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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 report from a research firm Phoenix Marketing, 66% of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users have signed up for the new mobile payments service called Apple Pay since its official launch in the USA. With such a number of active users, the service has occupied 11% of the market it this country.
According to the latest rumors shared by reliable insiders, the in-store Apple Watch inventory in the USA will be heavily constrained at launch. This means many smartwatch models will not be available for purchase in April. That is why I believe that pre-ordering the long-anticipated wearable device is the best possible option for all those who plan to purchase it in the near future. Well, at least in the United States.
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.
Several new rumors, which deal with the Apple Watch, have recently appeared on the Internet. According to these rumors, the retail employees have nearly finished their trainings aimed at learning how to use and sell the wearable device.
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.
As you probably know, the guys from Cupertino launched their own mobile payments system last year. This system is called Apple Pay; it is based on the Near Field Communication technology and it uses the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to secure each payment. The only drawback is that the service is currently available only in the USA. According to the latest shared by people familiar with the matter, Apple has recently added the support of 30 new banks and credit institutions to its payments system. From now on, Apple Pay works with Charles Schwab Bank, RBC Bank and several other large financial organizations located in the USA.
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.
A wide number of MacBook Pro users have begun contacting Apple via company’s support forums in order to complain about the anti-reflective display coating, which is wearing off. The issue affects several MacBook Pro models sold between 2012 and 2014. As to the possible reasons for such awful problem, they include the contact between keyboard, trackpad and the screen as well as the usage of third-party cleaning solutions.
As you know, Apple on Monday announced the long-awaited Apple Watch, the 12-inch Retina MacBook and the updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models. MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros are currently available for purchase, however, the smartwatch and the new ultra thin laptop will hit the store shelves only on April 24th. If you want to buy the new laptop or Apple’s first-ever wearable device a bit earlier, starting from April 10th you will get an opportunity to pre-order any device.
According to what people familiar with the matter write, the recently-released Apple Watch can indeed boast of 8GB of internal storage. However, only 2GB will be available to store music and 75MB - to store photos on the wearable device. The multimedia content can be synced using the companion app for the iPhone. After user sends the songs and images he wants to his Apple Watch, he will get an opportunity to access them even when the connection with the smartphone is lost.