Welcome to another fine instalment of And finally, your one-stop-shop for all the wearable tech news from the week.
Grabbing the headlines this week was news that the Apple Watch was tipped to get an onboard app store, the Oculus Quest standalone VR headset showed early strong pre-orders, and Fossil Group revealed that it’s working on sportier Michael Kors smartwatches.
We’ve saved up a few lighter stories for you to tuck into, including a big Apple wearable rumour and more. Enjoy.
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AirPods 3 set to be more expensive than AirPods 2
We’ve already heard about the rumors that Apple is going to launch the AirPods 3 in 2019. Now there’s more speculation to suggest the next gen Pods are on the way.
According to Digitimes (again), the new AirPods will come in two models, one of which will be an iterative upgrade of the existing model and another that will feature a new internal design. One that would give it room to include other components and hopefully unlock more features. There’s a suggestion though that the redesigned model will come in at a higher price than the current pair of AirPods.
The same source suggests that Apple will continue to sell the second generation AirPods, which only went on sale in March this year and could continue being sold well into 2020.
Previous rumors have suggested that one of the key features the new AirPods will include will be noise cancellation, for those times when you need to drown out the world, so maybe that’s what that new design will be introduced to accommodate.
For those of you not wanting to wait for the AirPods 3 to break cover, Amazon has a surprising discount on the latest AirPods.
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Royole working on folding wearables
Royole flexed his flexible tech expertise with the world’s first folding phone before Samsung and Huawei did it. Now it seems the Chinese outfit is turning its attention to wearables after a revealing patent was spotted by the folks at LetsGoDigital.
Two patents filed with the first describing a smartband-like device that features a screen that folds in two (image above). The second was for a smart bracelet that features the same screen folding concept. The smartband patent was published in April this year while the bracelet got the thumbs up in February.
With Samsung’s Galaxy Fold on hold and Huawei yet to launch its folding phone, Royole’s folding phone is the only one you can currently get your hands on. Will it be the first to launch a flexible wearable before the big tech names? We think there’s a probably a good chance of it.
Apple Watch Series 4 gets top display award
The Apple Watch Series 4 has been given some awards love this time for the display featured on the latest generation Apple smartwatch.
The Society for Information Display (SID) named the Series 4’s screen Display of the Year at its 2019 Display Industry Awards.
The Series 4 features an OLED display, which jumped up in size from its predecessor the Series 3. The display was praised for increasing the screen size without impacting on the size of the device. The new LTPO display technology included on the Watch was also highlighted for its ability to improve power efficiency to help extend the battery life on the Series 4.
Nike uses AR to help you pick out your next kicks
It’s the risk you always take when buying shoes online. Will they fit properly? Nike hopes it can take that fit issue out of the equation of online shopping by introducing its app that measures your feet with AR to make sure you get the ideal fit.
By using augmented reality via the camera on your smartphone, it will measure your individual feet recognising the shape, size and volume to within 2 millimetres. It then uses that data along with purchase data from people with similar sized feet to suggest a Nike shoe that would be most suitable for you.
The feature is rolling out to the Nike app in July to US users first before making its way to Europe a month later in August.
Read the latest headlines in a busy week in the world of VR and AR.