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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apple has disclosed that it will charge an out-of-warranty service fee of $229, $329 and $2,800 for the Sport, Watch and Edition models respectively for repairs not covered by Apple's limited one-year warranty or AppleCare+ extended coverage plans. Out-of-warranty battery service is also available for $79 plus an applicable $6.95 shipping charge if required for all Apple Watch models. The prices listed are based on official service through Apple in the United States, with pricing and terms varying for service through an Apple Authorized Service Provider. Apple will not repair an Apple Watch under certain circumstances, such as if the device is broken into multiple pieces, and did not provide pricing information for other accessories or peripherals. Apple will be providing out-of-warranty service for the Apple Watch in all nine first wave launch countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom. Service charges vary based on local currencies, with out-of-warranty fees costing, for example, a higher $299, $419 and $3,599 for the Sport, Watch and Edition models respectively in Canada. Apple will also be offering Express Replacement service for the Apple Watch for customers that purchase an AppleCare+ for Apple Watch plan. When requested, Apple will send you packaging to return an Apple Watch in for repair or service, and ship out a replacement unit approximately two to three business days. Apple ensures that the replacement will be the same model you originally bought and new or equivalent in performance and reliability. Express Replacement service pricing for the Apple Watch costs $300 to $350 for the Apple Watch Sport, $500 to $600 for the stainless steel Apple Watch and $8000 to $10,000 for Apple Watch Edition based on 38mm or 42mm case sizing. Apple will charge a late or non-return fee of $35.50 to $60.50 (Sport), $85.50 to $135.50 (Watch) or $2,600 to $3,600 (Edition) if Apple does not receive your original Apple Watch after more than 10 business days, with some exceptions. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Official Retail Box for Apple Watch Edition Revealed • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings

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

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

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

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

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Apple has taken its online store down to prepare for the launch of Apple Watch pre-orders, as it often does ahead of a product launch. Pre-orders for the Apple Watch are expected to begin at 12:01 AM Pacific Time or 3:01 AM Eastern Time in the United States. Orders for the MacBook, which goes on sale on April 10, may also kick off at 12:01 AM PT when the store comes back up. Pre-orders are occurring in all first wave launch countries at the same time so customers in other countries will be able to order at a local time equivalent to 12:01 AM PT. Here's a full list of first wave launch countries and their order times (in local time): - U.S., Canada: 12:01 a.m. PDT, 3:01 a.m. EDT - U.K.: 8:01 a.m. - Germany: 9:01 a.m. - France: 9:01 a.m. - Australia: 5:01 p.m. AEST, 4:31 PM ACST, 3:01 PM AWST - Hong Kong: 3:01 p.m. - China: 3:01 p.m. - Japan 3:01 p.m. Apple will accept online orders for the Apple Watch both through its website and through the Apple Store app. Apple's head of retail Angela Ahrendts made an announcement earlier today to let prospective buyers know that supplies of the Apple Watch are likely not going to meet demand, so users hoping for the earliest delivery dates should plan to order right as pre-orders become available. Information obtained from the German Apple Store app earlier this week has suggested that some models of the stainless steel Apple Watch may be so limited that they won't ship by April 24, but it remains unclear if that was an early estimate or a shipping estimate applicable only to Germany. Still, buyers should be prepared to possibly encounter estimated delivery dates that could be as far off as June for some band choices, including the Modern Buckle, Leather Loop, and Link Bracelet. Edition Watches may ship in May. Apple Watch pricing begins at $349 for the Apple Watch Sport, $549 for the stainless steel Apple Watch, and $10,000 for the gold Apple Watch Edition. Pricing varies heavily based on band choice, with the cheapest band being the $49 Sport Band and the most expensive band being the $449 Link Bracelet. Early Apple Watch orders will be delivered to customers beginning April 24, which is the official launch date for the device. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Popular Open-World Survival Game 'Radiation Island' Now Available on Mac • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings • Apple's Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in São Paulo on April 18

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It's just after 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 10, which means Apple Stores in Australia have opened up for the day. Prospective Apple Watch buyers in the country are already lining up outside of stores in the hopes of getting a chance to try on the Apple Watch in person. Several Australians on Twitter and Instagram have posted images of people lining up outside of Apple Stores, and the first people waiting in line have already been allowed into the store to check out the Apple Watch display units. Several people are also live streaming their experiences with the Apple Watch on Periscope. Finally get to try on one of these bad boys! They are pretty sweet!!!! #applewatch #tryon A photo posted by Aaron Meredith (@aaronmeredith) on Apr 9, 2015 at 4:08pm PDT Apple retail stores in Australia are already outfitted with Apple Watch tables that have the Apple Watch on display alongside an iPad, and there are also tables that have the Apple Watch on display under glass, where the devices can be tried on. People are also beginning to line up in other locations around the world where Apple retail stores have not opened, and as can be seen in this image from Japan, stores that will be opening soon are already equipped with try on tables and Apple Watch display units. Apple Watch try-on appointments in the United States will not begin until stores open in the morning on Friday, April 10, but based on the lines and the crowds in other countries, it's likely most Apple Stores will be very busy tomorrow. Apple Watch pre-orders will be available beginning April 10 at 12:01 AM Pacific Time. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings • Apple's Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in São Paulo on April 18 • iOS 8.3 Enables WiFi Calling for Sprint, EE Subscribers

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Apple has spent a total of $38 million on Apple Watch television advertisements since its March 9 media event, reports Reuters, citing numbers from TV ad tracking site iSpot.tv. Apple has been marketing the Apple Watch aggressively as it marks an entirely new product category and the company's first serious venture into wearable devices. $38 million is just $4 million less than the $42 million Apple spent on advertising for the iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus over the course of the last five months. The Apple Watch commercial has been shown on TV more than 300 times since March 9, and more than half of those spots have come during primetime shows like "The Walking Dead," "The Voice," and the NCAA basketball tournament. Reality television show "The Voice" also marked one of the Apple Watch's first appearances on a celebrity wrist. One of the singing competition's judges, Pharell Williams, wore an Apple Watch on Monday's episode. Apple Watch advertising picked up on Monday of this week as we began the countdown to Apple Watch pre-orders. Apple began airing the Apple Watch commercial more frequently, as Monday also marked an NCAA final between Duke and Wisconsin. In addition to being shown on TV, the Apple Watch has also graced the covers of several magazines in the United States and other countries around the world in an effort to highlight its usefulness as a fitness device and its position as a fashion accessory. It's been shown off in Fitness, Self, Vogue, and more. Apple Watch pre-orders begin at 12:01 AM Pacific Time on April 10, which is also the date that Apple will begin offering Apple Watch try-on appointments in its retail stores. We can expect Apple Watch advertising to pick up even more over the course of the next two weeks as we approach the device's official April 24 launch date. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings • Apple's Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in São Paulo on April 18 • iOS 8.3 Enables WiFi Calling for Sprint, EE Subscribers

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Even amid a decline in U.S. PC shipments, Apple continues to see steady shipment growth, according to new PC shipping estimates from Gartner. Apple shipped nearly 1.7 million PCs in 1Q15, up from 1.5 million in 1Q14, marking an 8.9 percent increase. Overall PC growth in the United States in 1Q15 was down 1.3 percent compared to 1Q14, with Dell and other smaller manufacturers seeing a decline in shipments. Gartner estimated total PC shipments in the U.S. during 1Q15 at 13.9 million, down from 14 million last year. During the quarter, Apple captured 12 percent of the market, up from 10.9 percent in the year ago quarter. Apple is positioned as the third largest PC vendor in the United States, and continues to trail both HP and Dell when it comes to market share. Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q15 (Thousands of Units) HP shipped 3.6 million PCs during 1Q15, garnering it 26.1 percent of the market. Dell shipped 3.2 million for 23.2 percent of the market, and Lenovo came in after Apple with 1.7 million shipments for 11.8 percent of the market. ASUS, the fifth largest vendor in the U.S., sold just under a million PCs for 7.2 percent of the market. Apple's U.S. Market Share Trend: 1Q06-1Q15 (Gartner) IDC also released its shipment estimates today, and as is typical, its numbers are different than Gartner's numbers, in part because Gartner counts Windows-based tablets as personal computers, while IDC does not. According to IDC, overall PC shipments in the United States for 1Q15 were at 14 million, with Apple responsible for shipping 1.6 million PCs during the quarter, up from 1.5 million in 1Q14. IDC estimates Apple saw 1.7 percent growth with 10.9 percent market share. IDC also ranks HP and Dell as the top two vendors in the United States, but its estimates place Lenovo as the third largest vendor with Apple coming in fourth and Toshiba coming in fifth. As for worldwide shipments, Apple does not rank as one of the top five vendors so its worldwide shipments are not broken down in IDC and Gartner PC shipping estimates. Total worldwide PC shipments for 1Q15 were at 71.7 million according to Gartner, a decline of 5.2 percent compared to the year ago quarter, while IDC estimates put total worldwide shipments at 68.5 million, a decline of 6.7 percent. It is important to note that data from Gartner and IDC is preliminary and that the numbers can shift somewhat, sometimes dramatically. Last year, for example, Gartner predicted Apple shipments at 1.521 million, later revising the number to 1.534 million. IDC predicted Apple shipments of 1.471 PCs, while the final number was 1.559 million. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Jawbone UP3 to Begin Shipping on April 20 With Lower Water Resistance Capabilities • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings • Apple's Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in São Paulo on April 18 • iOS 8.3 Enables WiFi Calling for Sprint, EE Subscribers

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iPhone service and repair website iPhonefixed earlier this week got its hands on a sapphire crystal Apple Watch display cover and decided to put the 38mm part through a scratch resistance test to weigh Apple's claims of a completely scratch-resistant sapphire display. The website ran the display cover through its test, rubbing it against a stone wall, scratching it with a coin, key, and abrasive paper, and finishing off with tapping the screen with a hammer and drilling it with a power drill. Following the tests, iPhonefixed found Apple's promise of a scratch-resistant display to be entirely accurate, with not a single scratch or scuff on the screen even after all of the site's attempts at leaving a mark. Apple's promotion of the sapphire crystal display cover marketed it as a material "ideal for protecting the Retina Display" on the Apple Watch, due to it being one of the hardest transparent materials on the planet next to actual diamonds. Though iPhonefixed was not able to test the Apple Watch Sport's Ion-X glass display cover, with the lower-end model's "aluminosilicate glass that’s especially resistant to scratches and impact," it too is likely to hold up well to abuse. Check out the full Apple Watch sapphire display cover scratch test video by iPhonefixed right here. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings • Apple's Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in São Paulo on April 18 • iOS 8.3 Enables WiFi Calling for Sprint, EE Subscribers • Siri Features, CarPlay Support Expanded to Additional Countries

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Earlier this year, news leaked that Google was working on an Android Wear app for the iOS App Store, and it appears that the company's progress on engineering Android Wear devices to work with iPhones is nearing completion. According to a source that spoke to The Verge, Android Wear on the iPhone works similarly to the Apple Watch, connecting through a companion app and providing functions like Notifications. Google is said to be "close to finishing" the final technical details behind the project. An LG G Watch R with FaceTime notification from iOS, via The VergeIn its current state of development, Android Wear works along with a companion app on the iPhone and supports basic functions like notifications -- as you can see in the photo below. As it does on Android, on the iPhone Android Wear also supports Google Now's ambient information cards, voice search, and other voice actions. It should also support some more advanced features with Google's own iOS apps, like replying to Gmail messages.If Google finishes the project and submits its Android Wear app to the iOS App Store, it is not clear how Apple will react, given that the app would allow Android Wear devices to compete directly with the Apple Watch. Apple allows Pebble and other competing fitness bands to have apps in the App Store, so it may also permit Google to release an Android Wear app, but at the same time, Apple has aggressively cut down on products similar to the Apple Watch in its retail stores. It no longer sells fitness devices like the Fitbit, the Jawbone UP, and the Nike Fuelband, and over the years, Apple has also had some altercations with Google. Apple used to feature Google Maps on its iOS devices, but moved on to its own proprietary mapping solution several years ago. Android Wear watches are built on Google's platform but are available from a number of Apple's competitors, including Samsung and LG. Popular smartwatches like the LG G, the Moto 360, and Samsung's Gear lineup are all Android Wear devices. There is no word on when Google might release an iOS app capable of officially connecting Android Wear devices to iPhones, but it's possible an announcement could come during the company's I/O developer conference in late May. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'WALTR' for Mac Gains Support for Subtitles and Transferring New Audio, Video Formats to iOS Devices • Apple Releases iTunes 12.1.2 With Improved Support for New Photos App • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings • Apple's Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in São Paulo on April 18 • iOS 8.3 Enables WiFi Calling for Sprint, EE Subscribers • Siri Features, CarPlay Support Expanded to Additional Countries

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Apple's upcoming ultra thin 12-inch MacBook with a Retina display has been overshadowed by all of the Apple Watch news that's been surfacing over the course of the last week, but the super slim device is set to launch online and in-stores on Friday, April 10, alongside the Apple Watch. Ahead of the MacBook's launch, Apple has given select sites MacBook review units to test out, and those early MacBook reviews are coming out today. We're gathering up tidbits from some of the best reviews below, which give us our first look at how the MacBook performs with its low power Core M processor and a look at how users feel about the new keyboard and the new trackpad. Many of the reviewers loved the extremely thin size of the MacBook, its impressive Retina display, and its Force Touch Trackpad, but were unhappy with some of the compromises that are made with the machine -- lack of ports, the keyboard, the processing speed, and the high price. Almost all of the reviews pointed out some of the shortcomings in the Core M processor, noting that it's much slower than Apple's other notebook offerings and suitable for lighter use, much like a Chromebook. It was, however, able to run Photoshop and Logic Pro, just slower. Several of the reviewers disliked the new keyboard when first trying it due to its thin keys with little travel, but most were able to adjust to the different feel of typing on it after a short period of time. The increased size of the keys was also hard to adjust to for touch typists. Battery life in general ranged from seven hours up, but most of the reviews saw shorter battery life than the promised nine hours of web browsing. Overall, the consensus between reviewers seemed to be that while this is a great MacBook, it's not a solution for everyone and is going to appeal to a niche set of people due to its high price and the performance compromises. Dieter Bohn, The Verge:Basically, if you do anything that's going to really tax the processor, this laptop probably isn't going to cut it for you. In that sense it's actually kind of like a Chromebook. It's fast enough for 70 percent of what I do, but a little slower than what I'm used to. For about 20 percent of what I do -- mostly photo editing -- it works but requires patience. But it's the last 10 percent that's hard: video editing, really big iPhoto libraries, basically anything processor-intensive can get rough. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica: The port situation is the biggest problem. The question isn't whether people can live with only one port, but whether they'll want to put up with it when there are so many other options available. Using the MacBook as a primary computer requires you to subscribe to a mostly wireless lifestyle that not everyone is going to be ready for, and even if you already use Macs switching to a MacBook means throwing your dongle and cable arsenal out and starting over. [...] Ultimately the new MacBook feels like a first-generation product--a very good first-generation product, but a first-generation product nevertheless. It's got some promise and a couple of major shortcomings and you don't need to be the first person who takes the leap into the Brave New Future it represents.Jason Snell, Macworld: The MacBook keyboard's better than I expected it to be--I was able to score 118 words per minute on TypeRacer using it--but it never felt particularly comfortable. If you're not a keyboard snob, you may not even notice the difference, but if there's any single feature that would make me reluctant to buy a MacBook, it would be the keyboard. [...] I never found using the MacBook sluggish. Then again, I didn't try to play games on it. But again, if you're trying to play games on the MacBook, you may be missing the point. The integrated Intel HD Graphics 5300 processor is more than enough to drive the Retina display with no lag, and I found Apple's various interface animations ran smoothly.Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch:I came to the MacBook with certain expectations; specifically, that it would not be able to meet my more "pro" level needs, in terms of Photoshop, Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro. Luckily, the MacBook defied those expectations and performed well with each of the above applications. Which isn't to say performance is on par with, say, the brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro -- it isn't. But pre-launch concerns of this machine being seriously hampered by its low-power Intel M processor were, in my experience, very premature. The new MacBook handled the tasks I threw at it so well that I am no seriously considering whether or not I can adopt one full-time, as a replacement to my original 2012 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro road warrior.Dana Wollman, Engadget:That's the thing, though: While USB Type-C ports will one day become industry standard, they're still uncommon enough that you will need a dongle to plug in any of your peripherals that use a full-sized USB Type-A connector. In my case, that meant I couldn't charge my phone off my laptop. I also couldn't use the USB headset I normally wear while podcasting and making voice recordings. If I did want to use my USB gadgets, I would have had to plug in a $79 adapter -- that's right, it's not even included in the box. Again, I expect USB Type-C will one day be the norm, and it's possible that your needs are simple enough that you can already live without the full-sized USB ports.Joanna Stern, The Wall Street Journal: I expect the new MacBook to follow the same path as the Air. Over the next few years, it will improve, and become an affordable, indispensable tool for life in the future. But here, now, in the present day, there are more practical slim, everyday laptop choices. The MacBook Air is the best option all around, the MacBook Pro Retina 13 is a great step up, and PC users can do no better than Dell's latest XPS 13. Christina Warren, Mashable:The MacBook's Retina screen is joy to behold. As someone who has grown addicted to high-res displays, having such crisp visuals on a notebook this small is fantastic. In fact, I'm not sure how I'm going to return to my 13-inch MacBook Air. Colors pop, text is crisp, and everything is visible from all angles. Using it outdoors or in low light was no problem -- the screen is great.Other reviews: CNET, Wired, Slashgear, USA Today, The Loop, and Bloomberg. The Retina MacBook will be available for purchase online and in stores on Friday, April 10. Prices start at $1,299 for the entry-level model with a 1.1GHz processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. A 1.2GHz model with 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD is also available for purchase, and both models can be upgraded with a 1.3GHz processor. 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Following reports that Apple Watch Edition stock will be limited to select Apple Stores in the United States and other launch countries, MacRumors has discovered that Apple's Find Locations tool enables prospective buyers to search their local area to check for Apple Watch Edition availability. Below, we have identified some of the major cities and metropolitan areas in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan that will carry the Edition. To check Apple Watch Edition availability in your local area, navigate to Apple's Find Locations website, click on Sales, use your current GPS-based location or enter another one, select Watch Edition from the list of all products, and click on the Go button. A map will then display nearby Apple Store locations that will be carrying the Edition. If you live outside the United States, you will need to change the country flag in the top right first. United States — New York City: Fifth Avenue, SoHo, Upper West Side — Boston: Boylston Street — Chicago: North Michigan Avenue, Lincoln Park — Philadelphia: Walnut Street — Washington DC: Georgetown — Atlanta: Lenox Square — Miami: Lincoln Road — Virginia: Tyson's Corner Center — Newark, Delaware: Christiana Mall — Bay Area: San Francisco, Stanford — Los Angeles: The Grove, Third St. (Santa Monica), South Coast (Costa Mesa) — Las Vegas: Fashion Show — Houston: Highland Village — Dallas: Northpark Center — Seattle: Bellevue Square Canada — Toronto: Eaton Centre — Montreal: Sainte-Catherine United Kingdom — London: Covent Garden, Regent Street, Selfridges Australia — Sydney: George Street — Brisbane: MacArthur Chambers — Melbourne: Southland (Cheltenham) France — Paris: Carrousel du Louvre, Opera, Galeries Lafayette Germany — Berlin: Kurfurstendamm — Munich: Rosenstrasse Hong Kong — Festival Walk — International Finance Centre (IFC) — Causeway Bay Japan — Tokyo: Isetan, Ginza, Omotesando — Osaka: Shinsaibashi China will also be carrying the Apple Watch Edition in at least 12 of 19 retail stores throughout the country, as the market is expected to be a major contributor to Edition sales. Apple Watch pre-orders and try-on appointments begin April 10, and the device officially goes on sale April 24 in the first wave launch countries listed above. We will update this post if we come across any other locations carrying the Edition. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Mophie Announces New Spacestation, Space Pack for iPhone 6, 6 Plus and iPad mini • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings • Apple's Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in São Paulo on April 18 • iOS 8.3 Enables WiFi Calling for Sprint, EE Subscribers • Siri Features, CarPlay Support Expanded to Additional Countries • Apple Planning Major Expansion of Oregon Data Center • First Apple Watch Unboxing Video Surfaces

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A collection of major tech blogs yesterday published their in-depth reviews for the Apple Watch, one of which was Yahoo! Tech's David Pogue, whose opinion fell in line with most other sites, describing the Apple Watch as "light-years better" than any other smartwatch, but "you don't need one." When discussing the Watch's tethering to an iPhone, Pogue reveals a few pieces of information about the Watch that Apple has yet to comment on in any promotional material for the wrist-worn device, mostly regarding some cellular-related functionality sans iPhone. And here’s a surprising feature that Apple hasn’t said anything about previously: When the watch is in a known Wi-Fi hotspot, the watch can perform the most essential online functions even when your phone is completely dead, turned off, or absent. It can query Siri, for example, send and receive texts, and send/receive drawings and tap patterns to other watch owners. That’s impressive. According to Pogue's week-long experience with the Apple Watch, even with the iPhone dead or turned off, his Watch could still perform these basic iPhone-reliant functions like sending and receiving texts and drawings. He never mentions actual phone calls, which are undoubtedly still reliant on full use of an iPhone. Pogue also mentions the Watch's ability to communicate with an iPhone over both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, meaning the two devices can communicate indefinitely as long as they stay under the same Wi-Fi connection even when they're out of Bluetooth range, a previously known but still notable aspect of the Watch. The Wall Street Journal's Apple Watch review makes a passing reference to Pogue's claim, though providing fewer details than Yahoo! Tech's piece. "The watch does work (a little) away from the phone," The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey A. Fowler said. "When you’re around a known Wi-Fi network, the watch can tap directly into it." Stay up to date on the latest Apple Watch news, from estimated shipping and delivery dates to the newest reviews, before Apple's first wearable device goes up for pre-order tonight at 12:01 AM Pacific Time. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Product Hunt for iOS Gains New Tool for Creating Curated Collections, Bookmarking Products • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings • Apple's Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in São Paulo on April 18 • iOS 8.3 Enables WiFi Calling for Sprint, EE Subscribers • Siri Features, CarPlay Support Expanded to Additional Countries • Apple Planning Major Expansion of Oregon Data Center • First Apple Watch Unboxing Video Surfaces • Apple Opening Second Retail Store in Hangzhou, China on Apple Watch Launch Day

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Following the release of iOS 8.3 for iPhone and iPad on Wednesday, many users have turned to the Apple Support Communities, Reddit and MacRumors discussion forums about Touch ID not working in the App Store on the latest software version. The issue affects multiple iPhone and iPad models, including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2, although the bug does not appear to affect all users."I just updated to iOS 8.3 and it completely removed my ability to use Touch ID in the App Store on my iPhone 6," a post on Reddit reads. "It asks for my password for each and every purchase. Is anyone else seeing this? The option to use Touch ID in the App Store is on. I have already tried turning it off and on again to re-enter my password."The bug persists for many regardless of whether Touch ID is listed as enabled for purchases under Settings > iTunes & App Store, and there does not appear to be a proper solution for the problem yet. Apple may be forced to resolve the bug through a minor point update such as iOS 8.3.1, as it has done in the past with iOS 8.0.2 when the original iOS 8.0.1 update broke Touch ID and Wi-Fi entirely. Fortunately, the lack of Touch ID within the App Store is mainly an inconvenience at this point for affected users, rather than a serious security issue. iPhone and iPad users will still be prompted to enter their Apple ID password when purchasing apps from the App Store, which was standard functionality before Touch ID was released on the iPhone 5s. Apple has yet to provide comment on the matter. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings • Apple's Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in São Paulo on April 18 • iOS 8.3 Enables WiFi Calling for Sprint, EE Subscribers • Siri Features, CarPlay Support Expanded to Additional Countries • Apple Planning Major Expansion of Oregon Data Center • First Apple Watch Unboxing Video Surfaces • Apple Opening Second Retail Store in Hangzhou, China on Apple Watch Launch Day • From the Forums: Retina MacBook Opinions and Discussion

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Apple issued a reminder on Thursday that Apple Watch pre-orders and try-on appointments begin April 10, with retail chief Angela Ahrendts claiming that the company believes "tremendous interest" in the Apple Watch will result in demand exceeding supply for the wrist-worn device at launch."“We are excited to welcome customers tomorrow and introduce them to Apple Watch, our most personal device yet. Based on the tremendous interest from people visiting our stores, as well as the number of customers who have gone to the Apple Online Store to mark their favorite Apple Watch ahead of availability, we expect that strong customer demand will exceed our supply at launch,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. “To provide the best experience and selection to as many customers as we can, we will be taking orders for Apple Watch exclusively online during the initial launch period.”Apple Watch launches April 24 in the United States and other first wave launch countries. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS 8.3 Maps Update Allows Business Owners to Claim POI Listings • Apple's Second Retail Store in Brazil Opening in São Paulo on April 18 • iOS 8.3 Enables WiFi Calling for Sprint, EE Subscribers • Siri Features, CarPlay Support Expanded to Additional Countries • Apple Planning Major Expansion of Oregon Data Center • First Apple Watch Unboxing Video Surfaces • Apple Opening Second Retail Store in Hangzhou, China on Apple Watch Launch Day • From the Forums: Retina MacBook Opinions and Discussion

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Apple Pay is now accepted by ten additional stores and partners in the United States, including T-Mobile retail stores, GameStop and a trio of NBA franchises in the Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns. The mobile payments service, compatible with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and soon Apple Watch, can now be used at 68 participating stores throughout the country as Apple continues to add new partners. The full list of newly added participating stores and partners: ACME Davis Food & Drug Firehouse Subs GameStop Golden State Warriors Luby’s Orlando Magic Phoenix Suns Rubio’s T-Mobile Stores Apple Pay is a NFC-based mobile payments service that debuted on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last October, enabling customers to make contactless payments by holding their smartphone up to a payments terminal at participating vendors. The service is secured by Touch ID and will also be compatible with the iPhone 5 or later when paired with an Apple Watch, which is available for pre-order April 10 and goes on sale April 24. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • iOS 8.3 Enables WiFi Calling for Sprint, EE Subscribers • Siri Features, CarPlay Support Expanded to Additional Countries • Apple Planning Major Expansion of Oregon Data Center • First Apple Watch Unboxing Video Surfaces • Apple Opening Second Retail Store in Hangzhou, China on Apple Watch Launch Day • From the Forums: Retina MacBook Opinions and Discussion • Designers Imagine Fanciful Concepts for What an Apple Car Might Look Like • Grovemade Debuts New Maple and Walnut Wood Laptop Stands

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Disney is one of the partners Apple is working with on its upcoming streaming television service, and according to a new report from The Street, Disney and Apple are disagreeing over how many Disney-owned channels will be available in Apple's television content bundle. Disney is pushing Apple to include most of its channel offerings, while Apple wants to offer fewer channels in an effort to keep prices lower. Disney's channels include ESPN and Disney Channel, along with several spinoffs channels like Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, and more. Disney also owns ABC channels that Apple feels are essential, like ABC Family, so Apple may be forced to agree to offer more Disney channels to ensure negotiations go smoothly. Disney is said to be asking for "the strongest deal it can get," according to one of The Street's sources, to avoid upsetting other cable providers and endangering existing revenue streams.Disney likely would insist that Apple offer all of its channels to as many subscribers as possible. Many cable operators have "most favored nation" clauses in their contracts with Disney that could require ESPN to be carried as widely as possible. If Apple enabled its subscribers to pick and choose which channels to take, other cable channels could use that clause to cut back on lesser watched Disney channels.Disney CEO Bob Iger sits on Apple's board of directors and was a longtime friend of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and the two companies have worked together several times over the years. Disney was the first company to partner with Apple to offer content like television shows through iTunes in 2005. Despite the disagreement over the number of Disney channels to be included in Apple's television service, The Street suggests that Disney is likely to remain one of Apple's content partners. Apple is planning to announce its streaming television service and its content partners at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, ahead of a fall launch. Rumors have suggested the service will include approximately 25 channels and will be offered at a price between $30 and $40. Apple's television service announcement may also be accompanied by the launch of a new Apple TV set top box, which is said to be in the works. The set-top box is rumored to include a full App Store, Siri integration, an A8 processor, and a dramatic increase in internal storage. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Siri Features, CarPlay Support Expanded to Additional Countries • Apple Planning Major Expansion of Oregon Data Center • First Apple Watch Unboxing Video Surfaces • Apple Opening Second Retail Store in Hangzhou, China on Apple Watch Launch Day • From the Forums: Retina MacBook Opinions and Discussion • Designers Imagine Fanciful Concepts for What an Apple Car Might Look Like • Grovemade Debuts New Maple and Walnut Wood Laptop Stands • 'YouTube Kids' Under Fire for Targeting Children with Advertisements

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Apple today launched a newly updated Siri website, which gives a comprehensive look at the voice assistant built into the company's iOS devices. The site opens with a quick overview of what Siri can do, and then provides users with a list of categories featuring Siri's different abilities: At a Glance, Staying in Touch, Getting Organized, Sports, Entertainment, Out and About, Getting Answers, and Tips and Tricks. Talk to Siri as you would to a friend and it can help you get things done -- like sending messages, placing calls, or making dinner reservations. You can ask Siri to show you the Orion constellation or to flip a coin. Siri works hands-free, so you can ask it to show you the best route home and what your ETA is while driving. And it's connected to the world, working with Wikipedia, Yelp, Rotten Tomatoes, Shazam, and other online services to get you even more answers. The more you use Siri, the more you'll realize how great it is. And just how much it can do for you.Each category offers a look at the different commands that Siri can work with. "At a Glance" gives a quick rundown of a random assortment of questions that can be asked, like "When is the sunset in Paris?" and "What movies are playing today?" while other categories offer a more specific selection of available commands. "Getting Organized," for example," includes commands specific to apps like Calendar and Reminders, such as "What does the rest of my day look like?" and "Remember to pick up dry cleaning next Friday." "Entertainment" includes commands like "Show me the trailer for Boyhood" and "Buy the latest season of Homeland." Each of the pages offers a look at features many iOS users might not have known Siri was capable of, and they're organized in a compelling grid-like view that's easy to read and outfitted with pictures for visual appeal. Apple previously had a site that offered information on Siri, but it was just a single page that offered more of an overview of what Siri can do rather than something more specific that drilled down into actual commands. The new Siri site offers a much deeper look at Siri's abilities. Today's Siri website revamp follows the release of iOS 8.3 that added new Siri languages and the ability to make voice calls over the speakerphone using Siri. Apple has also added new Siri features to several additional countries, making local search, directions, and more available in countries like Brazil, Denmark, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, and Turkey. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Siri Features, CarPlay Support Expanded to Additional Countries • Apple Planning Major Expansion of Oregon Data Center • First Apple Watch Unboxing Video Surfaces • Apple Opening Second Retail Store in Hangzhou, China on Apple Watch Launch Day • From the Forums: Retina MacBook Opinions and Discussion • Designers Imagine Fanciful Concepts for What an Apple Car Might Look Like • Grovemade Debuts New Maple and Walnut Wood Laptop Stands • 'YouTube Kids' Under Fire for Targeting Children with Advertisements

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