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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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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 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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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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Quanta vice chairman addresses Apple Watch rumors, says labor shortages caused production delay

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Date: Friday, May 15th, 2015, 08:28
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

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This is where things get snippy.

Although never mentioning the Apple Watch by name, Quanta vice chairman CC Leung said that the lack of a sufficient work force has caused delays in Apple Watch production. Due to labor shortages during the Lunar New Year holidays, Quanta was forced to borrow manpower from other manufacturers and was only able to deliver limited shipments in the first quarter. However, Quanta already has sufficient capacity to manufacture all the orders and should see a giant contribution from its wearable device business in the second quarter.

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Apple begins to ship space gray, space black Apple Watch units with link bracelet, modern buckles

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Date: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015, 07:53
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, retail, Wearables

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If you ordered a space gray or space black Apple Watch with a link bracelet or modern buckle, it might be on its way.

As of Tuesday afternoon, a number of customers who ordered this model have recently received shipment notifications that the units had been shipped. The units feature an additional anodizing step, while the link bracelet is an intricate design — indicates that Apple could be on the verge of catching up with initial demand.

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Tech blogger posts videos of Apple Watch surviving 1,200 meter swim test, other challenges

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Date: Monday, May 11th, 2015, 08:23
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Now that the Apple Watch is out, it’s time to put it through a battery of physical tests, including water-based ones.

The good news is that the device seems to hold up pretty well. Over the weekend, endurance sports and tech blogger Ray Maker posted a few Apple Watch-related waterproof videos, including the first lap swimming test with Apple’s new wearable.

In the first video, Maker tests the Apple Watch against higher-intensity swimming activities. As he notes, “It’s the wrist hitting the water that’s so difficult for watch waterproofing due to the impact forces,” so that’s what he decides to focus on in the test. After about 25 minutes in the water and a 1200 meter swim, Maker found results similar to most other waterproofing tests over the past few weeks – the Apple Watch remains seemingly unharmed by even the most daunting submerged water tests.

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Additional teardown, analysis finds Apple Watch CPU/GPU manufactured via Samsung’s 28-Nanometer process

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Date: Friday, May 8th, 2015, 07:27
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Processors, Uncategorized, Wearables

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The Apple Watch has gone through a number of teardowns since its release on April 24. The newest release from Chipworks has revealed the wearable to feature 512MB of RAM, a Broadcom Wi-Fi chip, an accelerometer/gyrometer from STMicroelectronics, 30 individual components inside the 26mm x 28mm S1 package, a feat Chipworks calls “quite an accomplishment.”

Among the more interesting discoveries Chipworks has made is the manufacturing process for the APL0778 application processor (CPU/GPU). It was made with Samsung’s 28 nanometer LP process, which is no longer cutting edge technology. A 28-nanometer processor was also used in the iPhone 5s, while the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus used 20-nanometer A8 processors.

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Tests show Apple Watch heart rate sensor to be nearly on par with Mio’s Alpha unit

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Date: Friday, May 8th, 2015, 07:27
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Uncategorized, Wearables

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Apple picked a good heart rate sensor for the Apple Watch.

After a series of tests by Mac and iOS developer Brad Larson in which raw data was extracted from both devices, the heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch was determined to be nearly on par with the Mio Alpha, a popular dedicated heart rate sensor also worn on the wrist. The Alpha produced sharper peaks, which may suggest more filtering on the Watch, but in most cases the data produced was essentially equal.

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