Apple Buys Mobile Device Camera Maker LinX Computational Imaging

9:56 AM, Apr. 15th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple has purchased LinX Computational Imaging, a company known for its cameras designed for smartphones and tablets. LinX's camera modules are said to offer SLR-quality while still fit inside mobile devices, which could be a sign we'll get even better photos from future iPhone and iPad models.

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Even better image quality from iPhone photos across a wide range of lighting conditions? Yes, please.

How to Pretend Apple Watch Is a Failure No Matter What

7:50 PM, Apr. 13th, 2015 · · iObserver

How to Pretend Apple Watch Is a Failure No Matter What

Apple sold a million Apple Watches in the first 24 hours—just in the U.S. That would make it the most successful new product category launch in Apple's history—so what do you do if you've been talking smack about it for months? You set the bar for success ludicrously high so you can proclaim it a failure no matter what.

iOS 8.3 Disables Access from Third Party File Managers

5:40 PM, Apr. 13th, 2015 · · iObserver

Kelly recently gave some suggestions for how to manage your iOS devices without using iTunes. Hopefully you enjoyed that time together, since it appears the iOS 8.3 update blocks some of the access that was available in 8.2.

Space Black Apple Watch Pre-orders Slip into July

10:39 AM, Apr. 13th, 2015 · · iObserver

If you're space black Apple Watch with link bracelet ship time is four to six weeks, it's time to stop complaining because orders placed now won't see theirs until July. Apple's website showed a July ship window for the 42mm model Monday morning.

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If you really want an Apple Watch right away and didn't get yours ordered during the first couple minutes after pre-orders launched, your best bet may be Ebay—but expect to pay a hefty premium if you go that route.

U.S. Apple Watch Pre-orders hit 975K on First Day

9:32 AM, Apr. 13th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple sold about 975,000 Apple Watches during the first day of pre-order availability in the U.S., according to data from Slice Intelligence. Silver proved to be the most popular color with Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport making up more than half total sales, although the space gay Apple Watch Sport accounted for 40 percent of overall sales by itself.

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If Apple sold 975,000 pre-orders in one day just in the United States, then it likely sold more than a million worldwide. That doesn't include any pre-orders made over the weekend, so that number is still likely climbing. That's a lot of smartwatches.

My Apple Watch Try-on Experience: Welcome to the New Apple Store

5:40 PM, Apr. 10th, 2015 · · iObserver

When Apple opened its doors for Apple Watch pre-orders early Friday morning it also let us start scheduling appointments to try on their brand new smartwatch. I was lucky enough to get an appointment right away—a fact that made me very happy since it would let me try on the watch I just bought sight unseen—and the experience was very much Apple, but also totally new.

Raymond James Downgrades AAPL Because Apple Watch isn’t Insanely Great

11:42 AM, Apr. 10th, 2015 · · iObserver

Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt downgraded Apple from "Outperform" to "Market Perform" on Friday over concerns that Apple Watch won't live up to investor expectations. His concern is that, following early product reviews, Apple Watch won't hit the "insanely great benchmark."

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Apple seems to have sold through its Apple Watch inventory fairly quickly. Either Apple made almost none and the few people who wanted the company's new smartwatch snapped one up right away, or there's more interest than Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt thinks.

TMO’s Apple Watch FAQ

11:06 AM, Apr. 10th, 2015 · · iObserver

Ready to buy an Apple Watch, but have a few questions before pulling out your credit card? We have answers. TMO rounded up the questions we're hearing most often in a handy list, and if there's more you need to know, we'll add that, too. Read on to get your Apple Watch questions answered.

Apple Watch AppleCare Priced at $49, $69, $1,500

9:33 AM, Apr. 10th, 2015 · · iObserver

AppleCare for the Apple Watch you stayed up late to order—or are planning to order soon—will cost you US$49 for the Apple Watch Sport, $69 for the stainless steel Apple Watch, and $1,500 for the Apple Watch Edition. Turns out the prices leaked several days ago was wrong across the board.

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The cost for AppleCare for the Apple Watch is probably where it should be, but it does seem kind of crazy that you can buy two 128GB iPad Airs for the price of AppleCare on the Apple Watch Edition.