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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Apple begins in-store Apple Watch reservations ahead of schedule

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Date: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 08:16
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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The rumored Apple Watch reservations system at assorted Apple Store locations in the United States has come to fruition.

And you get a snazzy bag with your Apple Watch.

Reservations will open at 8 a.m. local time every day, and can be found by picking a model online and then clicking a “check reservation availability” link. Supplies of the Watch may still be very limited, as even some popular models — such as the 42mm space gray Sport — are unavailable at many locations.

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Apple Watch crushed between neodymium magnets, keeps on ticking

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Date: Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, 08:37
Category: Apple Watch, Fun, News, Wearables

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You probably shouldn’t do this.

Especially not with a US$10,000 Apple Watch Edition, which is insanely expensive.

And made of gold.

The guys at TechRax (the same gents who brought you a video demonstrating what happens if you shoot an iPhone 6 with a handgun) have posted a video demonstrating what happens when an Apple Watch Edition is crushed between two neodymium magnets and 650 pounds of force in the process.

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Users express concern over watchOS downgrade issues, repair costs for downgrading

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Date: Friday, June 12th, 2015, 07:02
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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Upgrading software is easy.

It’s downgrading that’s the hard part.

A number of deleted posts from Apple’s support forums and active discussions elsewhere online highlight a growing concern for Apple Watch users; specifically, the inability to downgrade from a newer version of watchOS to an older version. The issue, which first became apparent when users discovered that watchOS 1.0.1’s heart rate monitoring was less frequent than in watchOS 1.0, is that the Apple Watch apparently lacks a user-accessible recovery or DFU (device firmware update) mode. While there has been a spike in downgrade-related complaints since Apple released the beta version of watchOS 2 on Monday, the issue remains a concern for some watchOS 1.0.1 users.

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Apple announces Apple Music streaming service, cites June 30th launch date

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 15:04
Category: iOS, iTunes, News, Software, Uncategorized, Wearables

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You knew it was coming.

It wasn’t like the universe needed another streaming music service, but Apple’s thrown its hat into the ring and announced “Beats One”, or the Apple Music service, which will be available for US$9.99 per month for a single account, US$14.99 per month for a family account and feature on-demand content and curated playlists. The service will launch on June 30 for Apple devices and Windows, but will also come to Android and Apple TV this fall.

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Apple announces watchOS 2, new features such as video playback, more accessible development environment

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Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 14:14
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables, WWDC

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Apple pulled the curtain back on watchOS 2, its upcoming operating system for the Apple Watch, on Monday. The new version, which will be available in the fall, is said to feature added support for native third-party apps, on-screen video playback, and a collection of many new features for both users and developers.

The upcoming operating system offers the following fixes and changes:

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Apple Watch units begin shipping with exception of one model, could hit Apple Store retail locations within two weeks

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Date: Thursday, June 4th, 2015, 08:30
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

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Apple has essentially vowed to get all its Apple Watch back orders out the door and shipping within two weeks, albeit buyers of the Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet will have to wait a bit longer.

A recently released statement offered the following:

All orders placed through May, with the sole exception of Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet, will ship to customers within two weeks. At that time, we’ll also begin selling some models in our Apple Retail Stores.

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Rumor: Apple working on “Reserve and Pickup” system for purchasing Apple Watch units in Apple Store retail locations

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Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015, 07:02
Category: Apple Watch, retail, Rumor, Wearables

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It’s June and the Apple Watch unit you’ve been hankering for might just be available this month.

A new set of Apple training materials has indicated that Apple will be using a “Reserve and Pickup” system for customers to buy Apple Watches in its retail stores. The system will apparently allow customers to check model availability online, reserve the one they want, and pick it up.

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Midas Touch Kickstarter project looks to bring DIY 24-karat gold kit to Apple Watch

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Date: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, 08:59
Category: Apple Watch, News, Wearables

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If you don’t want to shell out US$10,000 or more for the 18 karat gold Apple Watch Edition, you can invest in a Kickstarter to be able to spend about US$100 to have the base model Apple Watch plated in 24 karat gold.

The Midas Touch Kickstarter project, started by chemist Eric Knoll, offers a step-by-step kit for applying a 24K gold plating to your Apple Watch. The kit itself starts at just under US$100, and goes up to US$150 if you have a steel band to cover in addition to the watch casing itself. This works as a cheaper solution to sending your Apple Watch along to a company to do the work.

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