Apple roundup: iWatch, iTunes, headphones

The Nikkei reports the iWatch (AAPL +0.2%) is expected to arrive in October, and (per a parts supplier) will see initial production of 3M-5M units/month. In-line with past rumors, the device is said to feature a curved OLED display and health sensors that monitor data such as "calorie consumption, sleep activity, blood glucose and blood oxygen levels."

Apple is only 4 days removed from unveiling its HealthKit platform, which (together with an iOS Health app) aims to give an integrated view of health/fitness data from hardware sensors and 3rd-party apps/services. Samsung integrated several health sensors into the Galaxy S5, and Google has made health monitoring a key part of its new Android Wear platform.

Citing talks with current/former Apple employees, BuzzFeed reports the iTunes team was "plagued by shortsighted management" that ignored competitors, ahead of the Beats deal. Some managers reportedly refused to "open or use Spotify," and some didn't know it was an on-demand streaming service (rather than a radio service). Others referred to Pandora as a "dead company."

A 9to5 Mac report stating Apple has submitted a spec to enable headphones featuring Lightning (rather than 3.5mm) connectors has fueled speculation future Beats headphones will support Lightning.

In addition to potentially improving audio quality for high-end headphones, a Lightning connector could allow users to control/launch apps via their headphones, and to charge an iDevice using an external battery.

Update: Re/code also reports Apple is aiming for an October iWatch launch.

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  • Joseph Dedvukaj
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    6 Jun 2014, 11:42 AM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    6 Jun 2014, 12:33 PM Reply Like
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    6 Jun 2014, 12:39 PM Reply Like
  • duhaus
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    6 Jun 2014, 12:41 PM Reply Like
  • Budavar
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    To the best of my knowledge this Friday is the last day for buying AAPL stock, pre-split =
    of interest to investors to get best commission for say per $1 million invested.


    Or are block trades done in other places than the NYSE?
    6 Jun 2014, 11:58 AM Reply Like
  • Budavar
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    Should BuzzF be a security concern?
    6 Jun 2014, 12:01 PM Reply Like
  • duhaus
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    I for one will be very interested in this iwatch if/when it appears. I am very health conscious and would love to have a device that helps me continually monitor health parameters that are unknown until you go to the Dr. To be able to identify concerns and adjust behavior, diet, etc on an ongoing basis and not just every 6 mo's or a year would be a huge benefit to anyone. Not sure what the price point would be but if it's somewhat reasonable my bet is that it would be pretty popular, maybe even extremely popular. I think the naysayers are the same people who like to live in denial while eating and drinking themselves into poor health, they just don't want to know because they just want to do what they want to do which is a very immature attitude. Want to bring down the cost of healthcare in the US ? Then start with yourself.
    6 Jun 2014, 12:51 PM Reply Like
  • Tales From The Future
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    Here's how HealthKit will work:


    Sends message to HomeKit and the refrigerator automatically locks!


    6 Jun 2014, 02:55 PM Reply Like
  • Tales From The Future
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    Siri: "I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you eat that ice cream..."
    8 Jun 2014, 07:04 PM Reply Like
  • mulls4941
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    How about companies issue iWatch to all employees, and charge lower employee health care costs for those that keep their blood pressure in the reasonable range. Crate a company cloud for secure information ... The BB server of the future, since all those are going away!
    6 Jun 2014, 05:43 PM Reply Like
  • Lenrock
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    What happens when you the company you work for causes you blood pressure to rise?
    6 Jun 2014, 11:40 PM Reply Like
  • oldmanbobd
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    I agree and I never dreamed I would even consider one. As a 68 year old with coronary artery disease and just diagnosed sleep apnea problem, if it has the features you described I will do some research on the reliability of it and consider buying.
    6 Jun 2014, 11:07 PM Reply Like
  • D.papas
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    If this iwatch works the way the say will be the best invasion after the tablet and I predict the aapl price will double by the and of the year
    6 Jun 2014, 11:29 PM Reply Like
  • armenaubar
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    Yes, two models of iPhone 6 + iWatch will move the beast far above 1000$.
    7 Jun 2014, 05:10 AM Reply Like
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