Some Apple Watch Orders ‘Preparing for Shipment’

4 hours, 46 minutes ago · · iObserver

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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.

Analyst: Apple Watch Pre-orders are Build to Order

9:51 AM, Apr. 20th, 2015 · · iObserver

If you're wondering why no one received a firm April 24 delivery date for their Apple Watch pre-order, industry analyst Carl Howe thinks he has the answer: they're all being built to order. Instead of guessing which models to stockpile, he thinks, Apple is making the watches customers ordered.

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If Apple really is using a build-to-order model for Apple Watch pre-orders, that would account for why we won't be able to buy on in stores come April 24. There simply isn't any inventory to send out to its retail locations.

Canadian Bankers Balk at ‘Onerous’ Apple Pay Terms

5:54 PM, Apr. 17th, 2015 · · iObserver

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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.

No Apple Watches For In-Store Purchase Through May

4:41 PM, Apr. 16th, 2015 · · iObserver

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Apple told employees Thursday that Apple Watch will continue to be limited to online sales through May. According to a memo obtained by The Telegraph, Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts told staff it "has not been an easy decision," but that it was necessary to fulfill customer orders more swiftly.

LA Schools to Apple: Give Us Back Our Money

10:49 AM, Apr. 16th, 2015 · · iObserver

The Los Angeles Unified School District wants Apple to refund the money it paid into a US$1.3 billion deal to put iPads into the hands of its students and teachers. The district broke the contract last year amid controversy over ties between the former superintendent, Apple, and Pearson Education.

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The LA School District signed a legally binding contract with Apple and Pearson, later broke that contract, and now wants its money back. This should get interesting.

Apple Posts New Apple Watch Tour Videos Showing Phone Calls, More

9:05 AM, Apr. 16th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple added four new videos to its Apple Watch guided tour series on Thursday. The short videos show how to handle phone calls, use Siri, work with Maps, and play music from the company's smartwatch device.

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Seven Apple Watch guided tour videos posted, and three more to go. No doubt Apple will post those some time between now and April 24 when the first pre-orders may start showing up in the mail.

ACM 302: Steve Jobs’s Legacy and Pretending Apple Watch Will Fail

7:10 PM, Apr. 15th, 2015 · & · iObserver

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The battle to shape and control Steve Jobs's legacy continues, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet look at the latest salvo from Apple veteran Andy Hertzfeld. They also look at the Apple Watch's first week, including preorders, trying them on, and the great lengths some people will go to pretend the device is a failure.

Enter For A Chance To Win The Choose Your Own Apple Watch Giveaway

4:51 PM, Apr. 15th, 2015 · · iObserver

Enter For A Chance To Win The Choose Your Own Apple Watch Giveaway

We have a kick-butt giveaway for you today: if you win, you can choose your own Apple Watch, up to $750 worth. All you have to do to register is sign up to receive our Deal emails.  If you then share your entry, you get additional entries. Check out the deal page for more information, and good luck!