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Just a few weeks after the 12-inch Retina MacBook became available to order online, a number of early adopters have shared mixed opinions about the notebook within the MacRumors discussion forums. Overall, many users agree that the new MacBook has major design appeal but with too many key compromises, as mentioned by several well-known tech pundits and websites in our review roundup of the notebook. A handful of users within the discussion forums claimed that they regretfully returned their new MacBooks shortly after receiving one because of those compromises, including the frustration of looking for and purchasing USB-C adapters that are needed to connect various Digital AV, VGA or USB devices, peripherals and cables to the single USB-C port on the ultra-slim notebook. The new keyboard and slow performance were also areas of concern for some users. MacRumors forum member Audiopablo:"Took mine back. It was really a wow factor. So light, so beautiful. But in the end, it just wasn't for me. After spending a day trying to hunt down USB C adaptors in Apple stores (wasn't available at Best Buy, where I bought mine), I got to thinking about what I loved and what I didn't. Could I type on my lap with it? Sure and watch the screen jiggle on my soft legs. Turns out a 13 or even 15 with weight is more stable for me personally. […] Ports is an issue for a user like me. I knew that going in, but I was going to be patient with it. It finally got to me. But that doesn't mean it isn't for you. I wouldn't mind one instead of the iPads we have, but I'll wait until the price comes down. It just didn't feel like a step into the future for me. It felt like like some steps back from my 13rMBP or 15MBP. Gone were the Apple touches I felt were worth the premium. I know I'll catch flack for this, but it felt like an iPad running OS X with a great trackpad and great keyboard for light typing. But then I started trying to touch the screen."MacRumors forum member Newellj:"With some regret I returned my rMB over the weekend. The two reasons I ultimately returned it were that the keyboard didn't agree with me and, after some practical thinking, I realized that there were going to be issues managing using two laptops concurrently. The keyboard — I expected to like it or at least to be neutral and get used to it. In the end, to my surprise, it turned out to be a lot harder to type accurately on the new keyboard than my Retina MacBook Pro or my Apple Bluetooth keyboard. This is totally YMMV (your mileage may vary) territory. The other thing that pushed me over the line when I was thinking about returning it was managing two laptops (in addition to my Mini). Not so much keeping files current, but license management issues. Most of the programs I use a lot are limited to two installations, and keeping track of what is activated on which laptop presented possibilities like taking one of them on a trip having forgotten to deactivate/sign out on the other one, which could be a real problem."Not all early adopters of the new MacBook have been disappointed, however, with many other users pleased with the notebook's ultra-thin and lightweight design, high-resolution Retina display, fanless architecture, all-day battery life, Force Touch trackpad, redesigned keyboard with butterfly mechanism, portability and more. Some users also found the notebook's performance to be good enough for everyday tasks. MacRumors forum member Maclee2010:"It is a staggeringly great little machine. Virtually no heat coming from it and silent operation. Runs a long time on a single charge. It looks fantastic and is the most fun notebook I have ever used. It handles everything I have thrown at it like any MacBook I have owned. The trackpad has some really neat new tricks and feels great. It sits very comfortable on my laptop lap cushion. The keyboard looks amazing at night and feels great, I type faster. I am more productive as I love using this notebook. The performance is great for 98% of everything most users will do. It is easy to take anywhere you need to go, light as a feather and packs down nice. The screen is super sharp and makes my late 2013 13" rMBP screen look fuzzy. 12" is just right, not to big and not to small. Makes the 13 rMBP look very outdated. Single port is just fine, if you need many ports to use your computer today, you are doing it all wrong. I do all my backups and any necessary restorations wirelessly. I use the cloud, not just Apple, but multiple clouds.Ultimately, the new MacBook, positioned at the lower end of Apple's notebook lineup, paves the way for the future with its innovative new design and features. If Apple can manage to combine the performance of a MacBook Air with the feature set of the 12-inch MacBook, while maintaining a similar $1,299 entry-level price point, the notebook will be an even more attractive product for prospective buyers in the future. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • How to Use iCloud Photo Library in Photos to Sync Pictures Between Devices • Apple Watch Games Provide Gameplay Bursts With Incentive to Revisit Often • MCX Member Best Buy Begins Accepting Apple Pay in App, In-Store Support Coming • App Store Sees Record Performance in Q2 2015 With 29% Increase in Revenue Year Over Year • Instagram for iOS Gains Three New Filters, Emoji Hashtags • 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

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Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines to reflect an Apple Watch rule that it's been enforcing over the past several weeks, which prevents developers from creating Apple Watch apps that display the time. According to the newly added 10.7 rule under "User interface," Watch Apps that have a "primary function" of telling the time will be rejected. Though this rule, noticed first by 9to5Mac, was not previously listed in the App Store Review Guidelines or in the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines until today, Apple has previously been using this guideline to turn down Apple Watch apps, and its enforcement of this rule appears particularly strict based on some of the apps that have been rejected. MacRumors recently spoke to one developer who had his app rejected from the App Store due to the time telling rule, but offering the time was not the main function of the app. Instead, it was an app that used a clock-like face to display sunset/sunrise times along with the position of the sun and the moon. The developer was told by Apple that Apple Watch apps containing a clock face, the likeness of a clock, or time-telling functionality would be rejected, and the Apple employee he spoke with mentioned that quite a few developers had been rejected due to the policy. A video walkthrough of the available watch faces on the Apple Watch Given Apple's aim to position the Apple Watch as a fashion accessory, it's no surprise that the company is maintaining strict control over what's arguably the most important core function of the Apple Watch -- telling the time. In interviews, Apple executives have explained that hundreds of hours of work went into developing the watch faces that are available for the Apple Watch, with an obsessive amount of detail put into each one for the best possible time-telling experience. Apple's also advertised the Apple Watch as an "incredibly accurate" timepiece, a claim that it might not be able to guarantee if a third-party time-telling app is allowed to display the time. Watch faces are one aspect of the Apple Watch that Apple is not allowing users or developers to touch. While watch faces can be customized with Apple's options, users cannot select their own backgrounds as they can do on the iPhone or iPad and developers cannot develop their own Apple Watch face experiences. Apple often has strict rules when a product launches, but the rules can and do relax over time, as we've seen with iOS 8 and the return of the once-forbidden Launcher app. It's possible that Apple will open up watch faces to developers in the future, or become less strict with apps that include time-telling functionality, but for now those types of apps will not make it into the App Store. Today's App Store Review Guidelines update also included a new bit about HealthKit. Rule 27.10 says that apps conducting health-related human subject research must secure approval from an independent ethics review board. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Games Provide Gameplay Bursts With Incentive to Revisit Often • MCX Member Best Buy Begins Accepting Apple Pay in App, In-Store Support Coming • App Store Sees Record Performance in Q2 2015 With 29% Increase in Revenue Year Over Year • Instagram for iOS Gains Three New Filters, Emoji Hashtags • 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

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YouTube channel Unbox Therapy has shared a new video that tests the stainless steel Apple Watch with a basic diamond tester to determine if it actually has a sapphire crystal display like many regular mechanical watches. The video also tests the Apple Watch Sport, LG G Watch R, iPhone 6 and a Tissot watch that is verified to have a sapphire crystal display. The results of the test confirm that the Apple Watch does have a sapphire crystal display as advertised, with the diamond tester recognizing the electrical conductivity of the scratch-resistant material. The verified Tissot watch also displays a reading on the meter, while the Apple Watch Sport, LG G Watch R and iPhone 6 do not yield any results because all three devices have traditional or ion-strengthened glass displays. Sapphire crystal is a harder and more scratch resistant material than traditional glass, which is why Apple chose it for the more expensive Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition display and lenses of the heart rate sensor. Apple cut the sapphire crystal with a diamond-encrusted wire to allow for a precise fit and polished it with diamond-covered pellets for a smooth and glossy finish."Sapphire is the second-hardest transparent substance after diamond," reads the Apple Watch materials page. "That’s why we chose it to cover the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition faces, and to make the lenses of the heart rate sensor. Our sapphire crystal comes from the highest-quality boules. Only the purest, clearest, and strongest sapphire crystal is harvested. To ensure a precise fit for the case, the crystal is cut using a diamond-encrusted wire. To make room for an integrated antenna, a tiny groove is laser-ablated around its perimeter. And to create the smoothest possible finish, the crystal is polished with diamond-covered pellets." Apple Watch has been put through a variety of tests since it was released last week, giving users an idea how the wrist-worn device manages based on both normal and unrealistic usage. CNET shared an Apple Watch torture test on Friday that, among other things, involved submerging the watch in hot water and pouring ketchup and maple syrup on it, while another video took the Apple Watch into the shower and swimming pool as a waterproof test. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MCX Member Best Buy Begins Accepting Apple Pay in App, In-Store Support Coming • App Store Sees Record Performance in Q2 2015 With 29% Increase in Revenue Year Over Year • Instagram for iOS Gains Three New Filters, Emoji Hashtags • 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

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The Apple Watch is a brand new product platform for Apple, offering a significantly different experience compared to Apple's already established platforms, iOS and Mac OS. As the device is getting onto more and more wrists over the coming days, weeks and month, we've collected a bunch of helpful tips to help users acclimating to Apple's brand new platform in a video. We've highlighted some of the tips below. Fast switching between apps - If you need to bounce between two apps, or one app and your watch face, it can become fairly cumbersome and take some time. Instead, it's easier and quicker to simply fast switch between apps by double tapping the Digital Crown. Double tapping a second time goes back to the last thing you were doing. This way, you can spend some time on the watch face, quickly zoom over to the Music app to select a new song, and then double tap again to go back to the watch face. Use Siri to launch apps - The app icons on Apple Watch can be fairly small, and their tiny touch targets can make it difficult to accurately choose which app you want to launch. An easier way to launch an app is to use Siri, which can be launched by either saying "Hey Siri" or holding down the Digital Crown. Once that's done, a user just has to say "launch" or "open" followed by the name of the app. Handoff Any Apple Watch Notification Back to the iPhone - It was already known that the Apple Watch would be able to handoff app activities from to the iPhone, but it can also be used to handoff any push notification back to your iPhone. Users can go back through the Apple Watch notifications they missed by swiping down on the watch face and hand those off at a later time. The original iPhone app doesn't even have to be built to support it. AirPlay Controls - Using Force Touch in various apps on the Apple Watch can yield new ways to interact. One of the more useful (yet hidden) ways Force Touch changes an app is within the Music app, where Force Touching while playing a song, allows you to choose your iPhone's Airplay target for your music. This Airplay option isn't available from any other screen in the Music app except for the song-playing screen. You can also play music straight off your Apple Watch. Choosing "Source" from the same menu, lets you play music straight off your Apple Watch to any Bluetooth target. Battery and Control Center Glances - On the watch face, swiping up reveals your Glances, which are quick looks at your various apps. They let you do certain things without having to open your app, and there are some Glances from Apple that can make using the Apple Watch a lot easier. The Battery glance allows you to check your battery percentage and manually start Power Reserve mode, while the Control Center glance allows you to turn on Airplane mode, Do Not Disturb, mute sound and ping a sound on your iPhone if you can't find it. Taking a Screenshot - One of the social phenomena emerging from the first week of the Apple Watch is people showing off how they've customized their watch faces and how they've arranged their home screen. Taking a screenshot is the best way to show off how personal users have made Apple's most personal device, and to do so all one has to do is click the Digital Crown and the button underneath that at the same time. You can watch the above video for even more tips and tricks, and if you've just got your Apple Watch and need help setting it up we've got a guide to help you get it up and running. Additionally, you can head over to our forums, where new Apple Watch users are discussing Apple's newest device and sharing their home screens and watch face customizations. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MCX Member Best Buy Begins Accepting Apple Pay in App, In-Store Support Coming • App Store Sees Record Performance in Q2 2015 With 29% Increase in Revenue Year Over Year • Instagram for iOS Gains Three New Filters, Emoji Hashtags • 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

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During today's Q2 2015 earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that Apple Watch margins are lower than the company average, and on a followup question about those margins in the context of the Apple Watch Edition's high price, Cook commented on the inaccuracy of estimated cost breakdowns on Apple products. "I haven't seen [them for Apple Watch], but generally there are cost breakdowns around our products that are much different than the reality. I've never seen one that is anywhere close to being accurate," Cook said. He went on to say that the Apple Watch's functionality is "absolutely incredible" with a lot of new features and innovative technology. We haven't seen cost breakdowns on the components of the Apple Watch hinting at a possible base unit price that would reveal Apple's profit margin, but such component breakdowns are often shared by analysts following device teardowns. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, for example, were estimated to have a parts and labor cost of approximately $200, resulting in a 69 percent gross profit margin based on the device's $649 base selling price. iPhone 5s component cost was estimated to begin at $199, and iPad Air component cost was estimated to begin at $274. All of these estimates, which come from IHS iSuppli, include only part costs, leaving out other expenses like research and development, software creation, marketing, and distribution, which may explain Cook's comments on inaccuracy. According to Cook, it's "intuitive" that Apple Watch margins would be lower than the company average during the first quarter, as the first quarter of any new product is "a learning period." Cook declined to provide guidance beyond the current quarter, but Apple Watch profit margins could improve in the future as component costs drop as they do over time with any new technology. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MCX Member Best Buy Begins Accepting Apple Pay in App, In-Store Support Coming • App Store Sees Record Performance in Q2 2015 With 29% Increase in Revenue Year Over Year • Instagram for iOS Gains Three New Filters, Emoji Hashtags • 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

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During today's earnings call covering the second fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook did not share information on Apple Watch sales, but there were several analyst questions on the new wearable, leading Cook to shed a bit of light on Apple's efforts to fulfill orders. According to Cook, demand for the Apple Watch is much greater than supply, but the company is "working hard to remedy that." He said that Apple made a lot of progress on that over the past week, and was able to deliver the Apple Watch to more customers than Apple had originally anticipated. "We're going to keep doing that," Cook said, noting that some customers would begin receiving updated info on improved shipping estimates today. Apple is "generally happy" with its efforts to boost supply and get the Apple Watch out to customers as soon as possible, and Apple Watch availability may expand to other countries in late June. "It is a new product for us. With any new product, you wind up taking some time to fully ramp."I think we're in a good position and sometime in late June we currently anticipate being in a position where we could begin to sell the Apple Watch in additional countries. That's our current plan.Cook said that it was difficult to gauge demand without a product in stores, and that customer response has been "overwhelmingly positive." Apple is also "far ahead" of where it expected to be from an application point of view. According to Cook, the iPhone had approximately 500 apps available at launch, while the iPad had 1,000. Apple hoped to meet or beat the iPad's 1,000 available apps at launch internally, but far exceeded that with 3,500 available apps. "We couldn't be happier about how things are going from that point of view." Cook noted that Apple is "learning quickly about customer preferences between the different configurations" and that the company will be making adjustments to get in line with demand. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MCX Member Best Buy Begins Accepting Apple Pay in App, In-Store Support Coming • App Store Sees Record Performance in Q2 2015 With 29% Increase in Revenue Year Over Year • Instagram for iOS Gains Three New Filters, Emoji Hashtags • 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

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Apple today announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter and first calendar quarter of 2015. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $58 billion and net quarterly profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $45.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin for the quarter was 40.8 percent compared to 39.3 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 69 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an increased dividend payment of $0.52 per share, payable on May 14 to shareholders of record as of May 11. The company currently holds $193.5 billion in cash and marketable securities. In addition to the increase in the dividend payment, Apple said it will once again expand its share repurchase authorization to $140 billion from $90 billion and the company says it expects to spend over $200 billion in cash under its capital return program by the end of March 2017. Apple sold 61.2 million iPhones during the quarter, up from 43.7 million a year earlier and a new March quarter record, while Mac sales were also strong with 4.56 million units sold, up from 4.1 million units in the year-ago quarter. iPad sales were down, however, falling to 12.6 million from 16.35 million.“We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we’ve experienced in previous cycles, and we’re off to an exciting start to the June quarter with the launch of Apple Watch.”Apple's guidance for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 includes expected revenue of $46-48 billion and gross margin between 38.5 and 39.5 percent. Apple will provide live streaming of its fiscal Q2 2015 financial results conference call at 2:00 PM Pacific, and MacRumors will update this story with coverage of the conference call highlights. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Instagram for iOS Gains Three New Filters, Emoji Hashtags • 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

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Apple will report its financial results later this hour for the second quarter of the 2015 fiscal year, a three-month period spanning January through March that directly followed the holiday shopping season. Apple has offered guidance of between $52 billion and $55 billion in quarterly revenue, while the average of all analysts combined forecasts the company's revenue during the quarter marginally higher at $56.84 billion. Philip Elmer-DeWitt at Fortune has compiled a pair of charts that aggregate all predictions by independent and professional analysts for Apple's revenue, EPS, gross margin and number of iPhones, iPads and Macs sold during Q2 2015, and it's believed that Apple will report double-digit growth year-over-year as sales remain strong and the company's momentum continues in 2015. Amateur analysts are bullish, predicting average quarterly revenue of $58 billion and sales of 60.1 million iPhones, 13.6 million iPads and 4.7 million Macs, while professional analysts remain more conservative with an average estimate of $55.69 billion quarterly revenue and sales of 55.7 million iPhones, 14.2 million iPads and 4.6 million Macs. Apple is also forecasted to have a gross margin of 39.4% based on the average of all analysts. MacRumors will be providing live coverage of Apple's financial results as they are reported around 1:30 PM Pacific (4:30 PM Eastern), including the subsequent earnings conference call with CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri at 2 PM Pacific (5 PM Eastern). At that time, we'll have a clearer picture of just how well Apple managed to perform in the quarter. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Instagram for iOS Gains Three New Filters, Emoji Hashtags • 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

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DisplayMate Technologies has extensively tested the Apple Watch's flexible OLED display and shared the results today based on several categories, including screen reflection, brightness and contrast with ambient light, color gamut with ambient light, and viewing angle variations. Overall, the company found the Apple Watch to have an "excellent smart watch display" with accurate colors and picture quality. In a side-by-side comparison with the iPhone 6 display, the display calibration company found that Apple has taken measures to ensure that the Apple Watch display has the same colors, color calibration and color accuracy as the larger smartphone screen. The stainless steel and gold Apple Watches with sapphire crystal displays, however, have much higher reflectance in ambient light and mandatory automatic brightness control to preserve battery life."Since the Apple Watch is often used right next to the iPhone 6, Apple has gone to considerable lengths to give them the same colors, color calibration, and color accuracy. The two most significant differences (other than size) are the much higher Reflectance of the Apple Watch with a sapphire crystal (8.2 percent compared to 4.6 percent), and the aggressive Brightness control using a mandatory Automatic Brightness Ambient Light Sensor in order to increase the running time on battery for the tiny watch." The full-length report offers a comprehensive look at the Apple Watch's ion-strengthened and sapphire crystal displays, and reiterates that enhanced sapphire, which lowers the screen reflectance of sapphire to be much lower than glass, will soon be available for use in smartphones, smartwatches and other mobile devices. Additionally, DisplayMate's previous tests of the Samsung Gear 2 and Sony SmartWatch 2 displays provide good comparisons to the Apple Watch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Instagram for iOS Gains Three New Filters, Emoji Hashtags • 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

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Apple today seeded the second beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, approximately a week and a half since releasing the first 10.10.4 beta and nearly three weeks after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with the Photos for OS X app to the public. Alongside the new developer beta, Apple also released the first public beta version of OS X 10.10.4. Developers can download the new beta, build 14E11f, through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Mac Developer Center. OS X 10.10.3 introduced several consumer-facing changes including the new Photos for OS X app, a redesigned emoji picker, new diversified emoji, and more, but OS X 10.10.4 appears to be an under-the-hood update that brings performance enhancements and bug fixes. The first two updates to OS X Yosemite, OS X 10.10.1 and OS X 10.10.2 were also minor behind-the-scenes updates that improved performance through bug fixes and enhancements. 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 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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