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The Tech Block publishes ever-growing Apple Watch review roundup

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Date: Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, 08:03
Category: News, Wearables

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If you’re looking for as many reviews as humanly possible about the Apple Watch before running out and snagging your own unit, you’re in luck.

The cool cats over at The Tech Block have begun compiling a full roundup of as many published reviews about the wearable as possible. The collection includes YouTube videos, summaries and links to the articles themselves and promises to keep growing as additional pieces are published to the Web.

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New York Times Apple Watch review hits, cites learning curve, useful aspects and ability to filter information and notifications

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Date: Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, 07:23
Category: News, Wearables

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The New York Times has come out the door swinging with one of the very first Apple Watch reviews. The piece, penned by Farhad Manjoo, focuses on what works with the watch, what doesn’t and what needs improvement.

It also makes some fairly salient points in that it cites the author’s initial hesitancy about the device, the learning curve, who it’s designed around and what to expect from it.

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Apple Watch reservations to be limited to one unit per customer, limited stock expected

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Date: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 09:46
Category: News, retail, Wearables

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It’s one Apple Watch reservation at a time for in-store pickup, ladies and gentlemen.

Sources have confirmed that customers will be limited to one Apple Watch each through Apple’s Reserve and Pickup service. Customers in the United States and other launch countries will have to present a valid government-issued photo ID upon pickup. Apple has also stated that surrogate pickups won’t be permitted and only the person whose name is on the reservation will be allowed to pick up the Apple Watch.

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Apple modeling Apple Watch try-on/appointment experience after updated Genius Bar changes

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Date: Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 08:24
Category: News, retail, Wearables

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The scheduling and appointment-based changes that seem to be effective for the Genius Bar will apparently be used for Apple Watch try-ons and appointments.

Recently, sources have indicated that Apple will be focusing on appointments to try on and view the Apple Watch upon its release later this month. These changes, which are similar to those that have been implemented at the Genius Bar (wherein the Genius Bar will handle walk-in appointments by taking a customer’s cell phone number, encouraging them to walk around and then texting updates as to their waiting times), will also be used for Apple Watch customers.
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Apple invites Apple Watch submissions from all third-party developers

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 13:15
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Wearables

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If you were planning on writing a function for the Apple Watch, now’s the time to begin.

Apple has officially invited all third party developers to submit Watch apps to the App Store. This means any of the 1.2 million apps can now submit updates including Watch apps (using the WatchKit framework), beyond the select partners Apple rolled out last week.

As a reminder, Watch apps come bundled as extensions inside normal iOS apps. This means customers can update the apps in the iPhone ready for the Watch’s release on the 24th. Apple is pointing developers to the submission reference guidelines for more information on this process.
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Leaked Apple documents outline possible Apple Watch purchase, try-on process

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Date: Monday, March 30th, 2015, 07:33
Category: retail, Rumor, Wearables

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Some leaked documents have revealed what may be in store for Apple Watch buyers come April.

Shoppers wanting to buy an Apple Watch from an Apple Store will not be able to pick one up without a prior reservation, at least at launch, according to a new report.

Prospective buyers will need to make a “Product Reservation” online to secure a specific model, eschewing Apple’ usual Personal Pickup option, according to leaked training documents obtained by MacRumors. The documents also reportedly state that if a person simply walks into an Apple Store, retail workers should offer the option to try on a Watch, but then help them place an order through Apple’s website or the official Apple Store app.
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Apple Watch could help lend data to hyper-local weather prediction apps

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Date: Monday, March 30th, 2015, 07:46
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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A lot of attention has gone into the upcoming Apple Watch’s biometric and health-centric sensors, but the device could also be great for weather forecasting.

Last fall, after the announcement of the iPhone 6 and its barometer, meteorologist Cliff Mass wrote a giddy blog post about the promise of smartphone barometers. He said experimental results from his research team show that dense networks of mobile barometers alone can create highly accurate three-dimensional weather maps. That “almost sounds like magic” to Mass.

The implications of highly localized weather forecasts are profound. The Weather Company, which owns the Weather Channel, has used local weather forecasts to drive increased revenue through context-specific advertising for years. Dense networks of barometer-enabled smartphones in India and Africa could boost local economies by aiding agriculture and other weather-dependent sectors.
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First Apple Watch-compatible apps arrive, now available for download in App Store

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Date: Thursday, March 26th, 2015, 14:00
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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You may not be able to buy the Apple Watch for almost a month, but the apps are coming out for it.

A slew of new apps have been released with full Apple Watch functionality. That being said, here we go:

Target – The Target app lets you add items to your list and find aisle locations for items. The app’s glance lets you swipe up from the watch face to see when your store is open and how many items are on your list.

Dark Sky – The popular hyper-local weather app brings its accurate forecasting to your wrist.

Evernote – Evernote on the Apple Watch lets you dictate notes, view your recently-created notes, search, and create reminders.
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Belgian IT firm lets you preview Apple Watch through paper printouts, augmented reality

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Date: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, 08:54
Category: Fun, News, Wearables

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This might be ridiculous.

Or it could be amazing.

A Belgian IT company called Underside is allowing you to try on the Apple Watch via augmented reality. Simply print a special wristband, attach it to your wrist like a watch, then point your phone at the paper watch, and through the magic of augmented reality, becomes an Apple Watch.

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Rumor: Apple Watch to see initial supply constraints with OLED unit, but constraint is not unexpected

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Date: Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, 07:10
Category: Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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The Apple Watch may see supply constraints before launch, but Apple should be prepared for them.

This is what one source has indicated, as Apple has seen similar issues. When the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus debuted last year, Apple struggled to keep up with consumer demand for months.

That may happen again with the Apple Watch. One person familiar with Apple’s internal logistics shared this week that with all of the new technology introduced in the Apple Watch, the company has faced production issues with the wrist-worn device “at every stage of the development.”
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