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Rumor: Apple to bring Force Touch components, other new features to next-gen iPhone

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Date: Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 08:27
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Apple may be bringing its Force Touch technology to the next generation of iPhones along with other changes.

A recent source has indicated that Apple partner TPK could be the sole supplier of force sensing components for the iPhone 6S Plus and Apple Watch. If true, it’s estimated that the parts could increase the cost of the 6s Plus by US$13 to US$14, compared to the US$4 to US$5 it is believed to cost for each Apple Watch.

Such a move would follow Apple’s current practice of integrating more advanced technology in the larger iPhone. The iPhone 6 Plus boasts an optically-stabilized camera, an option that the smaller iPhone 6 lacks.
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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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First 12-inch MacBook unboxing video hits

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Date: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, 16:59
Category: MacBook, News

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If you’ve been hankering for an early unboxing video of Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook, you’ve got it.

It’s in Vietnamese.

Still, it’s an unboxing video, a bit early and it shows the new 29-watt power brick, 2-meter charging cable and brand new USB Type C connectors.

The company appears to have eschewed the longer power cord that it includes with its other notebook, though the power brick does feature interchangeable plugs. Also gone are the flip-up winding posts that have long adorned Apple’s power bricks.
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Pandora CFO points towards upcoming CarPlay integration

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Date: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, 08:30
Category: News

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Apple and Pandora could be teaming up where CarPlay is concerned.

As part of a wide ranging interview with FOX Business Network on Tuesday, Pandora’s chief financial officer Mike Herring broke the silence on upcoming compatibility with Apple’s in-car infotainment solution, saying the streaming service will “definitely be in CarPlay.”

While Herring failed to produce a timeline of availability, he is the first company official to comment on Pandora’s CarPlay plans. Pandora was a glaring omission when Apple announced CarPlay one year ago, and the streaming Internet music giant has yet to make its way onto Apple’s in-dash system.
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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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Recent wave of Apple hiring may point to effort to improve iOS device batteries

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 08:45
Category: battery, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News

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It’s the hiring cycles that show where a company’s going.

Apple has been looking to make significant additions to its battery technology team since the beginning of March, with a special emphasis on iOS devices, newly listed positions available at the company reveal.

At least nine listings posted within the last month are directly connected to battery technology. Some examples include openings for a hardware manager, a firmware development manager, a battery pack engineering manager, a cell engineer, and an electrical engineer.
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Apple to hold Q2 earnings on Monday, April 27th

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Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 07:49
Category: Finance, News

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Apple’s most recent profit report will take place on Monday, April 27th.

The Q2 earnings report will take place at 2 PM PST/5 PM EST, and audio from the call will be streamed on Apple’s website.

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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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Fantastical 2 now available, offers redesigned interface, new features

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Date: Friday, March 27th, 2015, 12:31
Category: iOS, News, Software

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A useful calendar application just got better.

This week, Flexibits released Fantastical 2 for the Mac.

The new version, which sports a redesigned user interface, also includes a full calendar window with day, week, month, and year views, an intuitive parsing engine, iCloud reminders support, light theme, time zone support, birthday reminders, Action and Share Extensions as well as Handoff support to connect your Mac with your iOS devices.

iCloud Reminders are even better and users can now see their events and dated reminders together in the main list. Reminders can be quickly created by starting sentences with “reminder”, “todo”, “task”, or “remind me to.” Users can also add dates, times, and location-based geofences (when I arrive/when I leave) to their reminders.

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