Chinese Apple Watch knockoffs now available for sale

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Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 07:36
Category: News, Wearables

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If you don’t want to wait a month for your Apple Watch, you can buy a Chinese knockoff right now.

Knockoff versions of the Apple Watch can be found at Huaqiangbei electronics market in the southern city of Shenzhen, and others are being sold nationwide via popular e-commerce websites.

The fakes mimic the design and style of Apple’s new offering, right down to the digital crown. With names like “Ai Watch” and “D-Watch,” they cost between 250 yuan and 500 yuan (US$40 to US$80).

Most run an Android operating system that has been made to look like an Apple interface. They even have snazzy Apple-like icons on the home screen.

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AppleCare+ warranty for Apple Watch to cover two incidents of accidental damage

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 16:49
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, News, Wearables

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If you ding your brand-spanking-new Apple Watch, there IS some forgiveness for it.

As long as it’s the low-end watch and not the super-mega-premium Apple Watch model.

The Apple Watch Sport and the stainless steel Apple Watch will be covered by a limited one-year warranty for hardware repairs and up to 90 days of complimentary support from Apple, the same coverage offered for the iPhone, iPad and many other products. Meanwhile, the more expensive 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be backed by two years of hardware coverage and complimentary support.

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Apple Watch announced, device to be available for pre-order on April 10th, will be in stores come April 24th

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 15:40
Category: Hardware, News, retail, Wearables

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And now, the big kahuna.

On Monday, Apple announced the Apple Watch, which will become available for pre-order on April 10.

The wearable device ranges from US$249 with a smaller 38mm watch band and goes for US$399 with a 42mm watch band. The Sport model features a stainless steel alloy that’s apparently 80 percent harder than normal stainless steel, leaps up to US$549 for the 38mm model with Apple’s most pedestrian wrist band, and tops out at US$1,049 for 38mm versions with high-end fashion bracelets—like the Space Black Stainless Steel Link version.

For those of you who are made of money, an 18K gold version starts at just US$10,000. This can go up to US$17,000 with a Yellow Gold model with a Bright Red Modern Buckle

You’ll only be able to buy the Edition models at select retail stores.

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Rumor: Power Reserve reportedly offers significant battery savings for Apple Watch

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 08:38
Category: Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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This could prove helpful.

The Apple Watch’s battery life should be significantly better in the shipping product than some early accounts suggested, one report says, while the device itself could fundamentally change the way users interact with their iPhones.

Citing sources who have spent “extended time” with the product, TechCrunch reports that Apple has been working on improving longevity, such that during a normal day of periodic use, the Watch should still have roughly 25 percent of its power left.

While people will still have to charge the device overnight, they should be able to make it through a full day on a single charge. Sources also said it takes about two hours to fully recharge a depleted device.

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Apple Store down in advance of “Spring Forward” event, predictions made

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 08:47
Category: MacBook, MacBook Pro, News, Wearables

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As expected, the Apple Store has gone down in advance of the Apple Watch announcement.

Not that this hasn’t happened before, but this tends to be a very strong indicator that something new will be available to buy after the event. It’s also expected that you’ll be able to order a next-gen MacBook after the event is over, as the 13-inch MacBook refresh reported is the most likely reason as to why the Apple Online Store is now saying ‘We’ll be back soon’. These products seem to be the most likely to be ready to ship immediately after announcement. There is also a good chance that this product refresh may not even feature during the presentation, but appear online afterwards as as silent update.

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Rumor: Apple Watch to include “Power Reserve” mode to help extend battery life

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Date: Monday, March 2nd, 2015, 08:58
Category: Rumor, Wearables

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It’s speculation until the media event in a week, but this could prove useful.

Apple might offer a low power mode on Apple Watch to help boost it through longer days, according to a new report that also takes a stab at dispelling rumors that the company may have elected to all some long-rumored sensors last minute.

With the exception of Pebble products, most current and upcoming smartwatches – including the Apple Watch – will last no more than a day on a single charge. To help mitigate this issue, Apple has reportedly developed a still unannounced software feature of the Apple Watch called Power Reserve. This mode is said to cut power to all non-essential functions and display only the time, helping to extend the watch’s life in cases where a recharge may not be possible. The function is similar in concept to the Battery Saver mode in Android 5.0, which can push smartphone battery life from minutes to hours by reducing processor use.

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Apple Watch could remotely start your car one day, says Tim Cook

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Date: Monday, March 2nd, 2015, 07:22
Category: News, Wearables

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Your Apple Watch could one day start your car.

Which is pretty nifty.

Apple CEO Tim Cook told The Telegraph that when it ships, Apple Watch will let you filter messages, give you credits for meeting exercise goals, and accompany you in the shower. Cook also said the battery life will last all day and will take less time to charge than the iPhone using the new MagSafe-style wireless inductive charger. It’s unclear exactly how long the battery will last—recent reports indicate Apple is aiming for 19 hours of combined active and passive usage—or how long it will take to charge, though details are expected to be released soon.
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Rumor: iOS 8.2 could arrive next week with iOS 8.3 close behind

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Date: Friday, February 27th, 2015, 13:58
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software, Wearables

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iOS could be out the door as early as next week with iOS 8.3 not far behind it.

The rumor mill has it that iOS 8.2 could become available as soon as Monday. However, the report did qualify that “last minute problems” could delay the release until the following week.

A total of five betas of iOS 8.2 have been provided to developers, though the most recent one was a month ago.

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Apple announces March 9th “Spring Forward” special event

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Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 10:45
Category: News, Wearables

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This could provide all the Apple Watch details you’ve been hankering for.

Apple said it will hold a “special event” for March 9 that is likely to be a coming-out party for Apple Watch. Apple has said the watch will go on sale in April.

The event will start at 10 a.m. at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco.

Apple unveiled the Apple Watch in September when it also showed off its new iPhones and Apple Pay, its mobile-payment service. On March 9, Apple is expected to delve deeper into the various features of the watch. The presentation aims to answer the defining purpose of the company’s first all-new product since it introduced the iPad in 2010.

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Rumor: Tim Cook vouches for shower-safe, waterproof nature of upcoming Apple Watch

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Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 09:32
Category: Fun, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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Well, there’s gotta be a nugget of truth in here somewhere.

The rumor mill currently has Apple CEO Tim Cook telling Apple Store employees in Berlin that he wears his Apple Watch everywhere, “even in the shower.”

Apple has not officially designated the Apple Watch as either waterproof or water resistant. If Mr. Cook actually said he wears his in the shower, it could indicate that Apple will market the device as one or the other.

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