Apple Watch

Apple Announces Apple Watch Shipping in April

Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed during the company's earnings call on Tuesday that the Apple Watch will begin shipping in April. Cook did not announce a specific release date, but now Apple fans can stop speculating on what "early 2015" really meant. Another important piece of information we still do not know is what the various watch models will cost. We do know that the basic models will start at $349, but it is unknown how much the other collections will sell for. Apple plans to release 18 different "Apple Watch" models, 10 different "Apple Watch Sport" models and 4 high-end "Apple Watch Edition" models. There will also be two sizes available, small (38mm) and large (42mm).

Apple Watch

There will be several bands available for the Apple Watch at launch, and users will have 11 digital faces to choose from. Other features include Apple Pay support, iMessage support, Siri support, a Glance feature and heart rate monitoring. The Apple Watch will need to be paired with an iPhone to work.

Fourth iOS 8.2 Beta Adds More Apple Watch Features

Apple today released the fourth beta for iOS 8.2. The update includes a "new panel specifically for pairing an iPhone with the Apple Watch" and it confirms that there will be a dedicated watch app, according to 9to5Mac. Previous builds of the new software have included support for Apple's WatchKit and a fix for an issue with blood glucose tracking within the Health app.

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iOS 8.2 and the Apple Watch are expected to launch sometime in March. The smartwatch will be available in three collections starting at $349 for the standard edition. There will be several band options and 11 digital faces to choose from at launch. You can learn more about the Apple's smartwatch in our Apple Watch section.

Get the Apple Watch Home Screen on the iPhone

Aeternum brings the Apple Watch interface to jailbroken iPhones running iOS 8. This tweak completely modifies the home screen to take advantage of the open source Apple Watch interface developed by Lucas Mendes. The result is a fully operational likeness of the Apple Watch, right on the iPhone.

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In addition to the characteristic circular app icons, behavior of the SpringBoard is modified so that pinch and zoom gestures enlarge and shrink these icons on the home screen. Rearranging icons is also possible, with wiggle mode replaced by icons that spin 360 degrees in place.

Europe not Enthused Over Apple Watch, Apple Pay

Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) highly anticipated wearable may face an uphill battle in Europe where, according to a survey, the populace doesn't appear to be interested in the Apple Watch, at least not nearly as much as Chinese and American consumers. The indifference likely stems from the fact that some of the most highly touted features of the device are old news in the Old World.

Europeans not enthusiastic about Apple Watch

German market research group, GfK, conducted the survey, asking 1,000 smartphone owners from each market (Germany, UK, China, US, South Korea) about their interest in various smartwatch functions, assuming the device was completely secure.


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