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2015

With Apple Watch prices set to top $20,000 in China, factories churn out knockoffs

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Mainland Chinese consumers looking to purchase an Apple Watch will face credit card bills far higher than their counterparts in Japan or Hong Kong thanks to the nation's oppressive luxury tax scheme, setting the stage for China's impressive counterfeiting industry to flood the streets with copycat devices.

Extended downtime for Apple's iTunes, App Store and more lingers for hours [ux2]

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store and App Store, experienced an extended outage Wednesday morning, stretching for hours, even though Apple's official system status page suggested all services were online.

Apple adds 14 new merchants to Apple Pay website including Jamba Juice and Office Max

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Following big MacBook and Apple Watch announcements at Monday's "Spring Forward" event, Apple updated its running list of merchants that support Apple Pay to include 14 new stores.

Next-gen iPhone rumored to include Force Touch, possible pink color option

Tuesday March 10, 2015

A report on Tuesday reiterated claims that Apple plans to integrate Force Touch features into its next iPhone model, and at the same time floated new rumors about an upcoming pink version of the handset.

Booming retail sales enable Apple to negotiate low rent prices at malls

Tuesday March 10, 2015

The popularity of Apple's retail outlets has enabled the company to negotiate extremely low rent rates at malls, which in turn benefit from the additional foot traffic.

Apple seeks dismissal of A123 lawsuit over alleged employee poaching

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Apple on Tuesday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit leveled by battery maker A123 over alleged poaching activities, saying the complaint failed to meet certain legal requirements.

Google Calendar comes to iPhone, 'Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath' hits Mac

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Two significant apps hit Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems today, as the long-awaited Google Calendar debuted for iPhone and console classic Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath landed on Mac.

Apple finds sympathetic ear in fight to remove antitrust monitor Bromwich

Tuesday March 10, 2015

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Tuesday heard Apple's arguments to dislodge lawyer Michael Bromwich from his position as external antitrust monitor, with one judge voicing concern over the methods used in his investigation.

Griffin introduces WatchStand for Apple Watch, LaCie debuts USB-C hard drive for MacBook

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Two companies major accessory makers have capitalized on Apple's latest hardware announcements to introduce new products: Griffin has revealed the WatchStand for the Apple Watch, while LaCie has premiered a USB-C version of the Porsche Design Mobile Drive, aimed at Apple's 12-inch MacBook.

Swiss watch industry headed for an 'ice age' thanks to Apple Watch, Swatch inventor says

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Apple's soon-to-be-released entry into the wearable market could bring financial pain for the low end of Switzerland's vaunted watch industry, according to Swatch co-inventor Elmar Mock, who believes that the Apple Watch "will put a lot of pressure on the traditional watch industry and jobs in Switzerland."

Choosing your Apple Watch: Case and band combinations demystified

Tuesday March 10, 2015

After deciding on a case size and material, choosing a band is the most important part of buying a new Apple Watch. Apple uses case and band combinations to stratify the wearable's pricing, so AppleInsider took a look at the options.

Apple pledges $50M to increase the presence of women, minorities & veterans in tech jobs

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Apple has announced it will invest more than $50 million into a number of nonprofit organizations, as part of a multi-year effort to increase the presence of women, minorities and veterans working in the technology industry.

Apple Board of Directors reelected with 95% support at annual shareholder meeting

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Apple's annual shareholder meeting was held at its corporate campus on Tuesday, and went by largely without any surprises, as the company's board of directors was reelected with near-universal support from shareholders, while other initiatives were rejected.

GameStop pledges to support Apple Pay in wake of Apple Watch event

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Another major retail chain, GameStop, has announced plans to support Apple Pay in the aftermath of yesterday's Apple Watch press event, with preparations underway to introduce the payment technology later this month.

Apple hikes international prices in response to fluctuating exchange rates

Tuesday March 10, 2015

In reaction to the strength of the U.S. dollar, Apple has the raised prices at a number of its international online stores, including prices in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Portugal.

Choosing your Apple Watch: Which size and material are right for you?

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Fashion and customization are cornerstones of the new Apple Watch, and as a result the company has put forth no fewer than a dozen different combinations of case material, color, and size. AppleInsider breaks down the choices to help you decide which one to buy.

Wall Street expects high margins, respectable sales for launch of well-designed Apple Watch

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Analysts on Wall Street came away generally pleased with this week's announcement of Apple Watch launch details, viewing the new platform as a way to extend the company's valuable ecosystem and generate more revenue from high-margin products.

Apple Watch battery will be replaceable to extend device's lifespan

Tuesday March 10, 2015

In the event that the Apple Watch battery needs to be replaced, Apple technicians will be able to swap the component out, although the company hasn't elaborated on how the replacement process will be handled.

CIA has waged 'secret campaign' to crack Apple's iOS security - report

Tuesday March 10, 2015

Classified documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the Central Intelligence Agency has been engaged in a multi-year coordinated effort to crack the security of Apple's iOS platform, which powers and protects the iPhone and iPad.

AppleInsider podcast goes deep inside Apple's 'Spring Forward' event

Monday March 09, 2015

In a special AppleInsider podcast episode, we get reactions from Daniel Eran Dilger, who was at Monday's event that ushered in a brand new 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, refreshed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, and extensive details regarding Apple Watch specs and pricing.