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Apple today added the NBC Sports Live Extra channel to the Apple TV, adding to its growing collection of available sports apps the device. The NBC Sports channel on the Apple TV delivers videos and clips of sporting events that air on NBC, much like the iPad app. NBC Sports on the Apple TV offers video on demand that includes access to video clips, previews of upcoming events, and highlights from past events, plus it offers live NBC Sports events and full event replays. While video clips and other content will be available to all users, watching live content will require a cable subscription and authentication to log in.In addition to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Triple Crown, Live Extra streams all live sports content televised by NBC, NBCSN and Golf Channel, including: the Summer and Winter Olympics; Sunday Night Football and NBC's NFL pre-season and post-season coverage; NHL regular-season games; the PGA TOUR, including the FedExCup Playoffs, and the LPGA; the Premier League; studio content surrounding many of the aforementioned properties; original programming such as The Dan Patrick Show and Men In Blazers; and much more.NBC Sports joins a slew of other sports-oriented apps on the Apple TV, including WatchESPN, MLB.tv, NBA, NHL GameCenter, Major League Soccer, WWE Network, 120 Sports, Tennis Channel Everywhere, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Enables Access to HealthKit for More Than 80,000 Patients • Christy Turlington Burns Breaks Personal Record at London Marathon • Yes, the Apple Watch Blends • Apple Watch Faces Offer a Multitude of Options While Users Get Creative With Home Screens • How to Get Your Apple Watch Up and Running • MacRumors Giveaway: Pad & Quill Valet Luxury Sleeve and Apple Watch Accessory • SquareTrade Announces 2-Year Apple Watch Protection Plans • Apple Watch Battery Designed to Last 1000 Complete Charge Cycles

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Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 8.4 to registered developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the first iOS 8.4 beta and nearly three weeks after releasing iOS 8.3 to the public. The beta, build 12H4086d, is available as an over-the-air download and through the iOS Developer Center. iOS 8.4 introduces an all-new Music app, which has a revamped design that shows pictures of artists in the Artists view and offers personalized playlists. It includes a new MiniPlayer, a redesigned look for "Now Playing," global search capabilities that make it easier to search within the Music app, and a streamlined design for iTunes Radio to bolster music discovery. The first iOS 8.4 beta had a long list of bugs associated with the new Music app, and it's likely that today's update fixes several of those issues to make the app more stable. iOS 8.4's redesigned music app comes ahead of the rumored debut of a revamped streaming music service that could make an appearance at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The upcoming streaming music service is said to be similar to Apple's existing Beats music service, but with a rebranding, a redesign, deeper integration into iTunes, and a focus on exclusive content. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Enables Access to HealthKit for More Than 80,000 Patients • Christy Turlington Burns Breaks Personal Record at London Marathon • Yes, the Apple Watch Blends • Apple Watch Faces Offer a Multitude of Options While Users Get Creative With Home Screens • How to Get Your Apple Watch Up and Running • MacRumors Giveaway: Pad & Quill Valet Luxury Sleeve and Apple Watch Accessory • SquareTrade Announces 2-Year Apple Watch Protection Plans • Apple Watch Battery Designed to Last 1000 Complete Charge Cycles

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Many customers who pre-ordered the Apple Watch over the past two weeks and received an extended shipping estimate of 4-6 weeks or later should receive the wrist-worn device earlier than expected. Apple continues to update several pre-orders with improved delivery estimates, with some Apple Watch orders initially slated for June delivery now shipping as early as this week. A growing number of users within the MacRumors discussion forums with Apple Watch pre-orders facing June delivery are beginning to receive more specific shipping dates between mid May and early June. Some customers, for example, have delivery estimates of May 14-May 20 or May 28-June 10, and the white 38mm Apple Watch Sport in particular is set to deliver on April 28 for multiple customers. The timing of deliveries is highly dependant on the model that customers selected, as the Stainless Steel Apple Watch with Link Bracelet and Space Gray models continue to face long lead times, and Space Black models are virtually nonexistent. Apple is still processing many of the orders for those aforementioned models, with delivery estimates remaining at 4-6 weeks or later for many customers. Apple Watch pre-order deliveries began on April 24 as scheduled, but limited data from Slice Intelligence estimates that only about one-fifth of customers who pre-ordered received their Apple Watches on launch day in the United States. The report, based on e-receipt data from only 10,744 U.S. Apple Watch buyers, extrapolates that only 376,000 of 1.7 million pre-orders were delivered over the weekend, with another 547,000 watches estimated for delivery between April 27 and June 11. Apple confirmed last week that many Apple Watch pre-orders will arrive sooner than expected, shortly after an executive relations spokesperson said that elongated shipping estimates were set purposefully to avoid disappointment in the event orders were not fulfilled on time. Nevertheless, the company said that some customers still face long lead times, particularly those who did not place an order until several hours after pre-orders became available. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Get Your Apple Watch Up and Running • MacRumors Giveaway: Pad & Quill Valet Luxury Sleeve and Apple Watch Accessory • SquareTrade Announces 2-Year Apple Watch Protection Plans • Apple Watch Battery Designed to Last 1000 Complete Charge Cycles • Android Mascot Discovered Urinating on Apple Logo in Google Maps [Updated] • Apple Offers Virtual 'Personal Setup' to Soon-to-Be Apple Watch Owners • Apple Watches Shipping to Customers Confirmed to Have Covered Diagnostic Port • Developers Who Won Apple Watch Purchase Lottery Receiving Emails With Order Instructions

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Discover announced on Monday that cardholders will be able to use Apple Pay for contactless payments at participating vendors in the United States beginning this fall. Discover cardholders will continue to receive current benefits, including Cashback Bonus and the new Freeze It security tool that protects those that have temporarily misplaced their cards. Developing… Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Get Your Apple Watch Up and Running • MacRumors Giveaway: Pad & Quill Valet Luxury Sleeve and Apple Watch Accessory • SquareTrade Announces 2-Year Apple Watch Protection Plans • Apple Watch Battery Designed to Last 1000 Complete Charge Cycles • Android Mascot Discovered Urinating on Apple Logo in Google Maps [Updated] • Apple Offers Virtual 'Personal Setup' to Soon-to-Be Apple Watch Owners • Apple Watches Shipping to Customers Confirmed to Have Covered Diagnostic Port • Developers Who Won Apple Watch Purchase Lottery Receiving Emails With Order Instructions

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With the launch of the Apple Watch on Friday, the first wave of consumers have received their Apple Watches. Our forums are abuzz with activity surrounding Apple's newest device. While there were initial concerns about the Apple Watch's battery life, reports seem to indicate that the Apple Watch, itself, has no problem lasting a full day. However, there have been mixed reports about the impact the Apple Watch has on iPhone battery life. The Apple Watch needs to be paired to an iPhone for full functionality. The iPhone connects to the Apple Watch via bluetooth and Wi-Fi to feed it data and notifications throughout the day. Some users have found a notable improvement in iPhone battery life with the addition of an Apple Watch. This suggests the act of offloading notifications and quick interactions to your Apple Watch, could make your iPhone battery last much longer. The best unexpected but /now/ obvious surprise to having the Apple Watch is plenty of battery life on the iPhone after a full day out!— Dan James (@Daniel277) April 26, 2015 However, several other users have noticed a significant drain on their iPhone batteries in early usage with the Apple Watch. Apple Watch battery life: 16-20 hrs. iPhone paired with Apple Watch: seemingly zero hours— Jacqui Cheng (@ejacqui) April 26, 2015 Former Engadget editor Ryan Block had as similar experience and pinpointed the Apple Watch Companion app as the culprit. John Byrne also puts some blame on the Companion App, saying that force-quitting the app seemed to help at least a bit. A discussion thread in our forums provides similarly mixed results, with one user blaming his battery drain on checking email on the Apple Watch. Due to the inconsistency in reports, it seems that either a software bug or particular usage pattern could be a culprit. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Get Your Apple Watch Up and Running • MacRumors Giveaway: Pad & Quill Valet Luxury Sleeve and Apple Watch Accessory • SquareTrade Announces 2-Year Apple Watch Protection Plans • Apple Watch Battery Designed to Last 1000 Complete Charge Cycles • Android Mascot Discovered Urinating on Apple Logo in Google Maps [Updated] • Apple Offers Virtual 'Personal Setup' to Soon-to-Be Apple Watch Owners • Apple Watches Shipping to Customers Confirmed to Have Covered Diagnostic Port • Developers Who Won Apple Watch Purchase Lottery Receiving Emails With Order Instructions

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Apple today rolled out a feature through the iTunes Store that allows users to contribute to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts following the Nepal earthquake that has killed over 2,400 people. The feature leverages the hundreds of millions of credit cards already on file to allow iTunes users to easily donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or $200 to the relief efforts. Apple will be passing along 100 percent of the donations to the Red Cross. Aid Nepal Donate in iTunes #iTunes #Nepal #NepalEarthquake pic.twitter.com/s9seJp8RZV— Philip Schiller (@pschiller) April 26, 2015 This is not the first time Apple has used to iTunes Store to raise money for charity, with the company most recently raising money for City of Hope last October. Other previous relief effort fundraising campaigns have included the 2013 Philippine typhoon, the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Get Your Apple Watch Up and Running • MacRumors Giveaway: Pad & Quill Valet Luxury Sleeve and Apple Watch Accessory • SquareTrade Announces 2-Year Apple Watch Protection Plans • Apple Watch Battery Designed to Last 1000 Complete Charge Cycles • Android Mascot Discovered Urinating on Apple Logo in Google Maps [Updated] • Apple Offers Virtual 'Personal Setup' to Soon-to-Be Apple Watch Owners • Apple Watches Shipping to Customers Confirmed to Have Covered Diagnostic Port • Developers Who Won Apple Watch Purchase Lottery Receiving Emails With Order Instructions

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A CNet video shows the new Apple Watch Sport undergoing a variety of torture tests in a kitchen setting to see how well it holds up to a variety of abuse. Previously, video bloggers have subjected the Sport's Ion-X screen and the Sapphire screen to a variety of scratch tests. The video shows the Apple Watch Sport holds up remarkably well in various scenarios. The watch is washed, submerged in water for 10 minutes, boiled, grated, spilled on, dropped and finally smashed with cast iron skillet. The Apple Watch Sport screen did shatter with the skillet impact, but seemed to remain perfectly functional until that point. The Apple Watch was officially launched today with pre-order deliveries arriving for the first customers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Get Your Apple Watch Up and Running • MacRumors Giveaway: Pad & Quill Valet Luxury Sleeve and Apple Watch Accessory • SquareTrade Announces 2-Year Apple Watch Protection Plans • Apple Watch Battery Designed to Last 1000 Complete Charge Cycles • Android Mascot Discovered Urinating on Apple Logo in Google Maps [Updated] • Apple Offers Virtual 'Personal Setup' to Soon-to-Be Apple Watch Owners • Apple Watches Shipping to Customers Confirmed to Have Covered Diagnostic Port • Developers Who Won Apple Watch Purchase Lottery Receiving Emails With Order Instructions

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Today is Apple Watch launch day in the United States and eight other first wave launch countries, and many customers around the world are busy setting up their new smartwatch or anxiously waiting for their package to be delivered. Meanwhile, the teardown team at repair website iFixit flew to Melbourne, Australia to get their hands on the Apple Watch and take it apart to see what's inside. iFixit started by prying open the display and disconnecting the display and digitizer cables underneath, getting a first look at the Taptic Engine, inside of the Digital Crown and internal 205 mAh battery. Digging further into the Apple Watch, the team got a closer look at various components for haptic feedback, an ambient light sensor and S1 integrated processor. Overall, the Apple Watch received a 5 out of 10 repairability score. Back in Los Angeles, several thousands of miles away from the teardown, KTLA reporter Rich DeMuro was on site at Maxfield in West Hollywood to interview various people waiting in line to purchase the Apple Watch. It was confirmed earlier this week that the Apple Watch would go on sale in limited quantities at Maxfield and other select fashion boutiques such as Colette in Paris and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London. DeMuro also provided a basic overview of the Apple Watch's core features, including watch faces, heart rate monitoring, health and fitness tracking, phone calling and stock apps. In line with many early reviews, he said that the Apple Watch is not a device that everyone needs, but that the wrist-worn device has high-quality apps and provides a better overall experience than many Android Wear alternatives. Apple Watch launched today in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom following a two-week pre-order window that started April 10 at 12:01 AM Pacific. The watch will be sold exclusively online until at least June, with no walk-in purchases being taken at Apple retail stores in any of the first wave launch countries. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • SquareTrade Announces 2-Year Apple Watch Protection Plans • Apple Watch Battery Designed to Last 1000 Complete Charge Cycles • Android Mascot Discovered Urinating on Apple Logo in Google Maps [Updated] • Apple Offers Virtual 'Personal Setup' to Soon-to-Be Apple Watch Owners • Apple Watches Shipping to Customers Confirmed to Have Covered Diagnostic Port • Developers Who Won Apple Watch Purchase Lottery Receiving Emails With Order Instructions • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • TestFlight Updated to Support WatchKit Apps for Apple Watch

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MacRumors has obtained official Visual Mechanical Inspection information for the Apple Watch that reveals what type of damage is eligible for warranty service, out-of-warranty service or no service at all. These guidelines are adhered to by Apple authorized service providers and are based upon Apple's standard 1-year limited hardware warranty for the Apple Watch. Apple Watch damage that is eligible for warranty service includes user claimed debris under the display glass or pixel anomaly, a back cover removed with no damage, and any condensation in the heart rate windows. In particular, the document states that a removed back cover is only covered when not accompanied by enclosure damage or evidence of prying. Apple Watch damage that is eligible for out-of-warranty service includes a cracked, missing, removed or damaged Digital Crown cap, extreme abrasion, puncture holes, missing buttons resulting from a drop, any chips or multiple cracks in the display glass, a removed back cover with evidence of enclosure damage or prying, a bent or split band enclosure, a missing or removed band release button, or cracks in the back cover. Apple Watch damage considered nonreturnable and ineligible for warranty service includes a disassembled unit or missing parts, catastrophic damage, counterfeit or third-party parts, and unauthorized modifications such as aftermarket displays and other non-Apple installed parts. Catastrophic damage may still be covered under an AppleCare+ Protection Plan on a case-by-case basis. Apple disclosed earlier this month that it will charge out-of-warranty service fees of $229, $329 and $2,800 for the Sport, Watch and Edition models respectively for repairs not covered by Apple's limited one-year warranty or AppleCare+ for Apple Watch. Out-of-warranty battery service is also available for $79 plus an applicable $6.95 shipping charge if required for all Apple Watch models. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Android Mascot Discovered Urinating on Apple Logo in Google Maps • Apple Offers Virtual 'Personal Setup' to Soon-to-Be Apple Watch Owners • Apple Watches Shipping to Customers Confirmed to Have Covered Diagnostic Port • Developers Who Won Apple Watch Purchase Lottery Receiving Emails With Order Instructions • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • TestFlight Updated to Support WatchKit Apps for Apple Watch • How to Add and Organize Images in Photos for OS X Yosemite • Apple Releases iMac Graphics Update to Fix JPEG Freezing Issue on OS X Yosemite

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Thanks to the time difference, a few Australian Apple Watch customers began receiving their orders as early as yesterday afternoon here in the United States. Because of this, smartphone website FoneFox decided to put the Apple Watch through a variety of waterproof tests to measure just how much moisture the Watch could take before failing to function. The first test is a basic splash test followed by a five minute simulated shower complete with shampoo and soap, at the end of which the Apple Watch comes out noticeably unscathed and completely responsive to FoneFox's inputs on both its touch interface and digital crown. It should be pointed out that all of FoneFox's tests were completed with a 38mm Apple Watch Sport. Although it's hard to tell how different models of the Watch will size up to similar testing, it's clear after today's tests that most models in the Sport range should see similar results as FoneFox's. After finding "absolutely no issues whatsoever" with the Watch after the shower test, FoneFox decided to place the Apple Watch Sport completely submerged in a bucket for another five minutes. After the Watch produced similarly impressive results, the website took the device for a swim in a pool. Despite obvious responsive issues when placed underwater, after a 15 minute swim the wearable remained as functional for FoneFox as it was when taken out of the box. Apple's estimation of the waterproof rating for Apple Watch has most likely been underplayed, as most technology is, due to certain legal and business reasons. The company gave the wrist-worn device a water resistance rating of IPX7, suggesting it to be splash and water resistant but not completely waterproof. Tim Cook even claimed he wore his own personal Apple Watch in the shower back in February, pointing at a better-than-expected waterproof rating for the device ahead of its launch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Android Mascot Discovered Urinating on Apple Logo in Google Maps • Apple Offers Virtual 'Personal Setup' to Soon-to-Be Apple Watch Owners • Apple Watches Shipping to Customers Confirmed to Have Covered Diagnostic Port • Developers Who Won Apple Watch Purchase Lottery Receiving Emails With Order Instructions • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • TestFlight Updated to Support WatchKit Apps for Apple Watch • How to Add and Organize Images in Photos for OS X Yosemite • Apple Releases iMac Graphics Update to Fix JPEG Freezing Issue on OS X Yosemite

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Apple has introduced a new 5W USB power charger with folding pins for use in a handful of countries in Europe and Asia. The new adapter is available now for £25 on the Apple Online Store in the United Kingdom, and is designed for use in Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia as well. The charger is also included in the box with the Apple Watch in those countries. British former professional rugby player Will Carling shared photos of the new folding charger on Twitter earlier this month after claiming to have received the adapter from Apple design chief Jony Ive, who grew up in England and is known to be a rugby fan, but it was unknown at the time if Apple would ever release the product. The travel adapter, which can also be used to charge an iPhone, iPod touch and several other iPod models, is currently available to ship within 1-2 business days on the Apple Online Store in the United Kingdom. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Offers Virtual 'Personal Setup' to Soon-to-Be Apple Watch Owners • Apple Watches Shipping to Customers Confirmed to Have Covered Diagnostic Port • Developers Who Won Apple Watch Purchase Lottery Receiving Emails With Order Instructions • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • TestFlight Updated to Support WatchKit Apps for Apple Watch • How to Add and Organize Images in Photos for OS X Yosemite • Apple Releases iMac Graphics Update to Fix JPEG Freezing Issue on OS X Yosemite • Video Software Chief Randy Ubillos Retiring After 20 Years at Apple

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Hours before the Apple Watch is set to officially launch, Apple has debuted three new ads called "Rise", "Up" and "Us". The three ads focus on the three aspects of the device CEO Tim Cook highlighted when the Apple Watch was first introduced: a device that helps you with time, a comprehensive health and fitness device and an intimate communication device. The first ad, "Rise", shows people using the Apple Watch to help them spend their time. People are seen using the Apple Watch as an alarm clock, seeing incoming messages, using it on their commute, using it as a ticket at an airport, getting around with the Maps app and more. The second ad, "Up", features users using the Apple Watch's health and fitness features. People can be seen setting up their fitness goals on the Watch in addition to using it while both exercising and doing various activities, both intensive and casual. It also features moments where users are alerted to stand while working or commuting. The final ad, "Us", has people using the Watches' communication features, including the ability to draw pictures, send animated emojis, and send heart beats and taps to the wrists of other Apple Watch users. Interestingly, the ad also features people spending time with each other and paying attention to the world around them, illustrating how the Watch could free some users from their phones. All three ads end similarly, declaring that "the Watch is here". Thus far, Apple's marketing campaign for the Apple Watch has focused on getting the device on the wrists of athletes, models and other celebrities for maximum exposure. Moving forward, it appears Apple will begin making a case for how the Apple Watch will be used by most people. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Offers Virtual 'Personal Setup' to Soon-to-Be Apple Watch Owners • Apple Watches Shipping to Customers Confirmed to Have Covered Diagnostic Port • Developers Who Won Apple Watch Purchase Lottery Receiving Emails With Order Instructions • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • TestFlight Updated to Support WatchKit Apps for Apple Watch • How to Add and Organize Images in Photos for OS X Yosemite • Apple Releases iMac Graphics Update to Fix JPEG Freezing Issue on OS X Yosemite • Video Software Chief Randy Ubillos Retiring After 20 Years at Apple

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iFixit is currently in the process of tearing down a 38mm Apple Watch Sport after the device launched in Australia today. While it is still early in the teardown process, the team has found that disconnecting the display from the body can be a little difficult, similar to the troublesome Touch ID cable on the iPhone 5s. Behind the display, two of the most significant features of the Apple Watch are easily viewable in the Taptic Engine and Digital Crown. Also inside is the tiny 3.8V 205 mAh battery, which iFixit notes is "lightly adhered" and easy to remove. Apple has said the 42mm Apple Watch will generally have slightly longer battery life than the 38mm model, so we expect the larger Apple Watch will have a higher-capacity battery filling up the extra space inside the casing. iFixit's teardown is still in progress and this post will be updated as additional discoveries are made. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watches Shipping to Customers Confirmed to Have Covered Diagnostic Port • Developers Who Won Apple Watch Purchase Lottery Receiving Emails With Order Instructions • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • TestFlight Updated to Support WatchKit Apps for Apple Watch • How to Add and Organize Images in Photos for OS X Yosemite • Apple Releases iMac Graphics Update to Fix JPEG Freezing Issue on OS X Yosemite • Video Software Chief Randy Ubillos Retiring After 20 Years at Apple • Apple Rejects iOS App for Citing Pebble Support in App Store Description [Updated]

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While the first Apple Watch reviews published over two weeks ago, the devices are now making their way onto customers' wrists, allowing us to see broader first impressions of Apple's first new product since 2010's iPad. Image via MacRumors forum user SallyG Several posters in our forums have pointed out an unboxing experience fairly unique to new Apple products as it appears that the traditional Apple stickers are not included with the packaging. Additionally, several posters have reported receiving emails notifying them that they can schedule an online Personal Setup where Apple will, through a video session, walk a user through setting up the Apple Watch and pairing it with their iPhone. Another aspect of the Watch that users are noticing is how comfortable it is to wear. One user on Whirlpool pointed out that while he was originally going to use the sport band for exercise, he thinks its nice enough to wear regularly. One MacRumors reader told us that the Watch is indeed comfortable to wear with the build quality being "perfect", but that he found the sports band slightly awkward to put on at first. I have a 42mm Apple Watch Sports in Space Grey. Watch is incredibly comfy. However the [black sports band] feels backwards to me, the holes and the pin make it slightly awkward to do up. I’m sure I’ll get used to this. Setup was simple and intuitive, asked me if I wanted to transfer all my current apple watch apps across during the process. Other bands that have seen favorable impressions include the Milanese Loop, which also has a post dedicated to its unboxing in the MacRumors forums. Other early impressions include users finding certain less advertised features of the Apple Watch, such as the "Ping" feature that allows users to ping their iPhone from their Watch, to be very useful. Finally, while most users are reporting easy setup and pairing processes, some are having difficulty pairing their iPhone and Apple Watch, with the Watch not displaying the needed pairing code. Others are noting that syncing a 1 GB music playlist is taking longer than desired. For ongoing coverage of photos and first impressions, readers are welcome to follow our Apple Watch impressions threads in our Apple Watch forum. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watches Shipping to Customers Confirmed to Have Covered Diagnostic Port • Developers Who Won Apple Watch Purchase Lottery Receiving Emails With Order Instructions • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • TestFlight Updated to Support WatchKit Apps for Apple Watch • How to Add and Organize Images in Photos for OS X Yosemite • Apple Releases iMac Graphics Update to Fix JPEG Freezing Issue on OS X Yosemite • Video Software Chief Randy Ubillos Retiring After 20 Years at Apple • Apple Rejects iOS App for Citing Pebble Support in App Store Description [Updated]

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The Apple Watch isn't going to be available for sale tomorrow in Apple's retail stores, but there are a select handful of high-end fashion boutiques around the world that will be offering various Apple Watch models for sale. One of the stores, Maxfield, is located in Los Angeles, and people are already lining up outside the store in the hopes of getting an Apple Watch on launch day. Maxfield is the only store in the United States that have the Apple Watch in stock on April 24. Line at Maxfield LA, image via Alidir8 Other stores that will have Apple Watch stock tomorrow include Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London, Colette in Paris, The Corner in Berlin, and 10 Corso Como in Milan. It is not known how much stock each of these stores has available, but according to Dover Street Market's CEO, the Tokyo location will have 350 watches available for purchase, while Dover Street Market in London will have 570. Neither store is expected to have the Apple Watch Edition, but beyond that models in stock are unknown. Though Apple's retail stores are not offering the Apple Watch for sale, there appears to be some confusion among customers. At Apple Stores in Australia, there were customers lining up outside of stores in the hopes of getting an Apple Watch. The confused 23-person #AppleWatch queue outside Australia's flagship store. A photo posted by Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson (@jendn) on Apr 23, 2015 at 4:50pm PDT According to Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, Apple Watch orders may not be available in stores for a month or longer as the company works to get all pre-orders delivered. Apple is getting orders out rapidly, however, and many customers who had 4 to 6 week shipping dates will be getting their devices tomorrow. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watches Shipping to Customers Confirmed to Have Covered Diagnostic Port • Developers Who Won Apple Watch Purchase Lottery Receiving Emails With Order Instructions • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • TestFlight Updated to Support WatchKit Apps for Apple Watch • How to Add and Organize Images in Photos for OS X Yosemite • Apple Releases iMac Graphics Update to Fix JPEG Freezing Issue on OS X Yosemite • Video Software Chief Randy Ubillos Retiring After 20 Years at Apple • Apple Rejects iOS App for Citing Pebble Support in App Store Description [Updated]

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It's now April 24 in Australia, and Australian customers who pre-ordered Apple Watches are beginning to receive their watch deliveries, according to numerous posts on Instagram, Twitter, and various Internet forums, including the MacRumors forums. Unboxing videos and early first impressions should begin trickling out soon. Image via melfirbank Customers in other first wave launch countries will begin receiving their shipments as soon as local delivery companies open for the day. After Australia, orders in Hong Kong, China, and Japan will go out, followed by France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Apple Watch orders in the United States will start arriving at approximately 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Inside the box is a spare strap in the bigger/smaller size option & the new charger @sahil16 @carloss_rom @peguntah @brookelouise02 #applewatch #applefan #fitness #fitfashion A photo posted by Mel Firbank (@melfirbank) on Apr 23, 2015 at 4:01pm PDT Apple Watch orders began shipping out earlier this week. Initial shipments seemed to be limited to customers who pre-ordered early, but later in the week, customers who originally had 4 to 6 week shipping estimates were surprised with early shipping times. Apple has said that many customers can expect to see their Apple Watches arrive earlier than expected, but an April 24 delivery date remains in question for some orders, as there are customers who pre-ordered early and have not yet received shipping information. Apple will not be carrying the Apple Watch in its retail stores tomorrow as orders have been limited to online only, but several high-end fashion boutiques around the world have a limited amount of stock for purchase. These stores are located in Tokyo, London, Paris, Berlin, and Milan. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Deals on MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, Apple Accessories, and More • TestFlight Updated to Support WatchKit Apps for Apple Watch • How to Add and Organize Images in Photos for OS X Yosemite • Apple Releases iMac Graphics Update to Fix JPEG Freezing Issue on OS X Yosemite • Video Software Chief Randy Ubillos Retiring After 20 Years at Apple • Apple Rejects iOS App for Citing Pebble Support in App Store Description [Updated] • Apple Watch Weather Apps Provide At-a-Glance Forecasts Throughout the Day • ElevationLab Debuts $30 Apple Watch 'NightStand'

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Ahead of the Apple Watch launch tomorrow, Apple has shared a selection of apps that it believes all new Apple Watch owners should download. Provided to Buzzfeed, the list covers a wide range of apps, from those that provide news coverage to those that help people share photos or travel around town. Today marks the debut of the Apple Watch App Store, which should go live in just a few hours, letting people browse through available apps and download content before getting their watches tomorrow. The Apple Watch App Store will be accessible through the pre-installed Apple Watch app on the iPhone, available to all iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3 users. Image courtesy of Buzzfeed For sharing on social media, Apple recommended both Twitter and Instagram, noting that the latter includes support for emoji comments on the Apple Watch. The New York Times was recommended for news, and Mint was recommended for tracking finances. Yelp got a mention, as did Target's app, which includes a useful shopping list feature, and Dark Sky was highlighted as the must-have weather app. Citymapper was mentioned as a useful transit app, showing the fastest public transit routes, and Pacemaker's music mixing app was the only music app on the list. Elevate's brain training app was Apple's most unusual pick. Given the Apple Watch's position as a health and fitness device, Apple also shared several notable fitness and nutrition apps, including Fitstar Yoga for yoga, Strava for runners, and Golfshot for golfers. Apple recommended Lifesum for tracking calories and Centered for meditation. Several of these apps have been previously highlighted by Apple either during one of its Apple Watch events or on its Apple Watch app website, but several of the above apps are new picks that Apple has not previously shared. When Apple Watches reach the hands of customers tomorrow, there will be more than 2,000 Apple Watch apps available for the device. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases iMac Graphics Update to Fix JPEG Freezing Issue on OS X Yosemite • Video Software Chief Randy Ubillos Retiring After 20 Years at Apple • Apple Rejects iOS App for Citing Pebble Support in App Store Description [Updated] • Apple Watch Weather Apps Provide At-a-Glance Forecasts Throughout the Day • ElevationLab Debuts $30 Apple Watch 'NightStand' • Custom 1.3GHz Retina MacBooks Begin Shipping Out to Customers Early • 'Things' for Apple Watch Puts Task Accomplishment Tools on Your Wrist • Longtime Apple PR Executive Natalie Kerris to Retire

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Apple has published the official Apple Watch User Guide on its website, providing detailed information about the wrist-worn device broken down into categories such as Basics, Watch Faces, Notifications, Glances, Timekeeping, Messages, Digital Touch, Mail, Phone Calls, Calendars and Reminders, Health and Fitness, Apple Pay and Passbook, Maps and Directions, Music, Photos, Accessibility and more. The user guide provides a wealth of information about the Apple Watch in one place for easy access, and should serve as a valuable resource for customers that pre-ordered the Apple Watch for delivery starting April 24. The user guide provides step-by-step information and visuals on a wide variety of topics from setting up your Apple Watch and pairing with an iPhone to using apps and tracking your daily activity. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Releases iMac Graphics Update to Fix JPEG Freezing Issue on OS X Yosemite • Video Software Chief Randy Ubillos Retiring After 20 Years at Apple • Apple Rejects iOS App for Citing Pebble Support in App Store Description [Updated] • Apple Watch Weather Apps Provide At-a-Glance Forecasts Throughout the Day • ElevationLab Debuts $30 Apple Watch 'NightStand' • Custom 1.3GHz Retina MacBooks Begin Shipping Out to Customers Early • 'Things' for Apple Watch Puts Task Accomplishment Tools on Your Wrist • Longtime Apple PR Executive Natalie Kerris to Retire

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Apple is expected to announce a new iPod touch later this year, according to AppleInsider. The report, citing a source familiar with the plans, claims that the refreshed portable media player will likely have a similar design as the current model released over two-and-a-half years ago, and speculates that the next-generation device could have camera and processor improvements. iPod sales have been declining for several years, becoming a largely insignificant part of Apple's product lineup, anchored by the iPhone, iPad and Mac. The company no longer reports iPod sales in its quarterly results after reporting 2.9 million units sold in Q4 2014. Apple has not refreshed the iPod touch since October 2012, when the portable media player was updated with an ultra-thin, colorful design, A5 processor and Lightning connector. The report is entirely speculative about possible new features the next-generation iPod touch could have, including a 64-bit A7 processor, increased storage space, and improved iSight and FaceTime cameras. It would also make sense for the new iPod touch to support Apple Pay, which would require locked down NFC capabilities and a Touch ID fingerprint scanner. If the report proves accurate, Apple could announce its next-generation iPod touch during its iPhone event in September or iPad event in October that it typically holds each year. It is possible that Apple may also quietly update the iPod touch through a press release or website update, given that iPods are no longer as important to Apple as in previous years. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Rejects iOS App for Citing Pebble Support in App Store Description • Apple Watch Weather Apps Provide At-a-Glance Forecasts Throughout the Day • ElevationLab Debuts $30 Apple Watch 'NightStand' • Custom 1.3GHz Retina MacBooks Begin Shipping Out to Customers Early • 'Things' for Apple Watch Puts Task Accomplishment Tools on Your Wrist • Longtime Apple PR Executive Natalie Kerris to Retire • MacBook Buyer's Guide: Which MacBook is Right for You? • WatchAware Now Cataloging All 2,143 Approved Apps With Previews, Screenshots

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Algoriddim's been in the business of turning iPads, iPhones, and Macs info full-fledged DJ systems for both pros and home mixers for years now, and as of today, the company's also ready to bring DJing to the wrist with the new djay app for the Apple Watch. Built into the latest djay 2 iPhone update, djay for Apple Watch is an app that came to fruition after months of testing and experimenting with ways to bring a functional, ultra portable DJing experience to the wrist. Algoriddim's developers set out to distill the essence of DJing into an Apple Watch-sized package without compromising on function -- the goal was to create an app that could be used to DJ an entire party on the wrist. djay for Apple Watch interfaces with the iPhone's iTunes music library, letting DJs select tracks from playlists and mix songs on their wrists. Several songs can be cued up and there are controls for navigating backwards and forwards and looping sections of a song, all in sync with the beat. A Glance view gives a quick look at what's currently playing. Mixer and transition controls let DJs sync the beat of two songs and introduce crossfading to meld one song into another gradually. There are a set of audio effects that can be added to songs, and an Automix mode can be activated with a Force Touch press to let the app automatically mix songs from an iTunes playlist or Spotify with beat-matched DJ-style transitions. A Spotify Match feature like the one in the djay iPhone app will even find tracks that go well with the song that's currently playing in Automix mode. Whether practicing on-the-go, mingling with guests at a party, or rocking out on the dance floor, djay on Apple Watch frees the DJ from the DJ booth and opens the door to completely new ways to mix tracks. With djay on Apple Watch, users can browse their entire iTunes library plus cue up and mix their favorite songs, all while controlling audio effects and loops for each deck individually - right from their wrist. Or they can simply use Apple Watch to engage djay's popular Automix feature that pulls tracks from Spotify and mixes them automatically.Along with djay for Apple Watch, Algoriddim is also launching a major update to its djay Pro app for the Mac. Free for all existing users, the 1.1 update adds live video mixing, bringing all of the features of vjay to djay, and it introduces support for several Pioneer CDJ and XDJ systems, popular equipment choices for professional DJs. With support for the Pioneer CDJ, djay Pro is the first and only app that lets the CDJ interface directly with Spotify and iTunes playlists. The app's new video mode lets djay Pro users add visualizers to music and mix videos in real-time, with transitions, title and image overlays, and visual effects. In celebration of the launch the new djay Pro Mac app and the Apple Watch app, Algoriddim is making djay 2 for the iPhone and the iPad free for the next week. That means all users who download djay 2 for iPhone will have access to the djay Apple Watch app beginning April 24. djay 2 for iPhone can be downloaded from the App Store or free. [Direct Link] djay 2 for iPad can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link] djay Pro for Mac can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • ElevationLab Debuts $30 Apple Watch 'NightStand' • Custom 1.3GHz Retina MacBooks Begin Shipping Out to Customers Early • 'Things' for Apple Watch Puts Task Accomplishment Tools on Your Wrist • Longtime Apple PR Executive Natalie Kerris to Retire • MacBook Buyer's Guide: Which MacBook is Right for You? • WatchAware Now Cataloging All 2,143 Approved Apps With Previews, Screenshots • 'Knock' Aims to Let You Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch • 'The Whole Pantry' App Developer Admits Faking Cancer to Boost Sales

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During the night, Apple quietly began notifying some Apple Watch pre-order customers with updates on their order status, now confirming their packages were indeed shipping out to them, many with a confirmed delivery date for tomorrow's launch. With the Apple Store's order status finally updated in tandem with a few early notifications customers have received from services like UPS, Apple Watch pre-order customers with a confirmed shipping status can now track their package through Apple's online store. Though yesterday's UPS notifications sent out to some customers focused mostly on areas in the south, this morning's official update from Apple unsurprisingly appears to blanket the entire country. There is no word on international confirmations yet, however. Today's update comes after a week of slight confusion for most Apple Watch pre-order customers, with credit and debit card charges occurring on Monday and a handful of order status changes soon thereafter, but with most customers still left in the dark for the rest of the week despite early-morning pre-orders. This morning's news should come as a breath of relief for most customers who got in early on April 10, and Apple still promises that dispatch dates beyond 4/24 - 5/8 could be coming in earlier than expected, as well. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Things' for Apple Watch Puts Task Accomplishment Tools on Your Wrist • Longtime Apple PR Executive Natalie Kerris to Retire • MacBook Buyer's Guide: Which MacBook is Right for You? • WatchAware Now Cataloging All 2,143 Approved Apps With Previews, Screenshots • 'Knock' Aims to Let You Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch • 'The Whole Pantry' App Developer Admits Faking Cancer to Boost Sales • Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities

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Apple on Wednesday emailed select customers that pre-ordered the Apple Watch to reassure them that the company is working on their orders and will provide them with specific delivery dates and tracking information when available. Apple appears to have sent the email to customers with Apple Watch pre-orders that have yet to be prepared for shipment ahead of Friday's launch. Apple Watch pre-order deliveries will begin on April 24 as scheduled, although it remains unknown how many devices will reach customers on day one. Apple confirmed earlier today that many Apple Watch pre-orders with extended shipping estimates will be delivered sooner than expected, but also noted that some customers with extended shipping estimates may still be in for a long wait. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Longtime Apple PR Executive Natalie Kerris to Retire • MacBook Buyer's Guide: Which MacBook is Right for You? • WatchAware Now Cataloging All 2,143 Approved Apps With Previews, Screenshots • 'Knock' Aims to Let You Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch • 'The Whole Pantry' App Developer Admits Faking Cancer to Boost Sales • Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand

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Apple has launched a third update to the "Guided Tours" section on its dedicated Apple Watch website, showcasing new walkthrough videos on using Apple Pay and the Workout and Activity apps on the device. Apple first debuted its Guided Tour website on April 3 and has been gradually adding instructional videos to help people discover all of the things that the Apple Watch is able to do. The videos are currently only available on Apple's site, but should be uploaded to YouTube later this afternoon. The Apple Pay video walks through how Apple Pay is used on the Apple Watch at a location that accepts contactless payments. Double clicking the side button and holding a wrist to the payment terminal initiates a payment, which is confirmed with a vibration and a beep. The video also covers how to add a credit card to an iPhone using Passbook The Activity video explores the "Activity" app on the Apple Watch, which is the built-in health and fitness app that monitors activity and encourages Apple Watch wearers to move more. It walks through the default fitness goals (exercising, standing more, and meeting calorie burning goals), the steps to set up the app, and the different ways to display the movement goal rings. It also includes a look at the achievements available in the app for reaching fitness goals. Apple's Workout video covers the device's Workout app that can be run whenever an Apple Watch wearer is exercising. The app has several different activities, like running, climbing, cycling, and more, and lets users set workout goals to achieve right on their wrists. It also includes details on calibrating the Apple Watch to work without the iPhone's GPS. With the addition of the Apple Pay, Workout, and Activity videos to the Guided Tours page, all of the "Coming Soon" videos are now available to prospective Apple Watch buyers. The completion of the page comes just a few days ahead of the Apple Watch's official launch on April 24. Apple Watch orders have already begun shipping out to customers, and the first early pre-orderers will get their devices on Friday. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Longtime Apple PR Executive Natalie Kerris to Retire • MacBook Buyer's Guide: Which MacBook is Right for You? • WatchAware Now Cataloging All 2,143 Approved Apps With Previews, Screenshots • 'Knock' Aims to Let You Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch • 'The Whole Pantry' App Developer Admits Faking Cancer to Boost Sales • Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand

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Apple doesn't plan to offer the Apple Watch for sale in its retail stores on Friday, having opted to restrict orders to online purchases only, but some retail stores around the world will have Apple Watches in stock for customers to purchase on April 24. Several high-end fashion boutiques will be offering the watch for sale beginning Friday, according to a new report from The New York Times. Stores with stock will include Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London, Maxfield in Los Angeles, Colette in Paris, the Corner in Berlin, and 10 Corso Como in Milan. All of these stores were previously unveiled as retail locations that would carry the Apple Watch, but it was not known that the stores would have stock for customers to purchase on launch day, given the Apple Watch supply constraints that Apple has highlighted. In a press release sent out on April 9, Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts said "strong customer demand" would exceed supply at launch. Many of the stores have the Apple Watch displayed prominently on their websites, along with wording that says the device will be available in store as of Friday. As noted by The New York Times, all of the places that will have the Apple Watch in stock on Friday are high-end fashion-oriented boutiques known as "retail trendsetters." It's not known exactly how much stock each of the stores will be given or of what type, but Dover Street Market did share some detail on its numbers. The store in Ginza, Tokyo will have 350 watches to sell, while the store in London will have 570. Neither store will offer the Apple Watch Edition, as it is backordered. Apple initially declined to comment on its partner stores offering in-store Apple Watch stock while its own retail stores will not, but later reiterated its earlier comment on getting online orders out to customers earlier than expected. The first Apple Watch shipments will be arriving on the doorsteps of customers beginning on April 24, and as of today, many Apple Watch orders that had shipping estimates ranging into several weeks have seen their shipments advance into the "Preparing for Shipment" stage. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacBook Buyer's Guide: Which MacBook is Right for You? • WatchAware Now Cataloging All 2,143 Approved Apps With Previews, Screenshots • 'Knock' Aims to Let You Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch • 'The Whole Pantry' App Developer Admits Faking Cancer to Boost Sales • Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France

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Earlier today, a number of Apple Watch pre-orders with delivery estimates of 4-6 weeks or later started changing from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" on the Apple Online Store. Apple also began charging some credit and debit cards of customers with orders showing extended shipping times. Apple has since confirmed to John Paczkowski at BuzzFeed that many customers will receive their Apple Watch pre-orders sooner than expected. The company says it is working hard to fulfill orders as quickly as possible based on the order in which they were received, and does note that some customers are still in for a long wait.“We’re happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected,” an Apple spokeswoman told BuzzFeed News. “Our team is working to fill orders as quickly as possible based on the available supply and the order in which they were received. We know many customers are still facing long lead times and we appreciate their patience.”Apple Watch pre-orders will begin on April 24 as scheduled, although exactly how many customers will receive theirs on day one remains to be seen. Ahead of the launch, customers in the United States have started receiving UPS shipment notifications confirming their upcoming Apple Watch delivery. Pre-orders became available on April 10 at 12:01 AM Pacific and sold out in less than six hours, with a combination of strong demand and limited supply quickly pushing back shipping estimates. MacRumors reported earlier this month that Apple Watch pre-orders could arrive sooner than expected, based on an email exchange with an executive relations spokesperson that said extended shipping times were set deliberately to avoid disappointment. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • WatchAware Now Cataloging All 2,143 Approved Apps With Previews, Screenshots • 'Knock' Aims to Let You Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch • 'The Whole Pantry' App Developer Admits Faking Cancer to Boost Sales • Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist

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