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According to the information found in Moody's Investors Service study, which was published on Thursday, Apple remains the top cash holder in the United States of America with about $178 billion in cash reserves. Its closest competitors from the technology sector, Microsoft and Google, have noticeably weaker reserves of $90.2 billion and $64.4 billion in cash respectively. Another interesting fact is that the sum of money Apple has in its reserve is greater that the sum of money most of the U.S. industries have combined. That’s what I call a successful tech company.
As a part of the recently-updated 'Made for Apple Watch' program, the guys from Cupertino have recently published the detailed schematics for the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch. These schematics have been published specifically for third-party companies and Apple partners, who can use them to create bands and other accessories for the long-anticipated wearable device. As can be seen on the images below, the schematics include the precise dimensions of the smartwatch as well as of its components, such as the screen, the Digital Crown etc. More information about the Apple Watch can be found on Apple's official webpage devoted to this device.
Earlier this week, a rumor appeared on the Internet, which suggested that tattoos may prevent the heart rate sensor found in the Apple Watch from working properly. A number of users with tattoos on their skin complained about problems in using the health-tracking features of their wearable devices. Apple had to respond somehow to these complaints, that is why the company issued an updated support document saying that ‘permanent or temporary changes’ to user’s skin, such as tattoos, due to the ink and its elements may cause problems in measuring the heart rate.
Richard Ryan, known for his FullMag channel on YouTube, has recently posted three new videos showing some extraordinary ways of the Apple Watch destruction. Although we have already seen several crash tests and know that the long-anticipated smartwatch has a pretty durable body, the latest clips prove that the wearable device can be easily frozen in liquid nitrogen and smashed with a heavy hammer, blown up with the help of hydrogen and shot with a bullet.
As to the videos showing three Apple Watch units destroyed using the aforementioned methods, they are available below.
According to the latest report from The Wall Street Journal, the supply of the Apple Watch was heavily constrained at launch because of faulty taptic engine units. The part manufactured by a Chinese firm called AAC Technologies Holdings Inc. turned out to be defective. What is interesting is that taptic engines created by a Japanese supplier Nidec Corp were working just fine. It should be noted, however, that this information came from reliable insiders, not directly from Apple. The guys from Cupertino refused to comment on the issue. I can only imagine what could have happened if all the parts had been defective...
Apple has recently updated its App Store Review Guidelines. According to this updated document, the guys from Cupertino will reject the Apple Watch apps designed to only tell time. Although this sounds a bit strange, this is the reality. If you an the Apple Watch and want to change the watch face, you can easily do this using the built-in presets created by the guys from Cupertino.
It is Sunday today, which means it is time for me to tell you about the most interesting posts of the last seven days. Let’s not waste time and take a look at the articles worth your attention right now.
As you probably know, Apple's long-awaited wearable device launched on April 24th in the USA and a number of other first-wave countries, can boast several innovative and simply interesting features. One of those features is the built-in sensor capable of measuring user's heart rate.
As you probably know, Apple has just launched its long-anticipated Apple Watch. Because of its official launch in the USA and a number of other first-wave countries, CNet reporters have decided to test its durability and the quality of materials it is made of. Well, unlike any other reporters, who usually use special equipment and tools, CNet experts have decided they will simulate several typical situations that can happen in the kitchen. That is why the smartwatch was washed, left in water for ten minutes, dropped, boiled and finally smashed with a skillet.
Apple has recently released three new Apple Watch ads. They are called "Rise", "Up" and "Us" and as you might have guessed, they focus our attention on the key features of the long-awaited wearable device created by the guys from Cupertino.
Apple has begun notifying users about the Apple Watch shipments, which are expected to be delivered to many of them on April 24th. If you are one of those lucky men, who managed to pre-order the device on April 10th, then you should now have access to your tracking number. If you still haven’t received any notification, looks like you will have to wait for your order to be proceeded much longer.
According to what the reporters from an Italian website iSpazio write, Apple will start accepting the pre-orders for the Apple Watch in this country as soon as on May 8th. Sources claim that some Apple Stores have already received special tables for displaying the Apple Watch units as well as some advertising materials. Apart from Italy, the pre-orders may go live in Spain and a number of other European countries.
According to the latest reports from reliable sources, Apple has recently added the support of about 30 new banks and financial institutions from the USA to its Apple Pay system. Currently, the total number of Apple Pay partners in this country exceeds 200 banks and credit unions. The growing number of large and small retailers, cafes, restaurants and financial institutions supporting the NFC-based mobile payments service indicates that Apple has created a truly convenient way to pay for goods and services.
According to what can be seen at the U.S. Apple Online Store, the shipping estimates for all the 21.5-inch iMac models apart from the entry-level one, which is the cheapest, have recently slipped to 3-5 business days. This indicates that the guys from Cupertino do their best to catch up with the demand for this device. I wish they had the same situation with their Apple Watch, which is currently constrained.
According to the latest report shared by The Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning to launch Apple Pay in Canada as soon as in November. The reporters claim the guys from Cupertino are currently in talks with six major Canadian banks about the possible launch of the NFC-based payments system in the near future.