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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Apple TV price dropped to $69, HBO Now offered exclusively for device

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 15:55
Category: Apple TV, News, Software

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Not only did Apple wrangle HBO into their corner, they’re dropping the price of the Apple TV.

Following Apple’s announcement that HBO Now is coming exclusively to Apple TV, company CEO Tim Cook said the price of the set top box is dropping from US$99 to US$69. The price cut was made, according to Mr. Cook, to make Apple TV more accessable to an even larger audience.

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Apple introduces 12-inch MacBook, offers improvements to currently available MacBook Pro, MacBook Air models

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 14:57
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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This may be the MacBook you’ve been waiting for.

On Monday at its “Spring Forward” media event, on Monday, Apple revealed a new 12-inch MacBook, a radical revamp that shakes up the winning MBA design by dumping virtually every conventional port—Thunderbolt, the SD card slot, a power connector, everything—in favor of a pair a single USB Type-C connection and an audio jack.

The overhaul slims the notebook down to a mere 2 lbs. and 13.1mm—the slimmest MacBook by a full 24 percent, according to Apple’s Phil Schiller. This is in addition to a new, full fanless design, which Apple has never done before.

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Apple releases iOS 8.2 update

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Date: Monday, March 9th, 2015, 14:10
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, News, Software

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Kicking off mucho new stuff today, Apple released iOS 8.2 for its iOS devices on Monday.

The update, a 476 megabyte download accessible either via iTunes or the Software Update feature on your iPhone, iPad or iPad touch, introduces support for Apple Watch, and also includes improvements to the Health app, increased stability and bug fixes.

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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: AppleCare now offering support for Beats Music products, accepting Apple Pay for business clients

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Date: Friday, March 6th, 2015, 08:28
Category: retail, Rumor

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As of Thursday, AppleCare has begun providing support for Beats Music customers as well as accepting Apple Pay for payment. Prior to this, support for Beats’ customers went through an alternate service. According to sources, AppleCare staff are now taking Apple Pay as a form of compensation.

Support for the Beats music products has been slowly integrated into Apple’s system since the company’s purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music for US$3 billion in 2014.
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Apple quietly extends iPhone 5 battery replacement program into 2016

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Date: Friday, March 6th, 2015, 07:21
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

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If you’re having issues with your iPhone 5 battery, then you’re in luck.

Apple has pushed back the expiration date of its iPhone 5 battery replacement program, which was originally scheduled to end on March 1, to provide owners of faulty equipment a full three years of component coverage.

While Apple did not formally announce the change, language on the program’s dedicated webpage was modified to reflect a new coverage period extending to three years after a device’s first retail sale. The updated page was first spotted by iPhone in Canada.

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Here’s how to get Office 2016 for Mac, right now

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Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 16:50
Category: Microsoft, Office, Software

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Anyone that relies on Microsoft Office is intimately aware that the current version (that’s Office 2011 for Mac) was released five years ago. That’s 36 dog years, but who’s counting?

If you’ve been pining for a new version of the venerable office suite (and haven’t yet switched to Google Drive for some reason) there’s hope. Microsoft posted an Office for Mac Preview today, which is widely expected to become Office 2016 for Mac when it’s released in “the second half of 2015.”

A few things worth noting about Office ’16, er, the Office for Mac preview:

  1. It doesn’t require you to subscribe to Office 365,
  2. It doesn’t require you to register or complete a lengthy questionnaire,
  3. It doesn’t even require you to login to your Microsoft Live, Passport, 365 account.

Shocking, I know.

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Rumor: Apple to release iOS 8.2 early next week, focus on Health-related, app improvements

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Date: Thursday, March 5th, 2015, 11:36
Category: iOS, Rumor, Software

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iOS 8.2 could come out as early as next Monday alongside Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event, which is slated to take place on March 9th at the Yerba Buena in downtown San Francisco.

The update reportedly brings a number of improvements to the iPhone’s health app, along with the usual stability improvements and bug fixes.

The GM released internally this week is said to be identified as build 12D508. The accompanying release notes mention the following improvements to the iOS 8 Health application:

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