tech

Apple rolls out virtual fitness service, new watch, subscription bundle, catering to pandemic work-from-home

19 Comments
By Stephen Nellis

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.


19 Comments
Login to comment

Article doesn't say much about the new Ipad Air, which is attracting lots of attention. I'd want one if I could think of why I'd need one. My Kindle Fire 8, at a tiny fraction of the price at $100, does everything I need.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Looks like they’re starting to phase out the lightning connector... finally. I’d hold off from buying any new Apple devices that don’t use USB -C now... unless it’s absolutely needed.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

I wonder if all of the medical diagnostic features of the new Apple Watch will be available in Japan? They haven't been in the past if you bought a watch in Japan.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

My Kindle Fire 8, at a tiny fraction of the price at $100, does everything I need.

If you do the Google Play Store hack, Fire tablets are very capable for typical tablet use and very cheap.

You can get a fingertip oximeter like the ones clinics use for about 2000 yen. Some companies have started measuring it in fitness watches, but there is little info on what the number means and apparently you have to stop exercising to measure it, a no-no for running or cycling.

"It's a lot more aggressive pricing than I thought," said Ben Bajarin, principal analyst for consumer market intelligence at research firm Creative Strategies,

The best-known online reviewer of fitness tech, DC Rainmaker, says the service doesn't offer very much for the money. It is also English-language only.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

I wish they'd innovate their computers and make them super fast and clean and sell them for $400-500. I'd hope back on board with them.

This bundling thing makes sense for them business-wise but it won't have me in it. Don't need any extra fees for things I already get for free.

BTW, that Jeff Williams in this picture needs to tuck his shirt in. Both him and Tim Fox look like dorks like that.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Desperation at Apple, everything that's useless is now packaged. Governments should force them to stop deliberately shortening the user lives of their products or to make hardware in good working order unusable as no more updating. The Eu is trying. Apples glory days are over again at least for a while.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Robert, what is exactly do you base "Apple's glory days are over again"?

Just a reminder of the news the other day:

https://japantoday.com/category/tech/apple-is-1st-us-company-to-be-valued-at-2-trillion

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Great that we don't need to pair it with an iPhone. Opens up the market to us Android phone users.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Apple watches are the worst. Apparently they only give half a day of battery. Many people I talk to with an Apple watch complain so much about it.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

One day this company will be rendered irrelevant.

Its capitalistic manner is over the top. It used to mean something important when Steve Jobs was at the helm.

RIP Mr. Jobs.

Apple is a joke now. Like McDonald's over ump-tine quadrillion served! In micro bits of tech upgrade at a time.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Apple haters are always good for a laugh. But these comments here a way funnier than usual. Sell macs for cheaper than the component cost? lol. Half a day of battery for the watch? lol. Shortening life of their products? LOL. Never had a mac for less than ten years. iPads last for ever. Still using iPhone SE with zero problems. Wife has 2nd generation watch with zero issues. You will find Apple customers are generally loyal and for a reason.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Waddo, spot on!

Invalid CSRF. When, oh when is JT going to fix this?

4 ( +4 / -0 )

The world doesn't need more Apple stuff, just the wrong time for it....

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Its Money for Nothing... and the Kicks are Free...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Apple in Sci-Fi terms is like the BORG...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Apple needs to fix that perception.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Apple in Sci-Fi terms is like the BORG...

Yes, Apple, Google, Amazon, FaceBook... They're taking over a lot of industries that used to be thought of as immune to advances made by tech companies. They are being assimilated.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Half a day of battery for the watch? lol.

Apple states 18 hours, which they cunningly describe as "all day battery life", a slightly devious way of acknowledging that it may well not last a full 24 hours while sort of implying the opposite.

"Our goal for battery life is 18 hours after an overnight charge, factoring in things like checking the time, receiving notifications, using apps, and doing a 60-minute workout. And because everyone will use Apple Watch differently, we tested several other metrics as well."

https://www.apple.com/watch/battery/#:~:text=All%2Dday%20battery%20life%20is,the%20course%20of%2018%20hours

And actually, they really state "up to 18 hours", a slightly devious way of admitting that it may not last even that long. So while you sneer that someone says it goes for half a day, Apple say the device - with this kind of performance, let's not call it a watch - is sorta capable of 18 hours. Under other use cases listed on that page, they think it gets 14, 11, etc. Note that 14 is just over half a day, and 11 is less than half a day.

So there's the reason that when you see Apple Watches on people's wrists, the display tends to be off. It's an awkward "in-between" device that doesn't reach the feature level of a smartphone and can't come close to the performance level of a wristwatch. It's practically designed to crap out when you need it, which is why no one with anything serious to do would rely on a smartwatch. They use real watches.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Or you can use Gonoodle videos for free. Just saying .....................

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites