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Apple has purchased Israeli camera technology company LinX Imaging for approximately $20 million, reports Dow Jones via CNBC. The company specializes in creating multi-aperture camera equipment for mobile devices and it's possible that Apple will use the company's technology in upcoming iOS devices. Last year, LinX announced the launch of miniature multi-aperture cameras half the height of standard mobile cameras with the ability to create "stunning color images and high accuracy depth maps." The image quality of mobile cameras has reached a dead end. Device makers are striving to differentiate using imaging capabilities but the pixel size race has ended and next generation cameras do not reveal any dramatic improvements. LinX cameras revolutionize mobile photography and broaden the usability span and user experience, allowing us to leave our SLRs at home. The engineers at LinX have solved all problems associated with combining multiple images captured from different points in space such as registration errors and occlusion related artifacts which are seen on competing technologies.LinX's technology uses software to extract depth information for each pixel to create a depth map for that can also be used for 3D image reconstruction. LinX's website is now defunct, but the company offered products with two, three, and four camera arrays in multiple configurations and sizes. Its most recent technology was downscaled enough to be ready for use in mobile devices. LinX technology includes several other improvements Apple could potentially take advantage of, including multiple sensors for a smaller size, better sensitivity to light, and greatly improved image quality in low light. There have been rumors suggesting Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will offer much improved dual-lens camera technology with image quality on par with DSLR cameras, which could be made possible through mobile camera advancements like those LinX Imaging has worked on. Camera improvements and iPhone photography have always been important to Apple, and its iOS devices routinely offer highly competitive picture taking capabilities that often outclass devices from competing companies. In the past, major improvements to camera technology have come in "S" release years, so it is likely we will see at least some boost in picture quality in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions • 1Password Update Brings the Password-Managing App to Apple Watch [Updated] • Griffin Debuts Cove Recharging Center for Charging Five iOS Devices at Once • 'Fleksy Keyboard' Partners With Riffsy for GIFs, Goes Free for a Week • IBM Launches Watson Health Cloud, Partners With Apple to Support HealthKit and ResearchKit Apps • Apple Moves Audiobooks into iBooks App, Adds Chapter Select in iOS 8.4 Beta • How Photos for OS X Handles Content and Metadata Migration from iPhoto and Aperture

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Popular iOS app Workflow was today updated with support for the upcoming Apple Watch, bringing its highly useful task automation capabilities to the wrist-worn device. For those of you unfamiliar with Workflow, it's a powerful automation app that was first launched on iOS last December. Workflow lets users create actions and connect apps to automatically perform a huge range of tasks on the iPad or the iPhone. Workflows can be built from a series of actions to perform tasks like making GIFs from a series of photos, creating PDFs from websites, appending content or recordings to Evernote, seeing older versions of websites, getting images from websites, and translating text on the clipboard. There are hundreds of actions that can be combined for an endless number of different workflows. On the Apple Watch, Workflow will work in the same way, giving users one-tap access to a wide range of different timesaving actions. For example, it'll be possible to pull up a map to the nearest coffee shop or call an Uber using Workflow. These type of quick-access actions may be particularly valuable on the Apple Watch, given its limited input methods. One of the best features about Workflow for iOS is its included Workflow Gallery, which makes it easy for even those new to the app to download actions that are immediately useful. The same gallery feature will be available on the Apple Watch for fast access to workflows. Workflow's Gallery and a workflow in action Workflows can be executed by raising the Apple Watch on the wrist to turn it on and swiping up at the bottom of the screen to get to the Workflow Glance. Workflows can be run directly from the Glance portion of the Apple Watch, so accessing them will be similar to accessing an app in the Notification Center on iOS. As a reminder, Glances are quick snippets of information that are meant to be easy to access. Third-party Glances on the Apple Watch are not interactive and do not support buttons or scrolling, so launching a workflow through the Apple Watch's Glance view is done in a unique way. The Glance automatically scrolls through the different workflows that are available and selecting one is done by tapping on the screen. Scrolling through workflows can be sped up with a rather unique interaction -- knocking the Apple Watch against the iPhone in a pants pocket. This causes the built-in scrolling mechanism to shift to the next available workflow in the list. Workflows from the iPhone are automatically available on the Apple Watch, including all custom-created workflows constructed from the available actions in the Workflow app. Many Apple Watch apps are somewhat limited in function due to the restricted access developers have to Apple APIs, and the same goes for Workflow. Apple Watch workflows aren't as full-featured as those on the iPhone -- it's not possible to run workflows that open other apps -- but Handoff is supported to allow users to transfer a workflow on the Apple Watch to the iPhone. Workflow's Glance menu and Handoff messageWorkflows that involve opening apps, sending messages, or placing phone calls will all require the iPhone because developers cannot use these functions. Workflows that are not supported on the Apple Watch will direct users to use Handoff to swap over to the iPhone. Though Apple Watch workflows can't open apps (aside from getting directions within Maps) they can still take advantage of the same data available to many iOS apps, like calendar info, contacts, Twitter, Facebook, and more. Currently, 163 out of 226 of available actions within the Workflow app are able to run natively on the Apple Watch, so there's still quite a lot that can be done directly on the device. Workflow for the Apple Watch is available through an update to the Workflow app as of today, so it'll be accessible on the Apple Watch as soon as the first devices arrive in customers' hands. Workflow can be downloaded from the App Store for the sale price of $2.99. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions • 1Password Update Brings the Password-Managing App to Apple Watch [Updated] • Griffin Debuts Cove Recharging Center for Charging Five iOS Devices at Once • 'Fleksy Keyboard' Partners With Riffsy for GIFs, Goes Free for a Week • IBM Launches Watson Health Cloud, Partners With Apple to Support HealthKit and ResearchKit Apps • Apple Moves Audiobooks into iBooks App, Adds Chapter Select in iOS 8.4 Beta • How Photos for OS X Handles Content and Metadata Migration from iPhoto and Aperture • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS

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Apple announced on Tuesday that ResearchKit is available today for developers and medical researchers. “We are delighted and encouraged by the response to ResearchKit from the medical and research community and the participants contributing to medical research. Studies that historically attracted a few hundred participants are now attracting participants in the tens of thousands,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “Medical researchers all over the world are actively exploring how ResearchKit can help them study even more diseases, and we believe the impact on global understanding of health and wellness will be profound.” Starting today, medical researchers worldwide can use ResearchKit to develop their own apps and developers can also contribute new research modules to the open source framework. Developing… Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 1Password Update Brings the Password-Managing App to Apple Watch [Updated] • Griffin Debuts Cove Recharging Center for Charging Five iOS Devices at Once • 'Fleksy Keyboard' Partners With Riffsy for GIFs, Goes Free for a Week • IBM Launches Watson Health Cloud, Partners With Apple to Support HealthKit and ResearchKit Apps • Apple Moves Audiobooks into iBooks App, Adds Chapter Select in iOS 8.4 Beta • How Photos for OS X Handles Content and Metadata Migration from iPhoto and Aperture • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS • List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models

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Apple has announced that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference takes place this June 8 to 12 in San Francisco. WWDC 2015 will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs, and the Apple Design Awards. The opportunity to buy tickets will be offered by random selection. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • IBM Launches Watson Health Cloud, Partners With Apple to Support HealthKit and ResearchKit Apps • Apple Moves Audiobooks into iBooks App, Adds Chapter Select in iOS 8.4 Beta • How Photos for OS X Handles Content and Metadata Migration from iPhoto and Aperture • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS • List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models • Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users • Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps

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Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 8.4 to registered developers for testing purposes, just five days after releasing iOS 8.3 to the public. The beta is available for download from the iOS Developer Center. iOS 8.3 introduced several new features like diversified emoji, an updated emoji picker, new Siri abilities, and Wireless CarPlay support. It is not clear yet what updates iOS 8.4 will bring, but it has been rumored to be the update that will include Apple's new music service. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS • List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models • Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users • Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch

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Over the weekend, MacRumors reader Andrew Turko sent an email to Apple CEO Tim Cook sharing his thoughts on the launch of the Apple Watch and its limitation to online orders only, and he received a response from Apple's executive team that sheds some light on Apple's concern over its launch plans and the potential for Apple Watch devices to ship out ahead of their prospective shipping dates. Many people have been concerned with the long wait times for the Apple Watch, which saw shipping estimates slip for many models less than an hour after it became available for pre-order. All models sold out in less than six hours, and orders placed today won't ship for months. There are a lot of buyers who are facing delivery times than span into June, July, and August, but Apple believes that some of these orders could ship out earlier than their estimated shipping dates. The Apple executive team member that spoke to Andrew referenced long wait times for earlier devices like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, noting that shipping estimates were often much longer than actual wait times and suggesting that the same thing might happen with the Apple Watch. [Apple] said that June preorders will most likely ship sooner than June. Of course he didn't make any promises, but that's the reason Apple is announcing such an extended ship date after all - to avoid disappointment through false guarantees.Andrew's email focused on Apple's decision to advertise April 24th as the Apple Watch launch day despite the fact that it won't be purchasable in store on that date, a point that stood out to both Apple's executive team and Tim Cook, who personally read the email."I think it'd be silly not to believe that there will be queues lined up around the globe on launch day if the "online exclusive" information regarding the (false) advertisement of a launch day isn't spread soon and fast."The email echoed some of the problems Apple executives are debating, and Andrew was told the discussion over in-store stock on launch day and the advertisement of the 4/24 launch date for the Apple Watch are being considered by Apple with "great concern." Apple said it doesn't want people lining up at stores if there's no stock available to purchase. Due to supply constraints and the desire to provide the best purchasing experience for customers, Apple has so far decided that all Apple Watch orders must be placed online. There will be no walk-in Apple Watch purchases available on April 24, unless the company's plans change. Andrew was told Apple's plans are not final, but it is unclear if Apple would be able to sell Apple Watch units in-store on launch day given the significant supply issues. The executive Andrew spoke with said Apple "cares deeply" about the launch experience and hopes to improve the way people wait in line through the new Apple Watch reservation system. Online-only reservations are new territory for Apple in the United States, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that the company could revert back to traditional sales methods if its Apple Watch sales experiment does not work out. Andrew's full email can be read on the MacRumors forums, as can more detail on the response that he received from Apple. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS • List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models • Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users • Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch

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While the terms of the Apple-HBO partnership behind the launch of the HBO NOW streaming TV service on Apple TV last month have not been disclosed, Re/code reports that some Apple TV content providers, including Netflix, Hulu Plus and MLB.TV, provide Apple with 15% of revenue generated from monthly fees for subscribers that sign up through the set-top box. Apple collects 30% of revenue generated from the sale of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps, including in-app purchases, so the commission for Apple TV apps is half the amount developers are forced to hand over through the App Store. While the difference does not make a difference for consumers, the lower cut could make Apple TV a more attractive platform for HBO and other cable channels."But it’s even more interesting to think about Apple’s tiers of fees as we enter a world where lots of people are going to be selling Web video subscription products via platforms like Apple’s. Whether Apple is charging 15 percent or 30 percent a month, it’s giving distributors a much better deal than the 50 percent that pay TV providers usually charge premium networks like HBO. That makes the platform even more enticing to cable channels that are thinking about stepping outside of the traditional pay TV bundle — and it puts more pressure on the cable guys to sweeten the deals they already offer."The report adds that HBO is in negotiations to reach HBO NOW distribution deals with its existing pay TV distributors, enabling them to sell the service to their existing subscribers as an add-on. HBO is said to already have a deal in place with Cablevision and is reportedly in talks with Cox and Verizon as well. HBO NOW is exclusive to the Apple TV among streaming boxes for three months, at which point it should expand to other devices and platforms. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS • List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models • Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users • Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch

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Ahead of last Friday's launch of the new Retina MacBook, we saw several early benchmarks for the entry-level notebook running a 1.1 GHz Intel Core M processor, putting CPU performance for the new machine roughly on par with the 2011 MacBook Air according to Geekbench. With the machines now available for purchase, we're starting to see Geekbench results for the mid-range 1.2 GHz processor, revealing a significant performance boost over the low-end chip for multi-core benchmarks, but less so for single-core testing. It will take a little while for Geekbench results to firm up as the machines work through their early housekeeping tasks, but the best results we're seeing so far for the 1.2 GHz model are approaching 2600 on 64-bit single-core tests and over 5300 on multi-core tests. That performance compares to roughly 2400/4450 for the 1.1 GHz model, meaning that the mid-range model seems to be showing performance improvements at least in line with the 9 percent increase in CPU frequency. Multi-core performance in particular seems to be seeing a nice bump with the faster chip. These scores for the 1.2 GHz Retina MacBook are roughly in the same range as the low-end models of the previous-generation Early 2014 MacBook Air, despite the much lower power consumption that has enabled Apple to build an ultra-thin fanless design. In addition to the 1.1 GHz and 1.2 GHz chip options, Apple is also offering a 1.3 GHz processor as a build-to-order option. We have, however, yet to see any Geekbench results for these chips, and shipping estimates for machines with these chips were at 3-4 weeks when Apple began taking orders on Friday, suggesting it may yet be some time before we see data on their performance. Apple is taking advantage of Intel's latest "Core M" Broadwell chips for the new Retina MacBook. The chips offer extremely low power usage, but Apple is slightly overclocking these chips for higher performance. The low-end MacBook uses a 5Y31 chip that runs by default at 900 MHz but which supports overclocking to 1.1 GHz at the cost of bumping power consumption from 4.5 watts to 6 watts, and Apple has elected to use the faster speeds to improve performance. The mid-range MacBook uses the 5Y51 chip, which defaults to 1.1 GHz but which Apple has bumped by 100 MHz to run at 1.2 GHz. The high-end custom MacBook takes advantage of the 5Y71 chip that is designed to run at 1.2 GHz, and Apple has similarly bumped this one by 100 MHz to run at 1.3 GHz. The Retina MacBook is in very short supply following its launch last Friday, with all stock and custom configurations currently listed as shipping in 4-6 weeks from Apple's online store. The company's retail stores also have yet to begin stocking the new machines, although some (mainly in the United States) do have models on display for customers to test out. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • New Theme Store Coming Soon to SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS • List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models • Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users • Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch

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Pop artist Romero Britto today filed a lawsuit against Apple over its "Start Something New" campaign, for using Craig & Karl artwork that allegedly mimics the design style that Britto is famous for. The lawsuit, levied at both Craig & Karl and Apple, accuses the two artists of violating the Britto trade dress and targets Apple because Britto became aware of the copycat art through Apple's recent promotion. Apple uses a Craig & Karl image featuring a patchwork hand on a bright yellow background on one of the iPads in the graphics used to promote the "Start Something New" campaign, and there's a profile of Craig & Karl on the company's website describing how the image was made on an iPad Air 2 using iOS apps. Apple also featured the Craig & Karl image heavily in retail stores, leading people to contact Britto with the false impression that he had created the artwork, where he discovered that the two had been making art similar to his own for years.As with any Apple campaign, the Start Something New Campaign had massive exposure and breathless press coverage, and many of the media profiles prominently featured the Infringing Apple Image. Plaintiff was inundated with reports of the Start Something New campaign and the Infringing Apple Image. These reports ranged from, for example, incorrect congratulations on Mr. Britto's new deal with Apple, to consternation from business partners in potentially collaborative or competing product categories, to inquiries from collectors wanting to know if the image they saw in the Apple store or on the Apple website was by Romero Britto.Britto's work is fairly well-known and on display in dozens of locations around the world. He's also worked with multiple different brands on major advertising campaigns, with all of his work featuring bright colors, strong lines, and simple designs. According to the lawsuit, Britto's specific Trade Dress is "strong, fanciful, non-functional, and inherently distinctive," composed of vibrant color combinations, the juxtaposition of different patterns, bold black outlines, and "uplifting, bright and happy visual themes." A quick visual comparison of Britto's work next to Craig & Karl's does indeed reveal similarities between the two. Britto contacted Apple and asked the company to cease using the Craig & Karl images, but he did not receive a response, leading him to file a lawsuit. Britto is asking for damages and attorneys' fees, along with an injunction that would require Apple to stop using the artwork and Craig & Karl to stop producing artwork that mimics his style. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • List of Apple Stores With 12-Inch Retina MacBook Display Models • Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users • Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch • Apple Watch Pre-Orders Hit eBay With Asking Prices Up to $2,000

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Apple today sent out a press release announcing an update to its professional video editing software, Final Cut Pro X, along with updates to companion apps Motion and Compressor. The updates bring new features for motion graphics and enhancements to speed up video editing, packaging, and delivery. As described by Apple, Final Cut Pro's 10.2 update marks the debut of easy-to-use tools for the creation of 3D titles, with a variety of templates that include built-in backgrounds and animations. Text styles can customize the look of titles with different materials and lighting, and it's possible to convert 2D to 3D titles and see changes in real time. Today's update also lets editors view up to four video scopes at the same time for better precision when color grading, and there are now improved Shape masks that can be applied to any effect and saved as a preset. Finally, the update includes support for more video formats and makes it faster to work with RED RAW files. Motion 5.2 offers additional options for 3D titles, bringing tools for the creation of dynamic titles with lights and cameras, while Compressor 4.2 makes it easier to prepare movies for sale on the iTunes Store."From Hollywood blockbuster directors to first time movie makers, Final Cut Pro X is changing the way we edit movies today," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "The updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor make it even easier to edit, title and package everything from short videos to feature-length films." Apple's press release includes details from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who co-directed the Will Smith film Focus and used Final Cut Pro X to edit the video. The duo's work with the software was previously featured by Apple on its Final Cut Pro X feature page."We loved using Final Cut Pro X to edit Focus," said Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, co-directors of the 2015 feature film, Focus. "We created the final theatrical titles for the movie right in Final Cut Pro, and the new 3D titling and effects features will let us take in-app graphics even further. We're using the new Final Cut Pro on our next feature film."Several sites have been able to get hands-on access to the new software updates ahead of their launch, and have shared details on the new tools included in the update. Fcp.co has a complete rundown on all the new features, along with screenshots, as does The Next Web. All of today's updates are free for existing Final Cut Pro, Compressor, and Motion users. Final Cut Pro can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $299.99. [Direct Link] Compressor can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link] Motion can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $49.99. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Redesigned YouTube App for iOS Briefly Appears for Some Users • Healthcare Apps Bring Dosage Reminders, Doctor Consults to Apple Watch • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch • Apple Watch Pre-Orders Hit eBay With Asking Prices Up to $2,000 • How to Schedule an Apple Watch Try-On Appointment

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With the release of OS X 10.10.3 last Wednesday, Apple has expanded support for high-resolution 4K and even 5K external displays (via 9to5Mac). Most notably, OS X 10.10.3 enables the Retina 5K iMac and 2013 Mac Pro to drive Dell's UP2715K 27-inch 5K display released late last year. The display requires more bandwidth than is currently supported over a current single DisplayPort/Thunderbolt cable, so it uses a dual-cable solution taking up two ports on the user's machine. This bandwidth issue for the current DisplayPort standard has been seen as a major roadblock keeping Apple from releasing a standalone 5K Thunderbolt Display. With the Retina iMac, Apple has been able to build custom internal components to drive the massive display, but for external displays, a dual-cable solution such as that used by Dell has been considered by many to be "un-Apple like." As a result, Apple has been widely expected to wait until the release of Intel's Skylake platform with DisplayPort 1.3 support later this year before releasing an external 5K Thunderbolt Display that will function over a single cable. Whether the inclusion of support for Dell's dual-cable solution in OS X 10.10.3 is a sign Apple may be willing to adopt that arrangement for its own display and perhaps release it earlier is, however, unclear. Beyond 5K displays, OS X 10.10.3 has also expanded support for 4K displays to include "most single-stream 4K (3840x2160) displays" at 60 Hz, expanding beyond the previous support of only Multi-Stream Transport displays introduced in late updates to Mavericks. The new 4K display support will function with most of the Mac line, from the 27-inch iMac to the brand-new Retina MacBook. However, only the Mac Pro and iMac will support full 4096x2160 resolution at 60Hz. With OS X Yosemite v10.10.3, most single-stream 4K (3840x2160) displays are supported at 60Hz operation on the following Mac computers: - MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) - MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014) - Mac Pro (Late 2013) - iMac (27-inch, Late 2013 and later) - Mac mini (Late 2014) - MacBook Air (Early 2015) - MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) As for the new 12-inch MacBook, the laptop will be able to support displays and rates of 3840x2160 at a 30 Hz refresh rate and 4096x2160 at a 24 Hz refresh rate. MacBook users wanting to use such a display will, of course, need to use Apple's USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter to do so. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS 8.3 Prevents iFunBox, iExplorer and Similar Tools From Accessing Apps • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch • Apple Watch Pre-Orders Hit eBay With Asking Prices Up to $2,000 • How to Schedule an Apple Watch Try-On Appointment • BandSwapper Will Allow Apple Watch Sport Band Owners to Trade Out Duplicate Bands [Updated] • Official Retail Box for Apple Watch Edition Revealed

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Apple Watch received an estimated 957,000 pre-orders in the United States on April 10, the day the wrist-worn device became available for purchase, according to Slice Intelligence (via Quartz). The digital commerce tracking firm claims that nearly two-thirds of customers purchased the Apple Watch Sport model, with the 42mm space gray case the most popular version sold on the first day. Slice Intelligence's sales projection is based on e-receipt data from 9,080 online shoppers that opted-in to have their inboxes tracked for email receipts. The report finds that 71% of Apple Watch pre-orders on April 10 were for the larger 42mm case, with 32% of aluminimum Sport customers purchasing the smaller 38mm version compared to 24% of stainless steel Apple Watch buyers."Slice Intelligence estimates that 957,000 people in the U.S. pre-ordered an Apple Watch on Friday, the first day the watch was available for sale. According to ereceipt data from 9,080 online shoppers, each Apple Watch buyer ordered an average of 1.3 watches, spending $503.83 per watch. Those ordering an Apple Watch Sport spent $382.83 per watch and those ordering the Apple Watch spent $707.04."The report adds that 40% of pre-orders were for the Apple Watch Sport with space gray aluminum, followed by the silver stainless steel Apple Watch at 34%, silver aluminum Apple Watch Sport at 23% and space black stainless steel Apple Watch at 3%. Apple Watch Edition sales were not disclosed, with Quartz claiming that the expensive 18-karat gold model did not represent enough pre-orders to be included in the report. Slice Intelligence also revealed that 28% of Apple Watch pre-orders included a black Sport band, making it the most popular option among customers on April 10. The steel Milanese Loop trailed in second at 25%, while the Link Bracelet (14%), black Classic Buckle (12%) and white Sport band (8%) rounded off the top five. The next seven most popular bands were split between different colors of the Leather Loop and Modern Buckle. The shopping firm did not provide Apple Watch pre-order data for the other eight countries where the wrist-worn device became available Friday, including Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, China and Hong Kong, and it is likely that sales numbers will vary greatly in each of those regions. In China, for example, the Apple Watch Edition is predicted to sell considerably better than in most other countries. Saw the estimates of 1M Apple Watch pre-orders in my inbox. Won't be surprised by an official Apple statement tomorrow saying 2M.— Kevin C. Tofel (@KevinCTofel) April 13, 2015 There are a number of variables to consider when interpreting these Apple Watch pre-order estimates, including that data was limited to the United States and likely extrapolated based on a relatively small pool of consumers. Apple has not provided official sales figures for the Apple Watch, nor did it provide comment on the accuracy of this data, so the exact number of pre-orders Apple received remains to be seen. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch • Apple Watch Pre-Orders Hit eBay With Asking Prices Up to $2,000 • How to Schedule an Apple Watch Try-On Appointment • BandSwapper Will Allow Apple Watch Sport Band Owners to Trade Out Duplicate Bands [Updated] • Official Retail Box for Apple Watch Edition Revealed • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac

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The Apple Watch became available for pre-orders on Friday as well as for try-on appointments in Apple retail stores around the world. One MacRumors reader, Louis, was able to slip off the bottom band during his Apple Watch try-on appointment to discover that the hidden diagnostic port on early models still remains in the retail versions. The presence of the diagnostic port was first reported in March by TechCrunch with speculation that it could eventually open up the market for "smart" band accessories that can interface with the Apple Watch, itself. Apple, however, has made no such promises and doesn't even acknowledge the presence of the port in any official documentation. Louis also reports the retail staff had no training on the use of the port. Thanks Louis Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch • Apple Watch Pre-Orders Hit eBay With Asking Prices Up to $2,000 • How to Schedule an Apple Watch Try-On Appointment • BandSwapper Will Allow Apple Watch Sport Band Owners to Trade Out Duplicate Bands [Updated] • Official Retail Box for Apple Watch Edition Revealed • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac

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Apple has quietly introduced support for the next generation NVM Express (NVMe) interface to SSD Flash drives in their latest OS X 10.10.3 update as well as in the new Retina MacBook which was released on April 10th. System Report on new Retina MacBook The NVMe software interface replaces the AHCI software interface in Apple's previous notebooks, and offers improved latency and performance over the old protocol. Anandtech offers a good overview between the technologies:AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) dates back to 2004 and was designed with hard drives in mind. While that doesn't rule out SSDs, AHCI is more optimized for high latency rotating media than low latency non-volatile storage. As a result AHCI can't take full advantage of SSDs and since the future is in non-volatile storage (like NAND and MRAM), the industry had to develop a software interface that abolishes the limits of AHCI. The result is NVMe, short for Non-Volatile Memory Express. The new protocol is not to be confused with the underlying hardware that connects the SSD to Apple's notebooks. Apple has already upgraded the physical interface to the much faster PCIe connectors a number of years ago. Going into the future, NVMe will allow Apple's hardware to take further advantage of the performance of SSDs as well as improve battery life with less time spent transferring data. Intel expects NVMe to also be coming to tablets and phones in the near future. Thanks Jonathan Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Wireless Keyboard Now Ships in 1-2 Weeks, New Backlit Model Possible • Apple Watch Sport Bands Come in Three Pieces, Full Band Swapping Not Possible • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch • Apple Watch Pre-Orders Hit eBay With Asking Prices Up to $2,000 • How to Schedule an Apple Watch Try-On Appointment • BandSwapper Will Allow Apple Watch Sport Band Owners to Trade Out Duplicate Bands [Updated] • Official Retail Box for Apple Watch Edition Revealed • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac

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Apple couldn't establish lower pricing for its upcoming music service to distinguish it from competing services, so the company is hoping to draw in subscribers by offering exclusive content. Apple has asked Florence and the Machine and a dozen other artists for exclusive deals to promote the upcoming music service, reports Bloomberg. Apple is said to be in talks with Florence in the Machine about limited streaming rights to a track for the band's upcoming album in June, and Apple execs have also approached Taylor Swift and others in the hopes of establishing a deal. An exclusive deal with Taylor Swift could be a big win for Apple as she's opted to pull her music from some streaming services like Spotify. Such exclusives could bring in music-loving subscribers that might otherwise not pay for a music subscription. The strategy is similar to a tactic employed by Jay-Z's recently relaunched music service Tidal, which also hopes to attract subscribers through content that can't be obtained elsewhere. At launch, Tidal released a new song from Beyonce, following it up with an exclusive song from Rihanna. Exclusives could work to help Apple garner subscribers, but the company's most promising tool for gaining subscribers is its huge existing customer base. Millions of people own iPhones and iPads, and Apple can create a streaming music app that's heavily integrated within iTunes and installed on Apple devices automatically. As we've heard in previous rumors, Apple is working to completely revamp Beats Music to turn it into an all new subscription music service. It may gain a new name, says Bloomberg, and it will cost $9.99 per month for individuals, with a family plan available for $14.99. Apple may be planning to unveil its new streaming music service at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch • Apple Watch Pre-Orders Hit eBay With Asking Prices Up to $2,000 • How to Schedule an Apple Watch Try-On Appointment • BandSwapper Will Allow Apple Watch Sport Band Owners to Trade Out Duplicate Bands [Updated] • Official Retail Box for Apple Watch Edition Revealed • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices

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Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the Palo Alto Apple Store in Palo Alto, California this morning as it opened its doors to let customers get their first look at the new Apple Watch. Cook was spotted chatting with potential customers and having a conversation with The Loop's Jim Dalrymple and iMore's Rene Ritchie. Image courtesy of CNET's Shara Tibken Several members of the media were on hand at the Palo Alto Store opening, as it's one of the flagship Bay Area stores that often sees visits from Apple executives. Tim Cook spoke to CNBC, telling the news site that pre-orders for the Apple Watch have been "great." The Apple Watch became available for pre-order at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time earlier today, and initial pre-orders sold out very quickly. In less than an hour, shipping estimates for many Apple Watch models had slipped to 4 to 6 weeks or beyond, and within six hours, there were no longer any models available for an estimated delivery date of April 24 to May 8, the shipping estimate the earliest orderers received. Many customers who order today and beyond won't be able to obtain devices until May or June, and later in some cases. As of today, Apple Stores around the world are allowing customers to try on the Apple Watch to get a feel for the device ahead of its official launch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Aperture and iPhoto Removed From Mac App Store Following Photos for OS X Launch • Apple Watch Pre-Orders Hit eBay With Asking Prices Up to $2,000 • How to Schedule an Apple Watch Try-On Appointment • BandSwapper Will Allow Apple Watch Sport Band Owners to Trade Out Duplicate Bands [Updated] • Official Retail Box for Apple Watch Edition Revealed • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices

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Apple-owned headphone company Beats by Dre today announced the launch of several new Solo2 Wireless headphones, in colors that match Apple's iPhone, iPad, and new MacBook. Available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray, the headphones are otherwise identical to the company's existing Solo2 Wireless headphones. The Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones were released in November, and were the first product released by Beats since Apple's acquisition of the company officially closed. The Solo2 Wireless are a wireless version of the wired Solo2 headphones that are a staple in the Beats headphone lineup. New Day. New Colors. http://t.co/1dyApkPQGj #Solo2Wireless pic.twitter.com/XXfkTPeUc5— Beats By Dre (@beatsbydre) April 10, 2015 Both the Gold and Silver varieties of the new Solo2 Wireless headphones feature white accents and ear cups, while the Space Gray version includes black accents and black ear cups, for an accurate match to Apple's line of Gold, Silver, and Space Gray devices.Solo2 Wireless offers the same dynamic sound and streamlined design as Solo2, but with the added benefit of wireless capabilities. With its Bluetooth technology, Solo2 Wireless can move freely for up to 30 feet from your audio device. Take phone calls, skip songs, and change the volume using the "b" button and volume buttons on the ear cup. Its rechargeable battery allows you to enjoy up to 12 hours of wireless playback. Not charged? Not a problem. Just plug in the provided RemoteTalkTM cable and enjoy your music.Apple has largely taken over the Beats business, with the headphones being sold in Apple Stores rather than on the Beats website and all Beats support being handled by Apple support representatives, both online and in retail locations. Despite this, products being sold today are still those that have been designed without Apple's guidance, and it remains unclear when we might see new headphone lines created with Apple's technology and design influence. The new Solo2 Wireless headphones can be purchased from the online Apple Store for $299.95 and will ship out in one business day. They aren't available in retail stores yet, but should be popping up at Apple Stores over the next few days. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Pre-Orders Hit eBay With Asking Prices Up to $2,000 • How to Schedule an Apple Watch Try-On Appointment • BandSwapper Will Allow Apple Watch Sport Band Owners to Trade Out Duplicate Bands [Updated] • Official Retail Box for Apple Watch Edition Revealed • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App

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Following the opening of pre-orders for the Apple Watch on Apple's Online Store this morning, Apple Retail Stores in first-wave countries today opened their doors to fans waiting for Apple Watch try-on appointments. Below, MacRumors has rounded up a collection of videos made by both fans and tech blogs, showcasing the busy but excited atmosphere no doubt permeating throughout most Apple stores today. First is a video uploaded to Hong Kong-based Chan Xin's YouTube channel. In the video he tries on both 38mm and 42mm Sport model cases, and is put through a short demo presentation of the Watch by an employee, ending the video by checking out the Stainless Steel Milanese Loop option. The Telegraph has a video interview with a big Apple fan at London's Selfridges Apple Store on their channel, showcasing employees gently handling and sizing various Watches - from Stainless Steel Leather Loop to Sport versions - amongst a busy crowd. One of the longer and more in-depth try-on videos comes out of Australia and was originally live-streamed via Periscope by user "lachlanlikesathing". For the first few minutes in the video, Lachlan tours the Apple Watch displays before getting into a try-on appointment of his own, showcasing a few Sport options. Of note, around the 10 minute mark, Lachlan begins attempting to mix-and-match the Space Gray casing with bands not exactly meant to match that particular color, the Apple employee helping him out going on to note the Space Gray's intended Sports Black Band and Link Bracelet options. A few other blogs have posted try-on videos, including iMore and Reuters. The Verge took a trip to all three of Apple's pop-up stores for the Apple Watch in Tokyo, Paris, and London, mentioning the difference of experience compared to a traditional Apple Store thanks to the high-end locations, especially the Galeries Lafayette in Paris. No doubt more videos and experiences will be coming in the next few days as more and more people are able to visit an Apple Store of their own. All models of the Apple Watch officially drifted past the earliest 4/24-5/8 delivery estimate in just six hours after pre-orders went live this morning, with eBay scalpers re-selling the device for more than double Apple's official price point in most cases. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Pre-Orders Hit eBay With Asking Prices Up to $2,000 • How to Schedule an Apple Watch Try-On Appointment • BandSwapper Will Allow Apple Watch Sport Band Owners to Trade Out Duplicate Bands [Updated] • Official Retail Box for Apple Watch Edition Revealed • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App

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A significant number of users have turned to Twitter and other social networks to voice their frustration that Retina MacBook in-store stock and display models at many Apple Stores in the United States and other launch countries are nowhere to be found. MacRumors has independently confirmed that the Retina MacBook will be limited to online purchases in many locations around the world. It looks like Apple Stores are NOT stocking Retina MacBooks today. pic.twitter.com/VhXIYJlVc6— Andrew Kunesh (@andrewkunesh) April 10, 2015 A spot check of several Apple Stores in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom resulted in us being given the same response about Retina MacBook stock being unavailable at each location, at least on launch day. April 10 is already an eventful day for Apple as Apple Watch pre-orders and in-store try-on appointments became available at 12:01 AM Pacific, so it is possible the MacBook is not a priority right now. Retina MacBook shipping times also slipped especially quick out of the gate, with custom configured models available to ship in 3-4 weeks from the moment orders became available, and gold stock models following shortly thereafter. Apple's new 12-inch MacBook starts at $1,299 and features an ultra-thin design, one USB-C port, redesigned keyboard with an all-new butterfly mechanism, Force Touch trackpad, fanless architecture and all-day battery life. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Official Retail Box for Apple Watch Edition Revealed • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings

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Apple has officially sold out of Apple Watch stock to be delivered within the April 24 launch day timeframe, as shipping times for all models have slipped to 4-6 weeks or later less than 6 hours after pre-orders started at 12:01 AM Pacific today. Apple Watch Sport models were the first to sell out, with delivery estimates shifting to 4-6 weeks, and then June, on the Apple Online Store in the United States. The stainless steel Apple Watch retained fairly better shipping estimates after the pre-order window opened, with most models available to ship in 4-6 weeks after the first hour of availability. The 38mm Stainless Steel Apple Watch with Black Classic Buckle was the last model to maintain its original April 24th to May 8th shipping time, finally slipping at approximately 6 AM Pacific. It appears that prospective buyers of the Apple Watch Edition will have a difficult time getting their hands on the 18-karat gold watch before summer, as shipping estimates for those models slipped to June-August almost immediately after pre-orders became available. Apple Watch Edition stock will also be limited to select Apple Stores in the United States and other launch countries. Apple confirmed on Thursday that it expected Apple Watch demand to exceed supply upon launch, although it is unknown how many devices the company made available for pre-orders. Multiple reports in recent weeks claimed that Apple Watch stock would be limited at launch, possibly due to manufacturing delays or, as some critics suggest, an attempt to generate artificial hype for the wrist-worn device. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Official Retail Box for Apple Watch Edition Revealed • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings

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Apple has disclosed that it will charge an out-of-warranty service fee 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+ extended coverage plans. Out-of-warranty battery service is also available for $79 plus an applicable $6.95 shipping charge if required for all Apple Watch models. The prices listed are based on official service through Apple in the United States, with pricing and terms varying for service through an Apple Authorized Service Provider. Apple will not repair an Apple Watch under certain circumstances, such as if the device is broken into multiple pieces, and did not provide pricing information for other accessories or peripherals. Apple will be providing out-of-warranty service for the Apple Watch in all nine first wave launch countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom. Service charges vary based on local currencies, with out-of-warranty fees costing, for example, a higher $299, $419 and $3,599 for the Sport, Watch and Edition models respectively in Canada. Apple will also be offering Express Replacement service for the Apple Watch for customers that purchase an AppleCare+ for Apple Watch plan. When requested, Apple will send you packaging to return an Apple Watch in for repair or service, and ship out a replacement unit approximately two to three business days. Apple ensures that the replacement will be the same model you originally bought and new or equivalent in performance and reliability. Express Replacement service pricing for the Apple Watch costs $300 to $350 for the Apple Watch Sport, $500 to $600 for the stainless steel Apple Watch and $8000 to $10,000 for Apple Watch Edition based on 38mm or 42mm case sizing. Apple will charge a late or non-return fee of $35.50 to $60.50 (Sport), $85.50 to $135.50 (Watch) or $2,600 to $3,600 (Edition) if Apple does not receive your original Apple Watch after more than 10 business days, with some exceptions. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Official Retail Box for Apple Watch Edition Revealed • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings

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Apple began accepting Apple Watch pre-orders at 12:01 AM Pacific today and disclosed further AppleCare+ pricing details for the wrist-worn in the process. AppleCare+ for Apple Watch plans cost $49, $59 and $1,500 for the Sport, Watch and Edition models respectively, while accidental damage coverage is subject to an additional service charge of $69 for Sport, $79 for Watch and $1,000 for Edition. Apple is also offering AppleCare+ combo plans that cover both an Apple Watch and iPhone for a combined price of $149 (Apple Watch Sport and iPhone), $169 (Apple Watch and iPhone) and $1,600 (Apple Watch Edition and iPhone). These plans are likely offered for convenience purposes only, as they only cost one dollar less than purchasing AppleCare+ for Apple Watch and iPhone separately. One potential benefit of purchasing an AppleCare+ combo plan for Apple Watch and iPhone is that Apple appears to be covering undamaged iPhones that are up to six months old. Apple's standalone AppleCare+ for iPhone plan requires that customers purchase the warranty plan within 60 days of buying an iPhone. You are still required to add an iPhone to the AppleCare+ combo plan within 60 days of buying the coverage. AppleCare+ extends an Apple Watch's warranty coverage to two years from the date of purchase for the Sport and Watch, and three years for Edition, and provides accidental damage coverage for up to two incidents. Without AppleCare+, purchases of the Apple Watch Sport and the stainless steel Apple Watch will be covered by a limited one-year warranty for hardware repairs and 90 days of complimentary support. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings • Apple's Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in São Paulo on April 18

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Apple Watch pre-orders began at 12:01 AM Pacific Time in first wave launch countries, and models available for delivery on April 24 quickly sold out. Apple Store shipping estimates for new orders of the Apple Watch have slipped to 4 to 6 weeks for many models that were originally listed with 4/24 to 5/8 shipping dates. Some Apple Watch models started out with 4 to 6 week delivery estimates, including the stainless steel Apple Watches with Modern Buckle and Leather Loop bands. Stainless steel Apple Watch models with Link Bracelets had a June delivery date at launch, while Apple Watch Edition models listed May delivery dates. Shipping estimates are now as follows and will likely slip even further as orders come in: - Apple Watch Sport White 38mm: 4-6 weeks - Apple Watch Sport White 42mm: June - Apple Watch Sport Blue 38mm: Delivers 4/24 to 5/8 - Apple Watch Sport Blue 42mm: June - Apple Watch Sport Green 38mm: Delivers 4/24 to 5/8 - Apple Watch Sport Green 42mm: June - Apple Watch Sport Pink 38mm: 4-6 weeks - Apple Watch Sport Pink 42mm: June - Apple Watch Sport Space Gray 38mm: 4-6 weeks - Apple Watch Sport Space Gray 42mm: June - Apple Watch with Sport Band: 4-6 weeks - Apple Watch with Classic Buckle: Delivers 4/24 to 5/8 - Apple Watch with Milanese Loop: 4-6 weeks - Apple Watch with Leather Loop: 4-6 weeks - Apple Watch with Modern Buckle (Brown): 4-6 weeks - Apple Watch with Modern Buckle (Black): 4-6 weeks - Apple Watch with Modern Buckle (Soft Pink): June - Apple Watch with Modern Buckle (Blue): June - Apple Watch with Link Bracelet Stainless Steel: 4-6 weeks - Apple Watch with Link Bracelet Space Gray: June - Apple Watch Edition Rose Gold: July - Apple Watch Edition Yellow Gold: August Just hours ahead of Apple Watch pre-orders, Apple made the unprecedented move of announcing restricted supplies. In a press release, Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts warned potential customers that Apple expects "strong customer demand" to "exceed our supply at launch." Because supplies are limited, all Apple Watch orders must be placed online. Apple does not plan to accept walk-in orders of the Apple Watch in the early weeks after launch, so customers planning to purchase a watch should order as soon as possible. Wait times will only grow longer as people attend try-on appointments in retail stores and place pre-orders. Try-on appointments begin today, giving customers a chance to test and wear the Apple Watch ahead of its April 24 launch. Customers who already placed early orders for the Apple Watch will see April 24 delivery dates for some models, while customers who order today will need to wait several weeks to get their new Apple Watch devices. Try-on appointments can be scheduled through Apple's concierge service, both online and in the Apple Store app. The try-on appointment system is currently experiencing difficulties and may be down for some users. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings • Apple's Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in São Paulo on April 18

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Apple has begun accepting online pre-orders for the Apple Watch in the United States and other first wave launch countries, including the U.K, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and Japan. Orders can be placed through Apple's online store or through the Apple Store app on iOS devices. Supplies are expected to be limited, so customers interested in April 24 delivery dates should order as soon as possible. Shipping estimates for Apple Watch models were as follows at launch, but are slipping rapidly: - Apple Watch Sport: Delivers 4/24-5/8 - Apple Watch with Sport Band: Delivers 4/24-5/8 - Apple Watch with Classic Buckle: Delivers 4/24-5/8 - Apple Watch with Milanese Loop: Delivers 4/24-5/8 - Apple Watch with Leather Loop: Available to ship 4-6 weeks - Apple Watch with Modern Buckle: Available to ship 4-6 weeks - Apple Watch with Link Bracelet: Stainless steel 4-6 weeks, Space Gray June - Apple Watch Edition: Available to ship May The Apple Watch will officially launch on April 24, which is the same date that some customers will begin receiving their devices at their homes. Pre-ordering is recommended, as Apple will not be accepting walk-in orders for the Apple Watch during the first weeks following launch. All orders must be placed online. AppleCare+ is available for the Apple Watch, and is priced at $49 for the Sport models, $69 for the stainless steel models, and $1,500 for the gold Apple Watch Edition models. There's also a combined AppleCare+ option for the iPhone and the Apple Watch, priced at $149 for Apple Watch Sport, $169 for the stainless steel Apple Watch, and $1,600 for the gold Apple Watch Edition. Combined AppleCare+ can be purchased up to six months after an iPhone purchase. AppleCare+ service fees for accidental damage are priced at $69 for the Apple Watch Sport, $79 for the stainless steel Apple Watch, and $1,000 for the Apple Watch Edition. Apple is also selling standalone bands that can be purchased alongside the Apple Watch, and most band orders will ship in May. Modern Buckle bands are unavailable, and Milanese Loop, Link Bracelet, and Leather Loop ship in two to four weeks. Apple is also accepting try-on appointments in its retail stores beginning today, giving users a chance to see the watch before placing an online pre-order. Appointments for models besides the Apple Watch Edition will last for approximately 15 minutes and will give customers an opportunity to try on multiple devices. We've written a post covering what to expect at your try-on appointment, which is worth checking out before you visit an Apple Store. Try-on appointments can be scheduled through Apple's concierge service, both online and in the Apple Store app. The try-on appointment system is currently experiencing difficulties and may be down for some users. Apple Watch pricing begins at $349 for the entry-level aluminum Sport model, $549 for the stainless steel Apple Watch, and $10,000 for the gold Apple Watch Edition. All three models can be ordered from the online store beginning now. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings • Apple's Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in São Paulo on April 18

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Along with accepting pre-orders for the Apple Watch, Apple has also begun accepting orders for the new 12-inch Retina MacBook through its online store. Orders are available through the website and through the Apple Store app. Shipping estimates for pre-configured MacBook models are currently at one to three days, while custom configurations will ship in three to four weeks. The 12-inch Retina MacBook features Apple's latest technology, with an ultra thin chassis that's 0.31mm thick (a half-inch), a Retina display, a Force Touch trackpad that enables a range of new gestures, a thinner keyboard with larger keys stabilized by a new butterfly design, a single USB-C port, and a low-power Core M processor that lets it operate without a fan for silent performance. Reviews of the new MacBook came out on Thursday morning and are worth a read before purchasing the new MacBook. Many reviewers have compared it to the first-generation MacBook Air, praising its cutting-edge design while highlighting some of the performance compromises compared to the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. The machine's Core M processor lags behind the more powerful Intel-based processors available in Apple's other notebooks, but it runs all modern apps (including those like Photoshop and Final Cut Pro). It is, however, noticeably slower, which may be a concern for users who use system intensive tasks on a regular basis. For day to day use, many reviewers found it more than adequate, but there was a general consensus suggesting that it's somewhat impractical in its current incarnation, given the price to performance ratio. The Retina MacBook is available in three colors: Silver, Gold, and Space Gray. It's available in two configurations at two price points. The entry-level model ships with a 1.1GHz processor, 8GB of memory, Intel Graphics 5300 HD, and 256GB of flash storage for $1,299. The higher-end model includes a 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of memory, Intel Graphics 5300 HD, and 512GB of flash storage for $1,599. Both models offer an optional processor upgrade, boosting the 1.1GHz processor to 1.2 or 1.3GHz, and boosting the 1.2GHz processor to 1.3GHz. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings • Apple's Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in São Paulo on April 18

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