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Monday, April 27, 2015

Apple Watch preorders cause spike in Apple phone, chat support wait times

Apple Watch preorders cause spike in Apple phone, chat support wait times

As can be expected from a major product launch, Apple Watch preorders and first weekend sales caused a spike in wait times for customers trying to reach Apple's service centers.

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Apple Watch App Store touts over 3,500 titles, Cook says

Apple Watch App Store touts over 3,500 titles, Cook says

During Apple's second quarter 2015 earnings conference call on Monday, CEO Tim Cook said that Apple Watch customers now have access to more than 3,500 apps designed specifically for the new device.

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Tim Cook hints Apple could be a part of 'major changes in media'

Tim Cook hints Apple could be a part of 'major changes in media'

The launch of HBO Now on Apple devices has been a big hit for both companies, and could hint at a major role for Apple in the future of cable cutting, CEO Tim Cook said on Monday.

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Apple's Tim Cook pans supply chain cost 'guesstimators'

Apple's Tim Cook pans supply chain cost 'guesstimators'

During the company's quarterly earnings call on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook slammed third-party firms that routinely provide estimated bill of materials breakdowns for new Apple products, saying they are usually far off base.

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Apple Watch could reach more countries in late June, Cook says

Apple Watch could reach more countries in late June, Cook says

Apple is targeting late June for an sales expansion that would make Apple Watch available in more countries, conditional on supply, CEO Tim Cook said on Monday during the company's second quarter results call.

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Cook says 20% of iPhone install base upgraded to iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Cook says 20% of iPhone install base upgraded to iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday revealed about 20 percent of active iPhone users have upgraded to the company's latest iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus hardware, leaving room for growth.

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MCX partner Best Buy to accept Apple Pay at stores later this year

MCX partner Best Buy to accept Apple Pay at stores later this year

During Apple's quarterly conference call for the second quarter of 2015, CEO Tim Cook announced big box electronics store Best Buy is now accepting Apple Pay through its app and will roll out in-store support later this year.

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FeatureNotes of interest from Apple's Q2 2015 conference call

Notes of interest from Apple's Q2 2015 conference call

It was yet another record breaking quarter for Apple in March, driven by growth of both the iPhone and Mac. Following the announcement executives from the company participated in a conference call with analysts and the media, and notes of interest follow.

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Breaking
Apple adds $50B to capital return program, to distribute $200B by 2017

Apple adds $50B to capital return program, to distribute $200B by 2017

Apple on Monday announced a significant expansion of its stock buyback and dividend program that will see the initiative grow to $140 billion from $90 billion, including an 11-percent bump in the quarterly dividend.

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Breaking
Apple sells blockbuster 61M iPhones, nets $13.6B profit in record March quarter

Apple sells blockbuster 61M iPhones, nets $13.6B profit in record March quarter

Apple on Monday reported yet another record breaking quarter, selling more than 60 million iPhones in the three-month period ending in March, a significant 40 percent year over year increase.

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Sapphire screen cover hampers Apple Watch display quality, expert says

Sapphire screen cover hampers Apple Watch display quality, expert says

The best screen image quality can actually be found on Apple's entry-level Apple Watch Sport, as the costlier stainless steel and Edition versions feature sapphire covers that degrade image quality with higher reflectance, a display expert claims.

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Data suggests just 376,000 Apple Watch preorders delivered over launch weekend

Data suggests just 376,000 Apple Watch preorders delivered over launch weekend

Only about 22 percent — or 376,000 — of U.S. Apple Watch preorders actually shipped between Friday and Sunday during the device's launch weekend, according to estimates produced by research firm Slice Intelligence.

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Apple seeds OS X 10.10.4 beta 2 to developers, public beta testers

Apple seeds OS X 10.10.4 beta 2 to developers, public beta testers

Apple on Monday released the second beta version of OS X 10.10.4, the upcoming refresh of its flagship desktop operating system, to both registered developers and consumers enrolled in the company's public beta program.

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Apple TV gains NBC Sports Live Extra channel amidst NHL playoffs, Kentucky Derby

Apple TV gains NBC Sports Live Extra channel amidst NHL playoffs, Kentucky Derby

Exclusive NBC Sports content, including the NHL playoffs and this week's running of the Kentucky Derby, is now available on the Apple TV with a new dedicated channel.

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Apple seeds second beta of iOS 8.4 to developers

Apple seeds second beta of iOS 8.4  to developers

Apple on Monday started seeding a second iOS 8.4 beta to developers, bringing more refinements to the company's future update for iPhones, iPads, and iPods.

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Brean Capital kicks off coverage of Apple stock with $160 price target

Brean Capital kicks off coverage of Apple stock with $160 price target

Brean Capital began coverage of Apple stock on Monday, calling for a $160 price target, and for revenue to beat Wall Street consensus for the next three years, driven by higher-than-expected iPhone sales.

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Deals: $144 off 12" MacBooks with AppleCare; 27" Dell Ultra HD 4K display for $525; 64GB iPad Air Wi-Fi + 4G LTE for $409; more...

Deals: $144 off 12

Exclusive: This week AI readers can: save $144 on 12" MacBook with AppleCare pre-orders, grab a 27" Dell Ultra HD 4K display for under $500, pick up a 64GB iPad Air Wi-Fi + 4G LTE for $409, secure a 13" MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage for $1,249 and get the lowest price anywhere on all current 2015 MacBook Pros with exclusive coupons.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Earnings preview: Wall Street expects 57M iPhones shipped in a record March quarter for Apple

Earnings preview: Wall Street expects 57M iPhones shipped in a record March quarter for Apple

Apple is once again expected to have set a new quarterly record in March when it announces earnings this afternoon, with investors on average expecting blockbuster iPhone sales to drive about $56 billion in revenue.

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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center enables HealthKit integration for patient data

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center enables HealthKit integration for patient data

Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center updated its electronic health records system over the weekend to support data from Apple's HealthKit platform, the hospital's chief information officer has revealed.

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Discover cards coming to Apple Pay this fall

Discover cards coming to Apple Pay this fall

The last of America's four major credit card networks is set to join Apple Pay, as Discover announced Monday that it has struck a deal with Apple to allow its cardmembers access to the iOS-based mobile payments service.

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Apple restarts iTunes Red Cross donations to benefit Nepal earthquake recovery

Apple restarts iTunes Red Cross donations to benefit Nepal earthquake recovery

In the aftermath of a series of earthquakes which have left more than 3,000 dead in Nepal, Apple has again begun soliciting donations for the American Red Cross through the iTunes Store.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Rumor: Apple deliberately delayed Tidal app updates to help Beats Music relaunch

Rumor: Apple deliberately delayed Tidal app updates to help Beats Music relaunch

Apple may be intentionally slowing the release of updates to Tidal's iOS app in an attempt to weaken the music service ahead of an impending relaunch of Beats Music, a report said on Saturday.

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EditorialEmbracing a wireless future: What it's like to use Apple's 12" MacBook as your main computer

Embracing a wireless future: What it's like to use Apple's 12

In writing our review for Apple's impressive new 12-inch MacBook, the reality of using the ultraportable notebook didn't fully set in until I realized I couldn't actually finish the publication of said review without turning to my MacBook Pro.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

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iPhone and Mac to shine in Apple's Q2 2015 earnings, analyst says

iPhone and Mac to shine in Apple's Q2 2015 earnings, analyst says

After a gangbusters fiscal quarter one, Apple could see moderate gains highlighted by strong performances from iPhone and Mac over the three-month period ending March, according to noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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TipsHow to change and customize your Apple Watch clock face

How to change and customize your Apple Watch clock face

Apple Watch comes with a number of watch face options — from digital themes to analog lookalikes and beyond — many of which can be further customized with sub-features called complications.

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FeatureFirst look: Third-party apps on Apple Watch

First look: Third-party apps on Apple Watch

Apple launched its first wearable with an App Store filled with more than 3,000 third-party titles, a figure expected to grow exponentially in the months ahead. AppleInsider offers a look at some of the first offerings.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Full video of Vogue interview with Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson posted to Web

Full video of Vogue interview with Apple designers Jony Ive and Marc Newson posted to Web

British Vogue on Friday posted full video footage of a recent interview that had editor Suzy Menkes talking with Apple design gurus Jony Ive and Marc Newson about Apple Watch and its place in the luxury market.

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FeatureFirst look: Digital Crown on Apple Watch ushers in new era of UI control

First look: Digital Crown on Apple Watch ushers in new era of UI control

With Apple Watch, Apple was presented an opportunity to reimagine and improve upon the ways in which a user interacts with ultra-small format devices. It delivered in spades with Force Touch, haptic feedback, a custom UI and a keystone tactile technology called the Digital Crown.

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Apple details Watch battery life, upgrades band selection page in online store

Apple details Watch battery life, upgrades band selection page in online store

In tandem with Friday's launch of the Apple Watch, Apple updated its website with details on the battery life of the device, and simultaneously updated its online store to make shopping for Watch bands easier to navigate.

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Apple Watch chips laid bare in X-ray, microscope imagery

Apple Watch chips laid bare in X-ray, microscope imagery

Following Friday's Apple Watch teardown, the experts at Chipworks posted a close-up look at the parts that make it tick, including X-ray imagery of Apple's new S1 system-on-chip design.

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FeatureRoundup: The best and most interesting third-party apps for your new Apple Watch

Roundup: The best and most interesting third-party apps for your new Apple Watch

With newly-delivered Apple Watch units now on the wrists of the lucky, users will undoubtedly be looking to try out the best launch-day apps for their latest purchase. AppleInsider offers a roundup of some prominent and essential launch-day apps, divided by category.

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FeatureFirst look: The official AppleInsider app for Apple Watch

First look: The official AppleInsider app for Apple Watch

Early adopters of the Apple Watch can receive alerts fir breaking Apple news and browse the latest headlines thanks to the official AppleInsider app, which includes support for the new wrist-worn device.

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TipsHow to pair your new Apple Watch with your iPhone

How to pair your new Apple Watch with your iPhone

Once you get your Apple Watch out of the box, the first thing you'll need to do is pair it with an iPhone to start using its features. AppleInsider offers a closer look at exactly how the pairing process works.

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First look: Unboxing the stainless steel Apple Watch with milanese loop (video)

First look: Unboxing the stainless steel Apple Watch with milanese loop (video)

Apple's mid-range stainless steel Apple Watch not only has a more premium enclosure than the aluminum Sport version, but it also comes in different packaging, and features a steel magnetic charger rather than plastic.

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Apple not guilty of patent infringement with Siri, Chinese court says

Apple not guilty of patent infringement with Siri, Chinese court says

Apple has won a decisive victory in a long-running intellectual property fight over Siri in China, as the Beijing Higher People's Court has decided that the company's personal digital assistant does not infringe on patents held by Shanghai-based Zhizhen Network Technology.

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Google Maps Easter egg shows Android mascot urinating on Apple logo [updated]

Google Maps Easter egg shows Android mascot urinating on Apple logo [updated]

An unknown person has inserted an Easter egg image into Google Maps, depicting the mascot for the Android operating system urinating on an Apple logo, and is now gaining attention across the Internet.

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Reviewers try to destroy Apple Watch in the shower and swimming pool, ultimately fail

Reviewers try to destroy Apple Watch in the shower and swimming pool, ultimately fail

As the first wave of Apple Watch deliveries hits doorsteps around the world, some consumers have begun to put Apple's durability claims to the test —including the Watch's IPX7 water resistance rating — and found the devices more resilient than previously believed.

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FeatureAppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Watch shipments, 12" MacBook review, more

AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Watch shipments, 12

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available with detailed analysis of this week's news, including Apple Watch shipment notifications, our review of the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, new iPod touch rumors, leaked video of Angela Ahrendts explaining the Watch retail strategy, and more.

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Apple arranges online Personal Setup sessions to guide new Apple Watch owners

Apple arranges online Personal Setup sessions to guide new Apple Watch owners

Americans receiving their Apple Watch on Friday are being emailed an invitation to schedule an online Personal Setup session, guiding them through setting up and using the device without having to visit an Apple Store.

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