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

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

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

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Apple is planning to offer customers an opportunity to exchange only their Apple Watch bands rather than an entire Apple Watch if a band is the wrong size or the wrong style. Retail employees have been instructed to suggest a band swap as an alternative to a whole watch return if an Apple Watch is being returned based on size, color, or band style. A band swap, according to an internal employee training document, can potentially save the customer time as it eliminates the need to set up and sync an entirely new watch. Band swaps are available for the Apple Watch Sport and the stainless steel Apple Watch, but will not be available for the more expensive gold Apple Watch Edition. There are several rules for band swaps:- The new band must be within the same collection as the watch and must be an available band option for that watch face. - The band swap is within 14 day return period. - The watch must have been purchased at the Apple Online Store, Kiosk, or Apple Store App. - You are not using band swaps as a way to configure a sellable product for a customer.Band swaps won't be done entirely in store. After an employee confirms that a customer is within their 14-day return window and wants a new band, the swap must be initiated through the Online Store call center. Customer support representatives will create a new band order, ship it out to the customer, and provide instructions on how to mail in an old band for a refund. One interesting tidbit in the document suggests band swaps can't be done for watches purchased at other retailers for warranty reasons, such as those bought from select boutiques around the world where the Apple Watch will be sold, including Colette in Paris, Dover Street Market in London, The Corner in Berlin, and more. If a customer wants to make a full watch return rather than just a band return, the band must be provided. Apple will not provide partial refunds -- bands that shipped with a watch cannot be returned for a refund and Apple Watches cannot be returned without their bands. The document also outlines the full return guidelines for the Apple Watch Sport, the Apple Watch, and the gold Apple Watch Edition, with the latter requiring a "visual, mechanical, and micro-inspection" by a trained genius accompanied by a manager. The Apple Watch is set to launch this Friday, with the first customers receiving their pre-orders at that time. Supplies are constrained, but Apple has been making efforts to get shipments out as fast as possible. Many Apple Watch bands are also in short supply with multi-week shipping estimates, so customers who do wish to exchange a band might have to wait awhile for their desired band to be available. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • WatchAware Now Cataloging All 2,143 Approved Apps With Previews, Screenshots • 'Knock' Aims to Let You Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch • 'The Whole Pantry' App Developer Admits Faking Cancer to Boost Sales • Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist

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Google today announced its entrance into the wireless service business, with the debut of Project Fi, a service that combines multiple cellular networks with Wi-Fi hotspots to offer "the best network wherever you go." As rumored back in January, Google is teaming up with both Sprint and T-Mobile for Project Fi, and the two carriers will provide the cellular service for Google's initiative. With Project Fi service, customers will be able to connect to the fastest network at any given location, whether it's Sprint LTE, T-Mobile LTE, or a Wi-Fi hotspot. We developed new technology that gives you better coverage by intelligently connecting you to the fastest available network at your location whether it's Wi-Fi or one of our two partner LTE networks. As you go about your day, Project Fi automatically connects you to more than a million free, open Wi-Fi hotspots we've verified as fast and reliable. Once you're connected, we help secure your data through encryption. When you're not on Wi-Fi, we move you between whichever of our partner networks is delivering the fastest speed, so you get 4G LTE in more places.By positioning itself as an MVNO or mobile virtual network operator partnered with existing carriers, Google is able to provide reliable cellular service and its own pricing tiers without needing to build out its own infrastructure. Other well-known MVNO's in the U.S. include Boost Mobile, FreedomPop, and Straight Talk. Project Fi brings phone numbers to the cloud, letting users talk and text with their personal phone numbers on any phone, tablet, or computer, and it introduces a simplified pricing structure that's easier to understand than most carriers' complicated plans. There's a single plan that costs $20 per month for talk, text, and Wi-Fi tethering, plus an extra $10 per GB for cellular data in the U.S. and abroad. So a plan with unlimited talk and text with 3GB of data would be priced at $50. Google's also only charging for data used, so customers who pay for 3GB and only use 1GB will get a refund. Google is debuting a Project Fi early access program that's available to customers who have a Nexus 6. According to Google, this is the first smartphone that supports the hardware and software necessary to work with Project Fi. Nexus 6 users can in areas where coverage is available can request access. Google is the first major technology company to introduce its own wireless service, and it's possible that other companies could follow in its footsteps. In the past, there were rumors suggesting Apple would take on the role of a mobile carrier, selling service directly to consumers, but in 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple did not need to be a carrier and would be better off focusing its efforts on making great devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • WatchAware Now Cataloging All 2,143 Approved Apps With Previews, Screenshots • 'Knock' Aims to Let You Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch • 'The Whole Pantry' App Developer Admits Faking Cancer to Boost Sales • Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist

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Today is Earth Day and in celebration of the occasion, Apple has updated the logos of some of its retail stores with green leaf accents, as it does each year on April 22. The green leaves mark a departure from the standard white logo, and Earth Day represents one of the few occasions each year where Apple tweaks its store logos. This Earth Day, and every day, we're committed to leaving the world better than we found it. http://t.co/iIHRXEwpfA pic.twitter.com/SIyZVAeznL— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 22, 2015 Along with installing green-leafed Apple logos at retail stores, Apple retail employees are also celebrating by wearing special T-shirts in honor of Earth Day. The shirts are a bright grass green, with an Apple logo and a lighter spring green leaf accent. Apple may also be planning to hold a special Earth Day celebratory event at its Cupertino campus, as it did last year. In a tweet about Earth Day, Tim Cook linked to Apple's environmental website and highlighted the company's efforts to "leave the world better than we found it." Apple updated the website two days ago with its most recent Environmental Responsibility Report, noting that 100 percent of its U.S operations and 87 percent of its global operations are now run on renewable energy. Under Tim Cook's watch, Apple has ramped up its environmental conservancy efforts, heavily pursuing improved recycling, renewable energy through solar farms, a reduced carbon footprint, and most recently partnering with The Conservation Fund to protect and create the forests that supply its packaging materials. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Knock' Aims to Let You Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch • 'The Whole Pantry' App Developer Admits Faking Cancer to Boost Sales • Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices

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With less than two days until the Apple Watch launches in the United States and eight other countries, customers who pre-ordered the Apple Watch and received shipping estimates of 4-6 weeks or later are beginning to see earlier than expected movement on their orders placed through the Apple Online Store. A growing number of people have turned to the MacRumors discussion forums and tipped us individually about their Apple Watch pre-orders with 4-6 weeks or June delivery estimates changing from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" on Apple's order tracking page for various aluminum and stainless steel models. A portion of those that pre-ordered have also seen credit or debit card charges from Apple appear on their statements, although it is likely that the majority of those charges are Apple preauthorizations to ensure a customer's bank account is in good standing. Apple's payment and pricing information on its website provides further details about the steps that are taken."When you place an order, Apple will contact your credit or debit card's issuing bank to confirm it is a valid account. Apple requests an authorization, which holds the funds for the full or partial purchase amount. As Apple prepares your items, authorized funds will be unavailable and may display as "pending" on your credit or debit card's online statement. If you are shipping an item, your card will only be charged after the item has shipped. For pickup items, you will be billed before your item is ready for pick up. If your order contains multiple items, you may see multiple charges on your credit or debit card statement." It remains unknown how many customers will receive their Apple Watch pre-orders on April 24, the day the wrist-worn device officially launches in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom. Any movement on pre-orders, however, such as order status changes and credit and debit card charges, is a good sign for those patiently anticipating the arrival of their Apple Watch. MacRumors reported earlier this month that Apple Watch pre-orders could arrive sooner than expected based on an email exchange with Apple's executive relations that said extended shipping estimates are set purposefully to avoid disappointment through false guarantees. At the same time, the exact number of Apple Watch pre-orders fulfilled on day one remains to be seen. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Knock' Aims to Let You Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch • 'The Whole Pantry' App Developer Admits Faking Cancer to Boost Sales • Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a note to investors on Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, reiterating that Apple is unlikely to launch a new 4-inch iPhone this year. Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, added that Apple will instead likely release a new 4-inch iPhone with Apple Pay compatibility in 2016."iPhone 5S still going strong; next 4-inch likely in 2016. Shipments of 5S are still going strong at 5-7mn units every quarter, an impressive level at such a mature stage of the product cycle. Momentum is being sustained by a more affordable price and the product’s outstanding design. But we still believe it’s necessary for Apple to have a new 4-inch iPhone because: (1) it will be key to extending momentum in the 4-inch category; and (2) it could complete the Apple Pay ecosystem, assuming it is equipped with NFC. We predict a launch in 2016."The well-informed analyst claims that the iPhone 5c will likely reach the end of its product cycle later this year, with the iPhone 5s becoming the new entry-level device in Apple's smartphone lineup once the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" are released this September. For now, the oft-rumored "iPhone 6c," speculated to be an iPhone 5s with plastic casing, is not planned. Foxconn is expected to be the primary manufacturer of the 4-inch iPhone in 2016. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'The Whole Pantry' App Developer Admits Faking Cancer to Boost Sales • Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices • Review: Belkin's Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case Offers Versatility and a Full Set of Keys

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A new tool created by developer Steven Troughton-Smith that allows you to search for Apple Watch app screenshots based on iTunes links has provided an early glimpse at several popular apps for the wrist-worn device. Some developers have already shared screenshots, and other websites have shared additional ones, but this tool provides the closest look yet at third-party apps for Apple Watch ahead of its April 24 launch. Clear Flipboard RunKeeper Shazam Twitter Yahoo Weather Apple Watch app screenshots are required to be submitted by developers and should begin appearing on the App Store when the wrist-worn device launches on April 24, or soon after, alongside traditional iPhone and iPad screenshots. In the meantime, this tool provides an easy way to search for your favorite Apple Watch apps for a sneak preview of what they look like ahead of time. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'The Whole Pantry' App Developer Admits Faking Cancer to Boost Sales • Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices • Review: Belkin's Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case Offers Versatility and a Full Set of Keys

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Following a week of constant order status changes and general haziness on when customers would actually receive their Apple Watch orders, a few MacRumors users have confirmed this morning that they have received April 24 delivery estimates for their Apple Watch pre-orders. In the forums, multiple mentions of an Apple distribution center in Mount Juliet, Tennessee have resulted in numerous users getting confirmed delivery dates for their Apple Watch orders this Friday, April 24. While mostly centered in the southern states like Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida, a few outliers, like a few customers in Indiana, have also had the April delivery date confirmed. The news comes after a few Apple Watch pre-order customers began receiving UPS tracking numbers yesterday, thanks to the service's "My Choice" opt-in emails, which notify customers whenever a package is on its way to their house. On Monday, many people began being charged for their Apple Watch orders, seeing a shift from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" for a majority of users. Many of the early UPS shipping notifications had delivery estimates for earlier in the week, but these were understood to be inaccurate considering Apple's efforts to have all deliveries held until the official launch day. Apple's own order status pages are also still showing a broad "4/24-5/8" window for the first wave of orders, so tracking information pinpointing delivery for Friday will be a welcome reassurance for many customers. With the Apple Watch launch stressing some of the company's customers out, yesterday Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was seen in a video updating Apple retail employees on the different approach for the Watch's launch, promising a "unique situation" and that the company's "blockbuster launches", or in-store launches, will continue in the future. With only two days to go until the official launch of the Apple Watch, many users should begin seeing status and date changes popping up on their accounts over the next few hours. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'The Whole Pantry' App Developer Admits Faking Cancer to Boost Sales • Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices • Review: Belkin's Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case Offers Versatility and a Full Set of Keys

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Apple will begin accepting pre-orders for the Apple Watch in Italy on May 8, according to Italian website iSpazio. The report, citing an internal source, claims that Apple Stores in the country have already received Apple Watch advertising materials and display tables for the wrist-worn device that will be setup on May 7 to prepare for the launch. While not mentioned directly in the report, iSpazio administrator Fabiano Confuorto told MacRumors that Apple Watch pre-orders in Spain and "a lot of other" second wave launch countries will also begin on May 8, which coincides with the end date of 4/24-5/8 shipping estimates on some early Apple Watch pre-orders. Confuorto did not specify which countries beyond Italy and Spain. The sales process will reportedly be identical to the United States and other first wave countries, with orders taken exclusively online at launch. Second wave launch countries for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year included Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. Shipping times for the pre-orders could be 4-6 weeks or later in those countries based on current estimates on the Apple Online Store in the United States. Apple Watch pre-orders became available on April 10 at 12:01 AM Pacific through the Apple Online Store in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom, and sold out completely in less than six hours. The company also began taking Apple Watch try-on appointments the same day at Apple retail stores and select fashion boutiques such as Selfridges in London, Isetan in Tokyo and Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices • Review: Belkin's Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case Offers Versatility and a Full Set of Keys • DODOCase and Pad & Quill Introduce New Apple Watch Stands

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Earlier this month, a video surfaced showing the incredible scratch resistance of the sapphire crystal display cover used in the stainless steel and Edition Apple Watches, and now another video claims to show the scratch resistance of the Ion-X glass display cover used in the Apple Watch Sport. The video, from Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy, uses Ion-X glass covers sourced from Sonny Dickson, who has acquired parts from various pre-release devices in the past. The glass covers in the video are said to be the same Ion-X covers used in the Apple Watch Sport. Hilsenteger subjects the Ion-X glass to a key, a knife, steel wool, and several different sandpapers to try to damage it (skip to 2:30 to get to the scratch testing portion of the video). While a key, a knife, and steel wool don't do any damage to the glass, Hilsenteger is able to scratch the glass quite significantly with sandpaper, suggesting that while it will stand up to day to day wear and tear, it's still possible to scratch the Ion-X glass under extreme conditions. When the sapphire display cover of the more expensive watches is subjected to sandpaper, as in the video we saw earlier this month, it does not scratch due to the sapphire's greater hardness. Sapphire's scratch resistance is why it's used by many high-end watch manufacturers to protect watch faces as it's second only to diamond when it comes to scratch resistance. Sapphire display covers are only offered in the higher-end Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition models, presumably due to the high price of sapphire. The Apple Watch Sport, Apple's most affordable watch, has a lower price tag in part because it uses less expensive materials -- Ion-X glass instead of sapphire crystal and aluminum instead of stainless steel or gold. The Apple Watch sport is priced more affordably than the other available Apple Watches, starting at a price of $349 compared to the $549 entry-level stainless steel watch and the $10,000 entry-level Edition watch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Updates Long List of Apps With Bug Fixes as Keynote for iOS Gains Apple Watch Controls • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices • Review: Belkin's Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case Offers Versatility and a Full Set of Keys • DODOCase and Pad & Quill Introduce New Apple Watch Stands

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Angela Ahrendts today sent out a video to Apple retail employees, once again reiterating Apple's Apple Watch policies and explaining why the company has decided not to accept walk-in orders. In the video, shared by French site Mac4Ever [Google Translate], Ahrendts again told employees that the Apple Watch is only available online due to global demand exceeding supply. She also emphasized Apple's efforts to give customers the best possible ordering experience by restricting in-store orders and said there are no plans to change the current Apple Watch ordering process. It was not an easy decision, and I think it's really important to remind every single customer that this is not just a new product for us, this is an entirely new category. And the first time we've ever previewed a product two weeks before availability. The great news is from anyone who did pre-order, they'll start getting their orders this Friday. Ahrendts told employees that she'll be providing updates on supply on a week by week basis, and she asked retail employees to prepare to help customers who will be receiving a pre-ordered Apple Watch in the near future. Ahrendts also once again confirmed that the Apple Watch launch is a unique situation and not reflective of Apple's launch plans going forward. "We love our launches we do in stores," she said. "Have absolutely no fear, this is a unique situation." The video also covered the MacBook, which has been highly limited even in first wave launch countries. Ahrendts said the response to the MacBook has been "overwhelming" and that it was one of Apple's best MacBook launches yet. Demand for the Space Gray and Gold MacBooks was described as "off the charts." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • WhatsApp Messenger for iOS Gains Voice Calling Capabilities • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices • Review: Belkin's Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case Offers Versatility and a Full Set of Keys • DODOCase and Pad & Quill Introduce New Apple Watch Stands • Demo Apple Watch Shows 70-Second Startup Time in New Video

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As of yesterday afternoon, credit and debit cards have been charged and many Apple Watch pre-orders have begun shifting from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" as Apple prepares to send out the first Apple Watch orders to customers who pre-ordered on Friday, April 10. Shipment emails have yet to go out from Apple, but a few lucky customers have gotten a heads up on their orders through UPS' "My Choice" opt-in emails, which lets people sign up to get notifications whenever a package is sent to their address. These emails suggest the first Apple Watch orders will indeed be arriving on Friday, April 24. On reddit, one Apple Watch buyer got what appears to be an accidental UPS notice about a package being unable to be delivered, letting him know his Apple Watch is on its way from Rialto, CA. We've also heard from a MacRumors reader who got a similar notice, with an alert about an upcoming Apple Watch package from Apple set to be delivered on Tuesday, April 21. When checking that tracking number, it states that a UPS shipping label has been created and that the order has been processed and is ready for UPS. Both customers confirm they have no other orders such as accessories currently pending with Apple. These alerts appear to have been delivered prematurely, as we've seen only these two reports of such notices, and it's unlikely the readers who have a delivery alerts will receive their package before Friday, but they do give us our first hints that tracking numbers are starting to go out and may be showing up in shipment emails in the near future. While many people who pre-ordered early have had their credit or debit cards charged and have seen their order statuses change, there are some early pre-orderers who still have not had their orders shift to "Preparing for Shipment" as seen in this Google document. Space Gray Sport watches, Space Black stainless steel watches, and stainless steel watches with Milanese Loop, Classic Buckle, and Black Sport Band seem to make up the majority of those that have not yet seen a status change. Apple Watch orders that have not yet changed should not cause alarm, as based on the early tracking info received, Apple is using Next Day Air shipments. Customers who do have a "Preparing for Shipment" notification may be able to get an early look at where their watches are located by using UPS and FedEx's "Track By Reference" tools, using a phone number to locate an order. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices • Review: Belkin's Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case Offers Versatility and a Full Set of Keys • DODOCase and Pad & Quill Introduce New Apple Watch Stands • Demo Apple Watch Shows 70-Second Startup Time in New Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories

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Apple today began sending out emails to iOS developers, offering them a chance to purchase a 42mm Apple Watch Sport with a Blue Sport Band that has a guaranteed shipment date of April 28, 2015, in order to get them a device to begin testing apps on. Quantities of the watch are limited, and developers eligible to purchase a watch will be chosen by random selection. We want to help give Apple developers the opportunity to test their WatchKit apps on Apple Watch as soon as it is available. You have the chance to purchase one (1) Apple Watch Sport with 42mm Silver Aluminum Case and Blue Sport Band that's guaranteed to ship by April 28, 2015. This opportunity is offered by random selection and quantities are limited. Register now though April 23 at 10 a.m. PDT. We'll let you know your status on April 23.It's not known why Apple is offering that particular watch combination to developers, but it can be assumed that the 42mm Aluminum Apple Watch Sport may be one of the devices that the company has an ample supply of, along with the Blue Sport Band. Confirmation screen after entering the lottery A guaranteed April 28 delivery means developers who make a purchase will receive the Apple Watch Sport one week from today and four days after customers are expected to begin receiving the first Apple Watch devices. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Video Review: Imation's LINK Power Drive is an All-In-One Hard Drive, Battery, and Stand • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices • Review: Belkin's Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case Offers Versatility and a Full Set of Keys • DODOCase and Pad & Quill Introduce New Apple Watch Stands • Demo Apple Watch Shows 70-Second Startup Time in New Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories

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Adobe today announced a major update to Lightroom CC (and the launch of the standalone Lightroom 6), its professional photo editing software for Mac users. The new update brings significant performance improvements and several new features like HDR merge, Panorama merge, facial recognition, improved slideshows, a filter brush, and more. One of the most impressive new organizational features in the updated version of Lightroom is facial recognition, which lets Lightroom users organize their photos by subject for the first time, in addition to organizing with tags, flags, and star ratings. Once a face in a single photo is named, the software is able to find more images that feature that person for quick tagging by face. A new "People" view lets users sort photos by person. Panorama Merge, another new feature, lets photographers stitch together multiple images, including RAW and JPG files to create ultra high-quality panoramic shots. It has built in tools for automatically cropping non-matching edges and changing perspectives. With Lightroom's graphical performance improvements, even huge panorama files can be edited in real time with little lag. With HDR Merge, it's possible to combine several different photos with different exposure settings into a single HDR image. Unlike other photo editing apps, Adobe's HDR Merge works directly with both JPG and RAW images. Because it works with RAW files, a high-quality HDR image can be created from as few as two photos. Other HDR options typically require more photos at different exposure levels to create a suitable image. Lightroom's new filter brush, a popular request from Adobe customers, works with graduated and radial filter affects, letting a filter mask be reshaped with a brush tool so filter effects can be added and subtracted from specific parts of images for better precision. The last major feature update, which adds advanced slideshow tools, lets users put pan and zoom effects into their slideshows to add a motion effect. There's also a tool for syncing slideshows to multiple audio clips, and it's possible to add up to 10 songs to a slideshow. Today's update to Lightroom CC may be of particular interest to Mac users who previously used the now-defunct Aperture photo editing software, as Apple no longer offers a professional-level photo editing app since discontinuing Aperture in favor of Photos for OS X. Lightroom has many professional-level features that are missing from the Photos for OS X app, and it also offers the same cross-platform syncing of all images with a Creative Cloud subscription. Adobe has promised to continue adding new features and more advanced tools to Lightroom in the future. Adobe is also updating its Lightroom apps for the iPad and the iPhone, which connect to Lightroom CC and allow for photos and edits to be synced between all devices using Adobe's cloud service. The apps are gaining features like improved cropping tools, with the updated versions available for download today. Lightroom CC is available through Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography plan, which bundles Photoshop and Lightroom together for $9.99 per month, or through Adobe's complete Creative Cloud plan, featuring all Adobe software for $49.99 per month. Adobe is also selling the new Lightroom update on a standalone basis, branded as Lightroom 6 and priced at $149 (or $79 upgrade pricing). The standalone version of Lightroom does not include cloud integration with Adobe's mobile Lightroom apps and Lightroom on the web. Lightroom for iPhone can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link] Lightroom for iPad can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link] Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Debit and Credit Card Charges Begin in the UK, Germany, and France • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices • Review: Belkin's Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case Offers Versatility and a Full Set of Keys • DODOCase and Pad & Quill Introduce New Apple Watch Stands • Demo Apple Watch Shows 70-Second Startup Time in New Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories • MacRumors Giveaway: Massive Bundle of Custom Device Cases from Casetify

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Apple Watch will bring the world's latest breaking news and headlines to your wrist from a wide variety of publications and sources in the United States and abroad, including the Associated Press, ABC News, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, CBC News, Circa News, Fresco News, De Telegraaf, South China Morning Post, The Economist, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA TODAY and Yahoo News Digest. Many of the Apple Watch news apps will provide breaking news notifications and bite-sized headlines through Glances, while some provide additional functionality such as expanded views and personal feeds of news stories, reviews, opinions and more. As the Apple Watch becomes more widely adopted, and launches in additional countries, more apps from well-known news publications should begin to surface on the App Store. Associated Press for Apple Watch allows you to stay up-to-date with breaking news notifications on your wrist from the world's oldest and largest news-gathering organization, cited by thousands of newspapers and publications around the world. AP Mobile is free on the App Store. ABC News for Apple Watch keeps you updated with at-a-glance information about breaking U.S. and world news and the latest updates on entertainment, politics, health, technology, science and business on your wrist. ABC News is the host of Good Morning America, Nightline, This Week and 20/20. ABC News is free on the App Store. Bloomberg Business for Apple Watch keeps you updated with breaking news notifications and headlines about the latest global business and finance news. Bloomberg Business is one of the largest providers of financial information in the United States. Bloomberg Business is free on the App Store. CNN for Apple Watch brings one of the largest American news providers to your wrist, with up-to-the-minute breaking news across 12 personalized categories. You can tap on a story from your Apple Watch and choose to save it or continue reading on your iPhone. CNN App is free on the App Store. CNBC Business News and Finance has been updated for Apple Watch, allowing you to check Watchlists, Markets and Top News headlines on your wrist. The app delivers breaking news notifications and lets you tap on a Top News headline to bookmark it and read later on iPhone. You can also use Force Touch on Watchlists or Markets to change between price and price changes. CNBC is free on the App Store. CBC News for Apple Watch brings Canada's largest news broadcaster to your wrist, with multiple features such as push notifications for breaking news, the latest headlines in Glances and Handoff for stories to read later on iPhone. CBC also provides international news coverage in addition to local and national Canadian news. CBC News is free on the App Store. Circa News was recently updated with support for the Apple Watch, allowing you to see featured stories at a glance, stay caught up with your Daily Brief & Updates, and more on your wrist. Circa News breaks articles down into bite-sized facts, meaning the Apple Watch and this app are naturally meant for each other. Circa News is free on the App Store. De Telegraaf is a Dutch newspaper that has added Apple Watch support to its app, providing readers with similar functionality as many other news apps in this list: receive alerts, read headlines, open items on your iPhone or save them to read later. De Telegraaf is free on the App Store. Fresco News has been updated with full support for Apple Watch, summarizing the day's news in seconds with brief headlines and photos accompanied by captions that provide in-depth details. The app also features Handoff functionality for reading articles later on an iPhone. Fresco News is free on the App Store. South China Morning Post mobile edition can now be accessed through Apple Watch, allowing you to view the Top Stories as well as the top Hong Kong, Business, China and Sports news direct from your wrist. Receive breaking news alerts on Apple Watch, access Top Stories through Glances, or save articles to read later on iPhone. SCMP is free on the App Store. The Economist is now readied with an Apple Watch player, bringing world current affairs, business, finance, science and technology, culture, society, media and the arts coverage to your wrist. The Economist is free on the App Store. The Guardian has updated their app to provide a personal feed of stories, features, reviews, and live news and sport specially created for Apple Watch. You can read bite-sized stories through Glances and receive notifications when breaking news occurs. The Guardian is free on the App Store. The New York Times for Apple Watch will be available when the wrist-worn device launches on April 24, allowing you to catch up on the latest news quickly with one-sentence stories crafted specially for the small screen. Like other news apps, you can also receive breaking news notifications and use Handoff to continue reading on your iPhone or iPad. NYTimes is free on the App Store. The Washington Post for Apple Watch features news custom-made for your wrist. "Big Story, Small Screen" is a daily feature that tells a major story with high-powered visuals, accompanied by "Top Headlines" that provides an easy-to-browse list of what's happening. Tap on any headline to see more, receive breaking news notifications and use Handoff to read later on iPhone. Wash Post is free on the App Store. USA TODAY for Apple Watch give readers quick access to the day’s most important stories and breaking news items on their wrists. The watch app displays the top 5 trending stories in real time, plus a breaking news story when applicable. It allows you to quickly skim the most important stories whenever you have a free moment. Handoff for reading stories on iPhone later supported. USA TODAY is free on the App Store. Yahoo News Digest delivers comprehensive news coverage on your Apple Watch, with a unique experience designed exclusively for the wrist-worn device. Yahoo built upon the minimalist and modernist design of its iPhone app with top-of-the-hour bulletins on Apple Watch that are algorithmically and editorially determined to be of importance and salience to that hour. Yahoo News Digest is free on the App Store. 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Over the past few days a handful of reports have been accumulating in regards to two security flaws, one affecting roughly 1500 iOS apps and a second affecting OS X users despite Apple having tried to patch the vulnerability on OS X 10.10.3. The first security flaw is making about 1500 iPhone and iPad apps vulnerable to hackers who could leverage the vulnerability to steal passwords, bank account information, and a handful of other sensitive information, according to Ars Technica. Discovered by security analytics firm SourceDNA last month, the "man-in-the-middle" attack was fixed in a 2.5.2 update to AFNetworking, the open-source code which housed the vulnerability. Unfortunately, some developers have yet to update to the newest version of the code, leaving those 1500 apps open and vulnerable to the attack, which "can decrypt HTTPS-encrypted data" and essentially allows anyone generating a fake Wi-Fi hotspot access to a user's data on that same Wi-Fi connection. As a result, SourceDNA scanned and analyzed most apps on the App Store for the security flaw, and even created a search tool to discover if a particular app is under risk.The day the flaw was announced & patched, a quick search in SourceDNA showed about 20,000 iOS apps (out of the 100k apps that use AFNetworking) both contained the AFNetworking library and were updated or released on the App Store after the flawed code was committed. Our system then scanned those apps with the differential signatures to see which ones actually had the vulnerable code. The results? 55% had the older but safe 2.5.0 code, 40% were not using the portion of the library that provides the SSL API, and 5% or about 1,000 apps had the flaw. Are these apps important? We compared them against our rank data and found some big players: Yahoo!, Microsoft, Uber, Citrix, etc. It amazes us that an open-source library that introduced a security flaw for only 6 weeks exposed millions of users to attack. Some of the known apps currently vulnerable to the man-in-the-middle attack includes Citrix OpenVoice Audio Conferencing [Direct Link], Alibaba's mobile app [Direct Link], and even Movies by Flixster with Rotten Tomatoes [Direct Link]. SourceDNA urges users to check their most used apps in its search tool for the security flaw, and promises to remove apps that have been fixed and add ones discovered to be vulnerable as time goes on. The other flaw, called "Rootpipe", dates back to 2011 and has been known for some time. Apple intended to patch the Rootpipe vulnerability in OS X 10.10.3 earlier this month, although older versions of OS X were left vulnerable. But as reported by Forbes, former NSA agent Patrick Wardle has discovered the flaw to still be present on Macs running OS X 10.10.3, as well as older versions.Apple put additional access controls to stop attacks, but Wardle’s code was still able to connect to the vulnerable service and start overwriting files on his Mac. “I was tempted to walk into the Apple store this [afternoon] and try it on the display models – but I stuck to testing it on my personal laptop (fully updated/patched) as well as my OS X 10.10.3 [virtual machine]. Both worked like a charm,” Wardle told FORBES over email. In a blog post, he’d said his exploit was “a novel, yet trivial way for any local user to re-abuse Rootpipe”.Discovered last October, the Rootpipe flaw essentially allows a hidden backdoor to be created on a particular system, opening up root access of a computer to a hacker after they obtain local privileges on the device. Physical access or previously granted remote access to the target machine is required in order for the vulnerability to be exploited. Most recently, Apple faced the "FREAK" security flaw in its systems, making everything from an Apple TV to an iPod touch vulnerable to stolen sensitive information. The company issued a few security updates on all platforms in the weeks following the discovery of the security flaw, beefing up security and working to assuage public concerns. In regards to the man-in-the-middle iOS and re-emerging Rootpipe flaws, the company has yet to comment. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices • Review: Belkin's Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case Offers Versatility and a Full Set of Keys • DODOCase and Pad & Quill Introduce New Apple Watch Stands • Demo Apple Watch Shows 70-Second Startup Time in New Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories • MacRumors Giveaway: Massive Bundle of Custom Device Cases from Casetify • Yelp Releases Apple Watch App With Nearby Location Listings, Reviews

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Apple Watch order statuses have begun changing from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" as Apple gets ready to send out the first Apple Watch orders to customers who pre-ordered their devices on Friday, April 10. Apple Watch orders that have changed to "Preparing for Shipment" are still listing prospective delivery dates of 4/24 to 5/8, but the first orders are expected to begin arriving on Friday April 24, the official launch date of the Apple Watch. Now that order statuses have shifted, customers should begin receiving shipment emails in the near future. The change to customer order statuses comes just minutes after Apple began charging credit and debit cards for Apple Watch purchases. As we have previously mentioned, bulk shipments of the Apple Watch have already been arriving at central distribution centers across the United States from China, where the Apple Watch was manufactured. Apple Watch orders will ship out from these central distribution centers via Fedex and UPS, so despite the late shipping date, many devices will arrive on Friday. With the iPhone 6, Apple also shipped hundreds of thousands of devices to central distribution centers before updating customers on the status of their orders. iPhones began shipping out on Monday and Tuesday for a Friday delivery, and it's likely Apple Watch orders will follow the same general timeline. Deliveries could come from any of the major shipping hubs in the United States, which include Memphis, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky (UPS' WorldPort location); Indianapolis, Indiana; Newark, New Jersey; and Oakland, California. Many orders are likely to pass first through Anchorage, Alaska, where both UPS and FedEx have logistics centers, before heading out to other distribution sites. The earliest Apple Watch pre-orders listed ambiguous delivery dates of 4/24 to 5/8, but Apple's head of retail Angela Ahrendts stated in a memo to employees last week that "customers who pre-ordered will start receiving deliveries next Friday as planned," so customers who managed to pre-order in the minutes before shipping dates started slipping will see deliveries this week. Once an order changes to Preparing for Shipment, customers may be able to track by reference number using a phone number on the UPS and FedEx websites to get tracking information before a shipping email even goes out. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices • Review: Belkin's Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case Offers Versatility and a Full Set of Keys • DODOCase and Pad & Quill Introduce New Apple Watch Stands • Demo Apple Watch Shows 70-Second Startup Time in New Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories • MacRumors Giveaway: Massive Bundle of Custom Device Cases from Casetify • Yelp Releases Apple Watch App With Nearby Location Listings, Reviews

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According to dozens tweets and emails received by MacRumors, Apple has just begun charging customers who pre-ordered the Apple Watch for their purchases. The charges suggest that early Apple Watch orders will soon shift from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" as Apple gears up to begin sending devices to customers ahead of the Apple Watch's Friday April 24 launch date. As we shared earlier today, bulk shipments of the Apple Watch have already begun arriving at central distribution centers across the United States and are ready to begin heading to customers over the next few days. We haven't seen word of shipments happening yet, but status changes should happen within the next few hours. Apple Watch pre-orders began selling out within minutes as orders came up on April 10, but those who managed to place an order shortly after 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time will likely receive an April 24 delivery date. Even the earliest Apple Watch pre-orders offered delivery estimates of April 24 to May 8, but Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts suggested the first Apple Watch orders would arrive on April 24 in a memo shared with employees last week. Customers who were not lucky enough to pre-order within the first few hours that the Apple Watch was available will likely be waiting for several more weeks to receive their devices, but Apple executives did tell one MacRumors reader that those orders could arrive sooner than expected as supplies ramp up. Apple Watch pre-orders placed today offer shipping estimates that range into June and beyond. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Brings Flight and Airline Apps to Your Wrist • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices • Review: Belkin's Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case Offers Versatility and a Full Set of Keys • DODOCase and Pad & Quill Introduce New Apple Watch Stands • Demo Apple Watch Shows 70-Second Startup Time in New Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories • MacRumors Giveaway: Massive Bundle of Custom Device Cases from Casetify • Yelp Releases Apple Watch App With Nearby Location Listings, Reviews

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A number of notable apps have been updated with Apple Watch support to start off the week, including Shazam, Microsoft OneDrive, Porsche Car Connect, FIFA 15 Ultimate Team by EA SPORTS, Epicurious, Nick Jr, ESPN, Avea, JetBlue and Letterpad. The updates should be rolling out on the App Store today prior to the Apple Watch launch on April 24. Shazam for Apple Watch will enable you to discover which artist, song and lyrics you are listening to from your wrist in seconds. You will also be able to see your past Shazams at a Glance with a simple swipe up gesture, turn on Auto Shazam to continue discovering music automatically and use Handoff on Apple Watch and iPhone to buy songs on iTunes, watch videos and more. Shazam is free on the App Store. Microsoft recently released an update for the OneDrive app to view your photos and albums stored on the cloud storage service on an Apple Watch. You can view your most recent photos, delete photos you don't want to keep, find photos by tag and view your albums directly from your wrist using the latest version of the app. OneDrive is free on the App Store with tiered storage plans available. Porsche Car Connect for Apple Watch (Image: WatchAware) Porsche Car Connect has been updated to allow remote display and control of your Porsche from an Apple Watch. The app, compatible with select 2014 models and later, provides safety notifications, journey statistics, vehicle status and a vehicle locator directly on the Apple Watch. Porsche Car Connect is free on the App Store and available for the new Panamera, 918 Spyder, Macan and Cayenne. EA Sports has introduced new Apple Watch features for FIFA 15 Ultimate Team that help you assemble and manage the ultimate soccer team from your wrist. FIFA 15 Ultimate Team for Apple Watch lets you manage your top five player transfers and get instant game-related notifications. FIFA 15 Ultimate Team by EA SPORTS is free on the App Store with in-app purchases available. Epicurious has introduced its smart kitchen timer app for Apple Watch. The app lets you choose from 40-plus ingredients from one of five categories — steak, vegetables, chicken and pork, seafood, and eggs — and the custom timer will tell you how long the food takes to cook. Epicurious will also give you cooking-related reminders and tips. The app is free on the App Store. Nickelodeon updated Nick Jr. for the Apple Watch over the weekend, allowing iPhone users to manage their child's Nick Jr. screen time through a Bluetooth connection right from the watch. Nick Jr. is free on the App Store and features full TV episodes, videos and iconic Nickelodeon characters on the iOS version. ESPN updated its universal iOS app with Apple Watch support today, providing fans of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, Nascar and other sports and leagues with real-time notifications on scoring plays and breaking news on the wrist. Apple originally listed ESPN as one of its featured Apple Watch apps on its website last month. ESPN is free on the App Store. Elgato today launched one of the first Apple Watch apps that can control a piece of hardware. The updated version of the Avea app is built for Apple Watch and allows users to pick their favorite dynamic light moods right from their wrists. Elgato Avea is free on the App Store.By raising your wrist you can see which Avea light mood is currently on. Tap the Glance to switch to the selection menu of scenes and solid colors. By applying a Force Touch, users can bring up a scene's settings. You can even program Avea's Wake-Up light directly on Apple Watch.JetBlue also became the latest airline to update their app with Apple Watch support, alongside American Airlines, Delta, British Airways, Air Canada, WestJet, Qantas Airways, Ryanair and several others. JetBlue for Apple Watch provides flyers with flight statuses in Glances, travel countdowns and access to their smart mobile boarding pass on the wrist. JetBlue is free on the App Store. As reported by our sister website TouchArcade this morning, game developer NimbleBit has released Letterpad with Apple Watch support. The word game consists of forming words relating to a particular topic from a set of 9 letter tiles, and allows you to use hints that reveal a letter of one of the words you're trying to find among the tiles. Letterpad is free on the App Store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • YouTube App No Longer Available on Older Apple TV, iOS Devices • Review: Belkin's Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case Offers Versatility and a Full Set of Keys • DODOCase and Pad & Quill Introduce New Apple Watch Stands • Demo Apple Watch Shows 70-Second Startup Time in New Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories • MacRumors Giveaway: Massive Bundle of Custom Device Cases from Casetify • Yelp Releases Apple Watch App With Nearby Location Listings, Reviews • Steve Dowling's Role as Apple PR Chief Now Permanent

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Apple Watch pre-orders are being sent to centralized distribution points across the United States as couriers prepare the shipments to be delivered ahead of the wrist-worn device's launch on April 24, according to a source for MacRumors that has provided accurate information in the past. Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts confirmed earlier this month that Apple Watch pre-order deliveries will begin on April 24 as scheduled, although many customers have received shipping estimates of 4-6 weeks or later and it remains unknown how many Apple Watch pre-orders will be delivered on day one. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders began switching from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" on the Apple Online Store for several customers on the Monday prior to Friday delivery, so customers that pre-ordered the Apple Watch early should see their order status change soon. Due to limited stock and the wide 4/24—5/8 delivery estimate for launch day pre-orders, however, there is a possibility that pre-order statuses may take longer to change. To date, we've not seen any reports of pre-orders changing or credit cards being charged. Apple Watch pre-orders were available on April 10 at 12:01 AM Pacific through the Apple Online Store in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom, and sold out completely in less than six hours. The company also began taking Apple Watch try-on appointments the same day at Apple retail stores and select fashion boutiques such as Selfridges in London, Isetan in Tokyo and Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Demo Apple Watch Shows 70-Second Startup Time in New Video • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories • MacRumors Giveaway: Massive Bundle of Custom Device Cases from Casetify • Yelp Releases Apple Watch App With Nearby Location Listings, Reviews • Steve Dowling's Role as Apple PR Chief Now Permanent • Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall Serving as Snapchat Advisor • CarPlay Now Available in Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia and Sweden • Reminder: Apple Watch Pre-Orders Have Standard 14-Day Return Policy

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Apple has uploaded a new video to its YouTube channel called "Better Starts Here" that promotes the company's environmental responsibility throughout its supply chain, data centers and more. Apple emphasizes how it plans to leave the world better than it found it through renewable energy sources, hydro power and more."Apple’s commitment to the environment starts from the ground up. We strive to create not only the best products in the world, but the best products for the world. And over the past year, we’ve made significant progress through projects that focus on renewable energy and forest preservation. Learn how we are leaving the world better than we found it." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories • MacRumors Giveaway: Massive Bundle of Custom Device Cases from Casetify • Yelp Releases Apple Watch App With Nearby Location Listings, Reviews • Steve Dowling's Role as Apple PR Chief Now Permanent • Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall Serving as Snapchat Advisor • CarPlay Now Available in Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia and Sweden • Reminder: Apple Watch Pre-Orders Have Standard 14-Day Return Policy • Stylus Review: Hands-On With the $75 Pen-Like Adonit Jot Script 2

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iMac shipping estimates have slipped to 3-5 business days on the Apple Online Store in the United States for all models aside from the entry-level 21.5-inch option with a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. The high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is also now showing an estimated shipping date of 1-2 weeks. Both the iMac and 15" Retina MacBook Pro were previously listed as in stock. The majority of the iMac lineup, excluding the low-end 21.5-inch iMac released in June 2014 and iMac with Retina 5K Display launched in October 2014, was last updated in September 2013 with the latest Intel Haswell processors, faster PCI Express-based flash storage options and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Based on its average product cycle, the all-in-one desktop computer is long overdue for a refresh. Nevertheless, the iMac is not expected to be updated until Intel releases desktop class Broadwell chips during the second quarter of 2015. Intel's first 14nm desktop processors, including the Core i5-5675C, i7-5775C, i5-5575R, i5-5675R and i7-5775R CPUs with Iris Pro 6200 integrated graphics, are expected to be announced during Computex Taiwan in early June, with some chips expected to launch in mid-May, and should become readily available as early as July or August. Intel's Broadwell desktop chips based on 14nm manufacturing process (via CPU World) Ultimately, the extended iMac shipping estimates of 3-5 business days could be nothing more than regular stock fluctuations on the Apple Online Store, although it is worth noting as the release of Broadwell desktop chips approaches. At this point, it remains more likely that refreshed iMacs will be announced at WWDC 2015 at the earliest, but Apple's plans could change based on Intel's release timeline. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories • MacRumors Giveaway: Massive Bundle of Custom Device Cases from Casetify • Yelp Releases Apple Watch App With Nearby Location Listings, Reviews • Steve Dowling's Role as Apple PR Chief Now Permanent • Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall Serving as Snapchat Advisor • CarPlay Now Available in Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia and Sweden • Reminder: Apple Watch Pre-Orders Have Standard 14-Day Return Policy • Stylus Review: Hands-On With the $75 Pen-Like Adonit Jot Script 2

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Earlier today the Apple Watch went on display at Milan's Salone Del Mobile Design, with Apple SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller and design consult Marc Newson in attendance. Now, it appears that Jony Ive also made it to the event, revealing exclusive sport band colors for the Apple Watch at the same time. Image via Umberta Gnutti Beretta Instagram Art enthusiast and philanthropist Umberta Gnutti Beretta posted a photo of a tray holding the new band colors on her Instagram account (via 9to5Mac). The colors include what appears to be two shades of blue, the custom red band seen earlier today and a range of "skin-tone" colors, going from darker browns to lighter tans and peaches. This marks the third time exclusive new Apple Watch band options have been seen in the wild, with the previous two being the custom red band and the custom gold link bracelet Karl Lagerfeld received. Milan is known as one of the more important cities in the fashion world, and an important destination for Apple as it continues to court the fashion world to its brand new product. While it's unknown whether Apple will release these brand new and never-before-seen sport bands for the general public, it's been rumored that the Cupertino company is looking to introduce additional casing materials for the Apple Watch later this year, suggesting that new band options are also in the cards. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories • MacRumors Giveaway: Massive Bundle of Custom Device Cases from Casetify • Yelp Releases Apple Watch App With Nearby Location Listings, Reviews • Steve Dowling's Role as Apple PR Chief Now Permanent • Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall Serving as Snapchat Advisor • CarPlay Now Available in Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia and Sweden • Reminder: Apple Watch Pre-Orders Have Standard 14-Day Return Policy • Stylus Review: Hands-On With the $75 Pen-Like Adonit Jot Script 2

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