Apple allows for wider battery coverage in updated AppleCare+ plans for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, June 26th, 2015, 08:08
Category: Apple Watch, AppleCare, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News, Wearables

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The AppleCare+ Protection Plan terms for the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch just got a little better. Apple has now included language that would cover batteries with less than 80% of their original capacity within the extended warranty period, whereas it previously covered batteries that retained less than 50 percent of their original capacity. The change applies to AppleCare+ purchased for iPhone, iPad, iPod and all Apple Watch models on April 9th, 2015 or later.

The new criteria will allow for the replacement of defective batteries that do not live up to the 80 percent specification free of charge as long as the device is within its AppleCare+ coverage period. Otherwise, Apple charges US$79 for out-of-warranty battery service for all Apple Watch batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity per Apple’s diagnostic testing, plus a US$6.95 shipping charge if required.

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Developer adapts Apple Watch to run Mac OS 7.5.5

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Date: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015, 08:32
Category: Apple Watch, Fun, Hack, News, Software, Wearables

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I’m not sure how he did it, but developer Nick Lee managed to get Mac OS 7.5.5 running on his Apple Watch.

The developer started by updating his Apple Watch to the developer version of watchOS 2, and then ported the Mini vMac emulator so it would run on the device.

The icons are really too small to use, the screen is hard to see, but it works. And that’s all that matters.

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Rumor: Apple Watch 2 to feature Wi-Fi chipset, front-facing camera for FaceTime, etc.

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Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 12:34
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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The rumor mill will always be alive, vibrant and speculating.

And it has plenty to say about the next generation of the Apple Watch.

Sources have supplied details as to the Apple Watch 2, including a front-facing video camera for FaceTime chats and a wireless chipset that will make the watch capable of standing on its own.

As of now, the Apple Watch needs to be synced with your iPhone for almost all of its functions, save for activity-tracking and listening to music you’ve stored locally on the device. This may be changed via a Wi-Fi chipset in the Apple Watch 2 that will allow the devices to use Wi-Fi networks to transmit data as needed without an iPhone in Bluetooth range.

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Apple Watch sells estimated 2.79 million units, Apple profiting handsomely from watch band sales

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Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 07:54
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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You may think the Apple Watch is silly, but it’s selling.

And a fair number of its buyers are snagging a second watch band.

Research firm Slice Intelligence, which analyzed mail receipts from two million people, extrapolated that an estimated 2.79 million Apple Watch units have been sold since the device launched in April.

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Apple begins in-store Apple Watch reservations ahead of schedule

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Date: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 08:16
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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The rumored Apple Watch reservations system at assorted Apple Store locations in the United States has come to fruition.

And you get a snazzy bag with your Apple Watch.

Reservations will open at 8 a.m. local time every day, and can be found by picking a model online and then clicking a “check reservation availability” link. Supplies of the Watch may still be very limited, as even some popular models — such as the 42mm space gray Sport — are unavailable at many locations.

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Apple Watch crushed between neodymium magnets, keeps on ticking

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Date: Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, 08:37
Category: Apple Watch, Fun, News, Wearables

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You probably shouldn’t do this.

Especially not with a US$10,000 Apple Watch Edition, which is insanely expensive.

And made of gold.

The guys at TechRax (the same gents who brought you a video demonstrating what happens if you shoot an iPhone 6 with a handgun) have posted a video demonstrating what happens when an Apple Watch Edition is crushed between two neodymium magnets and 650 pounds of force in the process.

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Users express concern over watchOS downgrade issues, repair costs for downgrading

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Date: Friday, June 12th, 2015, 07:02
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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Upgrading software is easy.

It’s downgrading that’s the hard part.

A number of deleted posts from Apple’s support forums and active discussions elsewhere online highlight a growing concern for Apple Watch users; specifically, the inability to downgrade from a newer version of watchOS to an older version. The issue, which first became apparent when users discovered that watchOS 1.0.1’s heart rate monitoring was less frequent than in watchOS 1.0, is that the Apple Watch apparently lacks a user-accessible recovery or DFU (device firmware update) mode. While there has been a spike in downgrade-related complaints since Apple released the beta version of watchOS 2 on Monday, the issue remains a concern for some watchOS 1.0.1 users.

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Apple announces watchOS 2, new features such as video playback, more accessible development environment

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 14:14
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables, WWDC

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Apple pulled the curtain back on watchOS 2, its upcoming operating system for the Apple Watch, on Monday. The new version, which will be available in the fall, is said to feature added support for native third-party apps, on-screen video playback, and a collection of many new features for both users and developers.

The upcoming operating system offers the following fixes and changes:

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Here’s why random apps automatically install on your Apple Watch

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 05:18
Category: Apple Watch, Apps

Apple Watch iOS app: Tap Choose Later to sync only basic information like Mail, Contacts, and Messages.This has been driving me crazy.

Shortly after visiting the App Store on my iPhone I’d notice several new watch extensions installed on my Apple Watch. I know that I didn’t explicitly install MindNode, Drafts and FitStar on my Watch, and I specifically selected “Choose later” when setting up my Apple Watch.

What gives?

If this has been happening to you, there’s a simple reason. The answer comes via Andy Gipetti on Twitter: if you update an iOS app (on your iPhone, for instance) and it has a watch extension, the new watch extensions automatically gets installed on your watch.

This strange behavior occurs despite selecting “choose later” when you set up your Apple Watch. (If you selected “Install All” during setup, you’re probably used to having tons of watch extensions running.) Let’s hope that Apple fixes this wacky “install everything” behavior before too long (today at WWDC perhaps?) and my other current pet peeve: the massive, scrolling list of apps in the Apple Watch iOS app. Apple needs to split it up into watch extensions that are “installed” and “available.”

Apple Watch units begin shipping with exception of one model, could hit Apple Store retail locations within two weeks

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Date: Thursday, June 4th, 2015, 08:30
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Apple has essentially vowed to get all its Apple Watch back orders out the door and shipping within two weeks, albeit buyers of the Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet will have to wait a bit longer.

A recently released statement offered the following:

All orders placed through May, with the sole exception of Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet, will ship to customers within two weeks. At that time, we’ll also begin selling some models in our Apple Retail Stores.

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