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Tuesday March 10

03:47
Apple Granted 41 Patents today covering the Apple Watch De...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 41 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover the first Apple Watch design patent to surface. We cover two other specific patents and wrap up this week's granted patent report with ...

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01:06
Apple Granted a Patent for Future iDevices with Sidewall D...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 41newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent relating to possible future iDevices like the iPhone having sidewall flexible displays that could represent virtual buttons ...

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Monday March 9

20:04
Apple Raises Prices on Several Products in Many Countries...

While Apple discounted the Apple TV to $69 in the United States this afternoon, it also raised the prices on several products across many countries due to the strength of the U.S. dollar. A wide selection of Apple products, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Thunderbolt Display, are now more expensive in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and multiple other countries to reflect currency adjustments. Apple now charges up to $3,049 for the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro in Canada A spot check of the Apple Online Store in Canada, for example, reveals that Apple has increased the price of the unlocked iPhone 6 from between $749-$969 to $839-$1,099, Thunderbolt Displays from $999 to $1,199, and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros from between $2,099-$2,699 to $2,449-$3,049. Apple also...

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14:52
Apple Watch Hands-On: A First Look at Software, Apple Pay,...

We got several hands-on first impressions of the Apple Watch following its September debut, but at that time, finished versions of the Apple Watch with fully functional software were not available. As of today, members of the press are getting their first look at Apple Watches running near-complete versions of Watch OS, and several sites have shared new tidbits and thoughts on the device, which we've rounded up below. TechnoBuffalo's Jon Rettinger tested the aluminum Apple Watch Sport, Apple's most affordable watch, giving a demo of the device's software. A hard press on the screen brings up different watch faces, each of which can be customized, as Tim Cook described during today's event. In a second video, TechnoBuffalo takes a look at the design of the Apple Watch Sport, giving a close up of...

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14:06
The Surprise of the Apple Event: Apple Reinvents the MacBo...

What an interesting Apple event it was today. It covered much more than I had ever imagined. In fact, my favorite segment by far was the introduction of the new MacBook. This report is primarily about that key segment.

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13:25
First Impressions of New 12-Inch MacBook: Ridiculously Lig...

Following today's "Spring Forward" media event, Apple allowed members of the media in attendance to get some hands-on time with the brand-new 12-inch Retina MacBook. Many sites are now sharing their first impressions of the notebook, which includes an incredibly thin design (13.1mm), a revamped trackpad, a Core M processor, silent operation thanks to the lack of a fan, an edge-to-edge keyboard, and a single USB-C port. We've gathered up some of the initial thoughts below to give our readers an introductory look at what to expect from the new MacBook. To begin with, TechnoBuffalo has a hands-on video of the 12-inch Macbook, which gives a good look at the various features of the device, including the edge-to-edge keyboard, the Touchpad, and the new USB-C port. It also gives us a clear picture of just how thin the new MacBook is. Engadget...

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12:57
Apple Posts Full Video of Today's 'Spring Forwar...

Now that Apple's "Spring Forward" media event has wrapped up, the company has posted a full video of the event on its website, which viewers can watch at their leisure. During the event, Apple shared several product videos, which it has now uploaded to YouTube. There are dedicated videos on the new MacBook, each of the Apple Watch models, the new West Lake, China Apple Store, and more. A full list of videos is below. - The New MacBook - Design - The New MacBook - Reveal - Apple Watch + Christy Turlington Burns - Apple Watch - The Watch Reimagined - Apple Watch Sport -Aluminum - ...

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12:37
Apple Backs Down on $7.99 Price Point for New Music Servic...

Amid all of the excitement over the 12-inch MacBook and new pricing details on the Apple Watch, Billboard has shared some new information on Apple's rumored music service. Initial rumors suggested Apple was hoping to undercut competing services like Spotify on price, offering its upcoming music service for $7.99, but according to Billboard, music labels are said to be highly resistant to pricing under the industry standard of $9.99. Due to labels' insistence on the $9.99 price point, Apple is said to have backed down from its aggressive $7.99 pricing goal, suggesting the service may cost subscribers $9.99 per month instead of $7.99 per month.Negotiations for Apple's upcoming subscription service are evidence labels are standing firm on...

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11:32
Apple Watch Battery Life: 18 Hours Mixed Usage, Up to 72 H...

Apple has outlined specific information about Apple Watch battery life on its website, claiming that the wrist-worn device gets all-day battery life of 18 hours on a single charge based on mixed usage, and up to 72 hours in Power Reserve mode. The battery testing was conducted in March using a preproduction Apple Watch paired with an iPhone running preproduction software. Apple claims that the Apple Watch has battery life of up to 3 hours for talk time, 6.5 hours for audio playback over Bluetooth, up to 7 hours during a workout session with the heart rate sensor on and up to 48 hours for timekeeping. Apple Watch charging times are listed as about 1.5 hours from 0% to 80% and 2.5 hours from 0% to 100% using the included MagSafe inductive charger. Apple's claim of all-day battery life is based on using the Apple Watch for 90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use, and a 30-minute workout with music playback via...

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11:29
Apple Watch Bands Range in Price from $49 for the Sport Ba...

Following today's "Spring Forward" media event where Apple shared additional details on the Apple Watch, the company has a new online storefront that details the prices of all of the different Apple Watch combinations and individual bands. As predicted, Apple is selling the Apple Watch in pre-configured arrangements, but the company is also offering bands on a standalone basis. The entry-level aluminum Apple Watch sport pricing starts at $349 for a 38mm model with an included sport band, while the 42mm model is priced at $399. Standalone Sport bands are priced at $49 across the board, and are available in Black w/ Space Gray pin, Black, White, Pink, Blue, and Green. The Apple Watch Sport is only available pre-configured with Sport bands. Each Apple Watch Sport band purchase...

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10:51
Apple Watch Launches April 24, Price Ranges From $349 to O...

Apple announced on Monday that the Apple Watch will be available in nine countries beginning April 24, with pre-orders starting on April 10. The first wave launch countries include the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom. Apple Watch will be available for purchase by reservation at Apple Stores, online and at select authorized resellers in China and Japan.“Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait for people to start wearing Apple Watch to easily access information that matters, to interact with the world, and to live a better day by being more aware of their daily activity than ever before.” Apple Watch Sport will cost $349 for the 38mm model and...

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10:36
Gold Apple Watch Edition Costs Between $10,000 to $17,000,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday at the “Spring Forward” media event in San Francisco announced that the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will cost upwards of $10,000, and will be available in limited quantities. At the low end of Apple Watch Edition pricing, the 38mm 18-Karat Rose Gold Case with White Sport Band costs $10,000, and at the high end is the 38mm 18-Karat Yellow Gold Case with Bright Red Modern Buckle for $17,000. Follow the rest of our March 2015 event coverage for the latest information. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • Stainless Steel Apple Watch to Cost Between $549-$1049 (38mm), $599-$1099 (42mm)Apple Watch Sport to Cost $349 (38mm) and $399 (42mm)Apple to Release...

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10:05
MacBook Air and 13" Retina MacBook Pro Updated to Imp...

Following the announcement of the brand new line of MacBooks, Apple today revealed a slight update to its MacBook Air and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro lines. Both the 11" and 13" MacBook Air models will be upgraded to 5th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, Thunderbolt 2, and Intel HD Graphics 6000.Today the popular 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, 11-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Air all received significant upgrades,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The 13-inch MacBook Pro has been updated with the latest processors, more powerful graphics, faster flash, longer battery life and the all-new Force Touch trackpad. We’re also bringing the latest processors and graphics, and faster Thunderbolt 2 to the 11-inch and 13-...

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07:26
Apple Considering a Technology Development Center in India

According to a report from India, Apple is evaluating options to set up a company-owned technology development center in India, which, if it happens, will rank as a significant endorsement of the country's software engineering prowess.

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07:26
Live Coverage of Apple's March 2015 'Spring Forw...

Six months after the Apple Watch's unveiling, Apple's "Spring Forward" media event in San Francisco today will give us final details on the device ahead of its launch next month. We could see a few other announcements as well, but given the tagline and timing of the event, the Apple Watch will undoubtedly be the focus of today's proceedings. The event is being held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and begins at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Apple will be providing a live video stream on its website for Mac and iOS users and via Apple TV. Live Video Stream of Apple's March 2015 "Spring Forward" Media Event In addition, we will be updating this article with summary coverage and issuing Twitter updates through our @MacRumorsLive account...

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06:35
Apple to Take Reservations for Trying On Apple Watch, Cons...

Apple is shifting its retail strategy for the Apple Watch to deliver a more personalized shopping experience, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report claims that Apple Stores will accept in-store reservations for customers to try on the Apple Watch and corroborates that Apple is training its retail employees to help customers choose an Apple Watch model that suits them best. The report, citing sources familiar with the matter, adds that the high-end Apple Watch Edition will have scratch-resistant gold, which an in-depth analysis over the weekend revealed is because Apple mixes the metal with low-density ceramic particles. Apple is also said to have studied a platinum Apple Watch, but the model is unlikely to be announced Monday."The company...

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05:56
Samsung Declares War on Apple Pay with New Tactic

While Samsung is gearing up to launch its own mobile payment service in Korea and the U.S this summer, they've decided to stir things up by announcing that ...

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05:36
Best Buy Unlikely to Carry Apple Watch at Launch

Best Buy may not carry the Apple Watch when the wrist-worn device launches in April, according to Reuters. The report, citing sources with direct knowledge of the matter, corroborates speculation that Apple might control the Apple Watch sales experience, at least initially, by limiting the product to Apple Stores. Apple has been training its retail employees to deliver a more personalized shopping experience, as many customers will want to try on the various watch editions, faces and bands to determine which is best for them. Given that, it would make sense that Best Buy, and possibly other authorized resellers such as Walmart, Target and Sam's Club, might not immediately sell the Apple Watch. While large fashion...

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04:08
Apple Online Store Goes Down Ahead of 'Spring Forward...

The online Apple Store has been taken offline this morning less than five hours prior to Apple's highly-anticipated "Spring Forward" media event in San Francisco, where the company is expected to unveil further details about the Apple Watch alongside other potential announcements. If history repeats itself, the storefront should remain down until shortly after the conclusion of Apple's keynote. Recent Mac and iOS Blog Stories • 'Reserve Strap' Plans to Charge the Apple Watch on the WristMacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Messenger BagQuestionable Rumor Claims iPad Mini 4 With A8 Processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi May Launch SoonUpcoming Revamped Apple Music Streaming...

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04:07
Apple Live Streaming Today's 'Spring Forward...

With a few hours left to go before Apple's big "Spring Forward" media event, the company has once again unlocked the "Apple Events" channel on the Apple TV in preparation for the big event. Largely expected to be the central focus later today is the Apple Watch, given the Daylight Saving Time reference in the title of the event and the small amount of pricing and launch-related information known about the device so close to its rumored release date of April. Image via MacStories Other outlying possibilities include small refreshes of the 11" and 13" MacBook Air and the 13" Retina MacBook Pro. Less...

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Sunday March 8

10:27
Interesting Timing: Nike Updating their iOS Nike+ Running...

Nike is releasing an update to their famous Nike+ Running App for the iOS platform tomorrow, according to a Nike Press release. The new improvements will include an optimized landscape/armband mode ...

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08:30
What to Expect at Apple's 'Spring Forward'...

With just one day to go until Apple's "Spring Forward" media event in San Francisco, there are still plenty of unknowns about what the company will be showing off beyond a focus on the Apple Watch. As a result, we've put together this summary of what we expect to see, what we might see, and what we probably won't see at the event. Apple Watch Given the time-related tagline of "Spring Forward" and today's start of Daylight Saving Time in the United States, it's clear the Apple Watch is the focus of tomorrow's event. We got a first look at the device last September, but now with just a month to go until launch, it's time for Apple to provide final details and shape the marketing message. Expect more details on launch dates and pricing of course, as well as some updates on performance aspects such as battery life. Also expect apps to play a...

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06:50
The New Apple Watch could One Day Own San Francisco

Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day for Apple fans around the globe as Apple's Spring Forward event is to reveal more about the upcoming Apple Watch. This week we learned that key developers have been working on Apple Watch apps in a secret lab where communicating to the outside world is all but impossible.

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Saturday March 7

09:34
A New Apple Patent Surfaces in Europe Covering Inductive C...

Today we discovered a new European patent filing that Apple made earlier this week that was about inductive charging. While Apple's patent filing lists home appliances and wearable devices as categories that could take advantage of inductive charging, like the Apple Watch, it was interesting to see that they also listed "electric vehicles" as another category which was timely.

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07:12
The Phablet: The Ultimate Media-Consumption Device

This week a new report surfaced and presented some very interesting stats about the power of the Phablet in the market today that's worth noting.

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