Recent figures have shown that the Apple Watch is already the world’s best-selling fitness device, and now Apple wants to take the health and fitness features of the watch even further. BGR has an exclusive report in which it says that it has heard from its sources that Apple has hired 200 PhDs to work on more health features for the watch.

In particular, Apple is currently developing a glucose monitoring system for the Apple Watch. Previously it was thought that this was only achievable via a separate device, but BGR has heard from its sources that this is possibly no longer the case and that Apple may one day launch an Apple Watch that can monitor glucose levels. If Apple achieved this it would be an incredible feat to produce what would be the first non-invasive blood sugar measuring device.

BGR’s sources also say that Apple is planning to launch “smart watch bands” that will act like mini accessories, introducing additional functionality without the need for separate gadgets. It’s possible that the glucose monitoring feature will be part of one such smart watch band.

The source also told BGR that Apple has “identified the right part of the body and there’s so much more they can and intend to do with the watch.”

Source: Exclusive: Upcoming Apple Watch to include game-changing health features

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a new note to investors that Apple’s Siri-powered smart speaker that is intended to be a rival to the Amazon Echo will have a physical touch panel as well as voice control.

This comes hot on the heels of Apple’s head of marketing Phil Schiller saying that smart speakers need screens as well as voice controls.

“[There are] many moments where a voice assistant is really beneficial, but that doesn’t mean you’d never want a screen. So the idea of not having a screen, I don’t think it suits many situations.”

Kuo did not specify whether or not the Siri speaker, which Kuo says is 50-50 due to be unveiled at Apple’s WWDC on June 5, will have a sophisticated dynamic screen, or something more simple and purely functional.

Kuo says that Iventec and Longwell are destined to be big winners when Apple launches its new smart speaker, with the former set to supply acoustic parts and the latter due to supply the power chord.

Source: Apple's Siri home speaker said to complement voice controls with physical touch panel

According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, via 9to5 Mac, Nintendo is currently developing a Legend of Zelda game for the iPhone after the huge popularity of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch, and the massive success of Pokémon Go enjoyed by Niantic, Nintendo, and the Pokémon Company.

However, it’s a little too soon to get really excited about the prospect of playing Zelda on your iPhone or iPad, as the WSJ says that Nintendo won’t be releasing it until after the forthcoming Animal Crossing game for iOS, which has apparently been delayed until at least the second half of 2017.

It’s not yet known what form the iOS Zelda game will take, i.e., will it be a full 3D game like the console games, a port of one of the Nintendo DS versions, or a totally new type of Zelda game.

Source: Report: Nintendo developing ‘The Legend of Zelda’ game for iPhone

AppleInsider reports that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that there is a more than 70% chance that Apple will launch the forthcoming iPad Pro at its WWDC keynote on June 5. Kuo says that the timing would make sound sense for Apple, with its suppliers currently preparing for mass production to begin at the beginning of June.

Kuo forecasts that Apple can expect shipments of between 5 million and 6 million units of the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro in the current fiscal year, representing 15% of total iPad shipments for 2017.

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is said to have a very similar form factor to that of the 9.7-inch model, but the thinner bezel means that it will have a larger display. Kuo thinks that the bigger display will help to improve the user experience and also to attract more customers in the enterprise market.

Source: Apple expected to reveal new 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC

GameSpot reports that the mobile version of eagerly awaited sequel Injustice 2 has actually been released first on iOS before any other platform, including console.

The free-to-play game, which was developed by NetherRealm Studios, sees iconic DC Super Heroes and Super Villains going head-to-head in three vs. three bouts of fighting action.
Expanding on Injustice: Gods Among Us, the sequel features new and improved combat, a story mode, and more customisation options than ever before. Gameplay has been updated to enable players to move heroes and villains across the “fight line,” execute jumping and crouching attacks, and utilise advanced zoning techniques with projectiles, all via the touch-screen control system.

New features include an Operations mode where players can send their characters away on missions, and an Arena mode for competitive PvP battles, as well as a unique Gear System where you can collect, upgrade and customise gear for your favourite characters.

There’s even cross-platform functionality with the console version of the game, where you can complete daily objectives for special in-game rewards across both mobile and console platforms.

Click here to download: Injustice 2 on the App Store

Sources: Warner Bros. Interactive,...

Apple has today announced that it has awarded Gorilla Glass company Corning Incorporated $200 Million from its new Advanced Manufacturing Fund as part of its initiative to foster innovation among American manufacturers. The investment will go towards supporting Corning’s R&D, capital equipment needs, and state-of-the-art glass processing. Corning’s Harrodsburg, Kentucky, facility has played an important part in Apple and Corning’s 10-year collaboration and will be the main focus of Apple’s investment.

Apple has made a commitment to invest at least $1 billion with US-based companies as part of its Advanced Manufacturing Fund, which it says is designed to encourage innovative production and highly skilled jobs to help build the foundations of a new era of technology-driven manufacturing in the US.

Source: Apple

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