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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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Developer demand for Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference always exceeds ticket supply, so Apple holds a lottery to determine which developers will win the chance to go to the conference. This year, Apple accepted lottery entries from April 14 until today, April 17, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Now that the lottery has ended, Apple has begun sending out emails to developers who were selected and has charged their credit cards the $1,599 ticket price. Developers who won are currently sharing their good fortune on Twitter after receiving order confirmations. I GOT A GOLDEN TICKET! #wwdc https://t.co/nv8J4IqHvX— Julie Johnston (@Julia_JJ) April 17, 2015 This year's Worldwide Developers Conference starts on June 8 and will run through June 12 at Moscone West in San Francisco. More than 1,500 Apple engineers will be on hand to host over 100 technical sessions and hands-on labs. The event is also likely to include a keynote to unveil new products, and it will include the annual Apple Design Awards. At WWDC this year, Apple is expected to unveil the newest versions of iOS and OS X -- iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. There have also been rumors suggesting the event could be used to unveil a new television service, a revamped Apple TV set-top box, and a rebranded Beats music service. Developers who are unable to attend or who do not win the ticket lottery will be able to watch several live streams of WWDC sessions that will cover a wide range of topics from the iPad and iPhone to the Apple Watch and MacBook, along with other Apple products and services. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • How to Migrate Pictures from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos for OS X

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Former Apple iOS chief turned Snapchat advisor Scott Forstall has taken on a new project, according to his first ever tweet on Twitter. Forstall is co-producing the upcoming Broadway musical Fun Home, a show that opens this Sunday. I'm thrilled to be co-producing the Broadway musical Fun Home http://t.co/PqrKKZGcxY opening this Sunday. Bravo to the phenomenal team!— Scott Forstall (@forstall) April 17, 2015 Forstall is listed as one of the producers of Fun Home along with his wife Molly on the Internet Broadway Database, and he and his wife also have a paragraph in the show's playbill.The Forstalls (Producer). This is Scott and Molly Forstall's first foray on Broadway after years in Silicon Valley. They share their love of theatre with their children, Freya and Nils, both of whom are enthusiastic theatregoers and performers. Thanks to Carole for the magnificent journey.Forstall's announcement of his position as Broadway producer comes just a day after leaked Sony emails suggested he'd received .11 percent of Snapchat's stock to serve as an advisor to the company. Since being ousted from Apple in 2012, Forstall has kept a very low profile, and this occasion marks his first public announcement and appearance in years. Scott Forstall first fell in league with Apple in 1992, when he took on a job at Steve Jobs' company, NeXT. When NeXT was acquired by Apple in 1997, Forstall stayed on, working on the Macintosh user design team. He was promoted several times and in 2005, he began working on iOS. Forstall has been largely credited with the skeuomorphic design present in the early years of the operating system, an aesthetic that eventually led to disagreements with other executives at the company following Steve Jobs' death. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • How to Migrate Pictures from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos for OS X

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Apple Pay is planned to launch in Canada in November, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report claims Apple is in negotiations with six Canadian banks about launching the mobile payments service in the first country outside of the United States. The six Canadian banks reportedly in talks with Apple include the Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, CIBC and National Bank of Canada. The financial institutions, which together account for more than 90% of Canadian bank accounts, are open to supporting Apple Pay in Canada, although have expressed concern about fees and potential security issues."The banks are open to an agreement, but they aren’t happy with Apple’s fee proposals and are concerned about security vulnerabilities like the ones that U.S. banks experienced as they rolled out the service, the people said."Developing… Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • How to Migrate Pictures from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos for OS X • Google Updates Chrome Browser for iOS With Notification Center Widget, App Extensions

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After being announced to appear at Milan's Salone Del Mobile Design Fair earlier in the week, today the Apple Watch was displayed for the first time to the public, outside of a retail store or pop up shop, at the design fair (via Macitynet) [Google Translate]. The Apple Watch on display in the Carlo e Camilla restaurant On display at the Carlo e Camilla restaurant in Segheria, the Watch is displayed in long rows of glass-topped tables, identical to its presentation in Apple's own retail locations. The fair is even allowing customers to experience the same try-on appointments happening in retail stores since pre-orders began one week ago. The entrance to the Apple Watch showcase at the fair Interestingly, as the Watch is displayed at the Carlo e Camilla in Italy, pre-orders for the wearable aren't available to Italian customers due to Italy not being included in the first wave of launch countries for the Watch. There to experience the event is senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, Phil Schiller, and Marc Newson, who works part time at Apple as a designer alongside Jony Ive. Phil Schiller at the event in Milan Although Apple has yet to confirm pre-order numbers for the Watch, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the device could have sold more than 2.3 million units during the initial pre-order wave. While the exact number remains a mystery, stock of the Apple watch definitely remains constrained as pre-orders for all devices slipped to a 4-6 week dispatch date, and beyond, only 6 hours after going live. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • How to Migrate Pictures from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos for OS X • Google Updates Chrome Browser for iOS With Notification Center Widget, App Extensions

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British cyclist and former professional rugby player Will Carling has shared a pair of new photos on Twitter that appear to reveal two unreleased Apple products. The first photo shows a stainless steel Apple Watch with what looks like a custom red sport band, while the second photo provides a side-by-side look at an Apple charger with a unique folding plug design for use in the United Kingdom. Carling claims that Apple design chief Jony Ive provided him with the folding charger, which could be the official charger for the Apple Watch in the United Kingdom, and it is likely that is who gifted him the Apple Watch with a custom red sport band as well. Ive grew up in England and is known to be a rugby fan, and Carling was the former captain of England's national rugby team from 1988 to 1996. It is possible that the photo is actually of an Apple Watch with the similar looking pink sport band, although the lighting in the shot gives the band more of a red appearance and Carling mentions that he prefers "the red band" on Twitter. Apple has given a custom watch to at least one other iconic figure, with designer Karl Lagerfeld spotted wearing an Apple Watch with gold link bracelet earlier this week. It is possible that Apple may eventually release a (PRODUCT)RED version of the Apple Watch by offering this custom red sport band for sale. Apple gives a portion of sales generated from (PRODUCT)RED merchandise to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa, raising over $70 million towards the initiative to date. Apple's current (PRODUCT)RED lineup includes iPods, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases, and iPad Smart Cases and Covers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • How to Migrate Pictures from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos for OS X • Google Updates Chrome Browser for iOS With Notification Center Widget, App Extensions

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Starting on April 24, it appears that Apple will be offering "Apple Watch Basics" workshops in some of its retail stores around the world, helping customers who begin receiving their watches on that day to learn how to use them. The classes are not yet listed on the company's website, but in the "Stores" section of the Apple Store app, the workshops are listed as an available option on April 24 for some retail stores both in the United States and other countries. Workshops take place at 1.5 hour intervals all day long in most locations and are also available on Saturday and Sunday. It appears that some locations may be offering extended hours to allow more time for hosting workshops. Customers who are interested in attending one of these workshops to learn more about the Apple Watch can schedule an appointment beginning today in a store where the appointments are listed. Not all stores are showing the workshops that will be available on April 24, however. Some stores are showing additional Apple Watch classes beyond the introductory basics class, with a "Stay in Touch with Apple Watch" class also available in select locations. Due to constrained supplies, there will be a limited number of customers who will be receiving their Apple Watches on April 24, but users who have pre-ordered and do not yet have their devices can also attend to learn more about the device. Given the few customers who will have watches in-hand on April 24, Apple recently ceased emphasizing the date on its website, replacing all "available 4.24.15" launch wording with "the Watch is coming." Pre-orders for the Apple Watch began on April 10 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time and began selling out within mere minutes. Within six hours, all Apple Watches were sold out and no models offered the initial 4/24 to 5/8 shipping estimate. Apple Watch orders placed today will not ship until June and beyond. (Thanks, Caleb!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • How to Migrate Pictures from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos for OS X • Google Updates Chrome Browser for iOS With Notification Center Widget, App Extensions • Apple Watch Brings Your TV's Remote Control to Your Wrist • Apple Watch Accessibility Features: VoiceOver, Mono Audio, Grayscale, Taptic Engine and More • Apple Partners With SunPower Corporation to Build Two Solar Power Plants in China

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Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, just over a week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with the Photos for OS X app to the public. The new beta can be downloaded through the Mac Developer Center. It is not clear what's new in the beta, but it may include new features like OS X 10.10.3, or it may be a smaller update focused on bug fixes like OS X 10.10.1 and OS X 10.10.2, both of which introduced several fixes to improve performance. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Stylus Review: Hands-On With the $75 Pen-Like Adonit Jot Script 2 • How to Migrate Pictures from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos for OS X • Google Updates Chrome Browser for iOS With Notification Center Widget, App Extensions • Apple Watch Brings Your TV's Remote Control to Your Wrist • Apple Watch Accessibility Features: VoiceOver, Mono Audio, Grayscale, Taptic Engine and More • Apple Partners With SunPower Corporation to Build Two Solar Power Plants in China • Apple Partners With The Conservation Fund to Protect Working Forests, Ensure Paper Supplies • IFTTT's 'Do Button' and 'Do Note' Coming to Apple Watch

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Famous film director and producer J.J. Abrams is latest celebrity to be spotted with an Apple Watch, which he's wearing right now during the Force Awakens Panel at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. Abrams appears to be wearing a stainless steel Apple Watch with a blue band. Along with Abrams, several other celebrities have been seen wearing the Apple Watch. Pharrell Williams wore it on reality TV show The Voice, and both Katy Perry and Drake shared Instagram photos of themselves wearing gold Apple Watch Edition models. Yesterday, a photo surfaced of designer Karl Lagerfeld with a custom gold Apple Watch with matching gold Link Bracelet. As the launch of the Apple Watch approaches, we're likely to see it popping up on the wrists of other influencers, including celebrities, fashion designers, directors, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Brings Your TV's Remote Control to Your Wrist • Apple Watch Accessibility Features: VoiceOver, Mono Audio, Grayscale, Taptic Engine and More • Apple Partners With SunPower Corporation to Build Two Solar Power Plants in China • Apple Partners With The Conservation Fund to Protect Working Forests, Ensure Paper Supplies • IFTTT's 'Do Button' and 'Do Note' Coming to Apple Watch • Apple Confirms Sport Bands Include Three Pieces to Adjust Size • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount

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Following the April 8 public release of OS X 10.10.3, Apple has today released a supplemental update for software, which fixes a video driver bug that prevented Macs from starting when running certain apps that are designed to capture video. Today's supplemental update is available immediately for all OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 users from the Mac App Store.The OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update fixes a video driver issue that may prevent your Mac from starting up when running certain apps that capture video.OS X 10.10.3 brought several new features to Apple's desktop operating system, including the new Photos for OS X app, a revamped emoji picker, new diversified emoji, Spotlight suggestions for lookup, and a bunch of bug fixes and performance improvements. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Brings Your TV's Remote Control to Your Wrist • Apple Watch Accessibility Features: VoiceOver, Mono Audio, Grayscale, Taptic Engine and More • Apple Partners With SunPower Corporation to Build Two Solar Power Plants in China • Apple Partners With The Conservation Fund to Protect Working Forests, Ensure Paper Supplies • IFTTT's 'Do Button' and 'Do Note' Coming to Apple Watch • Apple Confirms Sport Bands Include Three Pieces to Adjust Size • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount

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From design mockups to purported case leaks, the much-rumored "iPad Pro" has been steadily building steam for the past few months. Today, several new cases apparently designed for Apple's iPad Pro have been leaked, and one in particular is far more detailed than any previously released (via SonnyDickson.com). The notable new case leaked today is the first to feature a tri-fold design with a fabric cover, marking a substantial increase in complexity over the simple soft plastic cases seen previously. This increased complexity could be a sign that case manufacturers are increasingly confident in the iPad Pro's design specs and thus willing to invest in more expensive case designs such as this even months ahead of the expected launch. Recent rumors point towards the iPad Pro's screen measuring between 12.2- and 12.9-inches, with the expected array of cutouts for the volume rockers, back-facing camera, lock button, and a charging port. The newly leaked cases have cutouts for all of these features, including what appear to be speakers at both the top and bottom of the device, in line with previous rumors surrounding the tablet. The new cases also include the mysterious cutout on the left side of the device. Some previous rumored cases have included the cutout, with rumors variously suggesting it could be for a SIM-card tray on cellular models, a second Lightning port, or perhaps a USB-C port. The Wall Street Journal previously claimed Apple is indeed considering including USB on the iPad Pro. As is always worth pointing out, these early case designs could still be far off from the actual design of whatever the iPad Pro turns out to be, due to case manufacturers creating molds off of leaked or unsubstantiated design elements. But while there have been some notable misses over the years, case designs have generally proven accurate indicators of upcoming product designs. The latest rumors peg the iPad Pro as perhaps having a triple-core A8X processor, 2 GB of RAM, Touch ID, and possibly shipping with a first-party Apple manufactured stylus accessory. Release date rumors have fluctuated significantly as Apple as reportedly pushed back its internal timeline several times. The latest rumors suggest production could begin in September, perhaps setting up for an October launch alongside a refresh of the existing iPad lineup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Accessibility Features: VoiceOver, Mono Audio, Grayscale, Taptic Engine and More • Apple Partners With SunPower Corporation to Build Two Solar Power Plants in China • Apple Partners With The Conservation Fund to Protect Working Forests, Ensure Paper Supplies • IFTTT's 'Do Button' and 'Do Note' Coming to Apple Watch • Apple Confirms Sport Bands Include Three Pieces to Adjust Size • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch

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Apple's next-generation iPhones could adopt 7000 Series aluminum used for the Apple Watch Sport, according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News. The so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" would likely use Apple's custom Series 7000 aluminum alloy, which is designed to be 60% stronger than most aluminum, and one-third the density of stainless steel, while still maintaining a light weight. Apple elaborated in more detail about the Series 7000 aluminum it used for the Apple Watch Sport on its website, noting that each casing is machined, polished and blasted with microscopic zirconia beads to achieve a consistent satin texture found on each Apple Watch. An additional anodized outer layer helps protect against scratches and corrosion, while the anodizing process also makes possible Space Gray and Space Black variants.For Apple Watch Sport, we started with 7000 Series aluminum — the same used in competition bicycles. We altered it to create a new alloy that’s just as light, yet even more durable — it’s 60 percent stronger than most aluminum, and one-third the density of stainless steel. It has a bright, lustrous colour and a uniform structure free of defects and impurities. Each case is machined and polished, then blasted with microscopic zirconia beads to achieve a consistent, satin texture. A special anodizing process creates a hard, clear outer layer that helps protect against scratches and corrosion.Economic Daily News has a mixed track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming plans, and the translated report does not offer many further details, so this rumor should be treated with a proverbial grain of salt. Nevertheless, it is common for Apple to introduce new features on one device before expanding to others. Force Touch, for example, was exclusive to the Apple Watch before making its way to MacBooks, and the technology is also rumored to be included in the next iPhone. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Partners With SunPower Corporation to Build Two Solar Power Plants in China • Apple Partners With The Conservation Fund to Protect Working Forests, Ensure Paper Supplies • IFTTT's 'Do Button' and 'Do Note' Coming to Apple Watch • Apple Confirms Sport Bands Include Three Pieces to Adjust Size • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has made TIME's annual list of "the 100 most influential people" alongside several other notable celebrities, business executives, scientists, authors, healthcare professionals, iconic leaders and more. Cook's segment was written by John Lewis, a civil rights leader and Democratic Congressman from Georgia. The chief executive last made TIME's list in 2012, less than one year after the passing of Steve Jobs."It could not have been easy for Tim Cook to step into the immense shadow cast by the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. But with grace and courage and an unabashed willingness to be his own man, Tim has pushed Apple to unimaginable profitability—and greater social responsibility. He is setting a new standard for what business can do in the world. Tim is unwavering in his support of an individual’s right to privacy and is not only embracing equality and LGBT rights but advocating for change through his words and actions. His commitment to renewable energy is also leaving our planet a little cleaner and a little greener for generations yet unborn."While not included in the list himself, Apple design chief Jonathan Ive also wrote a piece on Airbnb founder and fellow designer Brian Chesky, describing him as a "travel revolutionary" that has created a new way to build community through his startup. "Brian Chesky’s audacity is fabulous. He dares to believe that we shouldn’t be strangers, that we can have a sense of true belonging whenever, wherever we travel." Notable inclusions in the tech industry include YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun. Other highly recognizable names making the list include Emma Watson, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Hillary Clinton, Pope Francis, Tim McGraw and Vladimir Putin. Cook was also nominated for TIME's "Person of the Year" award in 2014. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • IFTTT's 'Do Button' and 'Do Note' Coming to Apple Watch • Apple Confirms Sport Bands Include Three Pieces to Adjust Size • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch

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Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts issued an internal memo to retail employees on Thursday that helps eliminate some of the confusion surrounding the launch of the wrist-worn device. The memo, a roughly translated copy of which was obtained by iGen.fr, states that Apple Watch orders will continue to be taken exclusively online through May and that deliveries will begin April 24 as planned."The feedback from customers is overwhelmingly positive. They are excited about Apple Watch, and your teams are fantastic experiences for creating them. Customers who pre-ordered will start receiving deliveries next Friday as planned, and I know you will do a great job helping set them up. Many of you have been asking if we will have the Apple Watch available in stores on April 24 for walk-in purchases. As we announced last week, due to high global interest combined with our initial supply, we are only taking orders online right now. I'll have more updates as we get closer to in-store availability, purpose we expect this to continue through the month of May." With no walk-in purchases of the Apple Watch available at Apple Stores until at least June, and product reservations for in-store pickup not available yet, it would appear that the Apple Watch's upcoming April 24 launch day could be quieter than usual. The long lines that typically accompany an iPhone launch, for example, could be a lot shorter than usual at many Apple retail stores around the world. Fortunately, disappointed customers can rest assured that Apple's iconic lineups will not be going away forever. Ahrendts ensured in her memo to retail employees that not all Apple products will launch the same way as the Apple Watch, adding that both Apple and its customers love the long lines and that there will be many more of them to come in the future."I know this is a different experience for our customers, and has changed for you as well. Are we going to launch every product this way from now on? No. We all love those blockbuster Apple product launch days and there will be many more to come. They're the times where you, our teams, shine. And our customers love them as well!"Likely to reflect that many customers will not be receiving their pre-orders by April 24, and that in-store availability on launch day, if any, will be very limited, Apple changed the tagline on its website on late Wednesday to read "the Watch is coming" instead of "available 4.24.15" as it previously showed. Apple Watch pre-orders began on April 10 at 12:01 AM Pacific and sold out in less than six hours. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple, has issued a new note to investors estimating that global pre-orders for Apple Watch has exceeded 2.3 million units. Previously, a study from Slice Intelligence estimated that there were 1 million Apple Watch pre-orders in the United States. We estimate production of Apple Watch around 2.3mn units in March-May. Mass production of Apple Watch began in March and will likely reach 2.3mn by end of May. Considering that most consumers who preordered will not get the device until June, we estimate global preorders of over 2.3mn units, with Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition representing a respective order allocation of 85%, 15% and less than 1%.Kuo notes that Apple plans to expand the supply chains for Apple Watch, with the Cupertino company targeting production of 2 - 3 million units per month. However, they estimate that the potential bottlenecks in production could be the vibrators that power haptic feedback from AAC and AMOLED displays supplied by LGD. The Apple Watch's vibrator technical problems come from being stuffed in a smaller form factor than an iPhone while needing a more accurate vibration frequency than the vibrator in an iPhone. Additionally, the AMOLED display needs both good color performance and a long life span. Kuo predicts that Apple could reach 2.5 million units produced in June if production bottlenecks are absent. He also isn't sure whether the Apple Watch will be a hit, estimating that less than one-tenth of iPhone owners have pre-ordered the Apple Watch, suggesting that hardcore Apple fans have made up the bulk of Watch pre-orders thus far. Apple has not yet provided official sales figures for the Apple Watch, so the exact number of pre-orders the Watch has received remains to be seen. The Apple Watch sold out online 6 hours after pre-orders were available, with many shipping dates slipping to June. When responding to a MacRumors reader who was concerned about the Apple Watch launch, Apple noted that deliveries could arrive sooner than expected. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

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Following the end of the $1.3 billion education initiative that would have seen all students in the Los Angeles school district outfitted with an iPad, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has notified Apple that it will no longer be using or paying for the Pearson Education curriculum that was meant to accompany the iPads. In a letter sent to Apple and shared in part by the Los Angeles Times, the LAUSD asked for a refund and said it has no plans to "accept or compensate Apple for new deliveries of [Pearson Education] curriculum." When the school district entered into a contract with Apple, it paid approximately $768 per iPad, which included approximately $200 towards a three-year license for math and English curriculum from Pearson that was meant to replace many textbooks and other learning tools. The materials went largely unused by the district due to technical problems and the quality of the software."As you are aware, LAUSD is extremely dissatisfied with the work of Pearson," according to an April 13 letter signed by general counsel David Holmquist. "While Apple and Pearson promised a state-of-the-art technological solution ... they have yet to deliver it." Despite demands to fix the problem, the letter said that "the vast majority of our students are still unable to access the Pearson curriculum on iPads."The letter asks for a meeting with Apple to discuss the dissolution of the district's deal with Pearson and a refund for the licenses that it was not able to use, letting it recoup some of the cost that it paid for the failed iPad initiative. Apple and the Los Angeles Unified School District first entered into a $30 million agreement in 2013, which saw 35,000 iPads being distributed to 47 schools as part of a pilot program. The deal was meant to expand to a $1.3 billion initiative to provide all 640,000 students in the district with iPads, but it began falling apart soon after iPads were distributed to students. Apple's contract with the LAUSD has since been under scrutiny from the FBI, under accusations that former L.A. superintendent John Deasy may have modified the bidding process for the initiative to favor Apple and Pearson due to ties with executives at Pearson. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

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Earlier this month, Apple launched a new "Guided Tours" section on its dedicated Apple Watch website, showcasing several Apple Watch walkthrough videos designed to teach prospective buyers how various features work on the device. As of today, Apple has updated the site with four new videos, covering Phone Calls, Siri, Maps, and Music. The first video, on Phone Calls, walks users through how phone calls work on the Apple Watch. It displays options for answering incoming calls and making outgoing calls. There are several options when receiving a phone call -- it can be muted by covering the Apple Watch with a hand or a response message can be sent by scrolling up with the digital crown. Making a call can be done through the "Friends" button on the side, or through Siri. Apple's Siri Apple Watch video covers how to use Siri on the Apple Watch. Siri can be accessed by holding down on the digital crown and the digital assistant can do things like setting alarms, opening apps, getting directions, and more, as on the iPhone. In the "Music" video, Apple walks through available controls in the Music app on the Apple Watch, demonstrating how to control music on the iPhone using the device. A playlist can be transferred to the Apple Watch by placing the device on its charger, going to the Apple Watch app on the iPhone, and choosing "Sync Playlist." Music can be played from the Apple Watch directly through a paired device by using a force tap within the Music app to select a source and a destination. As we've previously learned, Apple Watch has 8GB of storage, with 2GB of that available for storing music. Videos are currently only available on Apple's site, but they'll likely be uploaded to YouTube shortly. The Maps video is not available to watch yet on Apple's site as it may still be uploading. Apple's Guided Tour videos are a useful resource for both prospective buyers and those who have already pre-ordered an Apple Watch, as they highlight both Apple Watch features and the way they're accessed on the device. We've learned from reviews that learning to control the Apple Watch and becoming accustomed to its input methods can take some time, so these videos are a great way to get a heads up on Apple Watch features ahead of launch. Apple still has three additional videos that have yet to be uploaded to the page, including "Apple Pay," "Activity," and "Fitness." We'll likely see those added to the site next week, ahead of the device's April 24 ship date. The Apple Watch can be pre-ordered from the Apple online store, with prices that start at $349. Apple Watch demand has been high, so orders placed today will not ship out until June and beyond, depending on model. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

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Apple's App Store increased its revenue lead by 10 percentage points over Google's Play Store in the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest numbers from App Annie obtained by The Wall Street Journal. The App Store's revenue was also almost 70% higher than the Play Store, despite Google Play receiving 70% more app downloads during the three-month period ending March. Apple's increased App Store revenue helped it reverse a trend that saw Google Play slowly catch up in revenue over recent quarters, although the Play Store continued to widen its lead in overall downloads. Apple previously held about a 60% advantage in App Store revenues over Google Play during the third quarter of 2014, but that figure rose to about 70% on the strength of the United States and China."China was a bright spot for Apple – mirroring the strong market share gains that the iPhone made in the country. Apple’s larger-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus proved immensely popular in the Chinese market where consumers prefer bigger display smartphones. In the first quarter of 2015, China passed the U.S. as the top country for iOS app downloads, App Annie said. China still trails the U.S. and Japan for App Store revenue. The Google Play store does not operate officially in mainland China."The disparity between the App Store and Google Play in terms of overall revenue and downloads is a longstanding trend between the iOS and Android storefronts. A number of popular developers turn to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch because Apple's ecosystem provides a more lucrative opportunity for earnings, while Google Play receives more downloads because there are significantly more Android users worldwide. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

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