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First Apple Watches Launch Today

First Apple Watches Launch Today

First Apple Watches Launch Today. The first batch of Apple Watches will be shipped to customers who have pre-ordered today, but supply on the high street is extremely limited.

Apple will begin shipping its long-awaited Apple Watch to people who have pre-ordered a device today, but anyone hoping to buy one on the high street will almost certainly be out of luck.

The Apple Watch became available for pre-order on April 10, but the first run reportedly sold out within hours, leaving many customers facing shipping delays over over a month.

Apple has not revealed how many Watches have been sold, but market researcher Carl Howe from Think Big Analytics predicts that the initial run of watches was more than 3 million units.

While those who got their orders in early enough will be receiving their Watches today, others will have to wait until more devices have been manufactured.

However, Apple claims that it is working hard to fulfill orders as quickly as possible, and many customers will receive their Apple Watch pre-orders sooner than expected.

“We’re happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected,” an Apple spokeswoman told BuzzFeed.

“Our team is working to fill orders as quickly as possible based on the available supply and the order in which they were received. We know many customers are still facing long lead times and we appreciate their patience.”

Apple watch unboxing

Apple watch unboxing

Many of those who did receive their devices today took to social media to document the ‘”unboxing” process. Mel Firbank from Australia was one of the first to receive an Apple Watch Sport, and posted this picture to her Instragram account (above).

Meanwhile, those hoping to purchase an Apple Watch on the high street will most likely be disappointed, as Apple’s Angela Ahrendts has confirmed that there will be no Watches to buy in Apple Stores during the month of May.

Customers who go into an Apple Store today will be able to try on any Watch they desire, but will be prompted by staff to order their device online – either on-site or at home.

“Are we going to launch every product this way from now on? No. We all love those blockbuster Apple product launch days – and there will be many more to come,” wrote Ms Ahrendts in an internal memo.

“It’s important to remember that Apple Watch is not just a new product but an entirely new category for us … To deliver the kind of service our customers have come to expect – and that we expect from ourselves – we designed a completely new approach.”

Apple Stores in London and around the world were notably devoid of the traditional queues that accompany most Apple product launches. At the company’s flaship store in Covent Garden, only three people were seen queuing in the early hours of this morning:The Watch is an untried concept for Apple. It straddles a technology market accustomed to rapid obsolescence and luxury goods whose appeal lies in their enduring value.

The Apple Watch “Sport” starts at £299 while the “Standard” version comes in at £479. High-end “Edition” watches with 18-karat gold alloys are priced from £8,000 and go as high as £13,500.

Reviewers have praised the watch as “beautiful” and “stylish” but gave it poor marks for relatively low battery life and slow-loading apps.

Sales estimates for 2015 vary widely. Piper Jaffray predicts 8 million units and Global Securities Research forecasts 40 million. By comparison, Apple sold nearly 200 million iPhones last year.

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The iPad Mini Goes On Sale In The UK

The iPad Mini Goes On Sale In The UK

  • Posted: Oct 26, 2012
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The iPad Mini (stylized and marketed as iPad mini) is a mini tablet computer designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. It was announced on October 23, 2012, as the fifth overall generation of the iPad line and the first to feature a reduced screen size of 7.9 inches, in contrast to the standard 9.7 inches. It features similar internal specifications as the iPad 2, including its display resolution.

Speculation about the iPad Mini began as early as April 2012, as competition rose from 7″ devices such as the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7. Rumors initially suggested it would feature a 7.85″ display at 1024×768 pixels. It was originally thought to be announced at the Apple Special Event on 12 September 2012.

The iPad Mini  Has been compared to the Google Nexus 7 and AmazonKindle Fire HD It was released today in the UK.

iPad Mini: Build

Lighter and thinner than we’d thought when watching the Keynote, the iPad Mini fits comfortably in one hand, with the reduced-size side bezels giving seemingly more screen real-estate than the Nexus 7.

 Apple had built the iPad Mini from the ground up.  The rounded edges are reminiscent of the widely loved iPhone 3G and it feels durable enough to sling in a bag.

It’s 7.2mm thin (23% thinner than the big iPad) and 308g (Wi-Fi-only model) light. The volume and screen-rotation lock buttons have moved to the right-hand side and the headphone socket is placed on the top, rather than the bottom, where stereo speakers and the new Lightning connector can be found. Reading a book works well – especially with the updated iBooks continuous streaming feature – because of the reduced weight and size. It’s a definite competitor to the Kindle in this regard.

iPad Mini: Screen

The LED-backlit screen looks fantastic on the 7.9-inch display. Colours are vivid, text is pin sharp, web pages render quickly and, because there’s almost a 4:3 ratio going on, you get a lot of content on page. It feels squarer than the bigger iPad, but definitely works as, arguably, a better mobile experience than its bigger brother.

Screen resolution is 1024×768 resolution at 163ppi – same as the iPad 2 – so apps all work without any letter-boxing. Great news for T3: iPad Edition readers – you’ll be able to download and view the interactive issues immediately. Videos and photos look great and you can fit 25 app icons on every page (including the shortcut bar)

iPad Mini: Camera

The back-facing 5MP iSight camera is similar to what we’ve seen on bigger iPads. Taking pictures or video is easier with one hand, purely because of the Mini’s size. In the wild, it’s much more manageable than the iPad. Still shots that we took were ok, but 1080p video is more impressive. With stabilisation kicking in, plus integration with iOS 6, getting video content online will be easy.

But in most usage, the iPad mini display is way more than good enough. It makes video playback look tremendous and you can zoom in on widescreen movies so they fill the screen – something Amazon’s LoveFilm app doesn’t permit. Open iBooks or the iPad Kindle app and the display makes print look sharp, crisp and highly readable.

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Samsung Wins Japan Court Battle Over Apple

Samsung Wins Japan Court Battle Over Apple

  • Posted: Aug 31, 2012
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A court in Tokyo dismisses Apple’s claim that Samsung infringed a patent in the latest row between the two technology firms.

Samsung has won the latest stage of its patent saga with rival technology giant Apple after a Tokyo court ruled in favour of the South Korean company.

The Japanese court case addressed only the synchronising technology that allows media players to share data with personal computers.

The new result from Apple is not comparable in scope to the much larger case won by Apple in the US last week.

In California, the court ruled that Samsung had illegally used Apple creations such as the ‘bounce-back’ feature when a user scrolls to an end image, and the ability to zoom text with a tap of a finger, in its products.

The jury awarded Apple $1bn (£630m) in damages, and a judge is now evaluating Apple’s request to have eight Samsung products pulled from shelves and banned from the US market, including popular Galaxy model smartphones.

The last Samsung model, the Galaxy S3, was not part of the US ruling.

Judge Tamotsu Shoji took just a few minutes to reach his decision on Friday in Japan. He said he did not think Samsung’s technology that allows media players and personal computers to share music files and other content infringed on Apple patents.

The Apple lawyer did not give any comment and did not feel de need to appeal the ruling.

This is the battle between 2 tech giants whether Apple have always been the leaders in technology and Samsung now wants to bring their products to similar standards to Apple. This sometimes means that Samsung has not entirely came up with the idea which means they use some of Apples ideas in their phones and this is where the problem lies.

Both companies have experience in technology but Samsung is technology in entertainment industry(like TVs, home cinemas). Applle in the smartphones and tablet computers industry.

Seo Won-seok, an analyst at Seoul-based Korea Investment & Securities, said the Tokyo verdict showed that the various cases may not be affected by Apple’s major victory in California.

“The favourable ruling for Samsung convinces me that lawsuits in other countries may play out differently from the one in the US,” he said.

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