According to the latest report from a research firm Slice Intelligence, Apple received nearly 1 million of pre-orders on April 10th in the USA. This is probably the main reason for shipping estimates for all smartwatch models to slip to June and even July.
It is Sunday today, which means it is high time I told you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. Let’s not waste our time and take a look at the articles I have selected for you right now.
According to the latest report from comScore, back in February, Apple became the top smartphone manufacturer. In the United States, its OEM market share equalled to nearly 42%.
Here are some fact and figures. Among the 186.3 million smartphone owners in the USA, 41.7% were iPhone users. The second place in terms of market share was occupied by Samsung with 28.6%, the third - by LG with 8.3%, the fourth - by Motorola with 5.1% and the fifth - by HTC with 3.8%.
According to a photo, which was shared by one MacRumors user on Saturday, the Apple Watch units used for try-on appointments at the Apple Stores in the USA and a number of other countries still have a hidden diagnostic port. In case you don’t know, first rumors about the port that can possibly allow people to use different “smart” band accessories with their wearable devices appeared in March.
We all know that the Apple Watch is a device, which can boast of some truly unique features, for example, Force Touch, Digital Crown and a bunch of health-tracking sensors. However, there’s one important feature added to the smartwatch specifically for those people, who always turn up late for various meetings. It is possible to adjust the time displayed on the watch face manually. This means you can use the old, but effective trick and move the displayed time ahead in order not to be late.
Apple has recently pulled the iPhoto and Aperture apps from the Mac App Store. As you probably know, the reason for such a decision is the official release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 with a new Photos app on board, which is a replacement for iPhoto and Aperture. The guys from Cupertino won’t update these applications anymore and with time they will even stop supporting their older versions.
As you probably know, the pre-orders for the Apple Watch have recently gone live. Within just several hours, the guys from Cupertino have sold out the initial stock of the wearable device.
Simultaneously with the pre-orders, Apple launched the in-store try-on appointments aimed at making it easier for the customers to choose a particular model of the smartwatch. If you want to know how these appointments look like, you can take a look at the short video below. It was published to YouTube by a user from Hong Kong nicknamed Xin Chan.
Apart from releasing OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to users worldwide, the guys from Cupertino have recently released iOS 8.3. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system can boast of a number of stability and security improvements as well as some new features. In case you don’t remember, the very first iOS 8.3 beta was seeded to developers in February.
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.