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Twitter sharing disappears in latest iOS beta, may indica...

Today, 04:24 AM

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A small change to the latest beta version of iOS may indicate a big change coming to the official Twitter application. In the pre-release version of the software that was provided to testers and developers last week, it seems the option to share content to Twitter has been removed entirely.

Not only is the Twitter icon now missing from the share sheet in first-party apps like Photos and Safari, but from all third-party apps that use the native sharing option introduced in iOS 8. The change could just be a glitch, but it more likely suggests that Apple may be removing its in-house Twitter sheet in favor of something new…

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@MikeBeas Yeah. Probably has been missing since this last update.


Jacob Pritchett (@JacobSyndeo) March 30, 2015

With all of the changes Twitter has made to its media sharing options lately—from allowing multiple photo uploads and photo tagging to animated GIFs and full support for video—it seems logical to conclude that the social network decided Apple’s existing sharing features were simply too limited. The built-in iOS uploader, which hasn’t seen a new feature addition since it debuted in iOS 5, still only supports sharing one image at a time with no upgrades for video, GIFs, or user tagging.

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With the advent of iOS 8, app developers can now create their own sharing extensions that appear in the native social options right alongside the stock Mail, Facebook, and Messages applications. It would be in Twitter’s best interest to build its own extension that supported the latest features, providing a much more robust photo sharing feature directly from the Camera app and elsewhere.

An app-based extension would also allow Twitter to upgrade the share sheet on its own terms without the need for a full iOS upgrade. A quick install through the App Store could bestow the latest and greatest features on millions of users, while features in limited rollout or testing could be enabled on a per-user basis.

It would also allow users to preview a tweet before it goes live, much like what they currently see in the Twitter app when composing a new message.

@MikeBeas same here but globally


Christopher Sardegna (@rxcs) March 30, 2015

There’s already a precedent for this type of move on Apple’s part. During the beta of iOS 6, Apple’s old-and-busted YouTube app vanished, only to be replaced by a much more useful offering directly from Google. As Apple continually opens up new parts of its operating system to developers, many built-in features that leverage third-party networks can be replaced by components created by those companies, allowing for more rapid iteration and a better overall user experience.

The only possible downside to this change would be for those who prefer third-party Twitter clients like Tweetbot or Twitterrific. It’s no secret that Twitter isn’t very fond of developers who choose to build alternatives to its software. By removing the option to share to the social network unless a user installs the official client, Twitter will force fans of other apps to at least put the official app on their phones, even if they don’t use it regularly. That could help juice Twitter’s numbers when selling “sponsored tweets” and appealing to investors.

Of course, this can be easily worked around by those same third-party app developers, who can (and should!) build similar sharing extensions into their own clients.

While it seems probable that Twitter intiated this change to help fill out the share sheet’s feature set, one must wonder if Apple will eventually request similar updates from its other social networking partners at Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo to keep the sharing features up-to-date without having to rely on Apple engineers to do all the work.


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Apple Won't Allow Swapping of Bands at Apple Watch...

Today, 03:21 AM

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The Apple Watch will be available for in store previews and Try-On appointments starting on April 10th. The Apple Watch comes in a variety of sizes, colors, and band-types which can make the decision of how to pick a band and Apple Watch combination complicated.

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Apple has a number of recommended combinations highlighted on their online store, but also sells bands separately, allowing customers to potentially mix and match between the various Apple Watches and bands. Some combinations could yield a mix of materials that readers feared may not look natural together, such as an aluminum Apple Watch Sport and a stainless steel accented band. The stainless steel Apple Watch is the most cosmetically versatile but carries a $200 premium over the aluminum Apple Watch Sport.

Apple, however, will not allow customers to try arbitrary mix and match options during their Apple Watch Try-On appointments, presumably in the interest of time and simplicity. According to retail training materials MacRumors received, Apple specifically states that they "will not size links or swap bands" at the Try-on table or Try-on cases. Try-on appointments for non-Edition Apple Watches are meant to last only 5-15 minutes. Apple will have 18 specific Apple Watch combinations on display at their Try-On tables and 10 specific combinations at their Try-On cases.

Apple Watch pre-sales and try-on appointments start on April 10th, and the official launch of the Apple Watch is April 24th.mf.gif


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Apple will offer virtual online try-ons and personal setu...

Yesterday, 10:07 PM

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While Apple will offer extensive in-store sales and try-on experiences in Apple Stores, the company will also allow customers to virtually try on an Apple Watch or Apple Watch Edition and receive setup support, according to sources. Prior to purchasing either of two higher-end Apple Watches, customers will be able to video chat with an Apple Online Store representative who will personally try-on and model Apple Watch collections and band combinations. Additionally, as we noted in our prior article about Apple Watch Edition sales perks, Edition customers will be able to have a “personalized pre-sales experience” either over phone or online chat…

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Following the purchase of either a stainless steel Apple Watch or Apple Watch Edition, customers will be offered virtual personal setup via the Apple Online Store. These online specialists can walk the customer through the Apple Watch unboxing process, the setup of the iPhone Companion application, pairing with an iPhone via Bluetooth, and installing apps from the Apple Watch App Store.

This online virtual personal setup feature is ideal for those who want to quickly purchase the model of their choice, leave the store, and not participate in the customer journey. At launch, neither of these virtual offerings will be available for the entry-level Apple Watch Sport. Apple has offered similar virtual personal setup appointments for iPhones, iPads, and Macs in select European regions in the past, but this will mark the first time that such programs will be available in the United States.

We previously noted that Apple will not offer special business discounts for the Apple Watch, the appointment booking process, and that Apple Watches will be unable to be purchased without a reservation.


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Apple won’t offer business pricing/financing or iPhone tr...

Yesterday, 09:22 PM

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Apple won’t offer special business pricing, financing, and bulk discount options, like it does with Macs, iPhones, and iPads, for the Apple Watch at launch, according to sources. However, business customers will still be able to make their purchases via the dedicated Business Teams at some Apple Stores…

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In most cases, business customers will still, however, be offered the walk-through sales process discussed in our earlier articles. Some readers have hoped that Apple would sell the stainless steel or gold models in bulk due to the pricing and the allure of gifting several watches simultaneously.

Additionally, we are told that customers will not be able to use iPhone or non-iPhone trade-in program credit toward the purchase of the Apple Watch. So, if a customer already has a new iPhone model, they will not be able to trade-in their older iPhone for a gift card to be used toward the purchase of an Apple Watch. However, if a gift card has remaining value after a new iPhone is purchased, that amount can be used toward a Watch.


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Apple Store revamp for Apple Watch revealed: ‘magical’ di...

Yesterday, 08:50 PM

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While the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition has been receiving a lot of attention due to its premium pricing and aesthetic, Apple will sell far more of the lower-priced Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport models, and has created a different customer journey for those customers, according to sources briefed on the plans. Most of the sales process will be familiar to buyers of other products from the Apple Store, but a number of steps are different, including the process of visiting a “magical” display case, trying on different models, playing with demo units, considering Apple Watch accessories, and actually finalizing the purchase. Below, we detail the entire customer experience for the upcoming Apple Watch launch…

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After a customer books an Apple Watch try-on appointment via the Apple Online Store or iOS Apple Store app, Apple will walk him or her through a try-on and sales process in the Apple Store. First, a customer with an appointment will be greeted in the Apple Store by a specialist. If a customer does not have an appointment, she will be added to a walk-in queue. Like the new Genius Bar walk-in appointment system, customers in the queue can shop elsewhere in a mall and receive a notification via text message when it is time to return for an Apple Watch try-on appointment. After the customer is matched up with an Apple Store employee, she will be taken to the display table shown in the image above to pick out Apple Watch models that interest her. The Watches inside will run a demo loop showcasing their main features, “making it a magical display,” as Apple puts it.

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After the customer picks out up to two Apple Watch models to try on, they will be taken to a new try-on area. The try-on areas include fixed Apple Watch demo units as well as mats and cleaning cloths. Try-on tables (pictured above) have secure drawers that store up to 18 distinct Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport units. For security, these drawers can only be unlocked by Apple Store employees by way of a special RFID sensor and unlocking mechanism in the EasyPay point-of-sale machines. These try-on Apple Watches will run in demo loops, but features such as Haptic Feedback will be functional so customers can experience that feature. The Watches can actually be tried on the customer’s wrist and are re-charged as necessary inside of the table’s drawers. Each try-on table will have 4, 6 or 10 stations, depending on the store’s size.

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Some smaller Apple Stores do not have space for both a dedicated display table and a try-on table, so these stores will have only dedicated try-on cases instead of tables. These cases may also be used for larger stores that want to offer even more space for people to try on the Apple Watch, or need to reduce wait times for walk-in appointments. Each case holds up to 10 Apple Watches. Like the try-on tables, the cases include a padded try-on mat and cleaning cloths. After a customer goes through the display table and try-on process, they will be offered an opportunity to buy accessories such as additional bands, Bluetooth headphones via the new earphone Demo Kit system, and chargers. Apple’s options will be more premium alternatives to the third-party accessories that are already starting to appear online.

Prior to purchase, Apple will also offer an opportunity for a customer to purchase AppleCare+, which adds a second year of hardware protection for the stainless steel and Sport models; Edition models come with two years of protection, and can jump up to three years with AppleCare+. Interestingly, we are told that Apple will soon offer a combined coverage program for customers who buy both a new iPhone and an Apple Watch from an Apple Store. From here, a customer with a reservation can purchase the Watch, or if they don’t have a unit reserved, they can make a reservation or order via Apple’s Online Store. Apple, at launch, won’t have stock for customers without reservations, as we reported last week.

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If a customer wants to try out the Apple Watch without going through the try-on and sales process, they will be able to use a new demo unit connected to an iPad mini. These demo units will be mobile and will be able to be used anywhere in the store. Additionally, customers who already know which Apple Watch they would like to purchase can buy one via a dedicated purchase station called the Landing Zone. Following the completion of the purchase, customers can access the Personal Setup station to setup the Watch, sync with their iPhone, fit bands, and install Apple Watch apps. We previously detailed how Apple will handle Apple Watch Edition sales and provide fashion advice to customers.


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Apple Watch for Sale in Retail Stores by Reservation Only...

Yesterday, 08:46 PM

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As the Apple Watch launch approaches, details have been leaking out about how Apple will be handling sales of their new device. According to leaked Apple documentation, the company will not be selling the Apple Watch to walk-in customers at launch.

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Apple will begin offering online pre-sales of the Apple Watch starting on April 10th, with the first deliveries occurring on April 24th, the official Apple Watch launch date. During those two weeks, customers will be able to have hands-on "try-on" appointments at Apple retail stores in order to help make up their mind.

However, according to training documents that MacRumors has received, Apple is not allowing any walk-in retail purchases for the Apple Watch at launch. Instead customers must make an online "Product Reservation" to hold a specific Apple Watch model at a retail store. This new "Product Reservation" system is used instead of Apple's "Personal Pickup" system for Apple Watches. Apple's retail training documents indicate that "If a customer walks in and wants to purchase a watch, offer the option to try on a watch. Then help them place an order online or through the Apple Store app."

Apple seems to expect low inventory for the Apple Watches, and notes that "try-on" appointments also do not reserve a specific Apple Watch for purchase. Apple expects to eventually allow walk-in purchases, but not until the initial wave of demand has passed.mf.gif


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Apple Watch Edition perks: 24/7 support, private 1-hour a...

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After hiring a new team of fashion sales and marketing experts from Yves St. Laurent, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry, Apple has developed a unique Apple Store purchasing experience just for the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, according to sources briefed on the launch plans. When a customer interested in the Apple Watch Edition enters the store, he or she will be given no-wait access to a dedicated Expert, who will provide a personalized “journey” from the beginning of the appointment until the end, as much as one hour later. There will even be a new option for at-home video conferencing rather than in-store personal setup. By design, it will be more “elegant” than the budget-focused experience Apple Watch Sport customers receive…

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Apple is describing the Apple Watch Edition to employees as:

“the ultimate expression of extraordinary craftsmanship, incredible innovation, and design driven by functionality and end use… technology becoming seductive, with desirability not necessarily defined simply by a price tag or elitism, but rather meticulous focus on usefulness and utility rooted in beauty.”

The company believes that “[m]ost Edition customers are interested in this collection for the intrinsic value that a gold watch offers along with the unique style choices available.”

As such, Apple has created a different purchasing path for potential Edition customers, one that “is intended to be extremely personal, elegant, and purposeful.” It is less time-constrained than the typical Apple Watch appointment, and fully guided by an Apple Store Expert, a salesperson who has received specialized training for working with high-end clientele.

Longer, Private Appointments: Apple plans to complete in-store Apple Watch Edition purchases during special appointments within a dedicated, private Apple Watch Edition try-on area. The Apple Watch Edition will have its own try-on table separate from the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport, and the purchasing process will last up to one hour, including 30 minutes for simply trying on the highest end Apple Watch. (There will be 5 to 15-minute appointments for the other models.)

Generally Only Two Watches At Once: Customers interested in the Apple Watch Edition can try on up to two distinct gold models at a time; to reduce the risk of theft, employees will need to assess the store conditions before bringing a third Watch out simultaneously. If the customer wants to compare the Edition with non-Edition models, the Expert will be able to ask another Apple Store employee to bring over a couple of Sport and stainless steel models on a special “caddy” from the standard Apple Watch display table. Accessories will be offered after a customer has finished trying watches on, but before the purchase transaction is completed.

A Special Station and Chairs: Apple will have a special try-on station for the Apple Watch Edition, including a pair of stools for the customer, an Edition demo kit holding the watches, and a try-on mat like ones found in jewelry stores. Once the customer decides to purchase the Edition, it can be set up in one of two ways: in-store with the same Expert or via a new service called Virtual Personal Setup.

Virtual Personal Setup: Apple will allow a customer to video conference from home with an online Apple Store employee to learn about the Apple Watch. This program will be offered to both Edition and standard stainless steel Apple Watch buyers. However, Apple Watch Edition customers will be given an exclusive, dedicated Apple Watch Edition phone line for two years of 24/7 technical support (in English). With AppleCare+, this is upgraded to three years.

Contact Center Edition Team: Beyond using a telephone-based Contact Center to offer a personalized pre-sale experience to Edition customers, Apple will have a special Contact Center Edition Team with a dedicated phone number to schedule on-demand setup.

Courier-to-Store: As Apple has previously noted, walk-in and reservation-based Apple Watch Edition try-ons and sales will not be available at all stores. However, sources say that the Edition can be ordered online and delivered to any store the customer prefers through a special new “Edition Courier-to-Store” program, where a courier will deliver the Edition for try-on and purchase. Alternately, an Apple Store without Editions can schedule a try-on appointment for a customer at any nearby location with stock.

Largest Markets Only, At First: While Apple tells employees that the Edition will initially be exclusive to the company’s “largest markets,” the company also says that the device will roll out “gradually” to the rest of the company’s stores. The aforementioned 24/7 Edition support will be in English only at launch, while the special line will be available in all markets in local languages at launch.

No Waiting In Line: Unlike stainless steel Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport customers, those seeking to buy the Apple Watch Edition will not have to wait in a line. Sources say that potential Edition buyers will have priority access to assistance, effectively skipping the line of other waiting customers. Experts will be able to help a couple of customers try-on Watches simultaneously, unlike standard employees who will simultaneously help as many stainless steel and Sport customers as necessary.

As we reported earlier this year, Apple will also secure Apple Watch Editions with in-store safes, indicating the value of the device. We earlier profiled Apple’s strategy of offering customers fashion advice and the three-step sales strategy for positioning the Apple Watch. Apple Stores, at launch, will likely not have Apple Watch stock for those without appointments, as Apple wants to promote the customer sales experience.


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Make your Mac safer for your kids

Yesterday, 05:15 PM

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Keeping your kids safe on your computer is one of the more important things you can focus on as a parent. Mac OS X has a great tool built right in to do just that: Parental Controls. It’s fairly easymf.gif


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