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Website, Google Doc crowd-sourcing Apple Watch orders

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Date: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 21:51
Category: Apple Watch, Wearables

If you’re breathlessly refreshing Apple’s order status page in an attempt to figure out if your Apple Watch will arrive on Friday, take a breather.

Tracking one’s Apple Watch order has turned into a national pastime here in the U.S. as eager pre-orderers try to figure out if they’re in the first first batch of Apple watches set to arrive in two short days. Apple’s “We’re working on your order” email, sent earlier this evening to some customers, has brought things to a fevered pitch.

An aside: It’s curious that Apple doesn’t use Touch ID to authenticate users of its Apple Store app attempting to access the “Order Status” tab, instead opting to have users type in their passwords the old fashioned way. 

If you count yourself as one of the obsessed Apple Watch trackers, there’s a new website that will help you read the tea leaves.

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Unbox Therapy video puts Apple Watch Sport Ion-X glass through scratch tests

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Date: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 08:25
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Wearables

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The Ion-X glass found on the Apple Watch Sport isn’t quite as tough as sapphire glass found on the more expensive Apple Watch models, but it holds its own.

Unbox Therapy posted a scratch test video in which the Ion-X glass was exposed to keys, a knife, steel wool and sandpaper. To its credit, the new glass type held up against everything but the sandpaper, albeit it was noted that the sapphire glass coating found on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets held up to the sandpaper during scratch tests.

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Apple support article offers workaround for recent issues with Setup Assistant on 12-inch MacBook

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Date: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 07:21
Category: MacBook, News, Software

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As nifty as the new 12-inch MacBook is, a number of users have encountered an issue using the Setup Assistant during the initial setup of the notebook. The bug apparently has the spinning beach ball appear during setup, putting the user in an endless cycle.

Apple recently shared a support article that offers users of the new 12-inch MacBook assistance getting around the issue.

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Recent job posting indicates Apple may be looking to include public transit data within Apple Maps

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Date: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, 13:02
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It’s the hiring that shows where a company’s going.

A recent Apple job listing shows that the company is looking for a software engineer to help bring public transit information to Apple Maps.

The listing reads as follows:

“As a member of the Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps,”

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Apple Watch orders statuses changing to “Preparing for Shipment” (Updated)

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Date: Monday, April 20th, 2015, 15:56
Category: Apple Watch, News, Pre-order, Wearables

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Your pre-ordered Apple Watch might be about to head out the door.

A number of Apple Watch order statuses have begun changing from “Processing Items” to “Preparing for Shipment” as Apple gets ready to send out the first Apple Watch orders to customers who pre-ordered their devices on Friday, April 10th. The order statuses have shifted over to “Preparing for Shipment” for some buyers and are listing prospective delivery dates of April 24th to May 8th, while the first orders are expected to begin arriving on Friday, April 24th.

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Apple could be changing supply and demand/data measurement model with Apple Watch

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Date: Monday, April 20th, 2015, 12:24
Category: News, retail, Wearables

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Even if you have something that looks like it’s going to be a hit, there’s always the risk of forecasting the wrong sales numbers and producing too many units.

Noted analyst and longtime Apple watcher Carl Howe has stated that while he expects the Apple Watch became an overnight multi-billion-dollar business when preorders began earlier this month, he believes Apple will likely minimize its risks and produce units as it gauges demand. This could help handle the question as to which Apple Watch model will prove the most popular, while models might prove less popular and how to wrap production around these factors.

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Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update

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Date: Friday, April 17th, 2015, 04:18
Category: News, Software, Yosemite

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It’s not a huge update, but it might help.

Late Thursday, Apple released its OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update. The update, which can be located, downloaded and installed via OS X’s App Store feature, fixes a video driver issue that might prevent your Mac from booting when running certain apps that capture video.

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Apple Watch orders to remain online-only until May, preorder deliveries to begin April 24th

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Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 08:05
Category: News, retail, Wearables

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It’s the leaked internal memos that make life interesting.

For those of you looking to snag an Apple Watch, a leaked internal memo from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts to Apple Store employees states that Apple Watch orders will continue to be taken exclusively online through May and that deliveries will begin April 24th as planned.

Per the memo:

“The feedback from customers is overwhelmingly positive. They are excited about Apple Watch, and your teams are creating fantastic experiences for them. Customers who pre-ordered will start receiving deliveries next Friday as planned, and I know you will do a great job helping set them up.

Many of you have been asking if we will have the Apple Watch available in stores on April 24 for walk-in purchases. As we announced last week, due to high global interest combined with our initial supply, we are only taking orders online right now. I’ll have more updates as we get closer to in-store availability, purpose we expect this to continue through the month of May.”

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iFixit posts teardown of 12-inch MacBook

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Date: Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News

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The teardown you’ve been waiting for has been completed.

And it shows off some really nifty stuff.

The coolest of cats at iFixit have published a teardown of the new 12-inch MacBook. The feature shows just how tiny the notebook’s logic board is, coming in at 67 percent smaller than that of the MacBook Air. The piece also shows a new terraced battery design for the MacBook, allowing more batteries to be efficiently fit into a small space.

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First iOS 8.4 beta shows effort to move audiobooks into iBooks app, add new features

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Date: Tuesday, April 14th, 2015, 07:31
Category: iOS, News, Software

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This could lead to some pretty cool stuff.

On Monday, Apple seeded the first iOS 8.4 beta. The build includes a revamped Music application and it’s been noted that the build handles audiobooks differently, moving playback from the Music app to the iBooks app.

At present, audiobooks are divorced from the ebook library. This pushes users to use two different apps to access their entire digital book library. The iOS 8.4 update could consolidate all books in Apple’s iBook app and also fixes another longstanding issue with audiobooks on iOS. Since iOS 7, audiobook listeners have been unable to view chapter titles or even select them. However, it’s been pointed out that while chapters are now selectable in iOS 8.4, they do not list the actual chapter titles, as they’re listed as “track numbers”.

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