Apple’s quest for the iWatch trademark expands


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The number of countries Apple(s AAPL) has applied for a trademark on the name iWatch is much larger than previously thought. The total of known places is now six, and most of them were applied for around the same time: early June.

9to5Mac found applications for hardware and software under the name iWatch in Colombia, Mexico, Taiwan and Turkey. That follows news from Monday that Apple applied for the iWatch trademark in Russia, and previously in Japan.

The news of the filings has generated a lot of excitement among the Apple community because it portends the first completely new product category for Apple since the original iPad launched in 2010. Earlier reports claimed Apple would launch the device this year, though 2014 may be more likely.

When Apple does get around to making one, however, this won’t be a repeat of the iPod, iPhone or iPad situation where it’s…

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Warm up your wrist: 5M smartwatch shipments expected in 2014

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Smartwatches of some sort have been around for years without truly making a dent in the mainstream consumer market. That’s all about to change, according to research firm Canalys: It expects a 900 percent increase in smartwatch shipments next year. Why the big boost? All the big tech companies are expected to chime in on this market within the next 12 to 18 months.

Currently, Sony(s sne) is considered the smartwatch sales leader, even though its last few products have been marginal performers at best. The company has a revamped smartwatch due out this September, however, and is already generating some buzz.

Sony SmartWatch 2 trio

Various Kickstarter projects have delivered viable smartwatches as well: Pebble raised $10.2 million for its smartwatch last year and recently scored a retail partnership with Best Buy(s bbuy), helping to get the product in front of a mass market. But these examples are just the tip of…

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