KGI Securities makes predictions as to upcoming Apple sales number, Apple Watch colors, next-gen iPad mini specs

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Date: Monday, July 20th, 2015, 07:33
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPad, iPad mini, News, Wearables

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The amazing-and-pretty-reliable Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is making predictions again, this time regard upcoming Apple sale numbers, product colors and features.

In a new note released to investors, Kuo expects iPhone shipments to fall in the current quarter as anticipation builds for the next-gen iPhone, dubbed the “iPhone 6s”. Kuo has stated that yields for the Force Touch input have been low, which may constrict the device’s availability at first. Kuo also predicted new materials for Apple Watch casings and that Apple will launch new Apple Watch Sport color options to match the new iPhone.

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Apple Pay launches in the UK

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Date: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, 09:24
Category: Apple Watch, Finance, Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, retail, Software, Wearables

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As of today, Apple Pay has officially come to the United Kingdom and are available for use in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Apple Pay works at participating retail stores and within apps that accept it. Because it requires NFC, it is only available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, and Apple Watch users who have an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus. In-app Apple Pay purchases can be made with an iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus.

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Hooks notification app now available for iOS, Android and Apple Watch

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Date: Thursday, July 9th, 2015, 08:21
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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Hook, the choice notification app, is now available for iOS, Android and the Apple Watch.

The Hook application lets users choose custom notifications such as the latest tweet, news article or sports score, or something more specific such as a change in stock price or the current bitcoin exchange rate.

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Rumor: Apple to improve brightness on Apple Watch 2, looking into pink color, new features for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Thursday, July 2nd, 2015, 08:25
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

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It’s hard to say if a pink next-gen iPhone is your dream phone.

I mean, that’s really up to you.

But it’s among the latest set of rumors that just came from the supply side, so that’s saying something.

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DisplayMate runs full comparison between glass, sapphire Apple Watch displays

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Date: Monday, June 29th, 2015, 09:27
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

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Dr. Raymond Soneira went bananas yet again, this time pulling out all the stops and testing the Apple Watch glass and sapphire displays.

The testing seeks to answer the question as to whether there’s a visual difference between a watch that uses sapphire versus glass? If the two were held up side by side, the one with a glass crystal would be about 20 percent brighter than the one with sapphire (due to fundamental principles of optics that reduce its light transmission), so it appears somewhat darker and duller, particularly because the light has to pass through the crystal twice.

As such, what are the tradeoffs to using a sapphire display, especially when it’s important to minimize screen reflections and sapphire has almost double (191%) the reflectance of glass.

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Apple Watch to go on sale in the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand on July 17th

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Date: Friday, June 26th, 2015, 08:58
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Come July 17th, you’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch in the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand.

Apple made the reveal quietly via updates to its official Dutch, Swedish, and Thai websites. The 38-millimeter Apple Watch Sport will start at €419 (US$468) in The Netherlands, 3,995kr (US$481) in Sweden, and ฿13,500 (US$399) in Thailand.

The announcements came on the same day that Apple kicked off its second wave of Watch launches, bringing the wearable to Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan.

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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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