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Apple Watch’s online-only launch coming to an end soon as...

Today, 03:05 PM

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Apple is now preparing for the rollout of the in-store pickup option on new Apple Watch orders, which will allow users to select a retail location to pick up their wearable devices after order. This is the first time Apple has made any indication of watch stock appearing at its stores since Angela Ahrendts revealed that the company was unsure of when that might happen.

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The radio button to select the option is currently disabled, but is expected to be turned on once local stores start to see shipments arrive.

The Cupertino company launched the Apple Watch to much fanfare in an online-only sale, although potential buyers could try the device on at their local store to get a feel for which model they wanted to order.

As seen in the image above, shoppers will now have the option to select “pick up” as an option for delivery, though at the moment it seems every store just says “available soon,” with no solid date for when you’ll be able to actually make a pick up.

Selecting this option could help cut down on the wait time if you don’t want to hold off until July, but it could also mean you have to wait even longer for your local store to get some stock. Previous reports have indicated that it could be June before any stores get stock, so choose wisely.

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Tim Cook lunch auction hits $200k, but time’s runnin...

Today, 03:01 PM

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If you fancy sitting down over lunch with Tim Cook, along with being the Apple CEO’s guest at a future Apple keynote, you’d better hurry. That’s because today marks the end of the annual Tim Cook Lunch auction to raisemf.gif


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Olloclip unveils its lens accessory-compatible Ollocase f...

Today, 02:35 PM

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We mentioned earlier this year at CES that Olloclip had a redesigned version of its lens accessory-compatible protective case in the works for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and today the company officially unveiled its all-new Ollocase. The Ollocase carries an affordable price tag with pre-orders kicking off today and comes in two matte color options. Read on for all the details…

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Ollocase comes in two sizes and two color options: fitted for the 4.7-inch screened iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch screened iPhone 6 Plus available in matte smoke casing with a black bumper and matte clear casing with a dark gray bumper.

For iPhone photographers, the major appeal of the Ollocase is its compatibility with Olloclip’s range of  excellent lens accessories. This means you gain the benefits of sporting a protective case around your iPhone while you’re shooting, and there’s no need to temporarily remove the case you do use when you attach a supported Olloclip lens accessory. Specifically, Ollocase for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are compatible with these iPhone 6/6 lenses:

The edge of the Ollocase is ideal for photographers as it features rubberized surfaces for easily gripping. The power button and volume rockers are covered as well while the mute switch is exposed as is the lens and flash area.

Ollocase pushes past the front of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to raise it off the surface when laying on its face. Both color options feature protective back covers that expose the Apple logo and branding through a see-through shell with minor Olloclip branding on the lower back right.

Overall, the Ollocase looks to be a relatively minimal protective case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as its biggest appeal is Olloclip lens compatibility. You can pre-order the Ollocase for $29.99.

 


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Android Switchers Drive iOS Adoption in Europe During Fir...

Today, 02:29 PM

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Kantar Worldpanel has released new smartphone operating system market share data for the first quarter of 2015, providing a regional breakdown of Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and other platform adoption in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, Japan, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico during the three-month period ending March.

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Android continued to have the highest market share among mobile platforms worldwide, as expected, although the continued success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus helped drive iOS adoption higher in the first quarter. Kantar Worldpanel claims that 32.4% of Apple’s new customers in the five big European countries surveyed switched to iOS from Android during the first three months of the year.


The regional breakdown for each platform per country:

United States:
  • Android: 58.1%
  • iOS: 36.5%
  • Windows Phone: 4.3%
  • BlackBerry: 0.4%

Australia:
  • Android: 52.3%
  • iOS: 38.4%
  • Windows Phone: 7.3%
  • BlackBerry: 1.6%

United Kingdom:
  • Android: 52.9%
  • iOS: 38.1%
  • Windows Phone: 8%
  • BlackBerry: 0.7%

France:
  • Android: 64.6%
  • iOS: 19.4%
  • Windows Phone: 14.1%
  • BlackBerry: 1%

Germany:
  • Android: 71.3%
  • iOS: 18.3%
  • Windows Phone: 8.7%
  • BlackBerry: 0.8%

Spain:
  • Android: 89.9%
  • iOS: 7%
  • Windows Phone: 2.8%
  • BlackBerry: 0.2%

Italy:
  • Android: 66.2%
  • iOS: 17.5%
  • Windows Phone: 14.4%
  • BlackBerry: 1.3%

China:
  • Android: 72%
  • iOS: 26.1%
  • Windows Phone: 1.2%
  • BlackBerry: 0%

Japan:
  • Android: 52.3%
  • iOS: 45.1%
  • Windows Phone: 0.4%
  • BlackBerry: 0.7%

Argentina:
  • Android: 81.6%
  • iOS: 2.4%
  • Windows Phone: 10.7%
  • BlackBerry: 1.9%

Brazil:
  • Android: 89.6%
  • iOS: 3.3%
  • Windows Phone: 6.3%
  • BlackBerry: 0.2%

Mexico:
  • Android: 85.1%
  • iOS: 6%
  • Windows Phone: 4.7%
  • BlackBerry: 2.9%
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Report: Android switchers drive iPhone growth across EU i...

Today, 02:07 PM

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New data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that smartphone users ditching Android devices in recent months helped drive iOS growth across the EU. The data tracked the EU’s biggest markets in 1Q15— Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain— and shows iOS grew 1.8 percentage points from last year to 20.3% market share this year. That includes around 32.4% of new Apple customers switching from an Android device, according to the report, while Android lost 3.1 percentage points during the quarter:

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“In the first quarter of 2015, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus continued to attract consumers across Europe, including users who previously owned an Android smartphone,” reported Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “On average, across Europe’s big five countries during the first quarter, 32.4% of Apple’s new customers switched to iOS from Android.”

Apple also experienced growth in other markets during the quarter. In China, for example, Kantar says Apple grew from 17.9% in Q1 last year to 26.1% this year. The report notes that represents “25% of smartphone sales in urban China’s 2,000 to 4,000 RMBs income bracket — a 10.1 percentage point increase from the same period in 2014.”

In the US, however, Android saw minimal growth during the quarter:

In the U.S., Android reached a market share of 58.1% — a 0.2 percentage point gain over 1Q14.“ LG had a particularly good first quarter with its share growing to 10.8% from 7.4% a year ago, while Samsung was holding on to second place as it prepared for the launch of its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in April,” Milanesi said.

In its latest earnings report from late last month covering calendar Q1 2015, Apple reported sales of 61.1 million iPhones, up from 43.7 million units in the year ago quarter. Kantar adds today that “ iPhone 6 and 6 Plus already represent 18% of all iPhones in use in the U.S., and 64% of the iPhone installed base is an iPhone 5 or newer.”


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Pixelmator, the popular image editor for Mac & iPad,...

Today, 01:34 PM

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Pixelmator is bringing its photo and image editor to the iPhone soon, as announced in a blog post today. Pixelmator was exclusive to the Mac until late last year when the developers ported the application to the iPad. It is now nearing completion on the iPhone version.

The especially good news for current Pixelmator users is that the iPhone version will not be released as a separate app. An update to the iPad app will make the software universal, so you can buy the app now and get the iPhone update for free when it is released. Even better, Pixelmator for iPad is currently on sale to celebrate the announcement

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The update will also include new Distort Tools, as seen in the Mac version, to enable warping and morph effects for transforming your images.

You can download Pixelmator for iOS and Pixelmator for Mac from the App Store. The company pushed a new update for the Mac version (incorporating Force Touch) last week.

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Apple announces major new bond sale to finance increases...

Today, 01:20 PM

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At its last earnings call, Apple announced that it is expanding its capital return program by more than 50%. This means the company is now looking to repurchase over $140 billion worth of shares and a larger dividend for shareholders.

To fund this activity however, it is cheaper for the company to sell domestic company debt than repatriate its ever-increasing cash hoard that is ‘trapped’ overseas. Therefore, Apple has today announced it will issue a new 7-part bond to raise the funds.

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As the company has the second best credit rating possible, second only to nations, it can offer bonds at a relatively cheap rate. Although counterintuitive, it is significantly cheaper than repatriating foreign funds and paying US tax on its international cash.

The new 7-part bond is being managed by JP Morgan, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. The exact rates for the bonds, with maturities ranging from two to thirty years, will be disclosed later today.


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FTC already concerned about possible Beats Music antitrus...

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Apple may be struggling to finalize deals with record labels ahead of its Beats Music rebranding this summer, but that’s not stopping the U.S. Federal Trade Commission from scrutinizing it for potential antitrust violations, according to a new report. Themf.gif


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Apple Confirms 'Applebot' as In-House Web Crawler...

Today, 01:15 PM

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Apple yesterday gave a few interesting details on something it's calling "Applebot", the company's in-house web crawler that is used to help power services like Siri and Spotlight on iOS and OS X platforms (via Apple Insider).

In the past, Apple has partnered with companies like Google and Bing to provide search results in a few of its own products like Siri, but this week's news could be an additional hint at Apple introducing its own complete search platform in the future. Most recently, in early February, a job listing provided more fuel to a rumor that the Cupertino company was doing just that, although it was likely to be describing ongoing efforts to improve Spotlight and was never legitimized.

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What we now know as Applebot was first spotted by developer Jan Moesen last November, who discovered numerous web hits from a crawler indexing from a block detailed to be 17.0.0.0/8, an IP address block owned and operated wholly by Apple. This, coupled with the impending termination of a contract between Apple and Google for a Safari search engine deal, began fueling rumors of Apple's own dedicated web engine.

The confirmation of Applebot is the closest the company has come to speaking directly on the subject, but it is still unclear whether the web crawler is setting up to be the basis for an Apple-branded search engine, or simply acting as more support for third-party search platforms when running Apple's Siri and Spotlight services.mf.gif


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Consumer Reports Tests Apple Watch for Readability, Water...

Today, 01:05 PM

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Consumer Reports has crowned the Apple Watch as its top-rated smartwatch in its test of 11 smartwatch models from eight manufacturers, including the Asus ZenWatch, LG G Watch R, Moto 360, Pebble Steel, Samsung Gear S and Sony SmartWatch 3. The not-for-profit organization tested the Apple Watch and competing devices for step count accuracy, screen readability, ease of use, scratch resistance, water resistance, heart rate tracking and more.


In particular, the stainless steel Apple Watch scored the highest among the smartwatches tested because of its high readability in bright and low light, ease of use, ease of pairing with an iPhone, durable scratch resistance, IPX7 water resistance rating and accurate heart rate and step count tracking. Meanwhile, the Sony SmartWatch 3 finished at the bottom of the rankings, primarily because it failed the 24-hour water immersion test.mf.gif


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