Apple has launched a celebration of U.S. National Parks from July 1st to July 15th. According to the Apple newsroom, the company will donate one dollar to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made with Apple Pay. The pledge applies to transactions made on the Apple Store app, the Apple online store and Apple retail stores.
Market research firm Strategy Analytics has declared Apple the wearable device leader in the first quarter of 2017. According to the report, Apple captured 16 percent of the total market for wearables during the first three months of the year. In fact, Apple and Xiaomi bumped Fitbit out of the top slot, representing a significant challenge to the previous market leader.
Apple fans have a new way to dock their Apple Watch thanks to accessory maker Elago. The third stand in their Apple Watch series, the W3 brings the nostalgia factor into the office or bedroom. This silicone stand evokes the original Macintosh, which was introduced in 1984. The display of the Apple Watch lines up to show through as the screen of the vintage computer complete with floppy drive.
Niantic has released Pokémon GO for Apple Watch on the App Store. The news comes after recent rumors that the project was scrapped, which proved to be false. Trainers with Apple Watch can explore the world and discover nearby Pokémon, as well as collect items from PokéStops. Sessions with the game can be logged as a Workout, which logs the distances covered and counts towards daily Activity rings.
Apple now offers a variety of refurbished Apple Watch models at the Apple Store online. These special deals include discounts of 14 to 15 percent, with Series 1 prices starting at $229. Those looking for an Apple Watch Series 2 can get the stainless steel 42mm model for $509, for a savings of $90. As with some other Apple refurbished products, the inventory is limited when it comes to available colors, cases and band selection.