After a year hiatus I'm happy to announce that Everyday Digitals is officially back.
Finally, someone created the exact "iWatch" concept I've had in mind for months. Instead of the unimaginative "watch" metaphor most concepts and real products (hello Galaxy Gear) are using, German designer Thomas Bogner decided to go more Nike FuelBand.
The concept looks almost exactly like a Nike FuelBand but has a curved glass touchscreen and Home button. The UI is fluid and seems to move both horizontal and vertical through apps and functions. This seems like the perfect device for notifications, fitness tracking, music controls while still being able to get multiple days of battery life, sport a gender-neutral look and be water resistant.
After checking out the concept, take a look at some of my old posts describing my perfect iWatch and lets hope Apple is paying attention.
For the record I don't expect to hear anything about an Apple wearable at tomorrow's event. But you never know...
Today Apple is releasing it's new mobile operating system, iOS 7, the biggest overhaul to the OS since it's inception. Visually iOS 7 is a lot different than it's predecessors. They got rid of the faux wood textures, green felt and beveled glossy buttons and replaced it with a much cleaner, whiter, and visually lighter interface. One of the new cool features that you'll find all throughout iOS 7 is called parallax. It's used on the home screen, in Safari's browser tabs and on certain on screen prompts. If you tilt your phone it'll appear as if there is a layer floating above the phone, giving it a 3D effect. It's not particularly useful but it adds another dimension to the iPhone that makes it appear as if there's a whole world inside of it and the screen is your window. After you get pass the new look and three-dimensional parallax effect there are a lot of new features that make iOS easier to get things done in and a joy to use.
A lot of speculation and assumptions are being made about Apple's new A7 and M7 chips in the iPhone 5s and it's jump to 64-bit. Some say its pointless to have a 64-bit chip in a mobile device at this point because it'll be years before iDevices need more than 4GB's of RAM. They suggest Apple only did this for marketing purposes. While there are other advantages of a 64-bit processor I believe the ultimate reason Apple made the leap has yet to be revealed. It's no accident Apple calls the iPhone 5s, "The most forward-thinking iPhone yet".
Nearly everyone was wrong about the purpose of this phone. Most speculated that it was going to be a cheaper version for China and other markets without carrier subsidies. I as wrote last week, Apple has never chased the bottom of any market, they're bringing in a large share of the profits in mobile. It's more beneficial to Apple to increase share in the mid to high-end market. It allows them to maintain the iPhone's semi-luxury image without compromising of the features that helped build that image.