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Apple is considering a huge change to the next iPhone — here's how app makers are getting ready

Analysts and industry watchers expect the iPhone 6S will add Force Touch, which would let users press the screen like a button, to deliver a different command than simply touching the screen.<p>Apple hasn't confirmed this, but analysts that monitor the company's supply chain regularly and reporters …

AppleCare+ for Apple Watch Priced at $49/$69/$1500, Combo Plans With iPhone $100 More

Apple began accepting Apple Watch pre-orders at 12:01 AM Pacific today and disclosed further AppleCare+ pricing details for the wrist-worn device in the process. AppleCare+ for Apple Watch plans cost $49, $59 and $1,500 for the Sport, Watch and Edition models respectively, while accidental damage …

Here’s what it’s like to try-on the Apple Watch at stores

Apple Watch pre-orders just went online, but if you’d like to go try-on Jony Ive’s amazing timepiece before you buy it, you can now schedule a one-on-one appointment to go through the different models.<p>Apple Stores have been outfitted with new viewing tables and demo stations for the pre-order …

Everything you need to know about ordering the Apple Watch

If you’ve ever tried to buy a new iPhone the second it becomes available, you already know how crazy Apple product launches can be. When the Apple …

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Apple Watch's worldwide preview kicks off

Apple says its first wearable device will connect wirelessly to a user's iPhone and will be the interface for messaging, calls and apps, especially ones geared toward health and fitness.<p>"I'm very keen to buy it," said Kazuki Miura, a 43-year-old technology writer, after slipping the device onto his …

Here’s where you can buy the Apple Watch Edition

Tim Cook has only said that the Apple Watch Edition will be available in “select stores” later this month. You won’t be able to just walk into any location and try on the ultra-expensive gold model.<p>Now we know exactly which Apple retail stores around the world will sell the Edition when it goes on …

Apple Online Store Down Ahead of Apple Watch Pre-Orders

Apple has taken its online store down to prepare for the launch of Apple Watch pre-orders, as it often does ahead of a product launch. Pre-orders for the Apple Watch are expected to begin at 12:01 AM Pacific Time or 3:01 AM Eastern Time in the United States. Orders for the MacBook, which goes on …

iPhone 6s, iPhone 6c and iPad Pro already listed on one retailer’s site

A German retailer has apparently already listed various unreleased 2015 iOS products in its online lineup, even though Apple has yet to announce any …

30 Must-Have iPhone Apps For Frequent Flyers

Your iPhone could be your most valuable travel companion. It can help you get the best seats on and off the plane, get you to the gate on time, find convenient airport lounges, avoid weather cancellations and even help you find the bathroom in a pitch dark hotel room. All these apps are available …

Apple Watch Can Use Known Wi-Fi Networks for Limited Functions Even When iPhone Is Off

A collection of major tech blogs yesterday published their in-depth reviews for the Apple Watch, one of which was <i>Yahoo! Tech</i>'s David Pogue, whose opinion fell in line with most other sites, describing the Apple Watch as "light-years better" than any other smartwatch, but "you don't need one."<p>When …

Elle magazine Australia offers fashion tips for making the Apple Watch part of women’s wardrobes

Latest stop in the Apple Watch tour of the world’s fashion magazines is the Australian edition of <i>Elle</i>, where fashion editor Sara Smith models the watch and “shares her tips for making the watch work in your wardrobe.” The magazine’s editor in chief, Justine Cullen, also shares why she wants one …

New rumor claims Apple will launch three iPhone models this year, including 4-inch iPhone 6C

A sketchy new rumor from the sometimes-unreliable Digitimes claims that Apple will be releasing three new iPhone models this year. While many Apple watchers are expecting to see the release of two new “S” models—the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus—the new report also says the company will release a third …

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Apple Watch Learns Runners' Strides Over Time, Becoming More Independent From iPhone

After talking with Tim Cook onstage at the March 9 "Spring Forward" media event, model Christy Turlington Burns has kept a weekly blog on Apple's official website with updates on her preparations for the London Marathon next month.<p>In this week's post, Burns mentions in passing that the Watch will …

Apple Announces April 10 Grand Openings for Apple Watch Shops in London, Paris, and Tokyo

Apple today officially announced April 10 grand openings for its three dedicated Apple Watch shops located in high-end department stores in London, Paris, and Tokyo. As previously outlined, the store-within-a-store locations are at Selfridges in London, Galeries Lafayette in Paris, and Isetan in …

Your iPhone could help lower medical bills

Your iPhone could save you time and money at the doctor's office. At least that's what doctors hope.<p>Apple's new health software platforms, HealthKit and ResearchKit, allow apps to track an iPhone owner's fitness level. HealthKit enables people to share that data with certain doctors and hospitals. …

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Apple camera patent would allow high-resolution photos without sacrificing image quality

If you were wondering why Apple has ignored the megapixel race and stuck to a modest 8MP camera in its latest iPhones when almost every other manufacturer is cramming in as many pixels as physically possible, it’s all about image quality. While more pixels allow you to blow up photos to larger …

The first Apple Watch was an iPhone with a Velcro strap

The Apple Watch was created under crazy, sleep-deprived conditions, with its first working prototype being an iPhone strapped to the wrist with a Velcro strap, and the Digital Crown represented by a custom dongle plugged into the bottom of the phone via the headphone jack.<p>Those are a couple of the …

Upcoming refreshed Apple TV reportedly will not feature support for 4K video

BuzzFeed reports today that Apple’s next-generation Apple TV will not support 4K video streaming. Citing “sources in position to know,” the report claims that due to the lack of TVs that support the latest video standard, as well as the lack of streaming 4K content, Apple has no plans to implement …

Bloomberg: Samsung to produce Apple’s A9 chip for next-gen iPhone

Bloomberg reports that Samsung has signed on to provide A9 chips to Apple for the next-generation iPhone. Apple moved to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) in 2013 for its processors, looking to reduce its reliance on Samsung, who is a major competitor in the smartphone space and a …

New kind of Force Touch could come to next plus-size iPhone

A new, improved version of the Apple Watch’s Force Touch technology could be coming to Apple’s next-generation plus-sized iPhone — and according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo it may be a significant enough upgrade to persuade Apple to call its next handset the iPhone 7 instead of 6s.<p>Force …

LG publicly claims Apple will release ‘iMac 8K’ with 8K screen this year

Last week, Apple’s biggest display partner LG Display published an explainer on 8K (7,680 by 4,320 resolution) screens, claiming that the specification is the future of display technology. LG has already demonstrated 8K monitors at CES in Las Vegas, and notes that the panel boasts 16 times the …

Angela Ahrendts wants to change the way you buy Apple products

Launch day queues for the latest must-have gadget are as much a part of Apple culture as learning to live without ports and optical drives.<p>But Apple retail guru Angela Ahrendts wants to change all that — sending out an email to Apple Store employees proclaiming that, “The days of waiting in line … …

Apple plans more power-efficient displays for next tablets, including iPad Pro

Apple will apparently utilize oxide TFT displays for its next-generation iPad models, allowing the tablets to consume drastically less power.<p>In order to gain a bigger piece of the pie, manufacturer LG Display (aka the world’s largest LCD panel maker) is reportedly investing in the necessary P8-P9 …

Apple Pay adds over 30 new banks and credit unions

Apple has added the next wave of support for Apple Pay from 39 banks and credit unions today bringing the total active institutions to over 180 banks. Here are the latest to support Apple Pay as well as the full list so far:<p>1st Advantage Federal Credit Union American Savings Bank Bank of Utah …

HBO NOW standalone streaming service debuts on Apple TV, iPhone & iPad with 1-month free trial

HBO’s new standalone streaming service called HBO NOW has officially launched on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad. HBO NOW allows subscribers to watch the premium network’s movies and TV shows online. The service is similar to Netflix as it’s delivered over a high-speed Internet connection rather than …

Apple reportedly will push customers to order Apple Watch online

Apple is purportedly telling its retail store employees to encourage customers to order the Apple Watch online.<p>Preorders of the Apple Watch are set to start Friday. The watch will then be available online or by reservation in Apple stores starting April 24. However, "store inventory will be …

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Apple Watch Reservations Will Be Limited to One Per Customer

Apple Watch reservations for in-store pickup will be limited to one per customer through Apple's Reserve and Pickup service, <i>MacRumors</i> has learned. Customers in the United States and other launch countries will be required to present a valid government-issued photo ID upon pickup at the Apple Store …

Apple’s human interface chief on the obsessive details you’ll never notice in your Apple Watch

There’s an oft-told story about Steve Jobs insisting the wiring inside the Macintosh be made to look neat even though few owners would ever see it. Apple’s human-interface chief Alan Dye, interviewed in <i>Wired</i>, says the same attention to detail lives on in Apple today, and is reflected in the care …