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Apple Watch Edition buyers begin receiving notifications of shipping dates, are allowed to choose custom delivery times

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Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015, 15:46
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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If you’re among the mucho-wealthy who ordered an Apple Watch Edition, the shipment times have started to come in.

A number of Edition buyers have begun receiving shipping notifications and credit card charges for their units. Emails sent to the customers ask them to pick a specific delivery time, as long as it fits within courier hours and days of operation.

The Edition features 18-karat gold layered into its chassis, controls and some of its band components and is priced at US$10,000 and up with some models going as high as US$17,000.

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Apple adds on new data providers for Apple Maps, including NavAds and Gas Buddy

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Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015, 14:47
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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Apple’s apparently adding to its list of information providers for its Maps application.

Although the company continues to have TomTom at the top of its list of data providers, additional contributors cited on the acknowledgement page include, E-WEGO SARL, NavAds BV, and Yellow Pages Turkey. The new data sources are likely noticeable in regions around the world including France and Turkey where the information is sourced.

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Some Apple Watch users complain about heartbeat sensor delayed data after Watch OS 1.0.1 update

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Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015, 08:57
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Apple put a lot of fixes and changes into its Watch OS 1.0.1 update.

It might need a few more.

A number of users as well as independent testing have reported that the Watch OS 1.0.1 updated has caused some Apple Watches to track heart rate sporadically, in some cases with an hour or more between readings, according to complaints on Apple’s support forums, and verified by AppleInsider’s array of tests.

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Rumor: Apple looking to integrate public transit information into Maps

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Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015, 07:12
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software

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Apple Maps could be reborn with mass transit directions built in.

New rumors have stated that Apple could introduce bus, subway, and train route navigation to Apple Maps.

The rumors have focused on larger icons for mass transit facilities along with a Transit view alongside the Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite/Flyover views, and a trip-planning feature. Apple is also reportedly using autonomous robots to map out large buildings, a feature that may or may not be part of iOS 9 Apple Maps.

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Some users irate over new 15-inch MacBook Pro, 27-inch iMac offerings

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Date: Thursday, May 21st, 2015, 09:56
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook Pro, News

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The good news is that Apple released its new 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro along with a new US$1,999 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display this week, the 15-inch MacBook Pro gaining expected features like a Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and better graphics. The new MacBook Pro comes in 2.2GHz and 2.5GHz configurations for US$1,999 and US$2,499 respectively. Both configurations come with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB memory, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics cards, with the higher-end 2.5GHz model gaining expected boosts in flash storage and memory.

The bad news is that Apple has included older technologies within the new notebook as well as the new iMac. In the case of the new 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro as well as the new 27-inch iMac, the machines still ship with Intel’s fourth-generation Haswell processors as opposed to Broadwell or next-generation Skylake processors and a fair number of Mac users have expressed disappointment with these configurations.

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Apple may have inadvertently outed upcoming iPhone 5c with Touch ID sensor

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Date: Thursday, May 21st, 2015, 09:58
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

An inadvertent promotional photo may have just outed an iPhone 5c with a Touch ID sensor.

A new promotional photo posted to Apple’s online storefront this week shows what appears to be a new version of the iPhone 5c, complete with a Touch ID embedded in its home button.


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The photo was part of a promotion for Apple’s recently-announced Lightning dock. Aside from the Touch ID home button, the pictured device looks much the same. The FaceTime camera remains above the earpiece, while the lock button is on the top right and distinct, pill-shaped buttons control the volume.

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Rumor: Apple Watch bands to begin arriving in Apple Store locations later this week

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Date: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, 15:33
Category: Apple Watch, Rumor, Wearables

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You won’t be able to buy the actual Apple Watch in your nearby Apple Store location any time in the immediate future.

But you’ll be able to start picking up the Apple Watch bands starting this week.

Apple has recently sent a message to its retail locations informing them that the Apple Watch bands will be available in “limited” quantities. The bands will apparently be intended for customer who want to swap out their pre-bundled band with a new band. Secondary to this, these early band shipments for stores will be available as replacements for worn-out bands from the various store Apple Watch try-on stations.

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Analyst predicts Apple will ship less than 15 million Apple Watch units by September, cites supply chain issues, softening demand

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Date: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, 12:47
Category: Apple Watch, Rumor, Wearables

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The Apple Watch’s supply chain could remain constricted for some time to come.

Releasing a revised forecast note to investors, respected industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities stated that the Apple Watch is likely to see less than 15 million units shipped through the end of September.

In the note, he said that Apple Watch shipments for fiscal year 2015 are likely to be lower than most analysts and investors expect.

Apple’s fiscal year runs through the end of September, which means the 15-million forecast does not apply to holiday 2015 sales.

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Refurbished iPad Air 2 now available for purchase

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Date: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, 07:11
Category: iPad, News, retail

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There’s generally some good savings in Apple’s refurbished section.

And you can now count the iPad Air 2 as part of this inventory.

Apple on Wednesday added several configurations of the iPad Air to to its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the iPad Air 2 have been made available for purchase.

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Apple releases Watch OS 1.0.1 update, offers Siri improvements, additional language support, other new features

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Date: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, 11:44
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

The first Apple Watch update is here.

And it includes a slew of interesting fixes and changes.

On Tuesday, Apple released its Watch OS 1.0.1 update. To install the update, connect your Apple Watch to power, make sure it has at least a 50 percent charge, connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network, make sure your iPhone is within range of your Apple Watch, on your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app and tap My Watch > General > Software Update.

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