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Less than twenty-four hours after Apple unveiled ResearchKit, the open source medical framework has received thousands of sign-ups, according to Bloomberg. The report claims that Stanford University researchers awoke on Tuesday morning, the day after Apple's "Spring Forward" media event, to discover that 11,000 people signed up for MyHeart Counts, a cardiovascular disease app built using ResearchKit.“To get 10,000 people enrolled in a medical study normally, it would take a year and 50 medical centers around the country,” said Alan Yeung, medical director of Stanford Cardiovascular Health. “That’s the power of the phone.”ResearchKit is an open source software framework aimed at revolutionizing medical studies by making them more readily available to millions of iPhone users worldwide. When given permission, the framework uses the iPhone's various sensors to collect user data such as weight, blood pressure, glucose levels and asthma inhaler use, information that Apple hopes will open up new possibilities for researchers. Apple will also enable users to answer surveys and input data directly from ResearchKit apps, although researchers caution that information collected from an iPhone user may be misleading due to various potential flaws. For starters, the report claims that iPhone users are more likely to have a graduate or doctoral degree than Android users, and the demographic differences can allegedly skew the results. “Just collecting lots of information about people -- who may or may not have a particular disease, and may or may not represent the typical patient -- could just add noise and distraction,” said Lisa Schwartz, professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an e-mail. “Bias times a million is still bias.”Meanwhile, an iPhone user simply hitting a button by accident or giving his smartphone to someone else can also result in misleading data. Nevertheless, there are issues with data collected through traditional clinical trials as well, and ResearchKit allowing people to engage in medical research more easily is still valuable and, as Apple claims, could transform the way that medicine is approached forever. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Twelve South Announces HiRise Charging Stand for Apple Watch • Apple Watch Knock-Offs Already On Sale in China • High Apple Store Traffic Distorting Mall Rent, Lifting Mall Sales • Google Launches 'Google Calendar' App for iPhone • Griffin Announces Charging 'WatchStand' for Apple Watch • LaCie Announces First USB-C External Hard Drive Supporting New MacBook • Fandango Announces Apple Watch Movie Ticket App • The Apple Watch Battery Will Be Replaceable

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record in providing information on yet-to-be released Apple products, today released a report predicting that up to three new casing options for the Apple Watch will launch sometime this fall. Kuo points out that the Apple Watch's sale momentum could stall entering the fourth quarter of the year, and thinks the release of new casing options for the device could reinvigorate it heading into the 2015 holiday shopping season. Rumors stating that Apple was looking into a platinum casing for the Watch right before the "Spring Forward" event could point toward the option becoming available down the road. Aside from current casing materials of aluminum, stainless steel and 18k gold, we believe 1-3 new versions of Apple Watch featuring new casing materials are likely to go into mass production in 4Q15. If this is the case, we think it could boost Apple Watch shipments momentum in 4Q15-1Q16. Though impressed by the "outstanding designs" of the Apple Watch and new MacBook, Kuo sees the Watch underselling the market expectation of 20-30 million units in 2015 to about 15-20 million devices sold throughout the year. The analyst sees the Watch selling between 5-6 million units in the first half of the year, and the new MacBook about 450,000 units in that same time frame. Kuo notes that as with many first-generation products, the Apple Watch will "focus on verifying whether the user behavior and business model are right", with subsequent generations honing in and expanding on the device's features and adding new ones, as well. As a result, he expects shipments to "grow significantly" in these second or third-generation Apple Watches in comparison to his predicted numbers for the first-generation model. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Knock-Offs Already On Sale in China • High Apple Store Traffic Distorting Mall Rent, Lifting Mall Sales • Google Launches 'Google Calendar' App for iPhone • Griffin Announces Charging 'WatchStand' for Apple Watch • LaCie Announces First USB-C External Hard Drive Supporting New MacBook • Fandango Announces Apple Watch Movie Ticket App • The Apple Watch Battery Will Be Replaceable • Apple Issues Security Updates Fixing 'FREAK' Security Flaw

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Apple Pay support has been extended to 14 additional retailers in the United States, including Bashas', Coca-Cola Vending, Dan's Fresh Market, Dick's Fresh Market, Fuddruckers, Jamba Juice, Jersey Mike's Subs, JetBlue, Lin's Fresh Market, Maceys, Office Max, Pep Boys, Regal Cinemas and Walt Disney World, as spotted by AppleInsider. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Monday during the company's "Spring Forward" media event that Apple Pay support will be rolling out at some 40,000 Coca-Cola vending machines across the United States, with the mobile payments service now accepted at over 700,000 locations nationwide. Apple Pay remains limited to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the United States, although Apple has expressed plans to launch the service in other countries. GameStop and Marriott International also announced Apple Pay support this week. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • High Apple Store Traffic Distorting Mall Rent, Lifting Mall Sales • Google Launches 'Google Calendar' App for iPhone • Griffin Announces Charging 'WatchStand' for Apple Watch • LaCie Announces First USB-C External Hard Drive Supporting New MacBook • Fandango Announces Apple Watch Movie Ticket App • The Apple Watch Battery Will Be Replaceable • Apple Issues Security Updates Fixing 'FREAK' Security Flaw • Apple Watch Diagnostic Port Spotted in Apple Promo Videos

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A number of Apple services are experiencing an extended period of downtime, including the App Store and iTunes Connect. The iOS and Mac App Stores are displaying various error messages to users about being unable to connect or certain items being unavailable, as spotted by The Next Web, and iTunes Connect and TestFlight are also down for developers. The outage is affecting a significant number of users in the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, India and many other countries worldwide. The downtime appears to have been ongoing for several hours this morning, although Apple has yet to update its System Status page to reflect the downtime for the iOS App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes Connect, TestFlight or any other affected Apple services.@AppStore is the store down atm keep getting this message. Tried restarting already. pic.twitter.com/dM9qgQtgU0— Calumk (@Calumk4) March 11, 2015 This post will be updated as the status of the outage changes. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • High Apple Store Traffic Distorting Mall Rent, Lifting Mall Sales • Google Launches 'Google Calendar' App for iPhone • Griffin Announces Charging 'WatchStand' for Apple Watch • LaCie Announces First USB-C External Hard Drive Supporting New MacBook • Fandango Announces Apple Watch Movie Ticket App • The Apple Watch Battery Will Be Replaceable • Apple Issues Security Updates Fixing 'FREAK' Security Flaw • Apple Watch Diagnostic Port Spotted in Apple Promo Videos

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Apple will add pressure-sensing Force Touch technology to its next-generation iPhones, reports The Wall Street Journal in an article that covers a range of new details on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Currently built into the upcoming Apple Watch and 12-inch Retina MacBook, Force Touch lets devices distinguish between a light tap and a hard press, enabling new gestures. According to the report, which is sourced from Apple suppliers, Apple's next-generation iPhones will continue to be available in 4.7 and 5.5-inch screen sizes, with plans to "keep the resolution similar." New colors are a possibility though, and Apple is said to be considering adding a pink option to its existing space gray, silver, and gold iPhone lineup. Production may begin on components for the next-generation iPhones as early as May, but The Wall Street Journal notes that Apple often tests technologies and designs with various suppliers that may not make it into finalized products. Today's report echoes several other reports that have also pointed towards Force Touch for the next-generation iPhone. Supply chain sources first hinted at Force Touch technology back in January, and those rumors seem more plausible now that the feature has been incorporated into both the Apple Watch and Apple's recently announced MacBook. Beyond the Force Touch rumors, little is known about the next-generation iPhones, which will likely be called the "iPhone 6s" and the "iPhone 6s Plus." The devices are expected to receive upgraded A9 processors and have been rumored to include features like camera upgrades, more RAM, and improved Touch ID. Apple will presumably release the new iPhones in September. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • High Apple Store Traffic Distorting Mall Rent, Lifting Mall Sales • Google Launches 'Google Calendar' App for iPhone • Griffin Announces Charging 'WatchStand' for Apple Watch • LaCie Announces First USB-C External Hard Drive Supporting New MacBook • Fandango Announces Apple Watch Movie Ticket App • The Apple Watch Battery Will Be Replaceable • Apple Issues Security Updates Fixing 'FREAK' Security Flaw • Apple Watch Diagnostic Port Spotted in Apple Promo Videos

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Apple's newest MacBook is one of the first computers to take advantage of the USB Type-C specification, which was finalized in August of 2014. USB-C uses a small reversible connector that's similar in size to a Lightning connector, but slightly larger. In addition to delivering power to the Apple MacBook (it's capable of delivering up to 100 watts at 20 volts), USB-C has a DisplayPort alternate mode for connecting monitors, cables, docking stations, and more, plus it supports USB 3.1 data transfers up to 10Gbps, and it also has support for VGA and HDMI connections. It's able to deliver bi-directional power, meaning it lets the MacBook be charged and through the same port, it lets the MacBook charge other devices. USB-C is an upgrade from USB-A, the standard USB ports that many of us are used to on our computers, and USB-B, which we know best as Micro-USB, the ports built into many phones and portable electronic devices. In addition to its impressive data and power transfer rates, USB-C has the benefit of being easy to plug into devices, like the Lightning cable. Apple's adoption of USB-C might seem like something of an annoyance because it requires users to buy expensive adapters and adjust to an all new connection, but it's actually a huge step forward for the company that opens up the possibility of a whole range of new Apple-compatible accessories and devices. USB-C is the first non-proprietary charging system that Apple has introduced. MacBooks use MagSafe and iOS devices use Lightning connectors, both of which were designed by Apple, giving Apple strict control over how they're used. Apple lets product developers incorporate Lightning connectors and ports through its MFi (Made for iPhone) certification program, but the company does not have a MagSafe licensing program and has not allowed hardware manufacturers to create products that use the MagSafe connection in MacBooks. This forces manufacturers who create items like MacBook backup batteries to use the actual connectors from Apple's AC adapters, grafted onto their products. Apple has not looked kindly on this practice in the past, and has levied a lawsuit against at least one company using this method to create hardware for the MacBook. With the USB-C port in the MacBook, Apple will not have control over the products that are developed for it, paving the way for a whole range of accessories that were not possible before, like backup batteries. The future of USB-C is bright, but for early adopters, the USB-C experience might be somewhat frustrating because the notebook has a single USB-C port. Apple sells adapters, but the adapters only include one USB-C port, meaning it's not going to be possible for MacBook buyers to charge their devices and use a product like LaCie's new USB-C Porsche Design Mobile Drive at the same time using a USB-C port. One of Apple's new USB-C adapters Presumably manufacturers are already at work creating hubs that will include multiple USB-C ports for use with the myriad products that are going to use the new specification, but currently, someone wanting to use a USB-C storage drive would have to decide between charging and accessing data or using the older USB-A port for data transfers. USB-C is a brand new technology, but with Apple embracing it, it won't be long before we see tons of companies racing to produce USB-C compatible products. Apple will also undoubtedly spur its competitors to adopt the standard as well. It may not be long before we're able to charge a whole range of our devices with a single cable, ending the days of having to carry around MagSafe chargers, USB cables, Micro-USB cables, Lightning cables, and more. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google Launches 'Google Calendar' App for iPhone • Griffin Announces Charging 'WatchStand' for Apple Watch • LaCie Announces First USB-C External Hard Drive Supporting New MacBook • Fandango Announces Apple Watch Movie Ticket App • The Apple Watch Battery Will Be Replaceable • Apple Issues Security Updates Fixing 'FREAK' Security Flaw • Apple Watch Diagnostic Port Spotted in Apple Promo Videos • Apple Offering AppleCare+ With Accidental Damage Coverage on Apple Watch

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United States Central Intelligence Agency researchers have been working for years to crack the security of Apple's iPhone and iPad, and may have done so through the creation of a modified version of Xcode, Apple's software development tool designed for developers. According to secret documents obtained by The Intercept, at a 2012 "Jamboree" that focused on security flaws found in various electronics, CIA researchers outlined both a hacked version of Xcode and a modified OS X updater that could be used to install malicious software like keyloggers.The modified version of Xcode, the researchers claimed, could enable spies to steal passwords and grab messages on infected devices. Researchers also claimed the modified Xcode could "force all iOS applications to send embedded data to a listening post." It remains unclear how intelligence agencies would get developers to use the poisoned version of Xcode.The malicious version of Xcode could potentially be used to extract private data from devices that installed apps built by the hacked Xcode. Some of the things researchers said could be done with Xcode included installing "remote backdoors" in Mac apps, embedding an app developer's private key into iOS applications (letting the government masquerade as the targeted developer), forcing iOS apps to send data from an iPhone or iPad to a "listening post," and disabling core security features on iOS devices. None of the documents detail how the Xcode and OS X installer exploits have been used by the CIA, and they also don't state whether the efforts have been successful, but as noted by The Intercept, they suggest that the government's efforts to crack the security technology companies employ is a continually ongoing effort. Apple and the U.S. government have been at odds over privacy and security issues in recent years. A 2013 document leak suggested that Apple and other tech companies were working with the government on a secret project called PRISM, which allegedly provided the government with direct access to customer data on company servers. Apple and multiple other technology companies like Google vehemently denied their participation in such a program and have since gone to great lengths to ensure the public that they're not involved in the government's spying attempts. Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and other companies banded together to ask for greater surveillance transparency and the ability to share more info on government data requests with consumers, which was ultimately successful. Apple launched a privacy site in September of 2014 outlining the privacy features of its products and services and offering detailed information on government information requests. Across 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook began putting a heavy emphasis on the importance of privacy, and with iOS 8, Apple significantly increased the encryption protection on iOS devices. Prior to iOS 8, Apple had the ability to access data on iOS devices with a company-held encryption key, and now, that no longer exists. Google has made similar changes. The FBI has strongly opposed Apple's efforts to increase the security of its iOS devices, with FBI Director James Comey insisting that government access to electronic devices is necessary in some cases. Apple has reportedly been in talks with FBI officials over its security changes, but Apple CEO Tim Cook has maintained Apple's commitment to privacy and security. At the White House Cyber Security Summit in February, Cook said customer trust means everything to Apple. "When it comes to the rights of customers and citizens, we're all talking about the same people," he said. "People have entrusted us with their most personal and precious information and we owe them nothing less than the best protections we can possibly provide by harnessing the technology at our disposal." Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google Launches 'Google Calendar' App for iPhone • Griffin Announces Charging 'WatchStand' for Apple Watch • LaCie Announces First USB-C External Hard Drive Supporting New MacBook • Fandango Announces Apple Watch Movie Ticket App • The Apple Watch Battery Will Be Replaceable • Apple Issues Security Updates Fixing 'FREAK' Security Flaw • Apple Watch Diagnostic Port Spotted in Apple Promo Videos • Apple Offering AppleCare+ With Accidental Damage Coverage on Apple Watch

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During yesterday's Apple Watch event, Apple CEO Tim Cook suggested the high-end Apple Watch Edition will be available in limited quantities at a select number of stores. He was likely referring to some of the pop up shops we've seen under construction, in upscale department stores Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Selfridges in London. Women's Wear Daily has shared some more information on the locations where we will see the $10,000+ Apple Watch Edition and other versions of the Apple Watch shown off around the world. Described as "shop-in-shops" in high-visibility locations, each of Apple's pop up stores will ensure customers looking to make major purchases will get the best service possible. At Selfridges, the Apple Watch will be displayed in the aptly named Wonder Room, which houses high-end jewelry and watches in a brightly lit room decked out with treasure-filled glass cases. At Galeries Lafayette, the Apple Watch will be displayed among European brands on the first floor of the facility, and at the Isetan Department Store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, the Apple Watch will be displayed on the ground floor. Other speciality fashion stores will also sell select Apple Watch models, including Colette in Paris, where the Apple Watch had its fashion world debut, Dover Street Market in London and Tokyo, Maxfield in Los Angeles, The Corner in Berlin, and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Chengdu. All of these are fashion-oriented upscale stores. Unlike with the iPhone and the iPad, Apple will likely be keeping a tight rein over which of its resellers are able to offer the Apple Watch. As it is positioned as a fashion accessory, it makes more sense for customers to be able to walk into a high-end store to make an Apple Watch purchase rather than a Best Buy or an AT&T store. For the Apple Watch Edition especially, Apple wants to create a special, one-on-one buying experience that's not exactly possible with today's crowded retail Apple Stores. There have been hints that Apple is planning to redesign many of its retail locations to facilitate Apple Watch sales, and some of those changes may be implemented ahead of the Apple Watch's April 10 debut date. Apple vice president of special projects Paul Deneve commented on Apple's plan to sell the Apple Watch in speciality stores, saying that shopping for a watch is a "deeply personal" experience."The experience of shopping for an Apple Watch is a deeply personal one. The department stores and specialty stores that we're working with are some of the best in the world at offering such experiences, so it was natural for us to see our product there," said Paul Deneve, Apple's vice president of special projects who joined the tech company after years helming fashion houses including Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin and Nina Ricci. "Given the very focused distribution that we've pursued for this launch, every door that sells Apple Watch will provide a unique experience for every customer that walks in."Apple will begin accepting pre-orders for the Apple Watch on Friday, April 10. At that time, the company will also be displaying the Apple Watch in its retail stores for customers to try on, and it's likely many of the pop up shops may open their doors at that time. The Apple Watch's official launch date is April 24. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Google Launches 'Google Calendar' App for iPhone • Griffin Announces Charging 'WatchStand' for Apple Watch • LaCie Announces First USB-C External Hard Drive Supporting New MacBook • Fandango Announces Apple Watch Movie Ticket App • The Apple Watch Battery Will Be Replaceable • Apple Issues Security Updates Fixing 'FREAK' Security Flaw • Apple Watch Diagnostic Port Spotted in Apple Promo Videos • Apple Offering AppleCare+ With Accidental Damage Coverage on Apple Watch

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Apple's annual shareholders meeting is currently underway at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, California, and one big item on the agenda, according to Apple’s human resources chief Denise Young Smith, is a plan to partner with a few non-profit organizations on an effort to bring more women, minorities, and veterans into the tech industry (via Fortune). The deal is said to be a multi-year effort worth $50 million, and to start off, Apple is partnering with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a non-profit which focuses on supporting students enrolled in "historically black colleges and universities." The two will work together in expanding the role of minorities in the field, with Apple planning to donate over $40 million to the organization. “Historically, other organizations have provided scholarship dollars or focused on whatever area matters most to them,” says Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “What differentiates this partnership with Apple is that it hits on everything that we do—it is the most comprehensive program ever offered to an HBCU organization.” The company will partner with a separate, female-focused non-profit, the National Center for Women and Information Technology, to help with increasing the presence of women in the field. Apple will donate $10 million to the fund, with a four year plan to double recipients of the organization's scholarships and internship programs. Tim Cook will allow Rev. Jesse Jackson a few moments to speak during the shareholder meeting taking place today, and USA Today met with Jackson beforehand. He noted that the start of a more diverse presence in the tech field, most notably in Silicon Valley, is just beginning. "President Obama said in Selma (Ala.) this weekend 'the march is not yet over,'" Jackson is scheduled to say in a statement. "In Silicon Valley, the march for diversity and inclusion is just beginning. Several companies are implementing new diversity and inclusion strategies, most notably Intel's landmark $300 million diversity Initiative. "Apple and this thriving Silicon Valley are solving the world's most challenging and complex problems. Diversity and Inclusion is a complex problem — if we put our collective minds to it, we can solve it, too. (Apple CEO) Tim (Cook), with Apple and your creative leadership, sensitivity and commitment, we know it can be done." Jackson has worked with Apple in these regards for over a year now, and has attended the shareholder meetings of other companies like Google, Hewlett-Packard, Facebook, Verizon and eBay, in a similar capacity to what he has planned today during Apple's meeting. Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Griffin Announces Charging 'WatchStand' for Apple Watch • LaCie Announces First USB-C External Hard Drive Supporting New MacBook • Fandango Announces Apple Watch Movie Ticket App • The Apple Watch Battery Will Be Replaceable • Apple Issues Security Updates Fixing 'FREAK' Security Flaw • Apple Watch Diagnostic Port Spotted in Apple Promo Videos • Apple Offering AppleCare+ With Accidental Damage Coverage on Apple Watch • Compare Actual Size Apple Watch Models in Apple Store App

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The newly refreshed 13" Retina MacBook Pro announced on Monday is seeing comparable performance to the mid-2014 model, according to the latest Geekbench benchmark. The early 2015 model with an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.7GHz achieved a single-core score of 3043 and a multi-core score of 6448, a minor variance from last year's low-end 13" Retina MacBook Pro single-core score of 3056 and multi-core score of 6554. The latest 11" MacBook Air, with an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, also performed comparably to its predecessor in Geekbench benchmarks, with its single-core score of 2753 and multi-core score of 5486 marginally higher than the mid-2014 model's scores of 2430 and 5291 respectively. Meanwhile, the new 13" MacBook Air had modestly lower scores, although more benchmarks will need to be averaged before results are conclusive. John Poole of Primate Labs, the makers of Geekbench, claims that the latest MacBook Pro and Air may see slight performance improvements after OS X Yosemite gets through first-boot housekeeping, so further benchmarks results will be needed for those models as well to determine accurate performance. Nevertheless, it is clear that this year's refreshed MacBooks deliver only negligible improvements over the year-ago models. The results are largely unsurprising given Intel's focus on improving battery life versus performance with its latest Broadwell processors. The new MacBook Air and Pro lineups also have faster graphics and flash storage, two areas where improvements should be more noticeable over last year's models. The refreshed 13" Retina MacBook Pro in particular is up to 40% faster than the previous model with Intel Iris graphics. Apple refreshed the MacBook Air lineup yesterday with Intel Broadwell processors, Thunderbolt 2 and Intel HD Graphics 6000. It also refreshed the 13" MacBook Pro with similar improvements, including Intel Broadwell processors, Intel HD Graphics 6100 and all-day battery life. The latest MacBook Pros also gained a trackpad with built-in Force Touch technology that detects a small tap versus a deep press and performs a different action accordingly. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Griffin Announces Charging 'WatchStand' for Apple Watch • LaCie Announces First USB-C External Hard Drive Supporting New MacBook • Fandango Announces Apple Watch Movie Ticket App • The Apple Watch Battery Will Be Replaceable • Apple Issues Security Updates Fixing 'FREAK' Security Flaw • Apple Watch Diagnostic Port Spotted in Apple Promo Videos • Apple Offering AppleCare+ With Accidental Damage Coverage on Apple Watch • Compare Actual Size Apple Watch Models in Apple Store App

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More news continues to circulate following yesterday's Apple Watch-centered media event, with today bringing confirmation that two big new companies, GameStop and Marriott, are partnering with Apple to support Apple Pay. First announced yesterday, Marriott confirmed that it will be the first hospitality company to offer Apple Pay to its customers. The roll-out will begin sometime this summer and launch in eleven total Marriott-owned locations like The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION Miami, Renaissance Hotels, and Marriott Hotels. “Approximately 75 percent of our guests travel with one or more mobile devices, and it is even higher among 25-35 year olds – a group that will make up a much larger proportion of our guests over the next three years,” said George Corbin, senior vice president, Marriott Digital. “Millions of customers already use Marriott Mobile to quickly book a hotel, check-in, or check out. Now, Apple Pay can make it virtually effortless.” Guests can expect the usual ease-of-use in placing their iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or following its April 24 launch, Apple Watch, near a contactless reader at the front desk to pay for their room. The company also announced an app for the Apple Watch that will allow Marriott Rewards members advanced check-in, notifications for when their room is ready, and an easier check out process upon leaving a hotel. Following in Marriott's footsteps, popular video game and technology retailer GameStop confirmed that it will launch nationwide support for Apple Pay, meaning "more than 4,200 U.S. stores", beginning this month. The company hopes the Apple Pay support will grant customers a more secure and hassle-free purchasing experience in its shops. “We are excited to make it easier and more convenient for our customers to shop at GameStop,” said Jason Cochran, senior vice president of U.S. stores at GameStop. “Providing a positive, memorable customer experience is our top priority. Incorporating the latest in mobile technology, like Apple Pay, into our stores is another way we are offering customers options to help simplify their purchases.” A few competitors have recently entered the contactless payments market, but Apple's still fairly new Apple Pay service has continued to grow since its initial launch last fall. At yesterday's media event, Tim Cook noted that since its October launch, the service has expanded to 2,500 banks with nearly 700,000 merchants supporting Apple Pay across the U.S. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Griffin Announces Charging 'WatchStand' for Apple Watch • LaCie Announces First USB-C External Hard Drive Supporting New MacBook • Fandango Announces Apple Watch Movie Ticket App • The Apple Watch Battery Will Be Replaceable • Apple Issues Security Updates Fixing 'FREAK' Security Flaw • Apple Watch Diagnostic Port Spotted in Apple Promo Videos • Apple Offering AppleCare+ With Accidental Damage Coverage on Apple Watch • Compare Actual Size Apple Watch Models in Apple Store App

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Apple confirmed that all three editions of the Apple Watch will ship with 8GB of internal storage, according to 9to5Mac. Apple Watch users will be limited to up to 2GB of music and up to 75MB of photos that is locally stored on the device and can be listened to or viewed without a paired iPhone. Songs can be synced using the Apple Watch companion app on compatible iPhones running iOS 8.2 or later. 2GB of music works out to anywhere from 200 to 500 songs depending on the audio quality, while the report claims that 75MB of photos will equal to over 100 photos that are automatically compressed for reduced file size on the Apple Watch. A portion of the remaining storage capacity is likely allocated to the Apple Watch's operating system, and will store application binaries and resources when a native SDK is released. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Griffin Announces Charging 'WatchStand' for Apple Watch • LaCie Announces First USB-C External Hard Drive Supporting New MacBook • Fandango Announces Apple Watch Movie Ticket App • The Apple Watch Battery Will Be Replaceable • Apple Issues Security Updates Fixing 'FREAK' Security Flaw • Apple Watch Diagnostic Port Spotted in Apple Promo Videos • Apple Offering AppleCare+ With Accidental Damage Coverage on Apple Watch • Compare Actual Size Apple Watch Models in Apple Store App

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While Apple discounted the Apple TV to $69 in the United States this afternoon, it also raised the prices on several products across many countries due to the strength of the U.S. dollar. A wide selection of Apple products, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Thunderbolt Display, are now more expensive in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and multiple other countries to reflect currency adjustments. Apple now charges up to $3,049 for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro in Canada A spot check of the Apple Online Store in Canada, for example, reveals that Apple has increased the price of the unlocked iPhone 6 from between $749-$969 to $839-$1,099, Thunderbolt Displays from $999 to $1,199, and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros from between $2,099-$2,699 to $2,449-$3,049. Apple also hiked the price on the 15-inch MacBook Pro in France, with the base model now starting at €2,249 up from €1,999, and the higher-spec model up to €2,799 from €2,499. Apple has made similar price adjustments in countries around the world today in order to ensure parity with United States pricing, following a period in which several Apple products were actually priced at a bargain compared to American prices. For instance, prior to the pricing adjustment, the Thunderbolt Display retailed for $999 in Canada, the same price as in the United States, which converts to around $799 in U.S. dollars based on the average conversion rate over the past month. The updated prices went into effect following the return of the Apple Online Store at the conclusion of Apple's "Spring Forward" media event in San Francisco this afternoon. Should the U.S. dollar weaken, as happened in July 2011, Apple will continue to make the necessary adjustments in order to ensure that its products and services are as consistently priced as possible throughout the world. In some cases, international prices will remain higher than U.S. prices as a buffer against currency fluctuations. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Issues Security Updates Fixing 'FREAK' Security Flaw • Apple Watch Diagnostic Port Spotted in Apple Promo Videos • Apple Offering AppleCare+ With Accidental Damage Coverage on Apple Watch • Compare Actual Size Apple Watch Models in Apple Store App • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter for New MacBook Includes HDMI and USB 3.1 Connectors • Apple Updates iMovie for Mac With Photos for OS X Integration • Gold Apple Watch Edition Costs Between $10,000 to $17,000, Available in Limited Quantities • Stainless Steel Apple Watch Pricing: $549 to $1049 (38mm), $599 to $1099 (42mm)

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We got several hands-on first impressions of the Apple Watch following its September debut, but at that time, finished versions of the Apple Watch with fully functional software were not available. As of today, members of the press are getting their first look at Apple Watches running near-complete versions of Watch OS, and several sites have shared new tidbits and thoughts on the device, which we've rounded up below. TechnoBuffalo's Jon Rettinger tested the aluminum Apple Watch Sport, Apple's most affordable watch, giving a demo of the device's software. A hard press on the screen brings up different watch faces, each of which can be customized, as Tim Cook described during today's event. In a second video, TechnoBuffalo takes a look at the design of the Apple Watch Sport, giving a close up of the backside of the watch and what it looks like on the wrist. Mashable's Lance Ulanoff says all of the different Apple Watch versions "feel good to the touch" and that there's not much difference in the display between the Apple Watch Sport with Ion-X glass and the Apple Watch with sapphire crystal. He also has good information on the fit, which is comfortable despite its protruding back.Apple Watch is not curved to your wrist. In fact, the back bulges out over so slightly to make sure the sensors touch the wrist. This didn't look like it would be comfortable, but it was -- completely. I also got to try a number of different bands. I think the rubbery sports bands are fine, but not my favorite -- they certainly make sense for the more active set. I like leather and metal options, most of which employ some sort of magnet to clasp and even adjust sizing.TechCrunch's Darrell Etherington says that the Apple Watch system software is "expectedly intuitive." The Digital Crown takes a bit of time to adjust to, but ultimately, it "makes as much sense" navigation wise as the iPod's clickwheel. Touch input is "fast and responsive." The camera remote, which allows the Apple Watch to control the iPhone's camera, is described as "especially clever" because it gives photographers a way to capture group shots and timed shots. Re/code's Jason Del Rey has a detailed look at how Apple Pay will work on the Apple Watch. Apple Pay users will need an iPhone that links to the Apple Watch to share payment information from the iPhone. The Apple Watch does not store card or account information, using a placeholder code instead.First, you need to own an iPhone -- a 6, 6 Plus or a 5, 5C or 5S to use Apple Pay with the Apple Watch. Watch owners have to open the Apple Watch app on their iPhone, which Apple is installing on phones as part of an iOS software update. Once the Apple Watch app is open, you tap the Passbook and Apple Pay option in the app to add a credit or debit card to be used for in-store payments using the Apple Watch.A passcode is required for setting up Apple Pay with the Apple Watch, and it has to be re-entered every time the watch is put back on after being removed to unlock Apple Pay. A payment is made by tapping the side of the Apple Watch twice and holding it near a payment terminal. According to Re/code, it does not look like users must have their iPhones with them to make payments with the Apple watch after linking. Several small details on the Apple Watch have also been shared by Apple on its updated Apple Watch pages. The Apple Watch, for example, has a water resistance rating of IPX7 according to a footnote on the page, meaning its splash and water resistant but it is not waterproof. It can be worn during exercise, in the rain, and while washing your hands, but submerging it is not recommended. An Apple Watch apps page on Apple's site shows off a range of apps that were demoed during the event and some that weren't, giving a quick look at some of the things the Apple Watch will be able to do. With the SPG Hotel app, Starwood hotel visitors can use the Apple Watch to unlock their rooms, and with the American Airlines app, Apple Watch owners can get their boarding passes right on their wrists. The Nike+ Running app displays distance, duration, and pace on the Apple Watch, while the Instagram app allows users to browse their feeds, like photos, and leave emoji comments. Shazam will identify songs, Dark Sky will let users know the chances of rain or snow, and the NYTimes Apple Watch app will offer headlines and breaking news. iOS 8.2, released today, includes an Apple Watch companion app that has some information on Apple Watch setup. The Apple Watch will quickly connect to an iPhone using the camera. You just need to hold the Apple Watch up to the camera and align the watch display with the view finder. From there, the Apple Watch App Store is accessible, but it has yet to be populated with apps. It is not possible to delete the Apple Watch app from the iPhone in iOS 8.2. Image via iPhone Hacks The Apple Watch will be available for pre-order beginning on April 10. Apple will also begin allowing customers to test the device in its retail stores on that date. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Offering AppleCare+ With Accidental Damage Coverage on Apple Watch • Compare Actual Size Apple Watch Models in Apple Store App • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter for New MacBook Includes HDMI and USB 3.1 Connectors • Apple Updates iMovie for Mac With Photos for OS X Integration • Gold Apple Watch Edition Costs Between $10,000 to $17,000, Available in Limited Quantities • Stainless Steel Apple Watch Pricing: $549 to $1049 (38mm), $599 to $1099 (42mm) • Apple Watch Sport Pricing: $349 (38mm) to $399 (42mm) • Apple to Release iOS 8.2 Today With Support for Upcoming Apple Watch [Update: Out Now]

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Following today's "Spring Forward" media event, Apple allowed members of the media in attendance to get some hands-on time with the brand-new 12-inch Retina MacBook. Many sites are now sharing their first impressions of the notebook, which includes an incredibly thin design (13.1mm), a revamped trackpad, a Core M processor, silent operation thanks to the lack of a fan, an edge-to-edge keyboard, and a single USB-C port. We've gathered up some of the initial thoughts below to give our readers an introductory look at what to expect from the new MacBook. To begin with, TechnoBuffalo has a hands-on video of the 12-inch Macbook, which gives a good look at the various features of the device, including the edge-to-edge keyboard, the Touchpad, and the new USB-C port. It also gives us a clear picture of just how thin the new MacBook is. Engadget's Dana Wollman says the new MacBook at 2 pounds "makes the Air feel like a heavy old thing." Wollman was initially skeptical of the new keyboard, which has keys with less travel, but ultimately found that the keys are "still springy."Though the buttons are indeed flat, and though they aren't cushy, they are still springy. They pop back up when I hit them. That means I can type at a gingerly pace and know that for the most part, I won't miss a key, and that most of my button presses will register. If this were another machine, I might unconsciously start mashing the buttons, just to make sure I don't have to go back and re-type anything. I was prepared to do that here, but quickly felt my hands relax once I realized they didn't actually need to work that hard. Again, though, there could still be a learning curve for those of you upgrading from an older MacBook.Image via Engadget The Verge's Dieter Bohn says the new MacBook is "ridiculously thin and so light" that he didn't believe it when he picked it up. He was impressed with the "insanely thin" 2304 x 1440 display. The trackpad, he says, is accurate, but Force Click is "far from intuitive" and that it will take him some time to get used to it.You press down hard and keep pressing through the click, as though you were karate chopping with you finger and trying to hit a target behind the trackpad. Do that and you'll feel a subtle second click happen, and ta-da you've activated force click. For the company that famously refused to put more than one button on the mouse, putting an extra interaction like this on the trackpad seems weird.Gizmodo's Sean Hollister was also impressed with the lightness of the new MacBook, writing "it felt like I was holding nothing at all. It's so light," but he went on to say that the notebook is "not completely lovable" due to the MacBook's keys, which are too thin. The screen, though, is "gorgeous" and he loved the new Force Touch trackpad.Apple's new Force Touch pad sounded a little bit gimmicky during the announcement... but I love it. I love it so much. Not because it's easy to press like the laptop buttons of yesteryear--it's not--but because it's so smart. Forget copy and pasting text when you want to look up an address or add events to a calendar: Mac OS is now smart enough to do those things automatically the moment you push down on the trackpad. You just physically push down harder--the sensitivity's adjustable--to take an action on what looks like plain text on the web or even in a text document, and boom, you're getting shit done.Image via Gizmodo SlashGear's Chris Burns calls the display "incredible" with huge viewing angles and crisp, clean details. Burns highlights the single USB-C port on the MacBook, which is the only port on the device. It handles all necessary functions like charging and USB input. He also points out that the FaceTime camera on the MacBook is only 480p, lower quality than Apple's other notebooks. Image via SlashGear Wired's David Pierce says the MacBook is "amazingly sturdy" for being so thin, and its screen is "lovely."Everything about the MacBook is about beauty, whether it's the single USB-C port on the left side--the only port on the entire device save for a headphone jack on the right--or the new Gold, Space Gray, and Silver colors. The Gold is actually much more handsome than gaudy, but the Space Gray is my favorite of the options. It's dark and sleek, fitting for a device that's so, so very thin.Like the other reviewers, Pierce was not impressed with the MacBook's keys, which he says he "immediately hated." The MacBook, he says, runs "quite well" for a device that uses an ultra low power Core M processor. Apple's new MacBook will be available for purchase beginning on April 10. The 256GB base model with a 1.1GHz Core M processor and 8GB of RAM is priced at $1,299, while the upgraded model with a 1.2GHz Core M processor, 512GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM is priced at $1,599. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Compare Actual Size Apple Watch Models in Apple Store App • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter for New MacBook Includes HDMI and USB 3.1 Connectors • Apple Updates iMovie for Mac With Photos for OS X Integration • Gold Apple Watch Edition Costs Between $10,000 to $17,000, Available in Limited Quantities • Stainless Steel Apple Watch Pricing: $549 to $1049 (38mm), $599 to $1099 (42mm) • Apple Watch Sport Pricing: $349 (38mm) to $399 (42mm) • Apple to Release iOS 8.2 Today With Support for Upcoming Apple Watch [Update: Out Now] • Apple Announces 'ResearchKit' Aimed at Medical Research

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Now that Apple's "Spring Forward" media event has wrapped up, the company has posted a full video of the event on its website, which viewers can watch at their leisure. During the event, Apple shared several product videos, which it has now uploaded to YouTube. There are dedicated videos on the new MacBook, each of the Apple Watch models, the new West Lake, China Apple Store, and more. A full list of videos is below. - The New MacBook - Design - The New MacBook - Reveal - Apple Watch + Christy Turlington Burns - Apple Watch - The Watch Reimagined - Apple Watch Sport -Aluminum - Apple Watch - Steel - Apple Watch Edition - Gold - ResearchKit - how iPhone is transforming medical research - West Lake, China - Apple Store Opening Along with the videos, you can also check out our full list of media event highlights below, featuring all of MacRumors event coverage. - Live Coverage of Apple's March 2015 'Spring Forward' Event - HBO and Apple Announce 'HBO Now' Exclusively for Apple TV, Apple Devices - Apple Lowers Price of Apple TV to $69 - Apple Announces 'ResearchKit' Aimed at Medical Research - Apple Announces 12-Inch Retina MacBook With Revamped Trackpad, Starting at $1,299 - MacBook Air and 13″ Retina MacBook Pro Updated to Improve Speed and Battery Life - Apple to Release iOS 8.2 Today With Support for Upcoming Apple Watch - Apple Watch Sport to cost $349 (38mm) and $399 (42mm) - Stainless Steel Apple Watch Pricing: $549 to $1049 (38mm), $599 to $1099 (42mm) - Gold Apple Watch Edition Costs Between $10,000 to $17,000, Available in Limited Quantities - Apple Watch Launches April 24, Price Ranges From $349 to Over $10,000 - Apple Watch Bands Range in Price from $49 for the Sport Band to $449 for the Link Bracelet - Apple Watch Battery Life: 18 Hours Mixed Usage, Up to 72 Hours on Power Reserve - USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter for New MacBook Includes HDMI and USB 3.1 Connectors Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter for New MacBook Includes HDMI and USB 3.1 Connectors • Apple Updates iMovie for Mac With Photos for OS X Integration • Gold Apple Watch Edition Costs Between $10,000 to $17,000, Available in Limited Quantities • Stainless Steel Apple Watch Pricing: $549 to $1049 (38mm), $599 to $1099 (42mm) • Apple Watch Sport Pricing: $349 (38mm) to $399 (42mm) • Apple to Release iOS 8.2 Today With Support for Upcoming Apple Watch [Update: Out Now] • Apple Announces 'ResearchKit' Aimed at Medical Research • Apple Lowers Price of Apple TV to $69

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Amid all of the excitement over the 12-inch MacBook and new pricing details on the Apple Watch, Billboard has shared some new information on Apple's rumored music service. Initial rumors suggested Apple was hoping to undercut competing services like Spotify on price, offering its upcoming music service for $7.99, but according to Billboard, music labels are said to be highly resistant to pricing under the industry standard of $9.99. Due to labels' insistence on the $9.99 price point, Apple is said to have backed down from its aggressive $7.99 pricing goal, suggesting the service may cost subscribers $9.99 per month instead of $7.99 per month.Negotiations for Apple's upcoming subscription service are evidence labels are standing firm on pricing. Industry sources say Apple has backed down from its effort to lower monthly pricing for its subscription service to $7.99 from $9.99. Apple would have to absorb the loss if it sets a price lower than the standard $9.99.Apple may not be able to offer a lower price point than competing services, but industry insiders that spoke to Billboard have suggested that Apple is talking to artists and labels about exclusives for key releases that will help it stand out from the competition. Limited details are available on Apple's new subscription music service, but it's said to be a complete rebranding of the company's existing Beats Music service. It is rumored to be directly integrated into iTunes and it will be platform agnostic -- available on iOS and on Android, through a dedicated Android app Apple is building. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple will launch its revamped streaming music service in June, during the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter for New MacBook Includes HDMI and USB 3.1 Connectors • Apple Updates iMovie for Mac With Photos for OS X Integration • Gold Apple Watch Edition Costs Between $10,000 to $17,000, Available in Limited Quantities • Stainless Steel Apple Watch Pricing: $549 to $1049 (38mm), $599 to $1099 (42mm) • Apple Watch Sport Pricing: $349 (38mm) to $399 (42mm) • Apple to Release iOS 8.2 Today With Support for Upcoming Apple Watch [Update: Out Now] • Apple Announces 'ResearchKit' Aimed at Medical Research • Apple Lowers Price of Apple TV to $69

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Apple has outlined specific information about Apple Watch battery life on its website, claiming that the wrist-worn device gets all-day battery life of 18 hours on a single charge based on mixed usage, and up to 72 hours in Power Reserve mode. The battery testing was conducted in March using a preproduction Apple Watch paired with an iPhone running preproduction software. Apple claims that the Apple Watch has a battery life of up to 3 hours for talk time, 6.5 hours for audio playback over Bluetooth, up to 7 hours during a workout session with the heart rate sensor on and up to 48 hours for timekeeping. Apple Watch charging times are listed as about 1.5 hours from 0% to 80% and 2.5 hours from 0% to 100% using the included MagSafe inductive charger. Apple's claim of all-day battery life is based on using the Apple Watch for 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music playback via Bluetooth over the course of 18 hours. Apple used a 38mm Apple Watch for testing and claims that the 42mm will generally experience longer battery life. Additional magnetic chargers are available on Apple's bands and accessories page, costing $29 for a 1-meter cable and $39 for a 2-meter cable. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Gold Apple Watch Edition Pricing Starts at $10,000, Available in Limited Quantities • Stainless Steel Apple Watch to Cost Between $549-$1049 (38mm), $599-$1099 (42mm) • Apple Watch Sport to Cost $349 (38mm) and $399 (42mm) • Apple to Release iOS 8.2 Today With Support for Upcoming Apple Watch [Update: Out Now] • Apple Announces 'ResearchKit' Aimed at Medical Research • Apple Lowers Price of Apple TV to $69 • HBO and Apple Announce 'HBO Now' Exclusively for Apple TV • Apple's March 2015 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream

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Following today's "Spring Forward" media event where Apple shared additional details on the Apple Watch, the company has a new online storefront that details the prices of all of the different Apple Watch combinations and individual bands. As predicted, Apple is selling the Apple Watch in pre-configured arrangements, but the company is also offering bands on a standalone basis. The entry-level aluminum Apple Watch sport pricing starts at $349 for a 38mm model with an included sport band, while the 42mm model is priced at $399. Standalone Sport bands are priced at $49 across the board, and are available in Black w/ Space Gray pin, Black, White, Pink, Blue, and Green. The Apple Watch Sport is only available pre-configured with Sport bands. Each Apple Watch Sport band purchase actually comes with two bands: one Small-Medium band and one Medium-Large band. Pricing for the middle tier stainless steel Apple Watch starts at $549 for a 38mm stainless steel case with a Sport Band and maxes out at $1,099 for a 42mm Space Black Case with Black Stainless Steel Link Bracelet. The standard Apple Watch ships with a range of bands, which are also available individually at varying prices. The Modern Buckle band, only available for the 38mm Apple Watch, is priced at $249 and is available in three sizes and three colors: Brown, Black, Soft Pink, Midnight Blue. The Leather Loop can only be purchased for the 42mm Apple Watch and is priced at $149. It's available in Stone, Light Brown, Black, and Bright Blue. The Classic Buckle, available for both the 38 and 42mm Apple Watch, is also priced at $149. Each of Apple's leather bands is available in multiple sizes, and a guide on how all of the Apple Watch versions fit on the wrist can be found on Apple's site [PDF]. The Milanese Loop, available in both 38 and 42mm configurations, is priced at $149, while the Link Bracelet, also available in 38 and 42mm configurations, is Apple's most expensive watch band at $449. The priciest Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Edition, starts at $10,000 with a White Sport Band that includes gold accents. The highest-priced Apple Watch Edition is the 42mm 18-karat Yellow Gold version with a Midnight Blue Classic Buckle that also includes gold accents. All of the Apple Watch Edition models appear to include special bands with gold accents that are not available individually at this time. Apple is also selling standalone MagSafe chargers for the Apple Watch. A 1m charger and cable is available for $29, while a 2m charger and cable is available for $39. The Apple Watch will be available for pre-order beginning on April 10. Apple will also have in-store displays that allow people to try on the Apple Watch in its retail stores on that date. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Gold Apple Watch Edition Pricing Starts at $10,000, Available in Limited Quantities • Stainless Steel Apple Watch to Cost Between $549-$1049 (38mm), $599-$1099 (42mm) • Apple Watch Sport to Cost $349 (38mm) and $399 (42mm) • Apple to Release iOS 8.2 Today With Support for Upcoming Apple Watch [Update: Out Now] • Apple Announces 'ResearchKit' Aimed at Medical Research • Apple Lowers Price of Apple TV to $69 • HBO and Apple Announce 'HBO Now' Exclusively for Apple TV • Apple's March 2015 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream

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Apple announced on Monday that the Apple Watch will be available in nine countries beginning April 24, with pre-orders starting on April 10. The first wave launch countries include the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom. Apple Watch will be available for purchase by reservation at Apple Stores, online and at select authorized resellers in China and Japan.“Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait for people to start wearing Apple Watch to easily access information that matters, to interact with the world, and to live a better day by being more aware of their daily activity than ever before.” Apple Watch Sport will cost $349 for the 38mm model and $399 for the 42mm model, the stainless steel Apple Watch will range between $549 to $1099, and the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will cost over $10,000. Customers will be able to preview and try on the Apple Watch by booking an appointment at the Apple Store, or by visiting Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Isetan in Tokyo or Selfridges in London on April 10. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Gold Apple Watch Edition Pricing Starts at $10,000, Available in Limited Quantities • Stainless Steel Apple Watch to Cost Between $549-$1049 (38mm), $599-$1099 (42mm) • Apple Watch Sport to Cost $349 (38mm) and $399 (42mm) • Apple to Release iOS 8.2 Today With Support for Upcoming Apple Watch [Update: Out Now] • MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Updated to Beef Up Processing, Battery Life, and More • Apple Announces Next-Generation MacBook Starting at $1299 • Apple Announces 'ResearchKit' Aimed at Medical Research • Apple Lowers Price of Apple TV to $69

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday at the “Spring Forward” media event in San Francisco announced that the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will cost upwards of $10,000, and will be available in limited quantities. At the low end of Apple Watch Edition pricing, the 38mm 18-Karat Rose Gold Case with White Sport Band costs $10,000, and at the high end is the 38mm 18-Karat Yellow Gold Case with Bright Red Modern Buckle for $17,000. Follow the rest of our March 2015 event coverage for the latest information. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Stainless Steel Apple Watch to Cost Between $549-$1049 (38mm), $599-$1099 (42mm) • Apple Watch Sport to Cost $349 (38mm) and $399 (42mm) • Apple to Release iOS 8.2 Today With Support for Upcoming Apple Watch [Update: Out Now] • Apple Announces 'ResearchKit' Aimed at Medical Research • Apple Lowers Price of Apple TV to $69 • HBO and Apple Announce 'HBO Now' Exclusively for Apple TV • Apple's March 2015 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Extends iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Replacement Program Until 2016

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Following the announcement of the brand new line of MacBooks, Apple today revealed a slight update to its MacBook Air and 13" MacBook Pro lines. Both the 11" and 13" MacBook Air models will be upgraded to 5th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, Thunderbolt 2, and Intel HD Graphics 6000. The 13" model will be getting 2x faster flash. Today the popular 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, 11-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Air all received significant upgrades,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The 13-inch MacBook Pro has been updated with the latest processors, more powerful graphics, faster flash, longer battery life and the all-new Force Touch trackpad. We’re also bringing the latest processors and graphics, and faster Thunderbolt 2 to the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air, as well as up to two times faster flash to the 13-inch MacBook Air.”The 13" MacBook Pro will receive the brand new Force Touch trackpad introduced on the new MacBook today at the Spring Forward event. Other new additions to the Pro lineup include: 5th-gen Core i5 and i7 processors with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 3.4 GHz, 2x faster flash, "faster integrated" Intel Iris Graphics 6100, and an improved 10-hour battery life. There was no mention of an update to the 15" MacBook Pro line at today's event. The updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines can be purchased starting today on Apple's online store, Apple's retail stores, and various Apple authorized retailers. Follow the rest of our March 2015 event coverage for the latest Apple Watch information. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Announces 'ResearchKit' Aimed at Medical Research • Apple Lowers Price of Apple TV to $69 • HBO and Apple Announce 'HBO Now' Exclusively for Apple TV • Apple's March 2015 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Extends iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Replacement Program Until 2016 • 'Reserve Strap' Plans to Charge the Apple Watch on the Wrist • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Messenger Bag • Questionable Rumor Claims iPad Mini 4 With A8 Processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi May Launch Soon

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At today's "Spring Forward" media event, Apple announced its much-anticipated ultra thin 12-inch MacBook, with prices starting at $1,299. The new notebook, which features a 12-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2304 x 1440, offers a full Mac experience in the lightest and thinnest Mac form factor to date The 12-inch MacBook is separate from the company's MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines. It weighs 2 pounds and is 24 percent thinner than the existing MacBook Air at 13.1mm. It's available in three iPhone and iPad-style colors: gold, silver, and space gray. With the new MacBook, Apple has introduced a redesigned keyboard, featuring a new butterfly mechanism for the keys to make them both more stable and more precise. The edge-to-edge keyboard offers keys with 17 percent more surface area and a redesigned feel. "Apple has reinvented the notebook with the new MacBook, and at just two pounds and 13.1 mm, it's the thinnest and lightest Mac ever," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Every component of the MacBook reveals a new innovation. From its fanless design, ultra-thin Retina display and full-size keyboard that’s 34 percent thinner, to its all-new Force Touch trackpad, versatile USB-C port and breakthrough terraced battery design, the new MacBook is the future of the notebook."Apple's new MacBook also includes a completely revamped trackpad, with built-in Force Touch. Force Touch can detect the amount of pressure placed on the trackpad, introducing a whole range of gestures. For example, a hard press using Force Touch brings up a Map in mail, or a Wikipedia entry in Safari, much like right clicking does now. The trackpad also includes haptic Feedback, letting get tactile feedback from the trackpad when using it. The trackpad is customizable, letting users choose how much pressure is required to initiate a force press. The 12-inch MacBook uses an Intel Core-M processor that starts at 1.1GHz with Intel HD 5300 graphics. It has entirely silent operation because it's the first MacBook to use a completely fanless design. Internally, the logic board is 67 percent smaller than the logic board in the MacBook Air, and Apple's designed new custom-shaped batteries for the device to eke out as much battery life as possible. According to Apple, the new MacBook has an "all-day battery" life at 9 hours of web browsing and 10 hours of iTunes movie playback. To allow for its ultra thin design, Apple has used a single USB-C port in the MacBook, which combines several functions into a one port: power, USB data transfer, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA capabilities. The MacBook does not use the traditional MagSafe charging method that's available in other MacBooks. The entry-level MacBook is priced at $1,299 and includes a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M processor, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage, and Intel HD graphics 5300. There's also a 1.2GHz version with 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage available for $1,599. There will be additional configure-to-order options as well. The new MacBook will begin shipping on Friday, April 10 through the Apple Online Store and from Apple retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Announces 'ResearchKit' Aimed at Medical Research • Apple Lowers Price of Apple TV to $69 • HBO and Apple Announce 'HBO Now' Exclusively for Apple TV • Apple's March 2015 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Extends iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Replacement Program Until 2016 • 'Reserve Strap' Plans to Charge the Apple Watch on the Wrist • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Messenger Bag • Questionable Rumor Claims iPad Mini 4 With A8 Processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi May Launch Soon

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Six months after the Apple Watch's unveiling, Apple's "Spring Forward" media event in San Francisco today will give us final details on the device ahead of its launch next month. We could see a few other announcements as well, but given the tagline and timing of the event, the Apple Watch will undoubtedly be the focus of today's proceedings. The event is being held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and begins at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Apple will be providing a live video stream on its website for Mac and iOS users and via Apple TV. Live Video Stream of Apple's March 2015 "Spring Forward" Media Event In addition, we will be updating this article with summary coverage and issuing Twitter updates through our @MacRumorsLive account as the event unfolds. Highlights and separate news stories regarding the event announcements will go out through our @MacRumors account. Got some extra rest for today's event. Slept in 'til 4:30.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 9, 2015 Apple's online stores around the world are currently down in advance of the event. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's March 2015 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Extends iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Replacement Program Until 2016 • 'Reserve Strap' Plans to Charge the Apple Watch on the Wrist • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Messenger Bag • Questionable Rumor Claims iPad Mini 4 With A8 Processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi May Launch Soon • Upcoming Revamped Apple Music Streaming Service Won't Offer Free Ad-Supported Tier • Apple and Other Companies Push Forward in Fight for Marriage Equality • Gmail for iOS Updated With Quick Actions, Share Sheet and Attachment Viewer

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Apple is shifting its retail strategy for the Apple Watch to deliver a more personalized shopping experience, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report claims that Apple Stores will accept in-store reservations for customers to try on the Apple Watch and corroborates that Apple is training its retail employees to help customers choose an Apple Watch model that suits them best. The report, citing sources familiar with the matter, adds that the high-end Apple Watch Edition will have scratch-resistant gold, which an in-depth analysis over the weekend revealed is because Apple mixes the metal with low-density ceramic particles. Apple is also said to have studied a platinum Apple Watch, but the model is unlikely to be announced Monday."The company has refined the smartwatch’s luxury features, making the gold in the Edition model scratch-resistant, according to people familiar with the matter," reports The Wall Street Journal. "It also has studied platinum watch casings, although the company isn’t expected to announce that on Monday, they said."Apple CEO Tim Cook, during a visit to the Covent Garden Apple Store in London last month, told retail employees that Apple has "never sold anything as a company that people could try on before." The chief executive added that "tweaking the experience in the store" will likely be a requirement when the wrist-worn device launches in April. It also appears likely that the Apple Watch will be exclusive to Apple Stores immediately following the product's launch, although for how long remains unknown. Follow the rest of our March 2015 event coverage for the latest Apple Watch information. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple's March 2015 Media Event: Spoiler-Free Video Stream • Apple Extends iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Replacement Program Until 2016 • 'Reserve Strap' Plans to Charge the Apple Watch on the Wrist • MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Messenger Bag • Questionable Rumor Claims iPad Mini 4 With A8 Processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi May Launch Soon • Upcoming Revamped Apple Music Streaming Service Won't Offer Free Ad-Supported Tier • Apple and Other Companies Push Forward in Fight for Marriage Equality • Gmail for iOS Updated With Quick Actions, Share Sheet and Attachment Viewer

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