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‘Reserve Strap’ Plans to Charge the Apple Watch on the Wrist [iOS Blog]

Posted by | March 6, 2015.
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Following an afternoon of discussion on the recharge rate and battery life of the Apple Watch, third-party developers Lane Musgrave and John Arrow today revealed the “Reserve Strap“, which will allow users to charge their Apple Watch while wearing it on their wrist.

The device consists of a silicone band with embedded lithium polymer cells and an inductive charging cradle that will hold the Apple Watch, resulting in a 125 percent battery life increase over the basic life of the Apple Watch, according to the company.

The Reserve Band will charge the Watch “similar to the new MagSafe wall charger for the Apple Watch”, thanks to a few batteries embedded within the device using magnetic inductive charging. Musgrave notes that while they “don’t have hard numbers yet”, their current testing leaves them to believe their claim to a 125 percent increase in battery is close to the mark.

The case looks slickly designed, especially considering the amount of power the two are saying hides within the silicone band, but perhaps the biggest cause for concern lies in the possibility for obstruction of the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor.

Recent news only underlines the sensor’s Continue Reading

‘Reserve Strap’ Plans to Charge the Apple Watch on the Wrist [iOS Blog]

Posted by | March 6, 2015.
Reserve Strap

Following an afternoon of discussion on the recharge rate and battery life of the Apple Watch, third-party developers Lane Musgrave and John Arrow today revealed the “Reserve Strap“, which will allow users to charge their Apple Watch while wearing it on their wrist.

The device consists of a silicone band with embedded lithium polymer cells and an inductive charging cradle that will hold the Apple Watch, resulting in a 125 percent battery life increase over the basic life of the Apple Watch, according to the company.

The Reserve Band will charge the Watch “similar to the new MagSafe wall charger for the Apple Watch”, thanks to a few batteries embedded within the device using magnetic inductive charging. Musgrave notes that while they “don’t have hard numbers yet”, their current testing leaves them to believe their claim to a 125 percent increase in battery is close to the mark.

The case looks slickly designed, especially considering the amount of power the two are saying hides within the silicone band, but perhaps the biggest cause for concern lies in the possibility for obstruction of the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor.

Recent news only underlines the sensor’s Continue Reading

Apple Watch Takes Two Hours to Charge, Only Delivers Notifications While on the Wrist

Posted by | March 6, 2015.
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Apple Watch will take approximately two hours to fully charge and deliver all-day battery life with normal on-and-off usage, according to TechCrunch. Those estimates corroborate a previous report that also claimed the Apple Watch will deliver all-day battery life and support up to five hours of heavy usage per charge.

The report also claims that the Apple Watch will only deliver notifications while worn on the wrist. The smartwatch will not ping you for notifications without being in contact with skin so that the device is not disruptive at unnecessary times. Apple Watch will also stop delivering notifications when the battery reaches 10% or lower in an effort to conserve the remaining power.

“Here’s a tidbit you might not know — in order to receive notifications from apps, the Watch must be on your wrist and locked. They require contact with your skin. There will be no in-app dropdown notifications or constant pinging while it’s off your wrist. Push notifications also cease when the battery reaches 10 percent. Those decisions speak to the care with which Apple is handling notifications.”

Apple continues to tweak Digital Crown on the Apple Watch, giving the button a “weightier, higher-end feel.” Pressing and Continue Reading

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Pad & Quill Messenger Bag [Mac Blog]

Posted by | March 6, 2015.
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For our second giveaway here at MacRumors, we’ve partnered with Pad & Quill, the maker of premium MacBook, iPhone, and iPad cases along with other accessories. Pad & Quill is graciously offering The Messenger Bag as our prize for this giveaway.

The Messenger Bag is made of leather and waxed canvas and features a padded laptop pocket that will fit a 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina and a 25-year leather warranty. The Messenger Bag retails for $369.

To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below. You can also earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, following MacRumors on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. You must be age 18 or older and located in the United States to enter.

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This contest will run from today (March 6) at 12:00 pm Pacific time through 12:00 pm Pacific time on March 13. The winner will be chosen randomly on March 13 and will be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address. The Messenger Bag will be shipped to the winner for free.

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Apple Overhauling iPad for Education Program to Simplify Sharing Devices and Apps

Posted by | March 6, 2015.
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Apple will be making significant changes to iPad deployment for education during the upcoming school year that should eliminate some of the hurdles that school districts face when adopting iPads for use in the classroom. In an email obtained by MacRumors, the company outlines plans to make app distribution easier by eliminating the need for an Apple ID to load apps, tweaking the Apple ID for Students program and unifying several deployment programs into one.

Apple plans to simplify app distribution by allowing schools to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID this fall, reducing the number of steps needed to set up an iPad. Schools will no longer be required to create generic Apple IDs solely to load content on the tablet, and teachers and administrators will have the option to block students from making personal purchases without approval.

“To simplify large deployments, including one-to-one and shared use, we want to make app distribution even easier. Today, Apple IDs are required in order to deliver apps and books to students. We are working to change this in the fall by allowing schools to assign and distribute apps to a device without an Apple ID. As Continue Reading

Apple Watch Battery to Support Five Hours of Heavy Usage, Will Last All Day With Mixed Use

Posted by | March 6, 2015.
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With just over two days to go until Apple’s big March 9 “Spring Forward” event that’s said to be heavily focused on the Apple Watch, information on the device is leaking out at a rapid pace. Apple’s been relatively quiet about battery life, stating only that the Apple Watch will need to be charged on a daily basis, but 9to5Mac has a few more details on how long we can expect the Apple Watch to last between charges.

According to the site’s sources, final software tweaks and optimizations to the device have led to a battery life of approximately five hours of heavy application usage. The device reportedly will not run out of battery life “during a typical day of mixed and passive use,” but it will need to be charged on a nightly basis as Apple has previously said. There’s also been little said about how the Apple Watch will affect the battery of the iPhone, but 9to5Mac‘s sources say that there is no “meaningful” observed battery drain while using the device.

A Power Reserve Mode can be activated within the watch when the battery in the device becomes critically low, ensuring that it’s primary Continue Reading

Questionable Rumor Claims iPad Mini 4 With A8 Processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi May Launch Soon [iOS Blog]

Posted by | March 6, 2015.
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A new report out of Japanese Apple blog Mac Otakara [Google Translate] suggests that a refresh of the iPad Mini line could be hitting mid-cycle, bringing a beefier processor and faster Wi-Fi to a fourth-generation iPad mini.

Considering that the iPad Mini 3 was only a slight refresh on its predecessor, packing the same processing speed and power and essentially adding only Touch ID and a gold color option into the mix, many have hoped the fourth generation version of the device would be a more substantial update than last year’s. Mac Otakara‘s report states that the update would replace the iPad Mini 3’s current A7 processor and 802.11n Wi-Fi with an A8 CPU and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Mac Otakara tells MacRumors, however, that there is some uncertainty with this rumor, and Mac Otakara is not convinced it is accurate.

A short product cycle for an iPad would not be unprecedented, as the 9.7-inch iPad saw a seven-month interval in its third-generation, with the fourth-generation model shifting the iPad update cycle from the early part of the year to the late part and allowing Apple to quickly make the transition to the Lightning connector across its Continue Reading

Apple Store Listing MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter as Discontinued

Posted by | March 6, 2015.
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Apple has quietly listed the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 converter as discontinued on the Apple Online Store in the United States and Canada this week. The converter is required to charge a MagSafe 2-equipped MacBook Air or MacBook Pro when the notebook is connected to a Thunderbolt Display or Cinema Display. The converter still appears to have in-store availability, although for how long remains unknown.

Apple discontinuing the MagSafe to MagSafe 2 converter would prove problematic for Thunderbolt Display and Cinema Display users. The company does include the converter in the box for the Thunderbolt Display, but not being able to purchase a replacement if you misplace one would be an issue. We have reached out to Apple for comment and will update this story if we hear back.

(Thanks, Chris!)

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MacBook Air and 13″ MacBook Pro Shipping Times Slip Ahead of Monday’s Media Event

Posted by | March 6, 2015.
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MacBook Air and 13″ Retina MacBook Pro shipping times have slipped on the Apple Online Store from “in stock” to “1 business day” ahead of Apple’s upcoming “Spring Forward” media event on Monday. Earlier this week, we reported that a MacBook Air refresh with the latest Intel Broadwell processors and Intel HD 6000 graphics appears imminent, and it is plausible that Apple also updates the MacBook Pro with similar hardware.

The shipping dates have slipped across North America, with the Apple Online Store in the United States, Canada and Mexico showing the longer “1 business day” estimate. A spot check of the United Kingdom and Australia online storefronts still shows regular shipping times. In-store availability of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro in the also appears unaffected in the United States based on Apple Stores in New York and California.

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Intel’s Broadwell processors are available for all MacBook Air models and the 13-inch MacBook Pro, although more powerful chips for the 15-inch MacBook Pro are <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/01/05/intel-broadwell-chips-macbook-air-13-pro/" title="Intel Launches New Broadwell Chips Appropriate for MacBook Air and 13-Inch MacBook Continue Reading

Upcoming Revamped Apple Music Streaming Service Won’t Offer Free Ad-Supported Tier [iOS Blog]

Posted by | March 6, 2015.
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As rumors gear up surrounding the revamped Apple iTunes/Beats music service, a new report claims that the company will opt out of offering a free advertising-supported base tier for its upcoming streaming service (via Re/code).

The company will allow customers an initial trial period of some kind, but following will have to pay to continue using the service, the cost of which most recent rumors agree will be around $7.99.

With the slow decline of digital downloads and the steady rise of streaming services, sources close to Apple media head Eddy Cue and Beats Music founder Jimmy Iovine state that the two agree the music industry, and streaming specifically, “needs to get behind a paywall.”

Apple executives have been telling the music industry it can help them roll back the tide of free digital music by relaunching its own subscription streaming service this year. Unlike Spotify and YouTube, Apple’s service won’t offer a free “tier” of music interspersed with ads — after an initial trial period, you’ll need to pay to play.

Now Apple is negotiating with the music labels for licenses for a revamped version of Beats. Sources say Apple would like to Continue Reading

Apple to Replace AT&T in Dow Jones Industrial Average on March 18

Posted by | March 6, 2015.
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Apple will be joining the Dow Jones Industrial Average, according to S&P Dow Jones (via The Wall Street Journal). Apple will be added to the Dow Jones at the close of trading on March 18, replacing AT&T as one of 30 members on the major price-weighted index. Apple is currently listed on Nasdaq with a pre-market share price hovering around the $128 mark as of writing.

“Apple is the clear choice for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the most recognized stock market measure,” says David M. Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

The addition of Apple on the Dow Jones Industrial Average will occur just weeks after the iPhone maker recorded the most profitable quarter of any company ever, posting record-breaking quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $18 billion on sales of 74.5 million iPhones during the first quarter of the fiscal year. Apple is currently the world’s most valuable company with a market cap exceeding $735 billion.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average provides a price-weighted average of 30 significant stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq, which offers valuable insight into how the stock market is Continue Reading

Apple and Other Companies Push Forward in Fight for Marriage Equality [Mac Blog]

Posted by | March 6, 2015.
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A total of 379 companies, including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google, have joined together to urge the Supreme Court to rule in favor of blanketed nationwide support for marriage equality (via The Verge).

The companies filed an amicus brief yesterday, represented by law firm Morgan Lewis, in the on-going Obergefell v. Hodges case, wherein two men are arguing that the state of Ohio discriminates against legal out-of-state same-sex marriages. Apple, along with the 378 other companies, angled towards a business-focused case for supporting every couple’s right to marry.

Apple at the 44th Annual Pride Parade in San Francisco
The brief claims that due to “a fractured legal landscape with no uniform rule on same-sex marriage”, both employees and employers face increasingly burden-filled relationships, making it difficult to conduct proper business practices. The coterie of companies isn’t represented by just well-known tech companies, but small family-owned businesses and other big non-tech brands like Nike, Coca-Cola, and United Airlines, as well.

“The competition for top talent crosses state and even national borders. State laws that prohibit same-sex marriage make it harder for businesses to recruit and retain talented employees,” says Morgan Lewis Partner Susan Baker Manning, counsel Continue Reading

Jony Ive Discusses Design of Apple Watch in Latest Interview

Posted by | March 6, 2015.
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Apple design chief Jonathan Ive recently discussed the design process behind creating the Apple Watch in a new profile with Financial Times. Ive describes the Apple Watch as “the most personal product” that Apple has ever made, with “thousands and thousands of hours of evaluation and testing” invested into the device.

“Even now, when the design of the Apple Watch is incredibly mature and has gone through thousands and thousands of hours of evaluation and testing, we’re still working and improving. You are trying to keep everything fluid for as long as possible because everything is so interconnected. The best products are those where you have optimized each attribute while being very conscious of other parts of the product’s performance.”

The iconic designer adds that he appreciates the convenience afforded by the Apple Watch, describing the wrist as the perfect place for this technology. Apple Watch will have a Glances feature on the watch face that delivers real-time information such as weather, stock quotes and upcoming calendar events.

“One of the things that struck me,” says Ive, “was how often I’d look at my watch and have to look again quite soon afterwards, because I hadn’t actually comprehended what the Continue Reading

New Report Provides Look into Apple’s Secret Lab For Apple Watch Developers

Posted by | March 5, 2015.
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Three weeks ago, it was reported that Apple was inviting developers to the company’s Cupertino headquarters to receive help finalizing Apple Watch apps. A new report from Bloomberg Business provides a look into the secret lab where Apple is helping developers, offering a look at Apple’s strategy for Apple Watch apps as well as the security around the project.

Developers from Facebook, BMW, Starwood Hotels and others have been making multiple trips to Cupertino, with each visit requiring confidentiality.

Apple, which will share more details about the gadget at a March 9 event, uses extreme measures to keep the work secret. Internet access is blocked inside the rooms, and no outside materials can be brought in to the labs with the test watches, a person who attended said. The companies, sometimes sharing a room, must bring in source code for their apps on a computer hard drive that can’t leave Apple’s headquarters. To prevent information from leaking out, Apple is storing the code and sending it to the companies closer to the watch’s introduction date, the person said.

The unreleased Apple Watch is also available for the developers to test out their apps, allowing them to check for Continue Reading

Oracle Now Bundling Ask.com Adware with Java for Mac

Posted by | March 5, 2015.
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For years, Oracle has been bundling an Ask.com search toolbar with Java for Windows, relying on what some call deceptive methods to get users to install the add-on to their browsers. Now, the company has extended its adware strategy to Java for Mac, according to ZDNet.

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The unwelcome Ask extension shows up as part of the installer if a Mac user downloads Java 8 Update 40 for the Mac. In my tests on a Mac running that latest release of OS X, the installer added an app to the current browser, Chrome version 41. (In a separate test, I installed Java using the latest version of Safari, where it behaved in a similar fashion.)

The Java installer selects the option to install the Ask extension by default, which means that users casually clicking through the dialogue boxes would find the extension installed and enabled on their browser of choice. Oracle has also updated its installation instructions for Mac to account for the change.

As noted by ZDNet, Ask.com typically provides low-quality search results and numerous ads with little distinction between ads and organic results. Ask.com parent company IAC pays a commission to Oracle and other Continue Reading

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