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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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Over the last few weeks, several previously unknown Apple acquisitions have surfaced. In March, Bloomberg shared news of the company's purchase of data analytics firm Acunu, and earlier this week, TechCrunch reported that Apple had acquired search technology startup Ottocat in 2013. TechCrunch has now shared news of another acquisition that happened in 2014 -- the purchase of Dryft, a startup that specialized in creating keyboard apps. Dryft chief technology officer Randy Marsden, who also co-founded Swype, is listed as an "iOS Keyboard Manager" that joined Apple in September of 2014, suggesting the acquisition may have occurred around that date. Dryft's technology was a keyboard that appeared only on the screen when a user placed a finger on the display, and as described by TechCrunch, it's "essentially a keyboard for tablets that tracks your fingers' movements," meaning it appears wherever your fingers are placed on the screen. It is not clear if Apple plans to incorporate this specific technology into iOS or if it made the purchase of Dryft to acquire the company's employees to work on other keyboard features. As of iOS 8, Apple's operating system supports keyboards created by third-party developers, but the company has continued work on its own keyboard. iOS 8 brought keyboard improvements like QuickType, which offers word predictions to speed up typing. Apple confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch with its standard purchase statement: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." 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 released iOS 8.3, the third major update to iOS 8. Seeded to developers in February and to public beta testers in mid-March, iOS 8.3 brings several new features and design tweaks to the operating system. iOS 8.3 is available immediately as an over-the-air download. iOS 8.3 has a heavy focus on emoji improvements, bringing an updated emoji picker that organizes emoji into categories in an easily scrollable list, new diversified emoji with expanded family options, and emoji skin tone modifiers for changing the look of people emoji. There are also several new flags and updated phone, computer, and watch emoji that now resemble the iPhone, iMac, and Apple Watch. Other iOS 8.3 changes include wireless CarPlay, letting users connect their iPhones to their CarPlay systems sans Lightning cable, support for Google two-factor authentication that makes it possible to add Google accounts without the need for app specific passwords, and Apple Pay support for the China UnionPay network. There are also minor changes to Passbook (dividing Apple Pay and Passes) and the Photos app (icon overlays for albums). Siri has gained new languages plus the ability to make calls using the iPhone's speakerphone, and in Messages, there's now an option to enable filtering to separate iMessages from friends from iMessages from Unknown Senders. One of smaller but most notable UI changes includes an update to the space bar, which has been elongated to prevent users from hitting the period key in Safari when attempting to make a space. It's also now possible to turn on a setting to allow you to download free apps without the need to enter your password. We have a full list of the changes in iOS 8.3 in our iOS 8 Features Roundup. Previous iOS updates have included iOS 8.1 and iOS 8.2, with the former introducing support for Apple Pay in October and the latter bringing support for the Apple Watch in March, plus several minor updates. Apple is already working on the next big update to iOS 8, iOS 8.4, which may include the company's upcoming revamped streaming music service. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • 'Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection' Coming to iTunes Friday, April 10

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Following the circulation of Apple Watch reviews and news this morning, German-based Apple tech site Macerkopf.de [Google Translate] discovered what appears to be the shipping dates for every line of the Apple watch in Germany. On the German version of Apple's official website, every model in the Sport lineup features a 4/24-5/8 delivery estimate, which is up to a two week time frame after the Watch's April 24 launch. For the middle-tier Apple Watch collection, the Sport Band, Milanese Loop, and Black Classic Buckle all feature the same 4/24-5/8 estimate. Everything else in the 20-Watch collection, including the Leather Loop and Link Bracelet options, denote a 4-6 week shipping estimate. Complete shipping estimates: - Aluminum Case with Sport Band: "Delivers 4/24 to 5/8" - Stainless Steel Case with Sport Band: "Delivers 4/24 to 5/8" - Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop: "Delivers 4/24 to 5/8" - Stainless Steel Case with Black Classic Buckle: "Delivers 4/24 to 5/8" - Stainless Steel Case with Modern Buckle: "Dispatched in 4 to 6 weeks" - Stainless Steel Case with Leather Loop: "Dispatched in 4 to 6 weeks" - Stainless Steel Case with Link Bracelet: "Dispatched in 4 to 6 weeks" - All Edition Models Dispatching in May To see the shipping dates, a Watch option must first be added into a user's favorite list. The United States store has yet to showcase similar shipping dates to corroborate Germany's estimates, though the exact same match-up of band option and dates can be found on the UK store currently. Interestingly, every version of the Apple Watch Edition only states a vague "May" shipping date, with no other specific frame of time mentioned. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • 'Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection' Coming to iTunes Friday, April 10

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Apple lifted the embargo for large websites to publish their Apple Watch reviews this morning, providing us with detailed insight about various functions of the device. Battery life in particular has been one area of interest for several prospective Apple Watch buyers, and most early reviews found the Apple Watch to fulfill its promise of all-day battery life on a single charge. Well-known tech journalist Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal offers one of the better looks at the Apple Watch's battery life in her video of using the device in day-to-day life. The video keeps track of how much battery life the Apple Watch uses while Stern goes about her daily routine in New York, with the device fully charged at 7:30 AM and having five percent remaining at just past midnight. Apple confirmed last month that the Apple Watch will have up to 18 hours of battery life with mixed usage, and last up to 72 hours in Power Reserve mode. Early reviews find the Apple Watch generally on par with, or falling slightly short of, those numbers based on articles published by Daring Fireball, The Verge, The Wall Street Journal, Techpinions and Re/code. We've compiled those findings in the roundup below. John Gruber, Daring Fireball:"After more than a week of daily use, Apple Watch has more than alleviated any concerns I had about getting through a day on a single charge. I noted the remaining charge when I went to bed each night. It was usually still in the 30s or 40s. Once it was still over 50 percent charged. Once, it was down to 27. And one day — last Thursday — it was all the way down to 5 percent. But that day was an exception — I used the watch for an extraordinary amount of testing, nothing at all resembling typical usage. I’m surprised the watch had any remaining charge at all that day. I never once charged the watch other than while I slept."Nilay Patel, The Verge:"By the end of each day, I was hyper-aware of how low the Apple Watch battery had gotten. After one particularly heavy day of use, I hit 10 percent battery at 7pm, triggering a wave of anxiety. But most days were actually fine. Apple had a big challenge getting a tiny computer like this to last a day, and it succeeded — even if that success seemingly comes at the expense of performance."Geoffrey Fowler, The Wall Street Journal:"The battery lives up to its all-day billing, but sometimes just barely. It’s often nearly drained at bedtime, especially if I’ve used the watch for exercise. There’s a power-reserve mode that can make it last a few hours longer, but then it only shows the time."Ben Bajarin, Techpinions:"From my experience with battery life, Apple appears to have undersold it. The Apple Watch easily lasted a day, even a long day of heavy use. My Apple Watch battery never got below 20% and only once even got close to that. The day it did was a long day when I took it off the charger at 5:45am and used it frequently, including tracking my activity during a two hour tennis match, and I didn’t plug it back in until 10:30pm. With my average usage, I tried to see how long I could go and several times over the week got nearly two days of battery life. This will obviously vary by person, but the fact Apple Watch users will not have to worry about battery life over the course of the day no matter how heavy it is used is important for the experience."Lauren Goode, Re/code:"Apple has promised that the battery will last 18 hours per charge with normal use. It hasn’t yet died on me during the day, or even late at night. My iPhone actually conked out before the Watch did; this happened to Bonnie, too. One day this past week, I woke up at 5:15 am, exercised for an hour using the Watch, ran Maps during my commute, made phones calls and received notifications throughout the whole day, and by 11:00 pm the Watch was just hitting its Power Reserve point."Apple Watch goes on sale April 24, with pre-orders and try-ons beginning April 10. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • 'Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection' Coming to iTunes Friday, April 10

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As expected, Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, the first significant feature-rich update the operating system has received. OS X 10.10.3 was first seeded to developers in February, and was provided to public beta testers in March. The OS X 10.10.3 update can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. OS X Yosemite Recovery Update 1.0 is also available to improve the reliability of Yosemite Recovery when restoring from a time machine backup. The OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update includes the new Photos app and improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. The update also includes the following improvements: - Adds over 300 new Emoji characters - Adds Spotlight suggestions to Look up - Prevents Safari from saving website favicon URLs used in Private Browsing - Improves stability and security in Safari - Improves WiFi performance and connectivity in various usage scenarios - Improves compatibility with captive Wi-Fi network environments - Fixes an issue that may cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect - Improves screen sharing reliabilityEarlier Yosemite releases, including OS X 10.10.1 and 10.10.2, brought mostly under-the-hood bug fixes and reliability improvements to the operating system, but OS X 10.10.3 includes major new features, like the Photos for OS X app. Designed to be a replacement for Aperture and iPhoto, Photos for OS X was first announced during the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, where Apple promised it would see an "early 2015" release. The Photos for OS X app takes on Yosemite-style design elements, with an emphasis on flatness and translucency, and it integrates with both iCloud Photo Library and the Photos for iOS app. Reviews of the Photos for OS X app have suggested that while it's a suitable replacement for iPhoto, with speed improvements and better tools than were found in iPhoto, it lacks many power features that professional users have become accustomed to in its current incarnation, like plug-ins, a loupe, brushable adjustments, and custom metadata fields. Along with the new Photos for OS X app, OS X 10.10.3 brings a new emoji picker that consolidates emoji into a single scrollable page with clear labels, new diversified emoji and emoji skin tone modifiers, additional flag emoji and updated emoji for the iPhone, iMac, and Apple Watch. There's also support for Google 2-step verification when setting up accounts in System Preferences, doing away with the need for app specific passwords, and there are Force Touch APIs for developers, which will let them incorporate Force Touch gestures into their apps. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • 'Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection' Coming to iTunes Friday, April 10

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Wired earlier this morning posted an interview with Apple Human Interface Chief Alan Dye, in which Dye discusses a few lesser-known details of the Apple Watch, specifically giving Wired an inside look at the obsessive level of detail that went in to making each of the Watch's customizable faces. An Apple designer works to capture a jellyfish for a photograph in Apple's design studio During the interview, Dye elaborates on his team's enormous talent, but says what makes them work so well is that they "really care" about what they create. Echoing back to Steve Jobs' creative concern over every bit of minutiae within any one of Apple's products, Dye begins discussing the process of capturing a simple flower bloom for one of the Apple Watch faces. Yet what Dye seems most fascinated by is one of the Apple Watch’s faces, called Motion, which you can set to show a flower blooming. Each time you raise your wrist, you’ll see a different color, a different flower. This is not CGI. It’s photography. “We shot all this stuff,” Dye says, “the butterflies and the jellyfish and the flowers for the motion face, it’s all in-camera. And so the flowers were shot blooming over time. I think the longest one took us 285 hours, and over 24,000 shots.” The same goes for the jellyfish face, which was captured by the team after building a tank within the design studio and shooting a variety of different species at 300 frames-per-second with high-end Phantom cameras. The resulting 4096 x 2304 images were shrunk down to fit the Watch screen, Dye noting “when you look at the Motion face of the jellyfish, no reasonable person can see that level of detail. And yet to us it’s really important to get those details right.” A look at Apple's detailed process in photographing jellyfish, butterflies, and flowers for the Watch. The Mickey Mouse face features a similar level of detail, with the popular mouse's feet tapping in exact rhythmic beat to a one second count. Dye claims that if one were to line up 100 Apple Watches with the Mickey face on, his foot would tap in perfect unison on each one. The astronomy faces are some of Dye's favorites, however, with the Apple chief noting how hard the team worked to perfect the Earth and Moon's daily orbits and cycles. Dye points out the subtlety of this face. “When you tap on the Earth and fly over the moon: We worked really hard with our engineering team to make sure the path you take from your actual position on the Earth to where the moon is and seeing its phase, is true to the actual position of the Earth relative to the moon.” Wired interviewed both Dye and Apple vice president of technology Kevin Lynch earlier in April, with the two providing some behind-the-scenes knowledge on everything from the origins of the Apple Watch to the reasoning behind the look of the fitness-related medals. Check out the full Wired interview here. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • 'Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection' Coming to iTunes Friday, April 10 • Some 2015 13" MacBook Pro Users Complain About UI Lag

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Apple has given members of the media several hands-on experiences with the Apple Watch following its special events, but ahead of Apple Watch pre-orders, select sites have been able to get a much closer look at the device. Apple has provided multiple publications with Apple Watch review units, giving them a chance to spend multiple days with the watch, and they've now shared their opinions in reviews published today. Apple Watch has received favorable reviews, but isn't for everyone (Image: CNET) We've rounded up tidbits from several of the best reviews in order to give MacRumors readers a look at the Apple Watch from the perspective of those who have finally had a chance to use it extensively. The roundup includes reviews and opinions from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Verge, Re/code, Yahoo Tech and other large publications that tested the Apple Watch. Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times:"It was only on Day 4 that I began appreciating the ways in which the elegant $650 computer on my wrist was more than just another screen. By notifying me of digital events as soon as they happened, and letting me act on them instantly, without having to fumble for my phone, the Watch become something like a natural extension of my body—a direct link, in a way that I’ve never felt before, from the digital world to my brain. […] What’s more, unlike previous breakthrough Apple products, the Watch’s software requires a learning curve that may deter some people. There’s a good chance it will not work perfectly for most consumers right out of the box, because it is best after you fiddle with various software settings to personalize use. Indeed, to a degree unusual for a new Apple device, the Watch is not suited for tech novices. It is designed for people who are inundated with notifications coming in through their phones, and for those who care to think about, and want to try to manage, the way the digital world intrudes on their lives." Geoffrey Fowler, The Wall Street Journal:"With the Apple Watch, smartwatches finally make sense. The measure of their success shouldn’t be how well they suck you in, but how efficiently they help you get things done. Living on your arm is part of that efficiency—as a convenient display, but also a way to measure your heart rate or pay at a cash register. This is a big idea about how we use technology, the kind of idea we expect from Apple. […] Yet the Apple Watch isn’t quite the gatekeeper to my digital life that I wanted. Take app alerts—there’s a fine line between being in the know and having your wrist jiggle all day. It never got horrible for me, because Apple lets you assign VIP status to individual contacts and specify which apps can trigger alerts. But setting up all of this is a tedious—and unfortunately ongoing—chore."Nilay Patel, The Verge:"There’s no question that the Apple Watch is the most capable smartwatch available today. It is one of the most ambitious products I’ve ever seen; it wants to do and change so much about how we interact with technology. But that ambition robs it of focus: it can do tiny bits of everything, instead of a few things extraordinarily well. For all of its technological marvel, the Apple Watch is still a smartwatch, and it’s not clear that anyone’s yet figured out what smartwatches are actually for." Lauren Goode, Re/code:"Not everyone has an iPhone 5 or later, which is required for the watch to work. Not everyone wants her wrist pulsing with notifications, finds animated emojis thrilling or needs to control an Apple TV with her wrist. Smartwatches can sometimes feel like a solution in search of a problem. […] One day this past week, I woke up at 5:15 am, exercised for an hour using the Watch, ran Maps during my commute, made phones calls and received notifications throughout the whole day, and by 11:00 pm the Watch was just hitting its Power Reserve point."David Pogue, Yahoo Tech:"The Apple Watch is light-years better than any of the feeble, clunky efforts that have come before it. The screen is nicer, the software is refined and bug-free, the body is real jewelry. First-time technologies await at every turn: Magnetic bands, push-to-release straps, wrist-to-wrist drawings or Morse codes, force pressing, credit-card payments from the wrist. And the symbiosis with the iPhone is graceful, out of your way, and intelligent. But the true answer to that question is this: You don’t need one. Nobody needs a smartwatch. After all, it’s something else to buy, care for, charge every night. It’s another cable to pack and track. Your phone already serves most of its purposes. With the battery-life situation as it is, technology is just barely in place to make such a device usable at all."The Apple Watch will be available to pre-order beginning on Friday, April 10 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time. Orders will go live in all first wave launch countries simultaneously. Try-on appointments for the Apple Watch will also be available on April 10, giving customers a chance to experience the Apple Watch in person ahead of its April 24 launch. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • 'Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection' Coming to iTunes Friday, April 10 • Some 2015 13" MacBook Pro Users Complain About UI Lag • LaCie Review: Hands-On With the 4TB Rugged RAID Thunderbolt Hard Drive

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OS X 10.10.3 with the all-new Photos app will be available Wednesday as a free software update for Mac users, according to The Associated Press. The news organization mentioned the release date as part of its in-depth release about the all-new Photos for OS X app, which it praised for making basic photo editing easy."Procrastinate no more. Apple's new Photos app for Mac computers, available Wednesday as a free software update, makes it easy to organize and edit your pictures. The app, which replaces iPhoto, bundles professional-level tools such as granular color correction into one free consumer package."OS X 10.10.3 will be available through Software Update in the Mac App Store. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • 'Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection' Coming to iTunes Friday, April 10 • Some 2015 13" MacBook Pro Users Complain About UI Lag • LaCie Review: Hands-On With the 4TB Rugged RAID Thunderbolt Hard Drive

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Apple announced today that it is collaborating with internationally acclaimed artist HENSE to commemorate the upcoming opening of its all-new Apple Store at 1021 Lincoln Road in Miami, Florida. The relocated store is set to open April 24, the same day that the Apple Watch goes on sale in the United States, and HENSE will be painting a one-of-a-kind mural live from April 8 to April 12 to celebrate the opening."Miami is one of the most creative places on Earth. A big part of that creativity is expressed through its incredible street art scene. So to announce the upcoming opening of the all‑new Apple Store at 1021 Lincoln Road, we’re collaborating with internationally acclaimed artist HENSE. The mural he’s painting, like the store itself, will not only be inspired by the energy of Miami, it will also be a fresh source of inspiration for the city." Apple currently has a nearby retail store at 738 Lincoln Road that will soon close as the new, larger location opens down the street on April 24. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • 'Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection' Coming to iTunes Friday, April 10 • Some 2015 13" MacBook Pro Users Complain About UI Lag • LaCie Review: Hands-On With the 4TB Rugged RAID Thunderbolt Hard Drive

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A series of photos have surfaced on social media today that provide a first look at what could be the retail packaging for the Apple Watch and individual bands. Instagram user Jeremy Gan posted the photos to his profile this afternoon, showing off what appears to be a 42mm stainless steel Apple Watch with Milanese Loop within its official packaging and brown leather band in a separate box. We cannot guarantee the veracity of these photos, and it is entirely possible that the retail packaging is not official. The long, narrow box for the Apple Watch band in particular appears consistent with an image that appeared on Apple's jobs page last month, which at the time was speculated to be retail packaging for bands. We'll update the post as we learn more details about the authenticity of these photos. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • 'Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection' Coming to iTunes Friday, April 10 • Some 2015 13" MacBook Pro Users Complain About UI Lag • LaCie Review: Hands-On With the 4TB Rugged RAID Thunderbolt Hard Drive • What to Expect at Your Apple Watch Try-On Appointment

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When Apple launched the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 in late 2014, many people were disappointed with the iPad mini update, which essentially just added Touch ID to the existing iPad mini 2 with no other external design changes. Since then, there have been a few rumors suggesting Apple is working on an iPad mini 4 update that includes iPad Air 2 design elements like a thinner body. French site Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate] today shared a video and some images of what's said to be an early version of the rear casing for the upcoming iPad mini 4. The aluminum shell closely resembles the shell of the existing iPad mini, but it does include several design elements introduced with the iPad Air 2. There's a single row of larger speaker holes alongside the Lightning port at the bottom of the device, rather than two smaller rows, and the mute switch on the device has been removed and replaced with a microphone hole. Rumors have suggested the iPad mini 4 will be thinner than the iPad mini 2 and the iPad mini 3, giving it a thickness more akin to the iPad Air 2, but it is difficult to determine the device's possible thickness based on the images that were shared. Along with an iPad Air-style design, an updated iPad mini 4 would likely adopt one of Apple's more recent processors, possibly the A8X in the iPad Air 2 or an A9 processor coming later this year. There's been little word on when an updated iPad mini might launch, but given Apple's historical fall release schedule for iPads, it's unlikely we will see the iPad mini 4 until the later months of 2015. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 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 • 'Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection' Coming to iTunes Friday, April 10 • Some 2015 13" MacBook Pro Users Complain About UI Lag • LaCie Review: Hands-On With the 4TB Rugged RAID Thunderbolt Hard Drive • What to Expect at Your Apple Watch Try-On Appointment • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iMac, MacBook Air, Older MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories

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Apple this morning released full pricing information for the Retina MacBook to reseller partners such as Expercom, confirming prices of the new 12-inch MacBook for customers who plan to opt for beefed-up processors in the checkout process when the device launches this Friday, April 10. As stated during the "Spring Forward" event last month, the entry-level MacBook will retail for $1299 with a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor, 8 GB of memory, and 256 GB of flash storage. According to Expercom, this machine will have a configure-to-order option that bumps its performance with a 1.3 GHz Intel Core M processor, with the same 256 GB flash storage. The upgrade will cost those interested an extra $250, raising the entry-level option to $1549 when choosing the upgraded version. The high-end stock model announced at last month's event comes with a 1.2 GHz processor with 8 GB of memory and 512 GB of flash storage, priced at $1599. Apple will offer the 1.3 GHz processor upgrade option here as well, keeping the same 512 GB of flash storage and charging an additional $150 over the base price of the 1.2 GHz model for a total price of $1749. The new 12-inch MacBook is set to launch this Friday, April 10 on the Apple online store and in Apple retail stores, though recent news from Apple Retail Chief Angela Ahrendts points to better possibilities of a completed order when visiting the company's online storefront or Apple Store app. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Grovemade Debuts New Maple and Walnut Wood Laptop Stands • 'YouTube Kids' Under Fire for Targeting Children with Advertisements • 'Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection' Coming to iTunes Friday, April 10 • Some 2015 13" MacBook Pro Users Complain About UI Lag • LaCie Review: Hands-On With the 4TB Rugged RAID Thunderbolt Hard Drive • What to Expect at Your Apple Watch Try-On Appointment • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on Retina iMac, MacBook Air, Older MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories • How to Pre-Order the Apple Watch

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