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Low-power microLED display tech could power future Apple Watches

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Apple is reportedly taking a big step into making its own displays, and it isn't using the technology you may be most familiar with. According to a Bloomberg report, a secret facility in California close to Apple Park houses engineers developing microLED displays for Apple mobile devices. While Apple has been making its own chips for its mobile devices for a few years, this would be the first time the company has attempted build its own displays.

MicroLED technology is still in its infancy, particularly in its application in consumer electronics. We last saw microLEDs show up in Samsung's gigantic, 146-inch TV dubbed "The Wall," which it debuted at CES in January. Making microLED displays is no easy task since the panels are made up of individual pixels that need to be individually calibrated. Each pixel is self-emitting as well, meaning microLED displays do not require individual backlights. But, microLEDs produce displays that are incredibly bright, with deep blacks and high contrast ratios, and that are slimmer and don't require as much power as their LCD counterparts.

Due to the complexity of microLED display development and application, Apple is reportedly still in the experimental phases when it comes to these panels. The company reportedly has about 300 engineers working on the initiative, reportedly code-named "T159n" which is being overseen by Lynn Youngs, who helped develop touchscreen display technology for the original iPhone and iPad. Apple also gleaned some intellectual property about microLED development when it acquired the screen-tech startup LuxVue back in 2014.

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Fitbit’s $200 Versa looks like the love child of an Apple Watch and a Pebble

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Fitbit on Tuesday unveiled its newest Apple Watch competitor that sells for just $199.99. The Versa looks just like Apple’s wearable from a distance, but also like the Pebble Steel. Upon closer inspection, you’ll quickly discover it’s not a Watch clone, but it’s not a spitting image of a Pebble either.

The Versa is available to order right away, comes in various finishes, and will ship to your door in about a month.

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Fitbit’s $200 Versa looks like the love child of an Apple Watch and a Pebble originally appeared on on Tue, 13 Mar 2018 at 10:54:24 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Amazon has a $92 smartwatch with 45-day battery life that supports both iOS and Android

Best Smartwatch 2018

Do you have an iPhone but you’re not into the Apple Watch? Do you have an Android phone but you hate every Android Wear device out there? Don’t worry, we feel your pain. The good news is there’s a product out there that might be just what the doctor ordered, and it has an incredible feature that no other smartwatch can match: 45-day battery life. No, seriously. The Amazfit Bip Smart Watch can last for more than a month on a single charge, delivering notification support for both iOS and Android, as well as GPS run tracking. It’s IP68 water-resistant as well, so you don’t have to worry about taking it off in the shower. All that for a fraction of the cost of even the most affordable Apple Watch model — and it's even cheaper than normal right now thanks to the $8 on-site coupon!

Here’s what you need to know from the product page:

  • 1, Amazfit Bip: With over 50 million units sold today and 17.1% global marketshare, Huami becomes the largest wearable device company worldwide, also. Amazfit Bip is the newest addition to Huami portfolio of award-winning smartwatches
  • 2, Fashionable Smart watch: Records accurate data anywhere and anytime. Specially designed to be your Sleep / HR Monitor, Pedometer, Sports Trackers that maps your route by GPS and measures distance, speed, pace, calorie burned etc. Also, you can analyze daily, weekly, and monthly history on MiFit App to workout scientifically for a healthier lifestyle
  • 3, Notification Reminder: The reflective always-on 1.28-inch display is easily readable in bright sunlight or indoors and shows all of your phone's app notifications like calendar alerts, text messages (you can read the full text), emails, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, WeChat, LinkedIn, Snap, Slack, you name it. The smartwatch reminds you via vibrating on wrist
  • 4, Record-breaking battery life: Lasts for up to 30 days with regular use and 45 days with minimal notifications. Release yourself from heavy power bank without worrying about running out of battery. Moreover, IP68 Water/Dust resistant in only 32g (with the strap), it’s very comfortable and convenient to wear while sleeping, working, doing sports or on the go
  • 5, Package & Services: you will get one US Version Amazfit Bip Smart Watch, USB Cable, Charging Dock, User English Manual and 12-month warranty. For any questions, please contact us through 24-Hr Customer Service on Amazon

Amazfit Bip Smart Watch Heart Rate Monitor Fitness Tracker with GPS for Sports Activity Router…: $99.99

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Amazon has a $92 smartwatch with 45-day battery life that supports both iOS and Android originally appeared on on Mon, 12 Mar 2018 at 08:20:33 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

The Apple Watch Series 3 helped Apple dominate the wearables market last quarter

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Apple's introduction of the Apple Watch Series 3 this past September marked a huge turning point for the company's venerable smartwatch. Thanks to the inclusion of built-in cellular connectivity, the Apple Watch for the first time was able to fully live and breathe without having to be continuously tethered to an iPhone.

Coupled with beefed up internals, not to mention a wider array of watch bands, it's no surprise that the Apple Watch Series 3 was an immediate hit. And though Apple still refuses to divulge specific sales information, Tim Cook during Apple's recent earnings report boasted that Apple Watch sales during the 2017 holiday quarter were record-breaking.

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The Apple Watch Series 3 helped Apple dominate the wearables market last quarter originally appeared on on Thu, 1 Mar 2018 at 22:02:09 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

This $80 smartwatch lasts for 4 months per charge and works with iPhones or Androids

Best Smartwatch 2018

The Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch on the planet, but it’s definitely not perfect. People have all sorts of complaints about it, and one of the biggest ones seems to be the device’s battery life. If you pretty much only use it for notifications, you can probably squeeze two days out of it before you need to recharge it. Of course, if you only use the Xiaomi Amazfit Bip Smartwatch with GPS for notifications, it’ll last up to four months before it needs to be recharged. No, seriously… up to FOUR MONTHS! If you want to use more of the features like GPS tracking for your runs though, the battery won’t last quite that long — only about 45 days.

Here are the bullet points from the product page:

  • ● Features-- Water Resistant / Water Proof Long Standby Compass GPS Heart Rate Monitor
  • ● Sleep monitoring-- Carefully monitor your sleep quality
  • ● Heart rate monitor-- Considerate monitor contact designed on the behind of the watch, take care of your health anytime and anywhere
  • ● Bluetooth 4.0-- Connected with mobile phone App, stable, fast and super low consumption
  • ● 1.28 inch with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass screen-- Best suitable screen size with high definition picture displaying gives you great experience

Original Xiaomi Huami AMAZFIT Smartwatch-INTERNATIONAL VERSION: $79.99

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This $80 smartwatch lasts for 4 months per charge and works with iPhones or Androids originally appeared on on Tue, 20 Feb 2018 at 10:33:15 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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