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Some Apple Watch orders originally scheduled for delivery between May 13th and May 27th have had their status changed to "Preparing to Ship." Credit cards have also been charged, indicating these orders might ship well ahead of their expected delivery times.
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YouTuber Unbox Therapy has published a video showing several scratch tests for Ion-X glass, the material Apple is using on Apple Watch Sport. The tests were conducted on sample Ion-X material, rather than an actual Apple Watch Sport, and showed the material to handle a key, a knife, and steel wool. It didn't hold up to sandpaper, however, so make sure you don't rub your Apple Watch face with sandpaper. Sapphire will hold up to that sort of beating—or scraping—however, so if you're expecting some nasty run-ins with sandpaper-wielding vandals, or maybe some sort of horrific shop accident, you may want to consider Apple Watch instead of Apple Watch Sport.
Apple updated Keynote for iOS to version 2.5.3 Tuesday. The update includes support for the "Keynote Remote Apple Watch" app. That app will allow users to control Keynote presentations directly from their Apple Watch.
Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts sent a video to Apple Store retail employees explaining the decision to limit initial Apple Watch orders to online only. In the video, Ms. Ahrendts delivers a very personal address that goes deeper into points she made in a written memo earlier in April, and stresses that Apple launched two new products at one time, Apple Watch and MacBook.
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Some Apple Watch orders have shifted from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment." TMO readers have also reported that their credit cards are being charged. Both suggest Apple will have some Apple Watch shipments delivered on April 24th, as promised.
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Canadian bankers are balking at initial negotiations with Apple to bring Apple Pay to Canada. According to online reports, the six banks that control 90 percent of the Canadian markets consider Apple's terms "onerous," are concerned about security, and have formed a consortium to develop security protocols for Apple's system.
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The smart money is on Apple getting most of what it wants out of these negotiations.