Apple Watch won't sprout until springReports indicate Apple's smartwatch won't launch until spring, while the rumored "iPad Pro" may be smaller than expected. Also, MasterCard is testing out a new payment wristband called Nymi, and Burger King will begin accepting PayPal.
The Apple Watch won't be on time for Valentine's and MasterCard has a new way to pay with a wristband. I'm Bridget Carrey, and this is your CNET Update. Apple said its smartwatch would arrive early next year, but it seems that actually means sometime in the Spring. In a video to employees, Apple's Senior Vice President of retail told her staff. That the Apple watch will launch in the spring. Now this little detail comes from a transcript of the video that was shared to the blog 9to5Mac. So don't count on the Apple watch as a Valentine's Day gift. If this is accurate it won't arrive until after March 20th. Apple's facing more competition as time goes on. Microsoft just launched a $200 smart band that blends in a fitness tracker with smart watch features. And it works with Android and iPhones. The Mode 360 is being sold for $200.00 at ATT as a promotion with the purchase of a Moto X Phone and LG's G Watch R is out on Friday November 7th for $300.00. Apple may also have another gadget ready for the spring, we have heard reports for some time now about a larger iPad. With a 13-inch screen and many refer to it as the iPad Pro, but perhaps it won't be that large. A Japanese tech site reports that the screen could be closer to 12 inches across. And it'll be around the same thickness as the new iPhones. Now if the screen is the size of a laptop screen, and you throw on a keyboard, Apple could market this as a tool for work or school, competing with Microsoft's Surface tablets. When the Apple watch comes out you'll be able to use it to make purchases in stores by tapping your wrist to the register using Apple Pay. But there's a Canadian tech company looking to create another way to pay with your wrist. BioNim is working with MasterCard on a wristband called the Nymi. You would use it to tap to pay at the register, and for security, it won't work unless it's on your wrist. It monitors your heartbeat to track the unique rhythm of the owner. Now it'll also have other features, like being able to unlock your computer or tablet when you're nearby. These Nymi bands will roll out later this year in Canada. The popularity of Apple Pay is encouraging other businesses to add new forms of wireless payment. Burger King, for example, will start accepting PayPal through its app. Early next year you can pay for your Whopper with the Burger King app and type in your PayPal four digit pin number. That's your tech news update but there's always more at cnet.com and. Be sure to check out the premiere issue of our new CNet magazine. That's right. We're in print now. It's available on newsstands and has a few stories you won't find online, plus our holiday gift guide. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]