Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Apple extends new 'Space Gray' color to iPods, too

Apple introduced a new "Space Gray" color with the iPhone 5S on Tuesday, but the new color is not exclusive to the new high-end smartphone.After Apple introduced the color at the rollout for a pair of new iPhones today, the company quietly added the new color option to its iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle. The only iPod models on which the new color is not offered as an option is the iPod Classic and the 16GB iPod Touch, which is available only in a black front and silver back combination.iPods sporting the new color option are available now at the Apple Store at the same price as iPods in the previous assortment of colors. However, with the addition of the new graphite-like color, Apple is dumping the option of a black rear shell, which was criticized as being susceptible to scratches.Another device announced Tuesday not sporting the new color is the iPhone 5C -- a plastic-framed handset available in five bright colors.

Apple extends iWatch trademark filings to more countries

Apple's iWatch is already making a name for itself, at least when it comes to trademark filings.Applications to trademark the iWatch moniker have popped up in Mexico, Taiwan, and Turkey, according to the folks at 9to5Mac and MacRumors. The filings in Mexico and Taiwan directly list Apple as the applicant, while the one in Turkey came from an attorney who has worked with Apple in the past. All three were filed on June 3.Columbia also appears to be on the list, according to a 9to5Mac reader who linked to the filing document. These four new trademark requests follow a report of a filing in Japan discovered last week. A report from earlier in June said that Apple had filed a trademark for the iWatch in Russia.Several analysts and Apple watchers have pegged the launch of an iWatch for sometime later this year. And in the opinion of one analyst, the decision to move ahead with production may have already been made. "We believe iWatch is in a greater state of readiness, with the supply chain now waiting for the production go-ahead from Apple," Citi analyst Glen Yeung said in an investors note released June 7. "We suspect the go/no-go decision will be made in June and are leaning toward a 'go' outcome at this time."(Via Razorianfly)