Apple latest: 3 iWatch sizes, iPhone 6 battery solved and new IBM partnership

Today's Apple latest features news about the iWatch, the iPhone 6 and news about the partnership they have just struck with IBM.


Taiwan's Economic Daily News is reporting that Apple plans to release three versions of the upcoming iWatch in the third quarter of this year.

Once translated, the report claims that a 1.6-inch model will be launched alongside two 1.8-inch models. the 1.6 and low-end 1.8 will allegedly have exactly the specs, with size being the only differentiating factor.

However the second 1.8-inch model is reportedly going to be the highest-end iWatch, and only that one will feature a sapphire display which will make it resistant to any scratching.

We have heard rumours floating round before regarding both of these sizes, but the exclusiveness of the sapphire glass to the high-end model is something relatively new.

This latest report does however contradict the Reuters reports published a few weeks ago that stated the iWatch would have quite a large 2.5-inch display.

When the iWatch does hit the mass-market analysts predict Apple's brand loyalty and ecosystem could result in it selling over 60 million units.

iPhone 6

Another day closer to its launch and we get another iPhone 6 rumour, this time though it's regarding the device's battery.

Reports we coming out that Apple's battery manufacturer was struggling to develop a battery thin enough and flexible enough for the iPhone 6.

However again a report from the Economic Daily News claims that a Taiwanese company called Simplo Technologies has been able to develop such a battery.

The report claims Apple's smartphone rivals Samsung and HTC have also run into similar problems whilst developing batteries for their own devices.

Apple and IBM's major enterprise partnership

Our final news for today is just breaking; Apple have just announced a new partnership with IBM that will make it so much easier for enterprise customers to use iPhones and iPads as work devices.

Lifted straight from the press release the companies "... will collaborate to build IBM MobileFirst for iOS Solutions—a new class of "made-for-business apps" targeting specific industry issues or opportunities in retail, healthcare, banking, travel and transportation, telecommunications and insurance, among others, that will become available starting this fall and into 2015.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said of the new partnership: ""iPhone and iPad are the best mobile devices in the world, and have transformed the way people work with over 98 percent of the Fortune 500 and over 92 percent of the Global 500 using iOS devices in their business today.

"For the first time ever we're putting IBM's renowned big data analytics at iOS users' fingertips, which opens up a large market opportunity for Apple.

"This is a radical step for enterprise and something that only Apple and IBM can deliver."