Apple has recently released OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to users worldwide. The release comes less than a week after the release of the seventh beta seeded to developers and public beta testers. The very first testing build of OS X 10.10.3 was released in February.
Just like it was expected, Apple on Friday made its long-anticipated Apple Watch and the 12-inch MacBook available for pre-orders in a number of countries including the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, China and Japan. Both devices are currently not available for the walk-in customers, moreover, Apple has reportedly sold out all the Apple Watch models it had in stock within less than six hours. Shipping estimates for the wearable device have slipped to about 4-6 weeks and those for the new laptop - to several days or weeks, depending on the configuration.
A new video showing something very similar to the rear shell for the fourth-generation iPad mini has recently appeared on the Internet. While there’s no way to check the legitimacy of this short clip, it has been shared by the French reporters from Nowhereelse.fr. This site has a good track record when it comes to the releases of Apple products, moreover, it often gives a closer look at the leaked parts, so I guess we can believe it.
Apple Employees to Get 50% Off Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport Price, $550 Off Apple Watch Edition
According to the email, which was sent by Tim Cook to Apple’s employees earlier today and which was obtained by the reporters, those who work at Apple may get a decent discount on the Apple Watch. In particular, the company employees may purchase any stainless steel Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport model with 50% off the final price. What I must admit is that buying such a device for half the price seems to be a great opportunity. Apart from that, Apple employees can also get a $550 when purchasing the Apple Watch Edition. Of course, there are some restrictions. For example, employees can buy the wearable devices for personal use only.
A small number of 2015 MacBook Pro users have recently begun complaining about minor user interface lags and freezes on OS X Yosemite. While the number of these users is small, it continues to grow steadily and that is a problem.
As you already know, the launch of the long-anticipated Apple Watch is just around the corner. Ahead of this event, Apple has begun promoting the wearable device in its retail stores, various sport and fashion magazines and on the Internet. As a part of this promotion campaign, Apple Store employees have just received their new T-shirts they should be wearing during the try-on appointments with potential Apple Watch buyers as well as during the official release of the wearable device.
Photos showing these new T-shirts are available below, take a look.
According to one interesting comment, which was originally found on the LG Display blog last week, Apple announced that it will release a brand new iMac with 8K display as soon as this year. Although the guys from Cupertino haven’t made any announcements connected either with the iMac, or its revamped screen, the rumor comes from a very reliable source. In case you don’t know, LG Display is one of Apple’s main suppliers, so I guess its representatives have access to the information about product releases. Anyway, I suggest you to take such a rumor with a few pinches of salt as its main purpose may lie in causing fuss around the new product.
According to the latest report from John Paczkowski, the next-generation Apple TV, which is expected to be unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, won’t boast of the support of 4K video. As to the possible reason for Apple’s decision not to include 4K video support to the updated device, it may be connected with the lack of high-quality 4K content. Moreover, such content requires fast Internet connection to be delivered to users and currently only about 15% of customers in the USA have access to the connection fast enough to work with 4K videos.
It is Sunday today, which means the time has come for our traditional Sunday post about the most interesting Apple-related news of the week. Let’s take a look at the articles worth your attention right now.
As you know, the Apple Watch goes on sale in the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, China and Japan on April 24th. With time, the guys from Cupertino will undoubtedly launch their long-awaited smartwatch in a number of other countries. What’s interesting is that because of a 1985 patent, Apple may face some problems with the sales of the Apple Watch in Switzerland.
Even though Samsung officials say the Galaxy S6 Edge features a metal casing, which is 50% stronger than the casing used in other high-end smartphones and that the device is not as bendable as the iPhone 6 Plus, it looks like it is actually a bit more bendable than the 5.5-inch iPhone. According to the results of the latest durability test conducted by a firm called SquareTrade, the smartphone from South Korea bends at 110 lbs of pressure, just like the iPhone 6 Plus. The breaking point of the handset is 149 lbs, while the one of the larger-screened iPhone is 179 lbs. Looks like the 50% stronger casing doesn’t work as it should.
At the “Spring Forward” media event back in March, the guys from Cupertino announced that the AppleCare+ program will be available for Apple Watch customers. However, they somehow failed to mention the prices for this extended support service.
As you probably know, the pre-orders for the long-awaited Apple Watch will start on April 10th. This means the customers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Hong Kong, China and Japan will get an opportunity to choose the model they want and purchase it within just several days. Apple has also revealed the exact time of the start of pre-sales. In the USA and Canada, the pre-orders will kick off at 12:01 AM Pacific Time on Friday, April 10. In the U.K they will go live at 8:01 a.m., in Australia - at 5:01 p.m., in Germany and France - at 9:01 a.m. and in Hong Kong, China and Japan - at 3:01 p.m.
According to the latest rumors shared by people familiar with the matter, the guys from Cupertino may add Force Touch only to their 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus. The same sources claim that TPK, a firm, which produces 90% of Force Touch sensors for the Apple Watch, will later this year report record-breaking profits because of the orders for suchlike sensors for the next-generation iPhones. What is interesting about these sensors is that they are nearly three times more expensive than those for the wearable device.
According to the latest report from Bloomberg, Samsung will produce A9 chips for the next-generation iPhones. Today’s report has finally confirmed previous rumors, which suggested that Apple would switch from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to Samsung.