Hands On With The All-New Ultra Thin MacBook With Retina Display

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IMG_8873 Apple’s newest MacBook is clearly designed to set the stage for all Apple notebooks to come – it has a dramatically thin body, which measures only 13.1-inches deep at its thickest point, and a 12-inch display with a very small surrounding bezel. The screen has Retina resolution of 2304×1440, with a 16:10 aspect ratio, and the computer has just one port for power and data… Read More

What Your Favorite Apps Look Like On Apple Watch (Plus New Ones!)

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apple-watch-event0359 In preparation for Apple’s first wearable device, mobile developers have been busy creating all kinds of applications designed especially for the Apple Watch’s small screen. The watch, which is said by early testers to be so usable that they found they were no longer pulling out their iPhone as often, allows you to interact with a variety of apps and notifications, ranging from… Read More

You Can Keep Your iPhone In Your Pocket. Don’t Believe Me? Just Watch

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nintendopowerglove Watch This is no sidekick. It’s not merely a companion. The Apple Watch completely eliminates the need to pull out your phone in many situations. That was the theme of today’s launch event. This isn’t just another screen for your notifications. Yes, Apple Watch is time, saved. But Apple Watch is also things done. Hail and find your Uber. Browse and Like Instagram photos. Reply… Read More

Hands On With The Apple Watch

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IMG_8960 Apple’s smartwatch was on display again at today’s special Apple event, and this time we actually got to try a live unit. Last September, we were able to wear the hardware on our wrists, but today units had near-final live software so we got get a better idea of how it will actually work when it ships on April 24. The Apple Watch’s hardware is of course still quite… Read More

From Chemist to World Renowned Blacksmith: James Austin

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Of course, the shop cats know who the real shop bosses are.  Now in his 40th year of blacksmithing, San Francisco Bay Area blacksmith James Austin has spent a lifetime researching little-known or lost metalworking techniques, and developing his own. Unable to deny his love for metal fabrication, James apprenticed to a blacksmith in Germany in the early 1980s after receiving […]

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iOS 8.2 with Apple Watch support coming today

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Apple is releasing iOS 8.2 with support for the Apple Watch today. The update is a minor one, but it’s something that anyone planning on buying an Apple Watch will want to download soon: the watch requires connection with an iPhone, and the iPhone must be running iOS 8.2 for it to work.

Other than that, the updates here are limited. There are stability improvements and bug fixes, and there are some minor changes to the Health app, but by and large, there’s nothing here that most people are going to notice. Apple’s next big changes are expected in iOS 8.3, which will bring wireless CarPlay support and a new emoji keyboard that’s absolutely going to up your emoji game. It’s also been reported that iOS 8.4 will bring with it a new…

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Apple Watch will get 18 hours of battery life

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Battery life is probably the single biggest question surrounding the Apple Watch (after its full range of prices, of course). Now, we’re finally getting an answer — Apple has just announced its first wearable will get about 18 hours of battery life over a normal day. CEO Tim Cook said that amount of time “works for most people.” What we haven’t heard yet are more detailed battery specifications, such as how long the Apple Watch will last under more intense app usage.

Earlier this year, reports surfaced indicating that the Apple Watch battery life would be quite similar to most other smartwatches on the market — estimates indicated it could between 2.5 and 4 hours of heavy use. But since most users aren’t constantly interacting with a…

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The gold Apple Watch Edition will start at $10,000

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The Apple Watch Edition will start at $10,000, Apple announced during its event today. The 38mm Apple Watch Edition starts at $10,000 and the 42mm begins at $12,000, both with a sport band. The Apple Watch Edition is available in either 18-karat gold or rose gold. There are six different standard color and band combinations for the Apple Watch Edition, but Apple has said all of its Apple Watch bands will be interchangeable.

With a sapphire crystal protecting the display and a solid gold case and buckle — which Apple says is up to twice as hard as standard gold — the Apple Watch Edition was bound to cause some sticker shock as one of the more expensive products Apple has released. Since it was shown off last September, speculation about…

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Apple Watch available April 24th, pricing from $349 to over $10,000

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The Apple Watch will go on sale April 24th, with prices starting at $349 and running to over $10,000 for its top-of-the-line models. Apple Watch Sport, the low-end model housed in aluminum, starts at $349 for the 38mm model and $399 for the 42mm model. The stainless steel Apple Watch will start at $549 for the 38mm model and $599 for the 42mm model, with prices ranging up to $1,049 and $1,099 depending on the band they’re paired with. The 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will start at $10,000. Those will only be available in select retail stores.

Preorders for the watches start April 10th. Apple will open sales in the US, UK, China, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and Hong Kong.

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Here’s what Instagram will look like on the Apple Watch

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Apple just gave us a brief look at what Instagram will look like on the Apple Watch. It’s reminiscent of the experience you find on Google+, with dynamically resized images instead of the feed we’re used to seeing in the phone app. Tapping on a photo brings up additional information, such as the description, location, and likes. It was just one of a number of apps on display, but we’ll be sure to bring you a deeper look when we get our hands on the device. There’s a lot we don’t know, like whether browsing the popular photo sharing app will be a drain on the Watch’s purported 18-hour battery life.

The Apple Watch will be available on April 24th, and the lowest-end model starts at $349.

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Here’s how Apple will sell a $10,000 watch in Apple Stores

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Today, Apple finally announced the pricing for its gold-encased Apple Watch Edition. It’s a staggering $10,000 to start, and Apple says it will be available in “limited select retail stores.” How will Apple sell a five figure piece of jewelry in a store that thousands of people use to check their email while killing time? With a special table, apparently.

The Apple Watch in-store case will also house the lesser Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch versions of the device, which range in prices from $349 to $1,099, depending on configuration. Apple says it will offer pre-orders and previews of the Apple Watch in stores starting on April 10th, with retail availability on April 24th.

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Join us for The Verge Live: Apple Watch and MacBook

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As Apple wraps up its Spring Forward event — Apple Watch! A new MacBook! HBO Now on Apple TV! — Chris Ziegler and I are heading to the studio for The Verge Live. Join us as we break down all the news of the day, and later on, we’ll be joined by Casey Newton, who is live at the event… hopefully stealing us a few $10,000 trinkets. We’ll begin soon!

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The best apps for Apple Watch shown at today’s event

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After offering a brief glimpse of Apple Watch’s software back in September, Apple today gave a much more thorough preview of what wrist-worn apps look like on the company’s first smartwatch.

Today’s keynote once again saw demonstrations of Apple’s own apps, but Apple Watch software chief Kevin Lynch also showcased the work of some big name developers ahead of the device’s release next month. The demos provided a fascinating look at how developers are rethinking popular iOS apps so they work best on a much smaller screen and integrate Apple’s new input methods like force touch and the digital crown.

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Apple Updates Existing MacBook Air And MacBook Pro

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apple-watch-event0245 In addition to today’s new 12-inch retina MacBook introduced during the Apple keynote, Apple is keeping the existing lineup, and upgrading the specs across the board. First, the existing MacBook Air was updated with Thunderbolt 2 and faster Core i5 processors. The 13-inch MacBook Air will also get better flash storage — it will be twice as fast according to Apple. As for the… Read More

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