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AppleInsider reports that today’s launch of the Apple Watch has also seen the launch of a new power adapter for the UK, which has been bundled with the watch, and which will, presumably, be bundled with other Apple devices from now on.
The previous adapter was typically chunky, like all UK plugs, but the new adaptor is actually ingeniously foldable, with pins that fold into the body of the plug, which has generally a more rounded appearance.
The folding operation is designed to be as smooth as possible for ease of use, with all three pins either folding or unfolding together when just one is pressed.
News of the new plug was actually leaked last Friday by a famous ex-rugby player in the UK, Will Carling, when he posted photos of the folding charger on Twitter, saying that it had...
The folks at FoneFox decided to put the Apple Watch's IPX7 water resistance to the test. When Tim Cook first announce the device, they indicated it would be resistant to splashes and moisture, but based upon the above video, it's actually better than that.
The videographers started out pushing the envelope by taking the 38mm Apple Watch Sport in the shower with them. The watch passed with flying colors, so they took it to the next level and submerged in in a bucket of water for 5 minutes. Even that wasn't enough to satisfy them, so they actually took the watch for a 15 minute swim in the pool, and it still worked fine afterward!
It's just proof positive that Apple does their best to under-promise, but over-deliver!
*Despite these tests, we still wouldn't recommend folks do what...
Most folks who pre-ordered the Apple Watch during the first 5 minutes will be getting their order delivered sometime today. Even though there are a few stores where you can see the Apple Watch demoed, they are still ridiculously hard to get, and only folks who pre-ordered or order them now will be able to get one in the near future.
Of course, Apple will continue to ramp up production as demand increases and manufacturing because easier. To get us even more excited about the new super-device, Apple released three new teaser videos for the Apple Watch. You can see one of them above and the other two in the thread below.
AppleInsider reports that the Apple Watch is apparently running “most” of iOS 8.2, using a new subsystem, Carousel, instead of the Springboard home screen that features on iPhone and iPad.
The news comes via developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who also said that the Apple Watch’s S1 processor is roughly the equivalent of the Apple A5 chip.
In a tweet, Troughton-Smith said that the Watch firmware features a PowerVR SGX543 driver. The A5, which first appeared in 2011 in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4s, also boasts an SGX543 driver.
The S1 is, as you would expect, much more compressed, and is encased in resin in order to give it extra protection.
AppleInsider says that the AppleWatch firmware is not considered as an actual iOS release, as it requires a paired iPhone in order to operate, but...
The video above is a bit cheesy, but what it represents could be pretty exciting news if you happen to live in Silicon Valley and enjoy comic books (and/or comic book movies). The incomparable Steve Wozniak (former co-founder of Apple) and the comic book master himself, Stan Lee, are teaming up to bring a brand new Comic Con to Silicon Valley!
The event will be held on March 19 and 20, 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center. The SVCC plans to invite a number of Hollywood celebrities and tech leaders across multiple media, including movies, TV, music, gaming, electronics, apps and emerging technologies. Now I wish I lived in Silicon Valley!
Thanks for the tip, @cr6!
Here's something fun and interesting you might get a kick out of... it turns out that what you are doing right this moment (engaging with the community of this internet forum) is actually quite good for you. At least, that's what a recent study concluded which was published in the Computers In Human Behavior.
Specifically, the study concluded that "Internet forums have a positive impact on life satisfaction and lead to increased involvement in communities outside the confines of the online world." Here's a quote with more of the details,
The study approached users on a range of interest, lifestyle and hobby forums. The study split users into two groups: stigmatized subjects (like mental health discussion), and non-stigma related forums (sports, cooking and the rest). They were then...
Many customers who have pre-order an Apple Watch have been given shipment dates of late May or June. Of course, this has upset many of them, and this was most likely caused by problems in the supply chain, since Apple and its production partners are dealing with a product that is totally different from the iPhones or iPads they've been making so far.
However, we're now hearing some good news from Apple, as the company has started informing customers that their delayed Apple Watch preorders will be shipping earlier than expected. Apple issued the following statement:
"We’re happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected. Our team is working to fill orders as quickly as possible based on the available supply and the...
Yesterday we were telling you that Apple could be working to bring back public transit directions into its maps app; and now we have some fresh related news. Bloomberg reports that Nokia wants Apple to buy its struggling Here Maps division and is looking to get around $3.2 billion for it. Bloomberg says:
"Nokia Oyj, the Finnish company selling its money-losing maps business, is trying to drum up interest from some of the biggest names in technology including Apple Inc., Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Amazon.com Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said."
Nokia first bought the mapping assets in 2008 for $8.1 billion and is now looking to sell it because it's a money-losing business for the company now. After Microsoft bought Nokia's device and services division, the company had...
There's a new and interesting Apple Watch YouTube video posted by video blogger Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy. Hilsenteger got hold of a pre-production display cover made of the same Ion-X glass that is part of the new Apple Watch Sport. He decided to see how well it holds up to some torturous scratch tests.
We won't spoil the video for you, but let's just say the glass of the Apple Watch Sport will hold up to quite a bit of punishment, and you will probably have to go out of your way to scratch it. Of course, it's also important to note that the Ion-X glass found on the Apple Watch Sport is not the same thing which will be used by the higher-end models of the Apple Watch.
Those devices will have the Sapphire glass which is even more scratch resistant than the Ion-X glass. Of...
According to a fresh Apple job listing spotted by AppleInsider publication, it seems that Apple is interested in bringing back public transit directions data into its mapping application. It has been more than three years since Apple has abandoned data from Google Maps, and now it seems that the company is looking to deal with this on its own.
The job listing says Apple is searching for a software engineer who will join the Maps division's Routing team. Apple informs those looking to apply that "as a member of the Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps."
Apple is looking or someone with "in-depth knowledge about public transit," both as a rider and on a technical level. The best moment for Apple to announce a potential Maps upgrades could...
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