iFixit teardown of the Apple Watch

 

The good people over at iFixit have performed their all-serving ritual of tearing apart new tech, giving the Apple Watch a repairability score of 5/10.

 

Somewhat expected for an Apple product.  If you’re interested to see the guts of the Apple Watch, check out the teardown here:

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks iFixit!

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the new Apple Watch Ads!

 

Just in time for the official release of the Apple Watch, Apple has released a set of three ads celebrating their new wearable tech. Cue sappy romantic music, heartfelt emotions, and ‘grass is greener with an Apple Watch’ themes.

 

Time to FEEL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who wants an Apple Watch now? Huh? Huh?

 

 

 

 

 

How to set up and use your Apple Watch!

 

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Did you get a shiny new Apple Watch today?  HERE’S HOW TO USE IT!!

 

First things first: Make sure you have an iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2.

 

Secondly things secondly: Your watch should come with about 50% charge, but charge your watch if it needs it.

 

Power on the Watch by pressing the side button, and follow the prompts to select a language etc. Launch the Apple Watch App on your iPhone (it was automatically installed when you updated to iOS 8.2) and Tap “Start Pairing” on the main screen. Hold your watch up to your iPhone’s camera so the screen is aligned with the yellow outlined box on your iPhone’s screen, and follow the instructions on your iPhone screen.

 

If you open the Settings App on your shiny new watch, you’ll find the options to customize your brightness, sound, text size, silencing ability, and Do Not Disturb functions.

 

 

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Your new best friend is the Digital Crown. Tap it to get back to the home screen, use it to zoom in maps/photos, press it in conjunction with the side button to take a screen shot, press and hold to activate Siri, and double click it to jump to your most recently visited app.

 

Your second best friend forever is the SWIPE! YES! Swipe up from the watch face to see what Apple calls ‘Glances’ which contains information such as calendar events, weather, heart rate, location, and the ability to access the option to ‘Ping’ your misplaced phone.

 

Swipe down to see your notifications. Swipe left on a notification to quickly clear it. Check your heartbeat by swiping up to expand Glances and swiping left to the heartbeat card.

 

Tapping is the cool guy you thought you knew that has a surprise twin brother that seems pretty cool. The Watch is pressure sensitive, so light tapping will have a different effect than if you ‘force touch’ – a slightly longer, firm press.

 

There are a number of uses for the force touch that become more apparent the more you play with the device. For instance in the maps app, you force touch to get to the search feature. Force touch the watch face to change its design, or on the notifications ‘red dot’ to clear them all, or on the Messages inbox to compose a new text.

 

 

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In Glances, tap to get more information on any of the applications.

 

Raising your hand will activate the display and show you the time, the last notification if you’ve received one, or activate Siri if you say “Hey Siri” at the same time. Lowering your wrist after receiving a notification will dismiss it. Putting your hand over the watch face will silence an incoming phone call.

 

You can also use it to control Apple TV, which could be useful, and also could be super annoying to anyone else in the room (which, yes, can be excellent).

 

To use Apple Pay, double click the side button and hold the face of the watch near the card reader. POOF, MONEY EXCHANGED!

 

We’ll be bringing you more Apple Watch updates and user guides as we get to know more about the device, and in the mean time, you should also check out the Apple video guides here.

 

Happy Weekend Kids!

 

 

 

 

People have started to receive their Apple Watches!

 

As of this morning, many people have started to receive their Shiny Apple Watches in the mail, delivered by either UPS or Fedex.

 

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Have you received yours yet?

 

 

 

More Apple Watch guided videos

 

 

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Want to learn more about the Apple Watch that you just received/will receive soon/will one day have? Or perhaps it’s Friday afternoon and you’re feeling a little procrastinatey, but you’ve already read the whole internet?

 

We got you, friend!

 

Apple has launched a further update to it’s Guided Tours section on it’s Apple Watch website. Now you can be guided through some super interesting things like Apple Pay, Activity apps

 

Check it out here on Apple’s website, or here on their YouTube channel. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can buy Apple Watch in-store today !

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Today is the official Launch date of the Apple Watch, ( Yay!) however, as you may have heard, that doesn’t mean you can just walk in to any ol’ apple store and buy one.

 

Apple has restricted the purchase of Apple Watches to online only, meaning you can go in-store and check them out, however when you decide that you want one and which one you want, a kindly Apple employee will then be able to assist you in making your online purchase, and you’ll have to wait for your new shiny baby to be shipped.

 

Bummer, right? But wait – there’s more!  According to reports, there will  be retail stores where you can buy an Apple Watch on the spot. You’re looking at high end fashion boutiques for this one, including Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London, Maxfield in Los Angeles, Colette in Paris, the Corner in Berlin, and 10 Corso Como in Milan.

 

None of these stores will have the Apple Watch Edition available for on-the-spot purchase, and stock will be limited for the other models (likely in the 100′s).

 

 

The first people to get their hands on an Apple Watch apart from those lucky enough to scoop them up in one of the above fancy boutique’s will be those who were quick-handed enough to pre-order within the first few minutes of April 10th, however those who pre-ordered afterwards might be in luck, with Apple advising that more Apple Watches are shipping faster than expected.

 

 

 

 

Deals of the Week Thursday

Hi Guys!

 

Let’s have a nice little look-see at what kind of deals we dug up for you this week.

 

 

* This isn’t such a big tech deal, but Sam’s Club do sell tech, and it’s a good deal, so we thought we’d throw it in on top! Groupon is offering 1-Year Sam’s Club Plus Membership + $20 Sam’s Club Gift Card + $22.94 Fresh Food Value Coupon (New Customers Only) for only $45. Get on it!

 

 

*Get your mitts on some Sony Over-the-Ear Bluetooth and Noise Cancelling Headphones (Black or Blue; MDR-ZX770BN/B) for just $149.99 with free in-store pickup from Best Buy. 

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* Grab a 13 inch MacBook Pro early 2015 model 128 GB for $1099.99 – down to $989 with the Best Buy Movers Coupon from Best Buy. 

 

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* 70-80% Off Spigen Cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ at Amazon.  Search Spigen and then use Coupon Code SPSPIG70 or SPSPIG80 to bring the prices down to as low as $3.20!

 

 

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*Get 50% off some Apple products in-store at Radioshack! See -Magic mouse 34.99, Apple wireless keyboard 34.99, Magic trackpad 34.99, Regular keyboard 29.99. Check here to see if your local Radioshack has these items still in stock.

 

 

*Look at this sweeet deal! Get $100 off any iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3 at Staples in-store with coupon code 68428. Expires April 25, 2015 ( Find coupon here down the bottom right of the page, and check out the other coupons there while you’re at it!)

 

 

*Through Amazon, trade in select PlayStation 3 and Xbox consoles and bundles to get: Up to $140 trade-in value for the Xbox 360 or PS3 consoles and bundles and up to $275 trade-in value for Xbox One consoles and bundles. Get an $80 bonus discount applicable towards the purchase of select PlayStation 4 bundles from Amazon. Combined with the trade-in value that is a total of $150-$350 toward a PlayStation 4.

 

 

*Get a super rad Hello Kitty Kids’ Snap n’ Share 2.1-Megapixel Digital Camera for just $9.97 from Walmart. Did we say super rad yet?

 

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* Get 10% off site-wide at TechRabbit via coupon code “TRLAUNCH10″.

 

 

*Finally, get iColorama S – Photo Editor and Brush Painter for iOS for FREE from the App Store for a limited time.

 

 

1, 2, 3, Dealhunters…..GO!

 

 

 

 

 

What will OS X 10.11 be called?

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At the World Wide Developers conference, held at the Moscone centre in San Francisco June 8-14 this year, we can expect an update to the MAC OS – OS X 10.11.

 

Previous to 2013 Apple had named their operating systems after big cats – see below.

 

OS X 10 – Cheetah (2001)

OS X 10.1 – Puma

OS X 10.2 – Jaguar

OS X 10.3 – Panther

OS X 10.4 – Tiger

OS X 10.5 – Leopard

OS X 10.6 – Snow Leopard

OS X 10.7 – Lion

OS X 10.8 – Mountain Lion

 

In 2013, Apple decided a different naming system was necessary (and better for the brand who wanted to uphold the idea of Apple being an American Company) and decided that Californian Landmarks would be the way of the name for the future of OS, beginning with OS X Mavericks, which is a surfing break south of San Francisco.

 

They continued with OS X Yosemite last year, so what do you think they’ll be going with this year for OS X 10.11?

 

Here are some of the names Apple has Trademarked:

 

Redwood, Mammoth, California, Big Sur, Pacific, Diablo, Miramar, Rincon, El Cap, Redtail, Condor, Grizzly, Farallon, Tiburon, Monterey, Skyline, Shasta, Sierra, Mojave, Sequoia, Ventura, and Sonoma.

 

What do you think they’ll pick? What would you pick? If iPhone Antidote were Apple, you’d be looking at the 2015 Apple Operating System OS X Sierra. And everyone would get a free 6 pack of Sierra Nevada. BOOM!

 

 

Apple Watch shipments processing!

Apple Watch orders have begun appearing as ‘preparing for shipment’ and purchasers credit/debit cards are being processed as of yesterday mid-afternoon PST.

 

 

 

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This is in preparation for the official launch date of the Apple Watch on April 24th. (Cue streamers.)

 

Those quick-handed enough to pre-order within the first hour have an official shipment date of anywhere between Friday April 24th through May 8th, however many who were quick-handed enough to order within the first 5-10 minutes should expect shipment on Friday.

 

Those who waited to pre-order should expect their magical package of Apple joy in the mail in the coming weeks, and if you pre-order today, your shipment time is looking to extend into June and further.

 

There have been suggestions that the shipping wait time will be shorter than people think, which would definitely be a come up! 

 

Apple Watch orders will ship out from central distribution centers via Fedex and UPS. And, just to put this out there – there have been reports of people getting notification from UPS that a package from Apple is on it’s way ALREADY HOLY MOLY.

 

Did you pre-order? Has your order changed to processing shipment yet?

 

 

 

Get more money for your iPhone!!

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Did the Taxman take more money than you were expecting this April 15th? Got some bills to pay or clothes to buy or beers to drink?

 

WE CAN TOTALLY HELP YOU OUT!

 

Send us your old, broken, stinky, water damaged, used (or brand new- hey we like shiny things too!) iPhone and we’ll put money in your hot little hands in no time!

 

Here’s what you do:

 

Get a quote here. We will never change your quote based on condition!

 

Choose how you want to get your CASHMONEY (Check, Paypal or Bitcoin because we’re fancy like that)

 

Choose to either: receive a prepaid mailer box, slip your phone in and send it back to us, OR receive a prepaid label that you can stick on any ‘ol box and ship it off.

THEN YOU GET PAID! That’s the best part.

 

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