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Thursday April 23

05:23
Apple Invents an Advanced Diamond Layered Trackpad that De...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new advances in haptics that will allow users to feel cold steel or the heat of a hot cement surface on iDevice displays or advanced trackpads on MacBooks. In fact, Apple notes that in order to deliver the best haptic experience that could deliver such sensations, they'll introduce a trackpad surface made of diamond

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03:30
Apple Watch Pre-Orders Now Shipping for April 24 Delivery

Apple has notified many Apple Watch pre-order customers in the United States and other first wave launch countries to confirm that their orders have shipped, with deliveries starting on April 24 as scheduled. All customers should now have access to a tracking number through UPS or another courier service to track their Apple Watch pre-orders leading into Friday's launch. With the Apple Store's order status finally updated in tandem with a few early notifications customers have received from services like UPS, Apple Watch pre-order customers with a confirmed shipping status can now track their package through Apple's online store. Though yesterday's UPS notifications sent out to some customers focused mostly on areas in the southern United States, this morning's official update from Apple applies to customers nationwide and in other launch countries. Today's update comes after a week of slight...

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02:48
Apple Invents New Underwater Photography Editing Tools

On April 23, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an all-new underwater photography image editing tools that could be coming to a future version of Photos application.

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Wednesday April 22

19:28
Apple Contacting Some Early Apple Watch Customers: 'W...

Apple on Wednesday emailed select customers that pre-ordered the Apple Watch to reassure them that the company is working on their orders and will provide them with specific delivery dates and tracking information when available. Apple appears to have sent the email to customers with Apple Watch pre-orders that have yet to be prepared for shipment ahead of Friday's launch. Apple Watch pre-order deliveries will begin on April 24 as scheduled, although it remains unknown how many devices will reach customers on day one. Apple confirmed earlier today that many Apple Watch pre-orders with extended shipping estimates will be delivered sooner than expected, but also noted that some customers with extended shipping estimates may still be in for a long wait. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories •...

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15:35
Apple's "Live Listen" is now a Registered T...

On April 22, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for "Live Listen" which was issued to Apple officially yesterday. Apple filed for this trademark ...

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15:29
Apple Watch 'Guided Tours' Site Updated With Vid...

Apple has launched a third update to the "Guided Tours" section on its dedicated Apple Watch website, showcasing new walkthrough videos on using Apple Pay and the Workout and Activity apps on the device. Apple first debuted its Guided Tour website on April 3 and has been gradually adding instructional videos to help people discover all of the things that the Apple Watch is able to do. The Apple Pay video walks through how Apple Pay is used on the Apple Watch at a location that accepts contactless payments. Double clicking the side button and holding a wrist to the payment terminal initiates a payment, which is confirmed with a vibration and a beep. The video also covers how to add a credit card to an iPhone using Passbook. The Activity video explores the "Activity" app on the Apple Watch, which is the...

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15:00
Apple Watch Will Be Available for Purchase at Select Bouti...

Apple doesn't plan to offer the Apple Watch for sale in its retail stores on Friday, having opted to restrict orders to online purchases only, but some retail stores around the world will have Apple Watches in stock for customers to purchase on April 24. Several high-end fashion boutiques will be offering the watch for sale beginning Friday, according to a new report from The New York Times. Stores with stock will include Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London, Maxfield in Los Angeles, Colette in Paris, the Corner in Berlin, and 10 Corso Como in Milan. All of these stores were previously unveiled as retail locations that would carry the Apple Watch, but it was not known that the stores would have stock for customers to purchase on launch day, given the Apple...

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12:52
Apple Confirms Many Apple Watch Pre-Orders Will Arrive Soo...

Earlier today, a number of Apple Watch pre-orders with delivery estimates of 4-6 weeks or later started changing from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" on the Apple Online Store. Apple also began charging some credit and debit cards of customers with orders showing extended shipping times. Apple has since confirmed to John Paczkowski at BuzzFeed that many customers will receive their Apple Watch pre-orders sooner than expected. The company says it is working hard to fulfill orders as quickly as possible based on the order in which they were received, and does note that some customers are still in for a long wait.“We’re happy to be...

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12:36
Apple to Offer Band Only Exchanges for Apple Watch

Apple is planning to offer customers an opportunity to exchange only their Apple Watch bands rather than an entire Apple Watch if a band is the wrong size or the wrong style. Retail employees have been instructed to suggest a band swap as an alternative to a whole watch return if an Apple Watch is being returned based on size, color, or band style. A band swap, according to an internal employee training document, can potentially save the customer time as it eliminates the need to set up and sync an entirely new watch. Band swaps are available for the Apple Watch Sport and the stainless steel Apple Watch, but will not be available for the more expensive gold Apple Watch Edition. There are several rules for band swaps:- The new band must be within the same collection as the watch and must be an available band option for that watch face. - The band swap is within 14 day return period. - The watch must have been purchased at the Apple Online Store, Kiosk, or Apple Store App...

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11:48
Google Debuts 'Project Fi' Wireless Service in P...

Google today announced its entrance into the wireless service business, with the debut of Project Fi, a service that combines multiple cellular networks with Wi-Fi hotspots to offer "the best network wherever you go." As rumored back in January, Google is teaming up with both Sprint and T-Mobile for Project Fi, and the two carriers will provide the cellular service for Google's initiative. With Project Fi service, customers will be able to connect to the fastest network at any given location, whether it's Sprint LTE, T-Mobile LTE, or a Wi-Fi hotspot. We developed new technology that gives you better coverage by intelligently connecting you to the fastest available network at your location whether it's Wi-Fi or one of our two partner LTE networks. As you go about your day, Project Fi automatically connects you to more than a...

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10:45
Apple Retail Store Logos Go Green for Earth Day

Today is Earth Day and in celebration of the occasion, Apple has updated the logos of some of its retail stores with green leaf accents, as it does each year on April 22. The green leaves mark a departure from the standard white logo, and Earth Day represents one of the few occasions each year where Apple tweaks its store logos. This Earth Day, and every day, we're committed to leaving the world better than we found it. http://t.co/iIHRXEwpfA pic.twitter.com/SIyZVAeznL— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 22, 2015 Along with installing green-leafed Apple logos at retail stores Apple may also be planning to hold a special Earth Day celebratory event at its Cupertino campus, as it...

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10:14
Some Apple Watch Pre-Orders With 4-6 Weeks or June Deliver...

With less than two days until the Apple Watch launches in the United States and eight other countries, customers who pre-ordered the Apple Watch and received shipping estimates of 4-6 weeks or later are beginning to see earlier than expected movement on their orders placed through the Apple Online Store. A growing number of people have turned to the MacRumors discussion forums and tipped us individually about their Apple Watch pre-orders with 4-6 weeks or June delivery estimates changing from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment" on Apple's order tracking page for various aluminum and stainless steel models. A portion of those that pre-ordered have also seen credit or debit card charges from Apple appear on their statements, although it is likely that the majority of those charges are Apple preauthorizations to ensure a customer's bank account is in good standing. Apple's payment and pricing...

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09:24
ABC News is now Ready for Apple Watch with a new App

When Apple announced the wearable last September, CEO Tim Cook called it Apple's "most personal" device yet -- something ABC News considered when finding a way to bring news to the Apple Watch.

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08:53
Apple Watch Owners Beware: Don't Clean Your Watch...

Last year the joker who runs Unboxed Therapy bent an iPhone 6 and basically claimed that it was rather easy to do. Was it a Samsung planted story – who knows? But ...

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08:51
Apple Unlikely to Release New 4-Inch iPhone This Year, New...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a note to investors on Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, reiterating that Apple is unlikely to launch a new 4-inch iPhone this year. Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, added that Apple will instead likely release a new 4-inch iPhone with Apple Pay compatibility in 2016."iPhone 5S still going strong; next 4-inch likely in 2016. Shipments of 5S are still going strong at 5-7mn units every quarter, an impressive level at such a mature stage of the product cycle. Momentum is being sustained by a more affordable price and the product’s outstanding design. But we still believe it’s necessary for Apple to have a new 4-inch iPhone because: (1) it will be key to extending momentum in the 4-inch category; and (2) it could complete the Apple Pay ecosystem, assuming it is equipped with NFC. We predict a launch in 2016."The well-informed analyst claims that the iPhone 5c...

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08:17
Popular Apple Watch App Screenshots Revealed Ahead of Frid...

A new tool created by developer Steven Troughton-Smith that allows you to search for Apple Watch app screenshots based on iTunes links has provided an early glimpse at several popular apps for the wrist-worn device. Some developers have already shared screenshots, and other websites have shared additional ones, but this tool provides the closest look yet at third-party apps for Apple Watch ahead of its April 24 launch. Clear Flipboard RunKeeper Shazam Twitter Yahoo Weather Apple Watch app screenshots are required to be submitted by developers and should begin appearing on the App Store when the wrist-worn device launches on April 24, or soon after, alongside traditional iPhone and iPad screenshots. In the meantime, this tool...

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07:16
UPS Begins Confirming April 24 Apple Watch Pre-Order Deliv...

Following a week of constant order status changes and general haziness on when customers would actually receive their Apple Watch orders, a few MacRumors users have confirmed this morning that they have received April 24 delivery estimates for their Apple Watch pre-orders. In the forums, multiple mentions of an Apple distribution center in Mount Juliet, Tennessee have resulted in numerous users getting confirmed delivery dates for their Apple Watch orders this Friday, April 24. While mostly centered in the southern states like Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida, a few outliers, like a few customers in Indiana, have also had the April delivery date confirmed. The news comes after a few Apple Watch pre-order customers began receiving UPS tracking...

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06:42
Apple's Jony Ive and Marc Newson Talk Up Design and t...

At a recent private dinner related to the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference, Vogue interviewed Jony Ive on the Apple Watch.

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04:37
The First 10 Days of Galaxy S6 Sales in Korea are Frighten...

According to a new Korean press report today, "Samsung Electronics Co.'s newest high-end smartphones - the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge -- are seen drawing less than expected attention ...

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Tuesday April 21

16:04
Apple Watch Sport's Ion-X Glass Display Cover Subject...

Earlier this month, a video surfaced showing the incredible scratch resistance of the sapphire crystal display cover used in the stainless steel and Edition Apple Watches, and now another video claims to show the scratch resistance of the Ion-X glass display cover used in the Apple Watch Sport. The video, from Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy, uses Ion-X glass covers sourced from Sonny Dickson, who has acquired parts from various pre-release devices in the past. The glass covers in the video are said to be the same Ion-X covers used in the Apple Watch Sport. Hilsenteger subjects the Ion-X glass to a key, a knife, steel wool, and several different sandpapers to try to damage it (skip to 2:30 to get to the scratch testing portion of the video). While a key, a knife, and steel wool don't do any damage to the glass, Hilsenteger is able...

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14:22
Apple's VP of Retail Confirms that Iconic Blockbuster...

Earlier today Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Sales Angela Ahrendts sent a video out to Apple Store Managers and their respective teams ...

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12:11
New Premium Reseller Apple Watch Stores Open in China ahea...

Photographer David Hobby tweeted earlier today that "Presently in Xiamen, China which has no Apple Store. But Apple Watch already on display at premium resellers," ...

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11:44
Future Notebooks may include a Solid State Drive Slot Supp...

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung showing us that they want to take SSD's to the next-level by creating them so that they could be removable and/or upgradable in Notebooks, PC's and beyond.

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08:01
Adobe Lightroom Updated With HDR and Panorama Merge, Facia...

Adobe today announced a major update to Lightroom CC (and the launch of the standalone Lightroom 6), its professional photo editing software for Mac users. The new update brings significant performance improvements and several new features like HDR merge, Panorama merge, facial recognition, improved slideshows, a filter brush, and more. One of the most impressive new organizational features in the updated version of Lightroom is facial recognition, which lets Lightroom users organize their photos by subject for the first time, in addition to organizing with tags, flags, and star ratings. Once a face in a single photo is named, the software is able to find more images that feature that person for quick tagging by face. A new "People" view lets users sort photos by person. Panorama Merge, another new feature, lets photographers stitch together multiple images, including RAW and JPG files to create ultra high-quality panoramic shots. It has built in tools for automatically...

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03:56
Will Apple Use Corning's New Sa-Phire Glass for Next-...

A new Korean report this morning is claiming that next generation smartphones from Samsung and Apple are likely to us a new glass from Corning.

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