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2015

First look: Going hands-on with the Apple Watch at an Apple retail store

Friday April 10, 2015

With Apple Watch try-ons now available at Apple retail stores around the world, AppleInsider offers a closer look at the sampling process for the wrist-worn accessory, set to launch in just two weeks.

New Apple streaming music service could include 2 price tiers, exclusives from Taylor Swift & others

Friday April 10, 2015

Apple is reportedly preparing to launch its revamped streaming music service with a two-tiered subscription plan that would give families a discount, while engaging in talks to secure exclusive content from artists including Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine.

Apple's Beats adds new silver, gold, and space gray Solo 2 headphones

Friday April 10, 2015

Apple fans wishing they could color match their headphones with their iPhone or MacBook can now do so, as Apple's Beats by Dre subsidiary has updated its popular Solo2 lineup with new silver, gold, and space gray color options.

Moto 360, other smartwatches get price cuts ahead of Apple Watch launch

Friday April 10, 2015

Some rival smartwatches, such as the Android-based Moto 360, saw significant price cuts on Friday in a bid to keep up sales in the wake of Apple opening preorders for the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch will be 'digital sixth sense' for users & 'key catalyst' for shares of AAPL, UBS says

Friday April 10, 2015

While investment firm UBS doesn't believe the Apple Watch is yet a "must have" device, its importance to the company's bottom line is expected to grow over time as new use cases emerge.

Apple Watch repair costs, AppleCare+ plans & try-on experiences detailed as preorders mount

Friday April 10, 2015

As Apple has opened preorders and try-on appointments for the Apple Watch, more details have become clear about the ordering process, including costs for AppleCare+, and the repair service fees for out-of-warranty Watches, which can rise as high as $2,800 in the US for an Edition model.

Initial Apple Watch stock dries up in minutes, shipping times quickly jump to 4-6 weeks

Friday April 10, 2015

Consumers who weren't ready to to order at exactly 12:01 a.m. Pacific time on Friday have missed their opportunity to receive an Apple Watch on launch day, as every model is now unavailable until at least mid-May.

AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Watch reviews, 12" MacBook, Photos for Mac, DJI Phantom 3 & more

Friday April 10, 2015

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. We discuss the Apple Watch reviews and comb through the initial impressions. Reviews of the new 12" MacBook are also discussed, OS X 10.10.3, Photos for Mac, DJI's new Phantom 3 drone, and more.

Apple Watch preorders, 12" MacBook sales go live with limited availability [u]

Friday April 10, 2015

Apple's online storefront reopened at midnight on Friday to accept Apple Watch preorders and sales of the new 12-inch MacBook, kicking off global sales of two hotly anticipated products.

Drake shows up at Coachella wearing an Apple Watch, posts proof to Instagram

Friday April 10, 2015

Just hours before Apple Watch preorders are scheduled to go live on the Online Apple Store, rap star Drake posted to Instagram a picture of himself wearing the hotly anticipated device at this year's Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival.

Apple Store goes down ahead of Apple Watch preorders

Thursday April 09, 2015

Apple took down the Online Apple Store late Thursday night as the company made preparations for what is expected to be an onslaught of Apple Watch preorders.

Photos and video show first Apple Watch try-on sessions in Australia and Asia

Thursday April 09, 2015

Apple Watch is now available to try on at Apple Store locations in Australia and East Asia, and while preorders have not yet gone live, a number of customers are posting photos and video from their sessions.

Everything you need to know before preordering Apple Watch

Thursday April 09, 2015

In just a few hours, Apple will open the floodgates to Apple Watch preorders. With initial supply constraints expected, prospective buyers are urged to have their selections in mind prior to midnight, and AppleInsider has your guide.

Apple's Mac bucks negative PC market trend, gains 9% in US

Thursday April 09, 2015

According to the latest estimates from Gartner, Apple's Mac made gains in the PC market over the first quarter of 2015, bucking a wider negative trend that saw overall shipments drop 5.2 percent worldwide.

Apple sunk $38M on Apple Watch TV ads since March, report says

Thursday April 09, 2015

Apple is campaigning hard to trot Apple Watch in front of potential buyers, with a report on Thursday estimating the company has spent some $38 million on television ads alone.

Apple Watch Edition initially limited to 53 retail outlets worldwide

Thursday April 09, 2015

Consumers who want to purchase a gold Apple Watch Edition --or those who simply want to see it in the flesh --may need to travel a bit if they live outside of the world's major cities, as Apple will initially stock the device at just 53 locations worldwide.

Mophie launches Space Pack battery cases for current-gen iPhones & iPads, Spacestation battery pack

Thursday April 09, 2015

Mophie on Thursday launched Space Pack battery and storage cases for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and iPad mini, as well as a new Spacestation battery/storage pack, and a 2.0 update of its Space file manager for iOS.

Sapphire Apple Watch screen passes scratch test with flying colors

Thursday April 09, 2015

A video posted to the Web on Thursday runs a gauntlet of stress tests, including keys, sandpaper and even a power drill, on what is claimed to be an authentic sapphire display cover from Apple's forthcoming Apple Watch.

Apple reverses decision to ban felons from Campus 2 construction [u]

Thursday April 09, 2015

Apple on Thursday said it has reversed course on a policy that previously barred laborers from working on the Campus 2 construction site in Cupertino if they had been convicted of a felony within the last seven years [updated with response from Apple].

Apple to open three new stores in time for April 24 Apple Watch launch

Thursday April 09, 2015

At least three new Apple Stores will open in time for the debut of Apple Watch on April 24, including officially-announced locations in Miami Beach, Fla. and Sao Paolo, Brazil.