Market research firm Strategy Analytics has declared Apple the wearable device leader in the first quarter of 2017. According to the report, Apple captured 16 percent of the total market for wearables during the first three months of the year. In fact, Apple and Xiaomi bumped Fitbit out of the top slot, representing a significant challenge to the previous market leader.
Apple fans have a new way to dock their Apple Watch thanks to accessory maker Elago. The third stand in their Apple Watch series, the W3 brings the nostalgia factor into the office or bedroom. This silicone stand evokes the original Macintosh, which was introduced in 1984. The display of the Apple Watch lines up to show through as the screen of the vintage computer complete with floppy drive.
Niantic has released Pokémon GO for Apple Watch on the App Store. The news comes after recent rumors that the project was scrapped, which proved to be false. Trainers with Apple Watch can explore the world and discover nearby Pokémon, as well as collect items from PokéStops. Sessions with the game can be logged as a Workout, which logs the distances covered and counts towards daily Activity rings.
Apple now offers a variety of refurbished Apple Watch models at the Apple Store online. These special deals include discounts of 14 to 15 percent, with Series 1 prices starting at $229. Those looking for an Apple Watch Series 2 can get the stainless steel 42mm model for $509, for a savings of $90. As with some other Apple refurbished products, the inventory is limited when it comes to available colors, cases and band selection.
Now that the Apple Watch has been around for a while, damaged or obsolete Apple Watch units will make their way into the waste stream. The Apple Renew program offers a convenient way to properly dispose of discarded electronics, including the Apple Watch. Apple uses several different third-party e-waste recyclers to handle different products they have manufactured. While some Apple products can be recycled for a gift card, the Apple Watch does not qualify for any payment beyond free shipping.