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Apple Watch to become available in select Best Buy locations come August 7th

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Date: Monday, July 27th, 2015, 04:02
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Come August 7th, you’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch at certain local Best Buy locations.

Best Buy announced on Sunday that Apple will be making Apple Watch available at more than 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S. on Aug. 7, making it the first major outlet to carry Watch outside of Apple’s own stores.

Best Buy will start stocking Watch through its online store and at select locations, with plans to expand to over 300 outlet before the lucrative holiday shopping season. Since launching in April, Apple has limited sales to its own online and brick-and-mortar outlets, international pop-up shops and a few token third-party boutiques.

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Tim Cooks hints at wider Apple Watch retail presence this holiday season

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Date: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, 07:58
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Not surprisingly, Apple is looking to sell more Apple Watch units this holiday season.

And it plans to do this by increasing the device’s retail availability.

This news surfaced Tuesday, when CEO Tim Cook stated that the unit is expected the be a hot gift item this year and hinted at an increase in points of sale and/or inventory.

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Apple posts Q3 2015 earnings, cites $10.7 billion profit on $49 billion in revenue

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Date: Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, 14:53
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, Finance, iPad, iPhone, iPod, News, Wearables

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US$49 billion in revenue and a US$10.7 billion profit isn’t chump change.

And that’s the amount that Apple reported for its Q3 2015 earnings today, complete with figures that included profits from sales of the Apple Watch, which was launched on April 24th.

During today’s announcement, the company cited revenues of US$37.4 billion and a net profit of US$7.7 billion, or US$1.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.7 percent compared to 39.4 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 64 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

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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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