Apple Is Making a Healthy Profit on Apple Watch Bands

2:25 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple is raking in the profits with its Apple Watch Bands, according to a report from IHS research. In one case, an entry level sort band that sells for US$49 costs just $2.05 to make. Many factors likely come into play in this pricing decision. 

Apple Watch Sales Estimates Hit 2.79M

1:59 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79 million units so far

Apple has sold an estimated 2.79 million Apple Watches since it first went on sale about two months ago. Those sales will add up to some nice profits for Apple, especially since 20 percent of those include extra wrist bands that reportedly sport hefty margins.

Apple Watch Now Available in Apple Stores

9:01 AM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch is now available for in store purchase

Apple's website isn't the only place where you can buy an Apple Watch. The company launched in store sales Thursday morning, finally giving customers shopping for a new smartwatch the opportunity for some instant gratification.

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Apple said in store sales were coming in June, and it's nice to see the company follow through on that promise. Looks like some of those inventory issues are finally under control.

One Month Report: Why I’m Loving my Apple Watch

4:30 PM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · · iObserver

The Apple Watch is designed for a division of labor. It provides information on your wrist, with a glance, that's not as easy to access when the iPhone is on its charger in another room. This is the fundamental feature of the Apple Watch for John Martellaro. He wonders how others missed that idea.

Pluto Safari iOS App Lets You Experience the July Flyby

2:10 PM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · · iObserver

After a nine year journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at Pluto on July 14. The Pluto Safari iOS app from Simulation Curriculum has all the details: news, the spacecraft's timeline, current location, various views from different locations and a countdown timer. John Martellaro takes a quick look at this terrific free app. 

Braided 10-Foot MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $19.99

4:06 PM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · · iObserver

Braided 10-Foot MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $19.99

Check out this deal on a braided, 10-foot MFi-Certfiied Lightning cable. It retails for $30, but through us you can get it for $19.99. Compare that to a three-foot and change cable from Apple for $19, and that's not braided. 

Use Your Apple Watch to Find Your iPhone

10:32 AM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · · iObserver

Use Apple Watch's Ping feature to find your iPhone

Now that I have an Apple Watch I find I pay less attention to where I set my iPhone at home, which means I'm regularly forgetting where it is. Luckily, Apple Watch has a simple Find My iPhone-like Ping feature that makes it easy to figure out where you left your phone.

Instacast Podcast App Shuts Over Financial Issues

9:13 AM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · · iObserver

All of Vemedio's app pages, including Instacast, now say

The popular podcast client app Instacast was shut down over the weekend after its parent company, Vemedio ran out of money. The company plans to keep its servers running as long as possible, but some subscribers are already having issues accessing their accounts.

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Using apps and services you pay for makes it far more likely they'll stick around instead of quietly fading away in the night. Sometimes, however, they still fail and it looks like that's what happened to Instacast.

Flipboard: We Shipped Apple’s News App Five Years Ago

6:12 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · · iObserver

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Mike McCue, CEO of Flipboard, said Friday that Apple's News app "is something that we actually shipped five years ago." Apple's News app pulls in content from publishers and presents it richly formatted, and it was immediately compared to Flipboard as Apple presented it during Monday's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote.