Jony Ive Reveals Exclusive Apple Watch Sport Bands at Milan Design Week

Earlier today the Apple Watch went on display at Milan's Salone Del Mobile Design, with Apple SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller and design consult Marc Newson in attendance. Now, it appears that Jony Ive also made it to the event, revealing exclusive sport band colors for the Apple Watch at the same time. Image via Umberta Gnutti Beretta Instagram Art enthusiast and philanthropist Umberta Gnutti Beretta posted a photo of a tray holding the new band colors on her Instagram account (via 9to5Mac). The colors include what appears to be two shades of blue, the custom red band seen earlier today and a range of "skin-tone" colors, going from darker browns to lighter tans and peaches. This marks the third time exclusive new Apple Watch band options have been seen in the wild, with the previous two being the custom red band and the custom gold link bracelet Karl Lagerfeld received. Milan is known as one of the more important cities in the fashion world, and an important destination for Apple as it continues to court the fashion world to its brand new product. While it's unknown whether Apple will release these brand new and never-before-seen sport bands for the general public, it's been rumored that the Cupertino company is looking to introduce additional casing materials for the Apple Watch later this year, suggesting that new band options are also in the cards. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Buyer's Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories • MacRumors Giveaway: Massive Bundle of Custom Device Cases from Casetify • Yelp Releases Apple Watch App With Nearby Location Listings, Reviews • Steve Dowling's Role as Apple PR Chief Now Permanent • Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall Serving as Snapchat Advisor • CarPlay Now Available in Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia and Sweden • Reminder: Apple Watch Pre-Orders Have Standard 14-Day Return Policy • Stylus Review: Hands-On With the $75 Pen-Like Adonit Jot Script 2

Posted by on 17 April 2015 | 7:46 pm

WWDC 2015 Lottery Ends, Winners Begin Receiving Confirmation Emails

Developer demand for Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference always exceeds ticket supply, so Apple holds a lottery to determine which developers will win the chance to go to the conference. This year, Apple accepted lottery entries from April 14 until today, April 17, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Now that the lottery has ended, Apple has begun sending out emails to developers who were selected and has charged their credit cards the $1,599 ticket price. Developers who won are currently sharing their good fortune on Twitter after receiving order confirmations. I GOT A GOLDEN TICKET! #wwdc https://t.co/nv8J4IqHvX— Julie Johnston (@Julia_JJ) April 17, 2015 This year's Worldwide Developers Conference starts on June 8 and will run through June 12 at Moscone West in San Francisco. More than 1,500 Apple engineers will be on hand to host over 100 technical sessions and hands-on labs. The event is also likely to include a keynote to unveil new products, and it will include the annual Apple Design Awards. At WWDC this year, Apple is expected to unveil the newest versions of iOS and OS X -- iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. There have also been rumors suggesting the event could be used to unveil a new television service, a revamped Apple TV set-top box, and a rebranded Beats music service. Developers who are unable to attend or who do not win the ticket lottery will be able to watch several live streams of WWDC sessions that will cover a wide range of topics from the iPad and iPhone to the Apple Watch and MacBook, along with other Apple products and services. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacRumors Giveaway: Massive Bundle of Custom Device Cases from Casetify • Yelp Releases Apple Watch App With Nearby Location Listings, Reviews • Steve Dowling's Role as Apple PR Chief Now Permanent • Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall Serving as Snapchat Advisor • CarPlay Now Available in Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia and Sweden • Reminder: Apple Watch Pre-Orders Have Standard 14-Day Return Policy • Stylus Review: Hands-On With the $75 Pen-Like Adonit Jot Script 2 • How to Migrate Pictures from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos for OS X

Posted by on 17 April 2015 | 3:11 pm

Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall is Now a Broadway Producer

Former Apple iOS chief turned Snapchat advisor Scott Forstall has taken on a new project, according to his first ever tweet on Twitter. Forstall is co-producing the upcoming Broadway musical Fun Home, a show that opens this Sunday. I'm thrilled to be co-producing the Broadway musical Fun Home http://t.co/PqrKKZGcxY opening this Sunday. Bravo to the phenomenal team!— Scott Forstall (@forstall) April 17, 2015 Forstall is listed as one of the producers of Fun Home along with his wife Molly on the Internet Broadway Database, and he and his wife also have a paragraph in the show's playbill.The Forstalls (Producer). This is Scott and Molly Forstall's first foray on Broadway after years in Silicon Valley. They share their love of theatre with their children, Freya and Nils, both of whom are enthusiastic theatregoers and performers. Thanks to Carole for the magnificent journey.Forstall's announcement of his position as Broadway producer comes just a day after leaked Sony emails suggested he'd received .11 percent of Snapchat's stock to serve as an advisor to the company. Since being ousted from Apple in 2012, Forstall has kept a very low profile, and this occasion marks his first public announcement and appearance in years. Scott Forstall first fell in league with Apple in 1992, when he took on a job at Steve Jobs' company, NeXT. When NeXT was acquired by Apple in 1997, Forstall stayed on, working on the Macintosh user design team. He was promoted several times and in 2005, he began working on iOS. Forstall has been largely credited with the skeuomorphic design present in the early years of the operating system, an aesthetic that eventually led to disagreements with other executives at the company following Steve Jobs' death. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • MacRumors Giveaway: Massive Bundle of Custom Device Cases from Casetify • Yelp Releases Apple Watch App With Nearby Location Listings, Reviews • Steve Dowling's Role as Apple PR Chief Now Permanent • Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall Serving as Snapchat Advisor • CarPlay Now Available in Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia and Sweden • Reminder: Apple Watch Pre-Orders Have Standard 14-Day Return Policy • Stylus Review: Hands-On With the $75 Pen-Like Adonit Jot Script 2 • How to Migrate Pictures from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos for OS X

Posted by on 17 April 2015 | 1:40 pm

Apple Planning November Launch of Apple Pay in Canada

Apple is planning to launch Apple Pay in Canada later this year, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report, citing people familiar with the matter, claims Apple is in negotiations with six Canadian banks about a potential November launch of the mobile payments service, which debuted in the United States last October and has yet to become available in other countries. The six Canadian banks reportedly in talks with Apple include the Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, CIBC and National Bank of Canada. The financial institutions, which together account for more than 90% of Canadian bank accounts, are open to supporting Apple Pay in Canada, although have expressed concern about higher fees and potential security issues."The banks are open to an agreement, but they aren’t happy with Apple’s fee proposals and are concerned about security vulnerabilities like the ones that U.S. banks experienced as they rolled out the service, the people said."Canada is a well-prepared candidate to receive Apple Pay support, as many retailers and businesses across the country are already equipped with contactless payment terminals that are required for the iPhone-based mobile payments service. The country was one of the earlier adopters of Chip-and-PIN debit and credit cards that can be tapped against a payment terminal when making a purchase, and Apple Pay would be a natural extension of that functionality. The six Canadian banks have reportedly formed a consortium and hired consultancy firm McKinsey & Co. to develop a security protocol for Apple Pay. The financial institutions have also considered the need for secondary authentication to verify customer information, such as entering a PIN, logging on to a mobile banking app or using a one-time passcode sent via text message before cards can be used on Apple Pay. Apple announced last year that it is targeting international expansion of Apple Pay, and speculation has mainly been focused upon Canada, China and the United Kingdom. Apple's efforts to launch Apple Pay in China have faced some roadblocks, however, and Apple's talks to roll out Apple Pay in the United Kingdom during the first half of 2015 are similarly stalled as some banks are concerned about potential privacy issues. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Yelp Releases Apple Watch App With Nearby Location Listings, Reviews • Steve Dowling's Role as Apple PR Chief Now Permanent • Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall Serving as Snapchat Advisor • CarPlay Now Available in Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia and Sweden • Reminder: Apple Watch Pre-Orders Have Standard 14-Day Return Policy • Stylus Review: Hands-On With the $75 Pen-Like Adonit Jot Script 2 • How to Migrate Pictures from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos for OS X • Google Updates Chrome Browser for iOS With Notification Center Widget, App Extensions

Posted by on 17 April 2015 | 9:40 am

Apple Watch Goes on Display in Milan, Phil Schiller and Marc Newson on Hand

After being announced to appear at Milan's Salone Del Mobile Design Fair earlier in the week, today the Apple Watch was displayed for the first time to the public, outside of a retail store or pop up shop, at the design fair (via Macitynet) [Google Translate]. The Apple Watch on display in the Carlo e Camilla restaurant On display at the Carlo e Camilla restaurant in Segheria, the Watch is displayed in long rows of glass-topped tables, identical to its presentation in Apple's own retail locations. The fair is even allowing customers to experience the same try-on appointments happening in retail stores since pre-orders began one week ago. The entrance to the Apple Watch showcase at the fair Interestingly, as the Watch is displayed at the Carlo e Camilla in Italy, pre-orders for the wearable aren't available to Italian customers due to Italy not being included in the first wave of launch countries for the Watch. There to experience the event is senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, Phil Schiller, and Marc Newson, who works part time at Apple as a designer alongside Jony Ive. Phil Schiller at the event in Milan Although Apple has yet to confirm pre-order numbers for the Watch, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the device could have sold more than 2.3 million units during the initial pre-order wave. While the exact number remains a mystery, stock of the Apple watch definitely remains constrained as pre-orders for all devices slipped to a 4-6 week dispatch date, and beyond, only 6 hours after going live. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Yelp Releases Apple Watch App With Nearby Location Listings, Reviews • Steve Dowling's Role as Apple PR Chief Now Permanent • Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall Serving as Snapchat Advisor • CarPlay Now Available in Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia and Sweden • Reminder: Apple Watch Pre-Orders Have Standard 14-Day Return Policy • Stylus Review: Hands-On With the $75 Pen-Like Adonit Jot Script 2 • How to Migrate Pictures from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos for OS X • Google Updates Chrome Browser for iOS With Notification Center Widget, App Extensions

Posted by on 17 April 2015 | 9:06 am

Apple Watch With Custom Red Sport Band, Folding UK Plug Spotted in New Photos

British cyclist and former professional rugby player Will Carling has shared a pair of new photos on Twitter that appear to reveal two unreleased Apple products. The first photo shows a stainless steel Apple Watch with what looks like a custom red sport band, while the second photo provides a side-by-side look at an Apple charger with a unique folding plug design for use in the United Kingdom. Carling claims that Apple design chief Jony Ive provided him with the folding charger, which could be the official charger for the Apple Watch in the United Kingdom, and it is likely that is who gifted him the Apple Watch with a custom red sport band as well. Ive grew up in England and is known to be a rugby fan, and Carling was the former captain of England's national rugby team from 1988 to 1996. It is possible that the photo is actually of an Apple Watch with the similar looking pink sport band, although the lighting in the shot gives the band more of a red appearance and Carling mentions that he prefers "the red band" on Twitter. Apple has given a custom watch to at least one other iconic figure, with designer Karl Lagerfeld spotted wearing an Apple Watch with gold link bracelet earlier this week. It is possible that Apple may eventually release a (PRODUCT)RED version of the Apple Watch by offering this custom red sport band for sale. Apple gives a portion of sales generated from (PRODUCT)RED merchandise to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa, raising over $70 million towards the initiative to date. Apple's current (PRODUCT)RED lineup includes iPods, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases, and iPad Smart Cases and Covers. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Yelp Releases Apple Watch App With Nearby Location Listings, Reviews • Steve Dowling's Role as Apple PR Chief Now Permanent • Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall Serving as Snapchat Advisor • CarPlay Now Available in Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia and Sweden • Reminder: Apple Watch Pre-Orders Have Standard 14-Day Return Policy • Stylus Review: Hands-On With the $75 Pen-Like Adonit Jot Script 2 • How to Migrate Pictures from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos for OS X • Google Updates Chrome Browser for iOS With Notification Center Widget, App Extensions

Posted by on 17 April 2015 | 8:29 am

Apple Stores to Offer 'Apple Watch Basics' Workshops Beginning April 24

Starting on April 24, it appears that Apple will be offering "Apple Watch Basics" workshops in some of its retail stores around the world, helping customers who begin receiving their watches on that day to learn how to use them. The classes are listed as an available option on April 24 on individual retail store websites and in the "Stores" section of the Apple Store app. Not all retail locations are displaying Apple Watch workshop availability at this time, but select stores both in the United States and in other countries are offering workshops as of today. Workshops take place at 1.5 hour intervals all day long in most locations and are also available on Saturday and Sunday. It appears that some locations may also be offering extended hours to allow more time for hosting workshops. Customers who are interested in attending one of these workshops to learn more about the Apple Watch can schedule an appointment beginning today in a store where the appointments are listed. Not all stores are showing the workshops that will be available on April 24, however. Some stores are showing additional Apple Watch classes beyond the introductory basics class, with a "Stay in Touch with Apple Watch" class also available in select locations. Due to constrained supplies, there will be a limited number of customers who will be receiving their Apple Watches on April 24, but users who have pre-ordered and do not yet have their devices can also attend to learn more about the device. Given the few customers who will have watches in-hand on April 24, Apple recently ceased emphasizing the date on its website, replacing all "available 4.24.15" launch wording with "the Watch is coming." Pre-orders for the Apple Watch began on April 10 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time and began selling out within mere minutes. Within six hours, all Apple Watches were sold out and no models offered the initial 4/24 to 5/8 shipping estimate. Apple Watch orders placed today will not ship until June and beyond. (Thanks, Caleb!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • CarPlay Now Available in Denmark, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia and Sweden • Reminder: Apple Watch Pre-Orders Have Standard 14-Day Return Policy • Stylus Review: Hands-On With the $75 Pen-Like Adonit Jot Script 2 • How to Migrate Pictures from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos for OS X • Google Updates Chrome Browser for iOS With Notification Center Widget, App Extensions • Apple Watch Brings Your TV's Remote Control to Your Wrist • Apple Watch Accessibility Features: VoiceOver, Mono Audio, Grayscale, Taptic Engine and More • Apple Partners With SunPower Corporation to Build Two Solar Power Plants in China

Posted by on 16 April 2015 | 6:30 pm

Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, just over a week after releasing OS X 10.10.3 with the Photos for OS X app to the public. The new beta, build 14E7f, can be downloaded from the Mac Developer Center. It is not yet clear what's new in the 10.10.4 beta, but according to the release notes, the update "improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac." Earlier OS X Yosemite updates, including OS X 10.10.1 and OS X 10.10.2 brought only minor changes to the operating system in the form of bug fixes and performance enhancements. OS X 10.10.4 may serve the same purpose. OS X 10.10.3, released last week, was the first major update to OS X Yosemite that brought new features, including the Photos for OS X app, a redesigned emoji picker, and new diversified emoji. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Stylus Review: Hands-On With the $75 Pen-Like Adonit Jot Script 2 • How to Migrate Pictures from iPhoto or Aperture to Photos for OS X • Google Updates Chrome Browser for iOS With Notification Center Widget, App Extensions • Apple Watch Brings Your TV's Remote Control to Your Wrist • Apple Watch Accessibility Features: VoiceOver, Mono Audio, Grayscale, Taptic Engine and More • Apple Partners With SunPower Corporation to Build Two Solar Power Plants in China • Apple Partners With The Conservation Fund to Protect Working Forests, Ensure Paper Supplies • IFTTT's 'Do Button' and 'Do Note' Coming to Apple Watch

Posted by on 16 April 2015 | 2:58 pm

J.J. Abrams Wears Apple Watch During Star Wars Panel in Anaheim

Famous film director and producer J.J. Abrams is the latest celebrity to be spotted with an Apple Watch, which he's wearing right now during the Force Awakens Panel at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. Abrams appears to be wearing a stainless steel Apple Watch with a blue band. It is possible that the band is the Blue Modern buckle for the 38mm Apple Watch, but there's also a possibility that it's a custom made navy blue Sport Band created specifically for Abrams. Along with Abrams, several other celebrities have been seen wearing the Apple Watch. Pharrell Williams wore it on reality TV show The Voice, and both Katy Perry and Drake shared Instagram photos of themselves wearing gold Apple Watch Edition models. Yesterday, a photo surfaced of designer Karl Lagerfeld with a custom gold Apple Watch with matching gold Link Bracelet. As the launch of the Apple Watch approaches, we're likely to see it popping up on the wrists of other style icons, including celebrities, fashion designers, directors, and more, in an effort to introduce the Apple Watch to the public through these influencers. Apple's also been heavily marketing the Apple Watch in magazines and on television. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Brings Your TV's Remote Control to Your Wrist • Apple Watch Accessibility Features: VoiceOver, Mono Audio, Grayscale, Taptic Engine and More • Apple Partners With SunPower Corporation to Build Two Solar Power Plants in China • Apple Partners With The Conservation Fund to Protect Working Forests, Ensure Paper Supplies • IFTTT's 'Do Button' and 'Do Note' Coming to Apple Watch • Apple Confirms Sport Bands Include Three Pieces to Adjust Size • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount

Posted by on 16 April 2015 | 12:29 pm

Apple Releases OS X 10.10.3 Supplemental Update With Video Driver Fix

Following the April 8 public release of OS X 10.10.3, Apple has today released a supplemental update for software, which fixes a video driver bug that prevented Macs from starting when running certain apps that are designed to capture video. Today's supplemental update is available immediately for all OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 users from the Mac App Store.The OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Supplemental Update fixes a video driver issue that may prevent your Mac from starting up when running certain apps that capture video.OS X 10.10.3 brought several new features to Apple's desktop operating system, including the new Photos for OS X app, a revamped emoji picker, new diversified emoji, Spotlight suggestions for lookup, and a bunch of bug fixes and performance improvements. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Brings Your TV's Remote Control to Your Wrist • Apple Watch Accessibility Features: VoiceOver, Mono Audio, Grayscale, Taptic Engine and More • Apple Partners With SunPower Corporation to Build Two Solar Power Plants in China • Apple Partners With The Conservation Fund to Protect Working Forests, Ensure Paper Supplies • IFTTT's 'Do Button' and 'Do Note' Coming to Apple Watch • Apple Confirms Sport Bands Include Three Pieces to Adjust Size • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount

Posted by on 16 April 2015 | 12:05 pm

'iPad Pro' Cases Increasing in Quality Ahead of Rumored Fall Launch

From design mockups to purported case leaks, the much-rumored "iPad Pro" has been steadily building steam for the past few months. Today, several new cases apparently designed for Apple's iPad Pro have been leaked, and one in particular is far more detailed than any previously released (via SonnyDickson.com). The notable new case leaked today is the first to feature a tri-fold design with a fabric cover, marking a substantial increase in complexity over the simple soft plastic cases seen previously. This increased complexity could be a sign that case manufacturers are increasingly confident in the iPad Pro's design specs and thus willing to invest in more expensive case designs such as this even months ahead of the expected launch. Recent rumors point towards the iPad Pro's screen measuring between 12.2- and 12.9-inches, with the expected array of cutouts for the volume rockers, back-facing camera, lock button, and a charging port. The newly leaked cases have cutouts for all of these features, including what appear to be speakers at both the top and bottom of the device, in line with previous rumors surrounding the tablet. The new cases also include the mysterious cutout on the left side of the device. Some previous rumored cases have included the cutout, with rumors variously suggesting it could be for a SIM-card tray on cellular models, a second Lightning port, or perhaps a USB-C port. The Wall Street Journal previously claimed Apple is indeed considering including USB on the iPad Pro. As is always worth pointing out, these early case designs could still be far off from the actual design of whatever the iPad Pro turns out to be, due to case manufacturers creating molds off of leaked or unsubstantiated design elements. But while there have been some notable misses over the years, case designs have generally proven accurate indicators of upcoming product designs. The latest rumors peg the iPad Pro as perhaps having a triple-core A8X processor, 2 GB of RAM, Touch ID, and possibly shipping with a first-party Apple manufactured stylus accessory. Release date rumors have fluctuated significantly as Apple as reportedly pushed back its internal timeline several times. The latest rumors suggest production could begin in September, perhaps setting up for an October launch alongside a refresh of the existing iPad lineup. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Watch Accessibility Features: VoiceOver, Mono Audio, Grayscale, Taptic Engine and More • Apple Partners With SunPower Corporation to Build Two Solar Power Plants in China • Apple Partners With The Conservation Fund to Protect Working Forests, Ensure Paper Supplies • IFTTT's 'Do Button' and 'Do Note' Coming to Apple Watch • Apple Confirms Sport Bands Include Three Pieces to Adjust Size • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch

Posted by on 16 April 2015 | 10:35 am

Next-Generation iPhones Could Adopt 7000 Series Aluminum Used in Apple Watch Sport

Apple's next-generation iPhones could adopt 7000 Series aluminum used for the Apple Watch Sport, according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News. The so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" would likely use Apple's custom Series 7000 aluminum alloy, which is designed to be 60% stronger than most aluminum, and one-third the density of stainless steel, while still maintaining a light weight. Apple elaborated in more detail about the Series 7000 aluminum it used for the Apple Watch Sport on its website, noting that each casing is machined, polished and blasted with microscopic zirconia beads to achieve a consistent satin texture found on each Apple Watch. An additional anodized outer layer helps protect against scratches and corrosion, while the anodizing process also makes possible alternative colors like Space Gray.For Apple Watch Sport, we started with 7000 Series aluminum — the same used in competition bicycles. We altered it to create a new alloy that’s just as light, yet even more durable — it’s 60 percent stronger than most aluminum, and one-third the density of stainless steel. It has a bright, lustrous colour and a uniform structure free of defects and impurities. Each case is machined and polished, then blasted with microscopic zirconia beads to achieve a consistent, satin texture. A special anodizing process creates a hard, clear outer layer that helps protect against scratches and corrosion.Economic Daily News has a mixed track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming plans, and the translated report does not offer many further details, so this rumor should be treated with a proverbial grain of salt. Nevertheless, it is common for Apple to introduce new features on one device before expanding to others. Force Touch, for example, was exclusive to the Apple Watch before making its way to MacBooks, and the technology is also rumored to be included in the next iPhone. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Apple Partners With SunPower Corporation to Build Two Solar Power Plants in China • Apple Partners With The Conservation Fund to Protect Working Forests, Ensure Paper Supplies • IFTTT's 'Do Button' and 'Do Note' Coming to Apple Watch • Apple Confirms Sport Bands Include Three Pieces to Adjust Size • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features

Posted by on 16 April 2015 | 9:30 am

Tim Cook Featured in TIME's List of '100 Most Influential People'

Apple CEO Tim Cook has made TIME's annual list of "the 100 most influential people" alongside several other notable celebrities, business executives, scientists, authors, healthcare professionals, iconic leaders and more. Cook's segment was written by John Lewis, a civil rights leader and Democratic Congressman from Georgia. The chief executive last made TIME's list in 2012, less than one year after the passing of Steve Jobs."It could not have been easy for Tim Cook to step into the immense shadow cast by the late Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. But with grace and courage and an unabashed willingness to be his own man, Tim has pushed Apple to unimaginable profitability—and greater social responsibility. He is setting a new standard for what business can do in the world. Tim is unwavering in his support of an individual’s right to privacy and is not only embracing equality and LGBT rights but advocating for change through his words and actions. His commitment to renewable energy is also leaving our planet a little cleaner and a little greener for generations yet unborn."While not included in the list himself, Apple design chief Jonathan Ive also wrote a piece on Airbnb founder and fellow designer Brian Chesky, describing him as a "travel revolutionary" that has created a new way to build community through his startup. "Brian Chesky’s audacity is fabulous. He dares to believe that we shouldn’t be strangers, that we can have a sense of true belonging whenever, wherever we travel." Notable inclusions in the tech industry include YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun. Other highly recognizable names making the list include Emma Watson, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Hillary Clinton, Pope Francis, Tim McGraw and Vladimir Putin. Cook was also nominated for TIME's "Person of the Year" award in 2014. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • IFTTT's 'Do Button' and 'Do Note' Coming to Apple Watch • Apple Confirms Sport Bands Include Three Pieces to Adjust Size • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch

Posted by on 16 April 2015 | 8:46 am

Apple Watch Orders Will Remain Exclusively Online Through May, Deliveries Begin April 24

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts issued an internal memo to retail employees on Thursday that helps eliminate some of the confusion surrounding the launch of the wrist-worn device. The memo, a roughly translated copy of which was obtained by iGen.fr, states that Apple Watch orders will continue to be taken exclusively online through May and that deliveries will begin April 24 as planned."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." With no walk-in purchases of the Apple Watch available at Apple Stores until at least June, and product reservations for in-store pickup not available yet, it would appear that the Apple Watch's upcoming April 24 launch day could be quieter than usual. The long lines that typically accompany an iPhone launch, for example, could be a lot shorter than usual at many Apple retail stores around the world. Fortunately, disappointed customers can rest assured that Apple's iconic lineups will not be going away forever. Ahrendts ensured in her memo to retail employees that not all Apple products will launch the same way as the Apple Watch, adding that both Apple and its customers love the long lines and that there will be many more of them to come in the future."I know this is a different experience for our customers, and has changed for you as well. Are we going to launch every product this way from now on? No. We all love those blockbuster Apple product launch days and there will be many more to come. They're the times where you, our teams, shine. And our customers love them as well!"Likely to reflect that many customers will not be receiving their pre-orders by April 24, and that in-store availability on launch day, if any, will be very limited, Apple changed the tagline on its website on late Wednesday to read "the Watch is coming" instead of "available 4.24.15" as it previously showed. Apple Watch pre-orders began on April 10 at 12:01 AM Pacific and sold out in less than six hours. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • TSMC May Supply 30% of A9 Chip Orders for Next-Generation iPhone • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone

Posted by on 16 April 2015 | 6:55 am

Ming-Chi Kuo: Global Apple Watch Pre-Orders Exceed 2.3 Million Units

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple, has issued a new note to investors estimating that global pre-orders for Apple Watch has exceeded 2.3 million units. Previously, a study from Slice Intelligence estimated that there were 1 million Apple Watch pre-orders in the United States. We estimate production of Apple Watch around 2.3mn units in March-May. Mass production of Apple Watch began in March and will likely reach 2.3mn by end of May. Considering that most consumers who preordered will not get the device until June, we estimate global preorders of over 2.3mn units, with Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition representing a respective order allocation of 85%, 15% and less than 1%.Kuo notes that Apple plans to expand the supply chains for Apple Watch, with the Cupertino company targeting production of 2 - 3 million units per month. However, they estimate that the potential bottlenecks in production could be the vibrators that power haptic feedback from AAC and AMOLED displays supplied by LGD. The Apple Watch's vibrator technical problems come from being stuffed in a smaller form factor than an iPhone while needing a more accurate vibration frequency than the vibrator in an iPhone. Additionally, the AMOLED display needs both good color performance and a long life span. Kuo predicts that Apple could reach 2.5 million units produced in June if production bottlenecks are absent. He also isn't sure whether the Apple Watch will be a hit, estimating that less than one-tenth of iPhone owners have pre-ordered the Apple Watch, suggesting that hardcore Apple fans have made up the bulk of Watch pre-orders thus far. Apple has not yet provided official sales figures for the Apple Watch, so the exact number of pre-orders the Watch has received remains to be seen. The Apple Watch sold out online 6 hours after pre-orders were available, with many shipping dates slipping to June. When responding to a MacRumors reader who was concerned about the Apple Watch launch, Apple noted that deliveries could arrive sooner than expected. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

Posted by on 15 April 2015 | 8:24 pm

L.A. School District Cancels iPad Pearson Curriculum, Asks Apple for Refund

Following the end of the $1.3 billion education initiative that would have seen all students in the Los Angeles school district outfitted with an iPad, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has notified Apple that it will no longer be using or paying for the Pearson Education curriculum that was meant to accompany the iPads. In a letter sent to Apple and shared in part by the Los Angeles Times, the LAUSD asked for a refund and said it has no plans to "accept or compensate Apple for new deliveries of [Pearson Education] curriculum." When the school district entered into a contract with Apple, it paid approximately $768 per iPad, which included approximately $200 towards a three-year license for math and English curriculum from Pearson that was meant to replace many textbooks and other learning tools. The materials went largely unused by the district due to technical problems and the quality of the software."As you are aware, LAUSD is extremely dissatisfied with the work of Pearson," according to an April 13 letter signed by general counsel David Holmquist. "While Apple and Pearson promised a state-of-the-art technological solution ... they have yet to deliver it." Despite demands to fix the problem, the letter said that "the vast majority of our students are still unable to access the Pearson curriculum on iPads."The letter asks for a meeting with Apple to discuss the dissolution of the district's deal with Pearson and a refund for the licenses that it was not able to use, letting it recoup some of the cost that it paid for the failed iPad initiative. Apple and the Los Angeles Unified School District first entered into a $30 million agreement in 2013, which saw 35,000 iPads being distributed to 47 schools as part of a pilot program. The deal was meant to expand to a $1.3 billion initiative to provide all 640,000 students in the district with iPads, but it began falling apart soon after iPads were distributed to students. Apple's contract with the LAUSD has since been under scrutiny from the FBI, under accusations that former L.A. superintendent John Deasy may have modified the bidding process for the initiative to favor Apple and Pearson due to ties with executives at Pearson. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

Posted by on 15 April 2015 | 7:49 pm

Apple Updates Apple Watch 'Guided Tours' Site With Videos on Phone Calls, Siri, Music, and Maps

Earlier this month, Apple launched a new "Guided Tours" section on its dedicated Apple Watch website, showcasing several Apple Watch walkthrough videos designed to teach prospective buyers how various features work on the device. As of today, Apple has updated the site with four new videos, covering Phone Calls, Siri, Maps, and Music. The first video, on Phone Calls, walks users through how phone calls work on the Apple Watch. It displays options for answering incoming calls and making outgoing calls. There are several options when receiving a phone call -- it can be muted by covering the Apple Watch with a hand or a response message can be sent by scrolling up with the digital crown. Making a call can be done through the "Friends" button on the side, or through Siri. Apple's Siri Apple Watch video covers how to use Siri on the Apple Watch. Siri can be accessed by holding down on the digital crown and the digital assistant can do things like setting alarms, opening apps, getting directions, and more, as on the iPhone. In the "Music" video, Apple walks through available controls in the Music app on the Apple Watch, demonstrating how to control music on the iPhone using the device. A playlist can be transferred to the Apple Watch by placing the device on its charger, going to the Apple Watch app on the iPhone, and choosing "Sync Playlist." Music can be played from the Apple Watch directly through a paired device by using a force tap within the Music app to select a source and a destination. As we've previously learned, Apple Watch has 8GB of storage, with 2GB of that available for storing music. The Maps video includes instructions on the different ways to open the Maps app on the Apple Watch: by tapping on an address, accessing it from the home screen, or swiping up on the watch screen to get to the Maps Glance. Choosing a location can be done by a hard press on the screen, which opens up options for a contact's address, recent locations, or address input through dictation. Apple's Guided Tour videos are a useful resource for both prospective buyers and those who have already pre-ordered an Apple Watch, as they highlight both Apple Watch features and the way they're accessed on the device. We've learned from reviews that learning to control the Apple Watch and becoming accustomed to its input methods can take some time, so these videos are a great way to get a heads up on Apple Watch features ahead of launch. Apple still has three additional videos that have yet to be uploaded to the page, including "Apple Pay," "Activity," and "Fitness." We'll likely see those added to the site next week, ahead of the device's April 24 ship date. The Apple Watch can be pre-ordered from the Apple online store, with prices that start at $349. Apple Watch demand has been high, so orders placed today will not ship out until June and beyond, depending on model. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

Posted by on 15 April 2015 | 5:06 pm

App Store Increases Revenue Lead Over Google Play in Q1 2015

Apple's App Store increased its revenue lead by 10 percentage points over Google's Play Store in the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest numbers from App Annie obtained by The Wall Street Journal. The App Store's revenue was also almost 70% higher than the Play Store, despite Google Play receiving 70% more app downloads during the three-month period ending March. Apple's increased App Store revenue helped it reverse a trend that saw Google Play slowly catch up in revenue over recent quarters, although the Play Store continued to widen its lead in overall downloads. Apple previously held about a 60% advantage in App Store revenues over Google Play during the third quarter of 2014, but that figure rose to about 70% in Q1 2015 on the strength of the United States and China."China was a bright spot for Apple – mirroring the strong market share gains that the iPhone made in the country. Apple’s larger-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus proved immensely popular in the Chinese market where consumers prefer bigger display smartphones. In the first quarter of 2015, China passed the U.S. as the top country for iOS app downloads, App Annie said. China still trails the U.S. and Japan for App Store revenue. The Google Play store does not operate officially in mainland China."The disparity between the App Store and Google Play in terms of overall revenue and downloads is a longstanding trend between the iOS and Android storefronts. A number of popular developers turn to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch because Apple's ecosystem provides a more lucrative opportunity for earnings, while Google Play receives more downloads because there are significantly more Android users worldwide. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

Posted by on 15 April 2015 | 3:23 pm

Apple Gives Custom Apple Watch With Gold Link Bracelet to Designer Karl Lagerfeld

Several celebrities like Katy Perry, Drake, and Pharrell Williams have been spotted with the gold Apple Watch Edition ahead of the device's launch, but Apple gifted designer Karl Lagerfeld with something even more special -- a custom gold Apple Watch with a gold Link Bracelet. In an image shared on Instagram by Lagerfeld's assistant and bodyguard Sebastian Jondeau, Lagerfeld wears a yellow gold Apple Watch with the one-of-a-kind yellow gold Link Bracelet, which Jondeau says was "specially made" by Apple. Karl Lagerfeld is a well-known fashion designer who's the head of both Chanel and Fendi, in addition to his own fashion house. Lagerfeld was present at the Apple Watch's first public appearance at French Parisian boutique Colette and as a style icon, he could be an important asset for Apple's Apple Watch marketing efforts. Though there's a Link Bracelet for the Silver and Space Black stainless steel Apple Watches, Apple did not make a similar band available for the gold Apple watch Edition, presumably due to price and the sheer amount of gold that would be necessary for such a band. The existence of a custom gold Link Bracelet does, however, suggest that such a band could be made available to the public in the future. Just the gold used in the Modern Buckle band raises the price of the Apple Watch Edition from $10,000 (with Sport band) to $17,000, so the price of a pure gold Link Bracelet would likely be upwards of $25,000. The Link Bracelet for the standard Apple Watch is priced at $449 and is Apple's most expensive band. As we creep closer to the April 24 launch of the Apple Watch, we may see more custom designs like this on the wrists of celebrities and other fashion designers as Apple hopes to use these influencers to convince people to drive Apple Watch sales. (Thanks, John!) Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

Posted by on 15 April 2015 | 1:30 pm

Tim Cook Auctions Apple HQ Lunch Meeting, VIP Passes to Apple Keynote for Charity

For the third year in a row, Apple CEO Tim Cook is participating in a charity auction through CharityBuzz, offering whoever bids the most the chance to enjoy lunch with him at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino. This year's auction also includes two VIP passes to an Apple keynote event to watch Apple unveil new products. Two people can have lunch with Cook, and the experience will last for approximately one hour. Lunch is included in the auction price, but the winning bidder will need to cover travel and accommodations. The exact date of the lunch will be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time after the auction ends on May 6, 2015. Join me for lunch (and a keynote!) and help a great cause. @RFKHumanRights is working toward a more just world. https://t.co/QxaKne4itb— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 15, 2015 The auction has an estimated value of $100,000, and bids are currently up to $37,500. This is the third year that Tim Cook has auctioned off an opportunity to spend time with him, offering a coffee meeting in 2013 that sold for $610,000 and a lunch meeting in 2014 that sold for $330,001. Proceeds from the auction will once again benefit the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, a charity that aims to achieve a "just and peaceful world by partnering with human rights leaders, teaching social justice and advancing corporate responsibility." Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Coppertino Launches New VOX Music Player for iPhone, LOOP Music Locker With Limited Time Discount • 'Glide' Update Brings Video And Text Messaging Service to Apple Watch • Microsoft Updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview with Updated Look and New Features • Rare Working Apple-1 Computer With Cassette Interface Board Hits eBay • Mophie Debuts New 'Watch Dock' for Apple Watch • Apple Watch to Appear at Milan's Upcoming Salone Del Mobile Design Fair • 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' Launches on iPhone • Synology Launches New DiskStation DS1515 and RackStation RS815 Storage Solutions

Posted by on 15 April 2015 | 11:34 am