers standardize on LTE, it is possible to make a phone that works on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and other carriers. Indeed customers already could migrate between AT&T and T-Mobile, which use GSM SIM cards. In fact, I use an old AT&T iPhone on Consumer Cellular's service.
Carriers and mobile retailers have created their own dilemma by signing up users for two year contracts. This means that retailers won't get another shot at their next iPhone for 23 months or more. Given the rapid pace of innovation, many users are either left out or finding creative ways to upgrade. Personally, I leverage our Family Plan so I can get the latest iPhone each year and hand down my one year old model to a family member.
It's no secret (except to this guy) that the next iPhone will be built in China, but for years this has meant Foxconn, the mammoth independent manufacturing firm that has been plagued by reports of poor working conditions. Recently, Apple has decreased their dependence on Foxconn and farmed out more manufacturing work to Pegatron, a competitor to Foxconn.
Apple didn't introduce an iWatch or fitness band at their Worldwide Developers Conference, but they introduced technology to make it easier for others to do so. HealthKit is a framework for developers and gadget makers that can help them integrate fitness and wearable gear with iOS. And Apple isn't taking a backseat to see what happens. They are actively recruiting hospitals and healthcare firms to make the next generation of health products.
I love it when plans come together. The other day my kids were planning on camping in the backyard and they asked for a wireless speaker to enjoy their tunes. However, the forecast called for rain. While my kids can handle getting a little wet, I wasn't thrilled with the idea of ruining my electronics. That same day, the Boombot REX arrived, from Boombotix.
As we get closer to September 9th, the rumored launch date for the next iPhone, more parts and photos are leaking out. The latest, from Sonny Dickson, shows a scratched up back casing. There's a lot to learn from these photos, assuming they're real, of course. But they do jibe with previous leaks and Sonny has a good record.
Last week, we told you to save the date (September 9th) for the next iPhone announcement. Now comes evidence that developers might want to save a whole week, June 8th - June 12th, for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. This isn't much of a stretch, as Apple typically uses that second week in June to hold their WWDC event and introduce their next mobile and desktop operating systems. About 5,000 lucky raffle-winning attendees get the privilege of paying $1,300 to learn from Apple's experts.
It's almost official. Apple is expected to send out their "save the date" notices, and that date is September 9. The date is almost exactly a year after the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were announced, on September 10, 2013. Last year, online orders began September 13 with availability on the 20. In the case of the gold version of the iPhone 5s, availability was extremely limited.