38mm Apple Watch Sport component costs estimated to begin at $81.20

April 30, 2015 by  
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Based on the initial Apple Watch teardown analysis conducted by hardware experts at iFixit, Chipworks and ABI, research firm IHS Technology has now estimated the cost of components — so-called bill of material — that go into building each 38mm aluminum Apple Watch Sport at $81.20.

The figure excludes other significant costs associated with assembly, packaging, delivery, logistics, overhead, marketing, sales, licensing, advertising and other related expenses.

For clarity, Apple CEO Tim Cook said on an earnings call earlier this week that component cost breakdowns around Apple products are inaccurate and “much different than the reality.”… Read the rest of this post here


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I don’t open apps on my Apple Watch

April 30, 2015 by  
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Apple Watch To get to your apps, just press the Digital Crown

As I spend more time with my Apple Watch, I am finding that we are starting to settle into something of a routine. The watch tells me when someone or something wants my attention, and I triage that notification based on its importance and the level of attention I can give it. It might not sound exciting, but the process of quick notification triage is something that the Apple Watch is proving most adept at.

But the Apple Watch is more than a way to read notifications. It has apps, and glances, and sensors. Some apps, just like on the iPhone and iPad, are more useful than others, and it’s still very early days for the Apple Watch ecosystem as a whole. That said, after a week of using my Apple Watch, I have come to the conclusion that I don’t launch apps by tapping their icon on the watch’s Home screen. In fact, I don’t really use that many apps at all…. Read the rest of this post here


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Here’s what Apple’s custom designed Apple Watch ‘S1′ chip packs in

April 30, 2015 by  
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Apple Watch S1 chip

The Apple Watch is driven by Apple’s in-house designed system-in-package (SiP) processor, called S1. Laying flat in the bottom of the Watch casing, it integrates many subsystems into one remarkably compact module, essentially miniaturizing an entire computer architecture onto a single chip.

Because it’s completely encapsulated in resin to protect the electronics, neither experienced teardown wizards over at iFixit nor semiconductor experts at Chipworks were able to take a detailed look at the S1 innards without basically destroying the package.

Thankfully, ABI Research saw to that.

Thursday, the research firm has published its teardown analysis which delves into the S1 to identify a number of individual components that make up the SiP. Here’s what they found…. Read the rest of this post here


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April’s best deals from iDownloadBlog Deals

April 30, 2015 by  
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We had a ton of great deals in April. As the month comes to an end, we’ve rounded up our four most popular deals of the month for you – check out our best deals below…. Read the rest of this post here


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Premium Star Wars games discounted deeply on Mac App Store and App Store

April 30, 2015 by  
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With only five days left until the annual Star Wars Day celebration (May the Fourth Be With You, says the marketing tagline), Aspyr Media is celebrating the occasion in advance by temporarily slashing five premium Star Wars titles for the Mac by fifty percent.

The Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Empire At War, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed games have gone half price each, in some cases even lower, on the Mac App Store. Put together, these downloads normally sell for a combined $70, so you’re looking at a cool $40 saved if you download the five Mac games while this promotion lasts…. Read the rest of this post here


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How to adjust haptic intensity on Apple Watch

April 29, 2015 by  
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Sounds and haptic Apple Watch

To alert you to certain notifications, Apple Watch will tap your wrist using its haptic feedback hardware, dubbed the Taptic Engine. These alerts feel like literal taps on the top of your wrist, and are much-diffrenet feeling than traditional vibrations.

As you might expect, it’s possible to adjust the intensity of these haptic alerts via the Apple Watch settings or via the Apple Watch companion app on a paired iPhone. In this post, as in other posts from our Apple Watch tutorial series, we’ll show you how…. Read the rest of this post here


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Mobile payment consortium MCX replaces CEO

April 29, 2015 by  
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The Merchant Customer Exchange, better known as MCX, announced Tuesday that it’s replacing its CEO. Dekkers Davidson is out, and banking veteran Brian Mooney is in as the [interim] chief executive for the consortium behind Apple Pay competitor CurrentC.

The news is interesting for a few reasons. For one, it’s not common for a company developing an app to replace its CEO before the app launches to the public. And two, it comes just 1 day after MCX member Best Buy announced it would start accepting Apple Pay…. Read the rest of this post here


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App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 28

April 29, 2015 by  
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App Recap

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s picks include some great app deals, and a few cool new games to try…. Read the rest of this post here


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Twelve thoughts on Apple Watch

April 28, 2015 by  
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My Thoughts on Apple Watch

I’ve had an Apple Watch for almost a full work week now, and I’ve formed a variety of opinions. What I can tell you up front is that I really like this device, and have no buyers remorse. The Apple Watch does a lot of things really well, and a few things not-so-well. Here are twelve personal observations about the Apple Watch that I’d like to share with you…. Read the rest of this post here


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Let’s Talk iOS 079: The Apple Watch episode

April 28, 2015 by  
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Episode 79: This episode is all about the Apple Watch. It includes our first impressions, thoughts after 3 days of usage, opinions on hardware and software, battery life, watch faces, best use case scenarios, our favorite and least favorite features, and our thoughts on the future.

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