The Apple iWatch "watch" continues, with rumors about the product continuing to circulate. The latest rumor is that the iWatch will feature fitness tracking, similar to the tracking currently offered by the Nike+ FuelBand.
Perhaps at the root of the rumor is Tim Cook's public admiration of the FuelBand, which tracks a person's physical activity, providing information on number of steps, calories burned, and much more. The band interacts with the iPhone and other smartphones, as well as linking up with apps like Lose It! to allow owners to keep up with the number of calories consumed each day.
If you're constantly searching for extra plugs to charge all your mobile devices, a new accessory from Griffin could be just the item you need. The Griffin Powerdock 5 retails for $99.99 and charges iPhones, iPads, as well as Kindle tablets and Android devices. Smartphone and tablet owners need only slide up to five electronic devices onto the charger, plug them in, and watch as five items charge at once.
Perhaps best of all, the Griffin Powerdock 5 takes up minimal space and its aesthetically-pleasing design will make consumers happy to set it atop a countertop or end table. The charger leaves plenty of space for each device, allowing consumers to fit phones and tablets in with cases in place.
By the time Apple introduces its next wave of new products this fall, Apple lovers will have waited almost a whole year for a new product launch. And the delay's effects look to impact more than consumer wants.
Legions of app developers and electronics-themed online stores, as well as a few casemakers, are reportedly experiencing a dropoff in activity and sales due to a dearth of new products to build for, protect and re-sell.
Denys Zhadanov, marketing director at Readdle, which makes apps for iOS, recently told Mashable, "Usually when they launch a new iPad or iPhone, we see a huge number of new customers buying apps. The lack of the new iPad model this spring had a pretty noticeable effect on our sales."