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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.
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.
Several images showing something very similar to the mockup of the upcoming iPad Pro have been recently spotted on the Internet. While the origin of the leaked dummy remains unknown, most likely it was created by accessory manufacturers. The design of the mockup is based on the latest rumors and schematics, which can be found online.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino are expected to release the smaller 4-inch iPhone 6C model later this year. According to what can be seen on the leaked images, which were posted on the Internet by a Chinese firm called Future Supplier, the handset will look pretty similar to the existing iPhone 5C. It will get a slightly redesigned LED-flash and larger external speakers. This new plastic smartphone is expected to get an A8 processor and the price tag of about $400-500, however, this information has to be verified.
The images showing the leaked plastic back shell are available below. You may compare the iPhone 5C panel with the one from the iPhone 6C.
As you probably know, Apple is currently working on its new streaming music service, which is based on the Beats Music functionality and which is expected to be embedded either to iOS 8.4 or iOS 9. According to the latest report released by The New York Times reporters, Trent Reznor and Jimmy Iovine are playing major roles in the development of the service. The reporters believe that in terms of functionality and usability this Apple’s creation will be quite similar to Beats Music and that it will be priced $9.99 per month, just like the rival services.
According to what people familiar with the matter claim, the guys from Cupertino may soon launch the iPhone trade-in program in China. Starting March 31st, the customers in this Asian country will get an opportunity to change their older iPhone in working condition for a gift card with a discount, which can be used when purchasing the newer smartphone. What is interesting about the trade-in program in China, the old devices will be traded to Foxconn, repaired and sold on the secondary market.
A brand new wireless keyboard has been recently spotted on the official Apple Online Store in Czech Republic and Hungary. What is interesting about this keyboard is that it can boast of backlight keys and a power button instead of the usual eject button for CDs. As can be see below, the new wireless keyboard has the same size and shape as the old one, however, the F5 and F6 buttons have been made responsible for adjusting the brightness of the backlight.
With the release of iOS 8.3 beta, the guys from Cupertino have slightly improved the functionality of the build-in voice assistant. According to what reliable sources write, Siri now can make calls via speakerphone every time user asks for that using the “Hey Siri” command. Strangely enough, such a simple feature was missing in iOS 8 - 8.2. It’s good Apple discovered this and found a solution to the problem.
Apple on Thursday was granted a patent for “Method and Apparatus for Localization of “Haptic Feedback”. In other words, this is the document, which describes a brand new type of a Mac keyboard with a touch-sensitive flat surface similar to the one Magic Trackpad has. Physical keys on this keyboard are replaced with virtual ones. Their work is based on the technology nearly identical to Force Touch that debuted in the Apple Watch and the trackpad of Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook.
Looks like the guys from Cupertino have finally received all the required approvals from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. This means nothing prevents Apple from making its long-anticipated Apple Watch available for U.S. customers. In case you don’t know, the wearable device will hit the store shelves in the USA and a number of other countries as soon as on April 24th.
According to the latest rumors, Apple is currently planning a new campaign to lure Android switchers. The guys from Cupertino will soon launch a new trade-in program that will allow Android and BlackBerry users to change their old devices for a gift card, which will let them get a discount when purchasing an iPhone. The trade-in value of old handsets will be determined by Apple Store employees. Everything is simple here: the better your smartphone works and feels, the more you get.
As you probably know, Apple’s iOS 8.2 can boast of one special app. This is the Apple Watch companion, which can be used to fine tune the wearable device and control it from the iPhone. So far, we haven’t seen the design and features of this useful app, however, thanks to iOS developer Hamza Sood we can now take a look at how the smartwatch companion looks like after one connects the Apple Watch to it.
To be honest, the app looks quite similar to the Settings tab found in iOS. There are numerous sections responsible for app layout, notifications, sounds and many other things. You can take a look at the aforementioned app screenshots below.
Following the official announcement of the Apple Watch, 12-inch Retina MacBook, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro as well as the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models, several new rumors that deal with the next-generation iPhone appeared online. According to these rumors, the smartphone will be available in two sizes, just like the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The screen resolution will remain nearly the same. Apart from that, the smartphone may get the support of the Force Touch technology and a new pink body, The Wall Street Journal reporters write.
Just as it was expected, Apple has officially announced the long-anticipated Apple Watch. In this short post, I will try to tell you about the most innovative features, prices and the start of sales of the smartwatch.