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Apple iWatch by Brett Jordan via Flickr

The idea of a smartwatch isn’t exactly a novel concept in our world today, however previous releases of these devices haven’t seen booming success yet. Now that a few have gone before them, Apple’s new iWatch is poised to set the gold standard for high tech watches. The iWatch will launch in October of 2014 with a special event hosted by Apple. There are a few iWatch features that will allow it to separate from the rest of the smartwatch pack. Let’s take a look at what will make the iWatch so special.

 

 

Biometric SensorsApple iWatch by Brett Jordan via Flickr

While the exact specifics of the iWatch have not yet been released, bits and pieces have made their way to the media. One of the coolest iWatch features is that it will have multiple biometric sensors. This means that it won’t merely be an accessory to the iPhone. The iWatch will track health metrics like heart rate, hours of sleep, calories burned and the number of steps that the watch wearer has taken in a day.  Not only will fitness enthusiasts be drawn to the watch, but the biometric sensors will also attract tech-savvy individuals as well.

 

Music Capabilities

Some tech industry analysts believe that the iWatch could be so technically advanced that it could even potentially replace the popular iPod, which means that it has the potential to play music. A watch that plays and stores music will revolutionize the watch industry as few watches currently support such a capability. Many people already carry music on their phones, thus the iWatch will be attractive to those who want their playlists “on hand” wherever they go.

 

In Sync

The iWatch is expected to sync up with the iPhone in a seamless and flawless manner. It will send call and message notifications from the iPhone directly to the iWatch, empowering the user to know exactly who is trying to communicate them and when they made the call or text. Other smartwatches do sync up with different electronic devices but the iWatch is expected to provide the deepest, most thorough level of compatibility with an already existing technological device. This feature will obviously be a pull for iPhone users.

 

If the Watch Fits

Reports are stating that the iWatch will come in multiple sizes, which will make it much more appealing than other smartwatches on the market. They are meant to not only to fit both men and women with different size wrists, but also to possibly make the watch easier to wear if it is being used while exercising. More than just a fashion statement, it will be especially useful for music and biometric tracking during workouts since it can be attached to other parts of the arm besides the wrist, like the forearm or bicep.

 

Staying Ahead of the Curve

The iWatch will have a curved display just like its sister device, the iPhone6. Few electronic devices on the market have curved displays, so Apple is once again “ahead of the curve” so to speak. The iWatch will also have a special sapphire coating so that it retains an unblemished shine throughout its lifespan. By implementing this new technology, consumers will be more likely to choose the iWatch over the now dated smartphones without the newest technology.

 

The release of the iWatch is still to come, so we have yet to see the true success of the device and how it will stack up to others. Due to the highly advanced technology, the iWatch has a better chance of being more user-friendly for consumers, which could help skyrocket its success. Only time will tell, but perhaps the world just isn’t ready for smartwatches yet, and no matter the design, technology, or style, consumers could still be disinterested. Information for this article was provided by the Apple experts at Apple Shark who provide users with a place to sell used iPhones no matter what condition they are in.

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 In the era of  smartphone’s wars, there are two clear winners at the moment. The iPhone has millions of loving loyal fans and so does Google Android in its many guises.Now lets take a look at their qualities.




User Interface


iOS


The rebirth of iOS 7 is evident from the Welcome screen. iOS 7 starts with a plain white screen that just says “Welcome to iOS 7.” That’s it. Quite contrary from the skeumorphism — a design style favored by Schiller and Jobs — which essentially models one’s digital life to mirror reality. For instance, in iOS 6, the Calendar app actually resembles a calendar. But, in Jony Ive’s “flat” iOS 7, the Calendar app takes a minimalist approach, ditching the leather and opting for a cleaner look. As an iOS user from since before I can remember, the change is definitely welcomed.


Android

Despite iOS 7’s differences, Apple is definitely playing from behind when it comes to the user interface. It seems like iOS 7 is just an amalgamation of Android and Windows Mobile’s extremely flat operating system. Apple’s new parallax effect makes it seem like the icons are jumping out of the screen, but Android’s Jelly Bean has had that effect since it’s inception. The thing is, Apple has a unique ability to take the best features of other platforms and convince users that they’re “innovative” ideas. A flat operating system isn’t remotely innovative or groundbreaking — it’s been around for awhile — which is why Android wins this round. Winner: Android. While iOS may look flashier and nicer, Apple’s essentially copying the best of Android and Windows Mobile.


Notification

Jelly Bean is an new iteration of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), which was a major update from the previous Android versions: Honeycomb. That means an Android phone running Jelly Bean will look very similar to one running ICSand some what with same processing.

One big new feature in Jelly Bean was Google Now. Put simply, this is a selection of ‘cards’ which appear on your screen in an attempt to give you the information you want before you ask for it.

That means you’ll get a current map and latest traffic information just before you leave home for the office in the morning, get a reminder of an upcoming appointment, the status of a flight you’re booked on, weather reports and favorite sports scores.

Google Now isn’t exclusive to Jelly Bean any more, though. iPhone owners can easily download Google’s app which replicates some of the Now functions, but it lacks the some  tight integration with iOS. 

Both iOS 7 and Jelly Bean have notifications, such as incoming text messages, emails, reminders and calendar appointments. Jelly Bean lets you expand the some notifications, and swipe to dismiss notifications. Many manufacturers also add controls and settings to Android’s notification screen.

iOS 7’s provides a Notification Center that is  build on iOS 6 by adding tabs to it at the top so you can see everything for today, all and missed notifications. It replicates close to Google Now a little by providing you a weather forecast on the ‘today’ tab.


Multitasking

Multitasking in iOS 5 and 6 has always been tricky to manage somewhat . Once you’ve mastered the double-press of the home button in apple (or the four-finger swipe up from the bottom of your iPad) you have to long-press on an app in the list, then tap the tiny ‘x’ to stop that app.


In iOS 7, Apple has adopted an good approach  that’s much closer to Google’s way of doing things. The multitasking windows now occupies the whole screen and in addition to the app icons, you see a thumbnail of what you were last looking at within the app. You simply swipe to dismiss the apps you want to close,it also reduces efforts.




In Many  Android devices ,they require a long press of the home button to see the list of current running apps, while others have a dedicated soft button.

 


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