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Australian users test Apple Watch, find unit is more waterproof than initially thought

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Date: Friday, April 24th, 2015, 07:18
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

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The Apple Watch is apparently a bit more waterproof than had been imagined.

After snagging their Apple Watch units, a few Aussie Apple Watch buyers over at FoneFox put the wearable through a variety of waterproof tests to see how much moisture the unit could take before failure.

The first test is a basic splash test followed by a five minute simulated shower complete with shampoo and soap, at the end of which the Apple Watch comes out noticeably unscathed and completely responsive to inputs on both its touch interface and digital crown. It should be pointed out that all of the tests were completed with a 38mm Apple Watch Sport.

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iFixit begins teardown, analysis of Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, April 24th, 2015, 07:47
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

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It’s the teardown you’ve been waiting for.

The coolest of felines over at iFixit finally got their mitts on an Apple Watch and a full teardown reveals that the much-vaunted heart rate monitor is actually capable of acting as a pulse oximeter, allowing it to calculate the oxygen content of your blood by measuring how much infrared light is absorbed. This feature could become useful in future generations, but is not yet utilized in the first generation of the Apple Watch.

The teardown revealed that even the antenna connecting the Digital Crown to the rest of the watch is apparently made of gold, even on the low end models of the device.

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Some boutique, department stores to have Apple Watch units available for April 24th launch

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Date: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 08:26
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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If you’re looking to actually walk into a store, put your mitts on an Apple Watch tomorrow, pay money for it and walk away with said Apple Watch, your choices are limited. The wearable WILL be available, but only in very limited inventories at select retail locations.

Apple has apparently partnered with a few department stores and boutiques. Among these are The Corner in Berlin, Maxfield in Los Angeles, and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London. It’s also been reported that Maxfield will be opening two hours early on the 24th to accommodate Apple Watch customers.

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Fluctuations in shipping times point to possible WWDC refresh for 15-inch MacBook Pro

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Date: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 07:10
Category: MacBook Pro, News, retail

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It’s when the available inventory fluctuates that something new could be around the corner.

Over the past month, the Online Apple Store has seen 15-inch MacBook Pro inventory slowly drop from “in stock” to a current shipping estimate of one to two weeks, suggesting that a refresh is in the offing.

As of Wednesday, Apple’s online storefront shows the largest MacBook Pro model with integrated Intel graphics as shipping in one business day, while availability of the step-up model with discrete Nvidia GPU is currently at one to two weeks.

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Unbox Therapy video puts Apple Watch Sport Ion-X glass through scratch tests

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Date: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 08:25
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Wearables

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The Ion-X glass found on the Apple Watch Sport isn’t quite as tough as sapphire glass found on the more expensive Apple Watch models, but it holds its own.

Unbox Therapy posted a scratch test video in which the Ion-X glass was exposed to keys, a knife, steel wool and sandpaper. To its credit, the new glass type held up against everything but the sandpaper, albeit it was noted that the sapphire glass coating found on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets held up to the sandpaper during scratch tests.

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Apple support article offers workaround for recent issues with Setup Assistant on 12-inch MacBook

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Date: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 07:21
Category: MacBook, News, Software

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As nifty as the new 12-inch MacBook is, a number of users have encountered an issue using the Setup Assistant during the initial setup of the notebook. The bug apparently has the spinning beach ball appear during setup, putting the user in an endless cycle.

Apple recently shared a support article that offers users of the new 12-inch MacBook assistance getting around the issue.

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Recent job posting indicates Apple may be looking to include public transit data within Apple Maps

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Date: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, 13:02
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It’s the hiring that shows where a company’s going.

A recent Apple job listing shows that the company is looking for a software engineer to help bring public transit information to Apple Maps.

The listing reads as follows:

“As a member of the Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps,”

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31 additional banks and credit unions adopt Apple Pay, bringing total list to over 200 institutions

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Date: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, 12:58
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, Wearables

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Apple Pay is growing.

There’s no denying that.

The payment method is now supported by an additional 31 banks and credit unions, bringing the total number of institutions now exceeds 200 banks and credit unions with active support, and some 2,000 banks have signed on to support the mobile payment system for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in the future.

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PowerPoint for iOS updated to 1.8, allows Apple Watch to be used as a remote control

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Date: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, 06:12
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This is actually pretty interesting.

The newest version of Microsoft PowerPoint for iOS includes a feature that allows you to manage your live presentation on your Apple Watch, progressing through each slide without having to pick up your smartphone, tablet or Mac or Windows PC.

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Apple Watch orders statuses changing to “Preparing for Shipment” (Updated)

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Date: Monday, April 20th, 2015, 15:56
Category: Apple Watch, News, Pre-order, Wearables

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Your pre-ordered Apple Watch might be about to head out the door.

A number of Apple Watch order statuses have begun changing from “Processing Items” to “Preparing for Shipment” as Apple gets ready to send out the first Apple Watch orders to customers who pre-ordered their devices on Friday, April 10th. The order statuses have shifted over to “Preparing for Shipment” for some buyers and are listing prospective delivery dates of April 24th to May 8th, while the first orders are expected to begin arriving on Friday, April 24th.

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