Thursday, April 16, 2015

Yelp Updated for Apple Watch

If you like to go out to restaurants or try new food often, Yelp has a great new update! It now has Apple Watch support. It lets you find restaurants, see their rating, price range, address, and their hours. With Handoff, you can make a seamless transition from your wrist to your hand and pick off where you left off. Now you can write reviews from your iPhone or use other iPhone operations. Yelp for Apple Watch is available via an update to the iPhone version of the app for free [Direct Link].

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Apple Watch Pre-Orders Exceed 2 Million

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, global Apple Watch pre-orders have exceeded 2.3 million. This is exemplified by the fact that all Apple Watch models are sold out, not available in stores, and that they are backordered for months. This has been a hectic rollout for Apple, but as evidenced by previous endeavors with the iPhone and official statements, we can expect these shipping times to improve significantly over the next weeks.
"We estimate production of Apple Watch around 2.3mn units in March-May. Mass production of Apple Watch began in March and will likely reach 2.3mn by end of May. Considering that most consumers who preordered will not get the device until June, we estimate global preorders of over 2.3mn units, with Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition representing a respective order allocation of 85%, 15% and less than 1%."
- Ming-Chi Kuo 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

1Password Updated For Apple Watch

1Password, the app that stores passwords and other private information in a digital vault, got an upgrade today. It now has support for the Apple Watch. This enables you to be able to access important information from your wrist privately. For example, as depicted below, if you're at the gym and lock your iPhone in the locker, and you don't know the combination, just open up 1Password from your Apple Watch, find the combination, and unlock the locker. This has a lot of potential, and I'd like to see other situations this would be useful for. Perhaps at the bank with social security numbers or something? You can get this update with the 1Password Pro upgrade in 1Password for $9.99 (or free if you had 1Password 4) [Direct Link].

Monday, April 13, 2015

Apple Watch Shipping Dates Could Improve

This whole Apple Watch pre-order phase had a bit of a rocky start. My Apple Watch is supposedly coming in June. I really can't blame Apple. With so many different models and combinations, the last thing they'd want to have is a warehouse full of overstock. After all, that's why Microsoft tries to give away Surfaces, which proves that there's nothing more embarrassing than overstock. Nevertheless, the slipping shipping dates on almost every model of the Apple Watch has people worried and anxious. After all, Apple's marketing campaign included the tagline, "The watch is coming. 4.24.15." This suggests that you can get your hands on it on April 24 in an Apple Store or online. Well, you're wrong. You had to pre-order it at midnight on April 10 (without doing a try-on because the stores are closed at midnight). Andrew Turko sent an email to Apple and he got a response via phone call.
"[Apple] said that June preorders will most likely ship sooner than June. Of course he didn't make any promises, but that's the reason Apple is announcing such an extended ship date after all - to avoid disappointment through false guarantees."
- Andrew Turko
So, who knows? Maybe we will see improved shipping times for our pre-orders on the Apple Watch. All I can say is if you have your eye on one, buy it as soon as you can, because at this rate, we might as well wait for a second-generation Apple Watch. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Apple Sold 1 Million Apple Watches on April 10

Selling out in 6 hours, the Apple Watch received about a million pre-orders on its first day, according to Slice Intelligence. Apparently, the Apple Watch Sport, with the 42mm Space Gray case, was the most popular of the wearables. The large amount of pre-orders has pushed shipping estimates all the way back to June. Well, looks like my Apple Watch is gonna take a while.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Try-on Apple Watch Models Still Have Diagnostic Port

With Apple Watches available for try-ons at Apple Stores, customers have had a chance to see what we think is the final model of the Apple Watch before its release. This model still has a diagnostic port that was thought to be removed before its release. I think I have an explanation. At Apple Watch try-ons, the Apple Watch that is worn is deactivated from use. It is a real Apple Watch, but it doesn't allow you to use it. Therefore, I believe the diagnostic port will be removed from the final model.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Apple Watch Try-ons at Palo Alto Apple Store

There was a lot of excitement at the Apple Store in Palo Alto, California. I went there to try-on some Apple Watches. Tim Cook was there and I missed him by about 30 minutes! Anyways, I tried several Apple Watches. They included the 42mm Apple Watch with White Sport Band, 42mm Apple Watch with Black Classic Buckle, 42mm Apple Watch with Light Brown Leather Loop, which is my personal favorite. The sport bands have a surprising texture. It doesn't feel like rubber. If you get a chance, I recommend that you try one out with a sport band. Anyways, that's my take so far. I am so far impressed by these wearables and am very excited. Hopefully can get one before June with all of these crazy shipping times.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Apple Online Store Preparing for Apple Watch Pre-Orders

Tonight at midnight, you can pre-order the Apple Watch, Apple's first wearable. In addition, Apple retail stores will be transformed to show off the Apple Watch. As with most additions to the Apple Online Store, it is down temporarily to accommodate this change. You can pre-order your favorite Apple Watch at 12:01 AM PDT tonight.

Image Credit: MacRumors

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

OS X 10.10.3: Photos

OS X 10.10.3 came out today and it comes with a new Photos app. Finally, I can get my iOS photos to my Mac without AirDropping or using iPhoto Photo Stream! With a harsh bidding to iPhoto and Aperture, this update is bitter-sweet. What's nice is that I can get my photos from my iOS device to my Mac onto this blog much faster. In addition, iPhoto Print Products (Books, calendars, and cards) are available in Photos. You can upgrade to OS X 10.10.3 via the Mac App Store.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Apple Watch Packaging

Something that I've been particularly curious about is what the packaging for Apple Watch will look like. I've also been wondering if the band and watch will be packaged together or separately. It looks like it will be separate, which is a smart move on Apple's behalf. Anyways, thanks to Jeremy Gan on Instagram.

Image Credit: Jeremy Gan and MacRumors