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Apple Watch is ‘definitely lacking’ says Pebble founder

Today, 09:29 PM

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Becoming the most funded Kickstarter in history is certainly enough to boost confidence — and if you’re Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky it’s enough to get you to take some potshots at giant-sized rival, Apple. With Cupertino’s March 9 Apple Watch<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofand...-founder/">Readmore ›</a></div><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/4400ab29/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166776154/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4400ab29/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166776154/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4400ab29/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166776154/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4400ab29/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166776154/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4400ab29/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166776154/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4400ab29/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166776154/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4400ab29/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166776154/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4400ab29/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166776154/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4400ab29/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/222166776154/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/4400ab29/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/>

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Analyst Gene Munster guesses Watch pricing, thinks only 1...

Today, 09:23 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
<div id="attachment_367562" style="width: 714px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://9to5mac.file...ssing.jpg"><imgtitle="Analyst Gene Munster guesses Watch pricing, thinks only 10,000 Editions will be sold in the first year" class="wp-image-367562 size-large" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/apple-watch-price-guessing.jpg?w=704&h=469" alt="Apple Watch Price Guessing" width="704" height="469" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Spotted: Analyst guessing Apple Watch pricing.</p></div>
<p>Analyst Gene Muster, from Piper Jaffray, has today <a href="http://www.streetins...65.html">posteda report</a> with his predictions about Apple Watch pricing. Munster believes that Apple will improve overall margins through the sale of bands. This makes a lot of sense, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/03/03/apple-watchs-retail-sales-pitch-revealed-3-key-features-switch-to-iphone-focus-on-bands/">especially considering Apple Retail SVP Angela Ahrendts is calling out</a> ‘accessories’ as a key area for retail in the coming months.</p>
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<p>Munster believes that the Apple Watch Sport will cost $349 (no surprises there). He says the Apple Watch — the one made out of stainless steel with a sapphire crystal screen — will cost around $500 with additional bands pushing the average selling price up to $650, which happens to be the current ASP of Apple’s iPhone units. Munster also estimates the Edition will start at $4999, despite general consensus sitting closer to $10,000. Munster is relatively bearish on Apple Watch Edition sales, suggesting that Apple will only sell 10,000 units in the first year to take only a small fraction of the expensive watch market.</p>
<p>Obviously, these numbers are little more than educated guesswork. <strong>Almost like throwing a dart at a dartboard</strong>.</p>
<p>We’ll <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...ch-debut/">findout for certain on March 9th</a> whether Munster happens to be right. <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/03/02/opinion-apple-tv-should-get-these-10-updates-at-next-weeks-event/">As we discussed earlier</a>, there is also the slim possibility Munster’s claims about a revamped Apple TV offering may finally come true as well.</p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/apple-watch-2/'>Apple Watch</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/ios-devices/'>iOS Devices</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/analyst/'>analyst</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch/'>Apple watch</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/dartboard/'>dartboard</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/edition/'>edition</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/gene-munster/'>Gene Munster</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/guesswork/'>guesswork</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/pricing/'>pricing</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367561/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367561/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367561/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367561/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367561/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367561/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367561/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367561/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367561/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367561/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367561/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367561/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367561/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367561/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=367561&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>Visit <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a> to find more special coverage of <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/ios-devices/">iOS Devices</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch/">Apple watch</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/apple-watch-2/">Apple Watch</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/03/03/analyst-gene-munster-guesses-watch-pricing-thinks-only-10000-editions-will-be-sold-in-the-first-year/#comments">Discuss "Analyst Gene Munster guesses Watch pricing, thinks only 10,000 Editions will be sold in the first&nbsp;year" with our community.</a></strong></p>

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New Site Offers Interactive Look at Upcoming Apple Watch...

Today, 09:18 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
<em>AppAdvice</em> recently launched a new site dedicated to the Apple Watch called <a href="http://watchaware.co...Aware</em></a>,and today a new feature was introduced that showcases upcoming Apple Watch apps in an interesting, interactive way. <br/> <br/> The site's <a href="http://watchaware.com/watch-apps/">Apple Watch Apps section</a> offers a selection of apps that are displayed on an Apple Watch interface, with different views for "Apps," "Glances," and "Notifications." For example, for the upcoming Twitter app, which was shown off at WWDC, <em>WatchAware</em> allows users to click to see both what the app itself will look like and what an incoming notification will look like. <br/> <br/> Many of the apps on the page use imagery from the apps that Apple showcased when the Apple Watch was first announced, so there may be some significant interface changes, but overall, the site gives a good look at what one might expect to see from the different types of Apple Watch experiences developers can create. <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2015/03/watchawareapps-800x441.jpg" alt="watchawareapps" width="800" height="441" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-440565" /> <br/> As outlined in the <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/11/18/apple-watchkit-ios-8-2/">WatchKit API provided</a> to developers in November, developers can build Glances, actionable notifications, and Apple Watch apps that are powered by the iPhone. Actionable notifications are notifications that allow users to taken an action or respond directly on their wrists with the Apple Watch, while Glances are somewhat simpler, giving users quick information at a glance like news, weather, and more. <br/> <br/> Apple Watch apps are even more in-depth than notifications and Glances, letting users perform tasks like reading tweets and sending messages. Apps, which are built-into and installed via the iPhone, run entirely on the iPhone, with an interface that's beamed to the Apple Watch. By running apps on the iPhone, Apple is able to conserve battery and provide a seamless experience transitioning from watch to phone. Apple has promised apps that run entirely on the Apple Watch will come later in the year. <br/> <br/> <em><a href="http://watchaware.com/watch-apps/page/1">WatchAware</a></em> currently features popular apps like <em><a href="http://appshopper.com/social-networking/tweetie-2">Twitter</a></em>, <em><a href="http://appshopper.com/social-networking/facebook">Facebook</a></em>, Maps, <a href="http://appshopper.com/travel/american-airlines"><em>American Airlines</em></a>, <em><a href="http://appshopper.com/social-networking/pinterest">Pinterest</a></em>, and <em><a href="http://appshopper.com/navigation/citymapper-london">CityMapper</a></em>, which were featured by Apple at WWDC, but there are also several other apps that have been showcased by developers like <em><a href="http://appshopper.com/utilities/delivery-status-touch">Deliveries</a></em>, <a href="http://appshopper.com/healthcare-fitness/couch-to-5k"><em>Run 5k</em></a>, and <em><a href="http://appshopper.com/productivity/todoist-to-do-list-task-list">Todoist</a></em>. The site plans to add additional Apple Watch apps as they become available.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/35070/f/648326/s/4400a0fe/sc/4/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166774881/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/4400a0fe/sc/4/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166774881/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/4400a0fe/sc/4/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166774881/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/4400a0fe/sc/4/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166774881/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/4400a0fe/sc/4/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166774881/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/4400a0fe/sc/4/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166774881/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/4400a0fe/sc/4/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166774881/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/4400a0fe/sc/4/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166774881/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/4400a0fe/sc/4/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/222166774881/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/4400a0fe/sc/4/a2t.img" border="0"/><div class="feedflare">
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Luxury Sports Car Brand Koenigsegg Announces New Regera H...

Today, 08:06 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg is known for its high-priced luxury sports cars, often called hypercars. At the Geneva Motor Show today, Koenigsegg <a href="http://koenigsegg.co...regera/">showedoff its latest car</a> -- an ~1,800 horsepower hybrid vehicle with built-in support for Apple's CarPlay service. <br/> <br/> Called the Regera, which translates to "to reign" in Swedish, the car can go from 0 to 250 miles per hour within 20 seconds, and it tops out at a speed of 255 miles per hour. It's equipped with a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine along with <a href="http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/koenigsegg-regera-revealed-geneva-motor-show-2015-03-03">three electric motors</a>. One motor replaces the standard transmission with the Koenigsegg Direct Drive system, and there's a motor dedicated to each rear wheel. <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2015/03/regeratopdown-800x499.jpg" alt="regeratopdown" width="800" height="499" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-440557" /> <br/> Inside, the Regera is equipped with an infotainment system that includes a 9-inch infrared <a href="http://www.neonode.com/neonode-zforce-touchscreen-in-koenigsegg-regera-at-geneva-motor/">zForce Neonode touchscreen</a>, which is said to offer superior touch performance and multi-touch gestures. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple's CarPlay, letting Regera buyers connect their iPhones to their cars to access all of CarPlay's features. <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2015/03/regeracarplay-800x422.jpg" alt="regeracarplay" width="800" height="422" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-440558" /> <br/> The Koenigsegg Regera is priced at $1,890,000, and only 80 of the cars will be produced. The version being shown off at the Geneva Motor Show is the first in the series, and is said to be 95 percent complete. <br/> <br/> A long list of automobile manufacturers have signed up to partner with Apple and introduce CarPlay in upcoming vehicles, but thus far, Ferrari is the only brand that has produced a car that's available with CarPlay -- the $300,000 Ferrari FF. <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/06/27/audi-carplay-2015/">Audi</a>, <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/01/05/vw-carplay-2015/">Volkswagen</a>, and <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/12/18/hyundai-display-audio-carplay/">Hyundai</a> have all promised that CarPlay-compatible cars will be available in 2015, and there are a number of aftermarket CarPlay solutions from <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/12/19/hands-on-alpine-ilx-007-carplay/">Alpine</a> and <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/02/pioneer-carplay-now-available/">Pioneer</a> that are currently available for purchase.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/35070/f/648326/s/43fff987/sc/18/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166792826/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43fff987/sc/18/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166792826/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43fff987/sc/18/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166792826/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43fff987/sc/18/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166792826/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43fff987/sc/18/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166792826/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43fff987/sc/18/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166792826/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43fff987/sc/18/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166792826/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43fff987/sc/18/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166792826/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43fff987/sc/18/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/222166792826/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/43fff987/sc/18/a2t.img" border="0"/><div class="feedflare">
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Apple Watch’s retail sales pitch revealed: 3 key features...

Today, 07:31 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
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<p>With next week’s Apple Watch event fast approaching, Apple has revealed its retail selling strategies to employees, including a focus on “three key features” and a plan to encourage Watch customers to upgrade or switch to new iPhones. According to selling guidelines provided by sources within Apple Retail, Apple believes that “many customers have already decided they want an Apple Watch,” and will use the Watch to “position the benefits” of purchasing a compatible iPhone model. Retail employees have been told to ask customers about their iPhone usage habits, their favorite feature in iOS 8, and if they use health and fitness software on their iPhone…</p>
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<p>One of the more striking elements of Apple’s sales strategy is a stated confidence that “many customers have already decided that they want an Apple Watch.” Operating under this assumption, Apple employees have been told to ask customers a series of soft questions in order to make the sale, rather than making a hard sales pitch. Salespeople are asked to “listen for cues that reveal what [the customer cares] about” so that they can make purchase recommendations. Questions include, “What interests you the most about Apple Watch?” and “How do you see yourself using Apple Watch?”, as well as asking the customer to explain who the Watch is for: “is it for yourself or someone else? Is there a special occasion?”, the script reads. This indicates that Apple believes Apple Watch may have special appeal as a high-end gift for other people, rather than the customer himself or herself, something Apple has not explicitly pushed for the cellular contract-dependent iPhone.</p>
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<p>Using the Apple Watch as an opportunity to sell iPhones is another interesting element of Apple’s sales strategy. Apple CEO Tim Cook previously dedicated <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...hip/">four-hourmeetings with Apple Retail Store managers</a> to discuss boosting sales within Apple’s own stores, and the Apple Watch launch will be another occasion to pitch customers on the high-margin smartphone. iOS 8 notably added the Health app and HealthKit, which aggregate fitness and health data, tying deeply into the Apple Watch experience. Given the Apple Watch’s dependence on an iPhone running iOS 8, Apple Retail employees are also specifically told to encourage customers “who don’t use iPhone to switch now so they’re ready for Apple Watch later.”</p>
<div id="attachment_367541" style="width: 714px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img title="Apple Watch’s retail sales pitch revealed: 3 key features, switch to iPhone, focus on bands" class="wp-image-367541 size-full" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=704&h=396"alt="" width="704" height="396" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Apple Watch image via AP</p></div>
<p>Although many people expect next week’s media event to focus on new selling points for the Apple Watch, the pitch interestingly focuses on promoting “3 Key Features” previously highlighted by Apple during the first Apple Watch reveal in September 2014. These features are “Health and Fitness,” “New Ways to Connect” [with people] and “Timekeeping.” Apple notably spotlights Health and Fitness first, and discusses it the most, saying much less about the communication and timekeeping features.</p>
<p>Yesterday, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...tness-apps/">wereported that Cook teased a number of upcoming</a> third-party Health and Fitness applications expected to launch alongside Apple Watch, and will likely be revealed at the <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/02/26/apple-announces-spring-forward-event-on-march-9th-ahead-of-apple-watch-debut/">March 9th “Spring Forward” event</a> in San Francisco. The New Ways to Connect feature mentioned in the training materials references the sharing of heart beats between two Apple Watch users, while Timekeeping refers to the device’s clock faces with digital complications and information widgets.</p>
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<p>Lastly, Apple asks employees to discuss personal style such as “customer needs, tastes, and material preferences” with customers. The Apple Watch comes in three styles, an aluminum sport version, a shiny stainless steel design, and a flashier 18-karat gold model, and this is where Apple will help determine which collection should be recommended to the customer. To narrow this down, Apple asks employees to ask the customer: “Are you looking for a watch that’s more casual or formal?” and “Do you prefer metal or leather bands?” The employee can use these questions to determine whether the customer is looking toward the entry-level Sport model or one of the two more premium options. Only the stainless steel and gold models are pre-sold with bands other than the plastic sports straps; the stainless model can be positioned by asking customers if they prefer metal bands.</p>
<p>Additionally, Apple tells employees to ask an accessory-related question: “Would you like different bands to suit different occasions?” On the surface, the question seems innocuous, but points to the fact that Apple is hoping that Apple Watch will simultaneously invigorate its accessories business, a point confirmed by Senior VP of Retail Angela Ahrendts last week in the first ever Town Hall meeting for Retail employees. According to people in attendance, the meeting for corporate retail employees took place in the Cupertino Flint Center, where the Watch was first unveiled. Among several topics, Ahrendts is said to have specifically named accessories as one of the three most critical facets of Apple retail going forward, alongside iPhones and sales in China. We reported last month that Apple would <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2.../">individuallysell different Apple Watch band options</a> in its stores at launch, meaning that a customer could buy a Watch from any collection with its included band, then buy separate bands to rotate styles to their liking.</p>
<div id="attachment_367539" style="width: 714px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://9to5mac.file...bands.jpg"><imgtitle="Apple Watch’s retail sales pitch revealed: 3 key features, switch to iPhone, focus on bands" class="size-full wp-image-367539" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/the-apple-watch-will-come-in-several-variations-you-can-also-swap-out-the-bands.jpg?w=704&h=528" alt="Apple Watch table from Event - BusinessInsider" width="704" height="528" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Apple Watch table from Event – <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com"><em>Business Insider</em></a></p></div>
<p>During that Town Hall meeting, Ahrendts also discussed an upcoming revamp of the Apple Store sales experience, indicating that Apple will move to a model more personalized to individual customers. Apple has internally discussed new retail store layouts and sales methods in light of the Apple Watch. The <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...tches/">companyhas installed safes inside of Apple Stores</a> to house the more expensive device, while it is also planning to set up new glass-covered Apple Watch display tables similar to those at the device’s unveiling. For the gold model, employees are expected to use a special iPhone app to unlock the table, enabling customers to try on the more expensive watch. Apple is also considering a new “Special Reservation” program for customers to pre-reserve a custom Apple Watch casing and band combination before going into the store, trying it on, and completing the purchase.</p>
<p>While Apple has said that the Apple Watch will go on sale in April, the company has not officially indicated the launch countries. Besides the United States, Cook <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...in-april/">toldretail employees in Germany</a> that the device will be available in their country in April, while sources say that retail employees from Australia, France, and the United Kingdom have been <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/02/06/apple-begins-training-retail-employees-about-the-apple-watch/">trained in Cupertino about the Watch</a>, indicating an April debut for those countries as well. The Apple Watch will start at $349 for the aluminum Sport model, with the stainless steel and gold models expected to be priced much higher.</p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/'>AAPL Company</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/apple-watch-2/'>Apple Watch</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/ios-devices/'>iOS Devices</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/angela-ahrendts/'>Angela Ahrendts</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-store/'>Apple Store</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch/'>Apple watch</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/cupertino-event/'>Cupertino Event</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/exclusive-2/'>exclusive</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/flint-center/'>Flint Center</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/ios/'>iOS</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/iphone/'>iPhone</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/retail-store/'>retail store</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/sales-strategies/'>Sales Strategies</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/tim-cook/'>Tim Cook</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/town-hall/'>Town Hall</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367524/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367524/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367524/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367524/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367524/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367524/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367524/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367524/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367524/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367524/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367524/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367524/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367524/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/367524/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=367524&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>For more information about <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/">AAPL Company</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/ios-devices/">iOS Devices</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/iphone/">iPhone</a> continue reading at <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/03/03/apple-watchs-retail-sales-pitch-revealed-3-key-features-switch-to-iphone-focus-on-bands/#comments">Discuss "Apple Watch’s retail sales pitch revealed: 3 key features, switch to iPhone, focus on&nbsp;bands" with our community.</a></strong></p>

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If you need a smartphone camera that can capture a steady image even when you’re not, you’ll want to choose Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 over the iPhone 6. At least, that’s what the South Korean company hopes to prove with the<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofand...ion-test/">Readmore ›</a></div><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/43ffab9c/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166790094/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43ffab9c/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166790094/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43ffab9c/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166790094/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43ffab9c/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166790094/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43ffab9c/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166790094/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43ffab9c/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166790094/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43ffab9c/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166790094/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43ffab9c/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/222166790094/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43ffab9c/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/222166790094/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/43ffab9c/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/>

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Researchers Find New 'FREAK' Security Flaw, Apple...

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apple_lock_face.jpgResearchers have recently uncovered a major security flaw in software created by companies like Google and Apple, leaving many devices vulnerable to hacking attempts, reports The Washington Post. Called "FREAK" (Factoring Attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys), the vulnerability stems from a U.S. government policy that once prevented companies from exporting strong encryption, requiring them to instead create weak "export-grade" products to ship to customers outside of the United States.

These restrictions were lifted more than a decade ago, but the weaker encryption has continued to be used by software companies as a result of the old policy and it has even been built into software in the U.S. The existence of lingering "export-grade" encryption was unnoticed until this year, when researchers found they could force browsers to use lower-grade 512-bit encryption and then crack it.

Hackers could potentially employ the same tactic, cracking weak encryption and then stealing passwords and other information. Researchers also believe the vulnerability could be used to launch attacks on and infiltrate major websites. In testing, the export-grade encryption key was breached in seven hours using computers and more than a quarter of encrypted sites were found to be vulnerable.

"We thought of course people stopped using it," said Karthikeyan Bhargavan, a researcher at the French computer science lab INRIA whose team initially found the problem during testing of encryption systems.

Nadia Heninger, a University of Pennsylvania cryptographer, said, "This is basically a zombie from the '90s... I don't think anybody really realized anybody was still supporting these export suites."

As pointed out by The Washington Post, the FREAK vulnerability is an example of the problems that can arise when the government gets involved in device security. Government officials have recently expressed concern over the privacy features that Apple and Google have been building into their smartphones in response to outrage over secretive government surveillance programs like PRISM.

FBI Director James Comey has made remarks suggesting Apple and Google should scale back encryption, as government access to electronic devices is necessary in some cases. He has said that it may matter a "great, great deal" that the government be able to infiltrate the device of a kidnapper, criminal, or terrorist.

The researchers who discovered the flaw have notified government sites and major technology companies to fix the issue before it became widely publicized. FBI.gov and Whitehouse.gov have been fixed, and according to Apple spokeswoman Trudy Miller, Apple is preparing a security patch that will be "in place next week for both its computers and its mobile devices."mf.gif


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Buzz Aldrin was one of the first humans to step foot on the moon. Now he’s trying to make the big leap toward becoming an iOS developer, but Apple keeps rejecting his app, Buzz Aldrin’s Space Manager Program, because ofmf.gif


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Google ‘preparing’ Android Wear support for iPhone

Today, 06:35 PM

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Google’s efforts to counter the threat of the Apple Watch will begin with bringing Android Wear support to iPhone. Sources claim the search giant is now “preparing” an Android Wear app for iOS, and it could be announced at Google I/Omf.gif


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Pebble’s Apple Watch competitor is the most funded Kickst...

Today, 06:31 PM

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Pebble gave its Kickstarter project an extra bump this morning with the new Pebble Time Steel model that just pushed the project over the mark to become the most funded Kickstarter project ever. Pebble Time project has raked in $13,617,054,mf.gif


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