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Videos Showcase Apple Watch Launch Lines, Teardown and More

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Today is Apple Watch launch day in the United States and eight other first wave launch countries, and many customers around the world are busy setting up their new smartwatch or anxiously waiting for their package to be delivered. Meanwhile, the teardown team at repair website iFixit flew to Melbourne, Australia to get their hands on the Apple Watch and take it apart to see what's inside. 

Apple Watch Unboxed
iFixit started by prying open the display and disconnecting the display and digitizer cables underneath, getting a first look at the Taptic Engine, inside of the Digital Crown and internal 205 mAh battery. Digging further into the Apple Watch, the team got a closer look at various components for haptic feedback, an ambient light sensor and S1 integrated processor. Overall, the Apple Watch received a 5 out of 10 repairability score. 


Back in Los Angeles, several thousands of miles away from the teardown, KTLA reporter Rich DeMuro was on site at Maxfield in West Hollywood to interview various peoplewaiting in line to purchase the Apple Watch. It was confirmed earlier this week that the Apple Watch would go on sale in limited quantities at Maxfield and other select fashion boutiques such as Colette in Paris and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London. 

DeMuro also provided a basic overview of the Apple Watch's core features, including watch faces, heart rate monitoring, health and fitness tracking, phone calling and stock apps. In line with many early reviews, he said that the Apple Watch is not a device that everyone needs, but that the wrist-worn device has high-quality apps and provides a better overall experience than many Android Wear alternatives. 


Apple Watch launched today in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom following a two-week pre-order window that started April 10 at 12:01 AM Pacific. The watch will be sold exclusively online until at least June, with no walk-in purchases being taken at Apple retail stores in any of the first wave launch countries.

 

Apple Watch 'Guided Tours' Site Updated With Videos on Apple Pay, Activity and Workout

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Apple has launched a third update to the "Guided Tours" section on its dedicated Apple Watch website, showcasing new walkthrough videos on using Apple Pay and the Workout and Activity apps on the device. Apple first debuted its Guided Tour website on April 3and has been gradually adding instructional videos to help people discover all of the things that the Apple Watch is able to do. 

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The Apple Pay video walks through how Apple Pay is used on the Apple Watch at a location that accepts contactless payments. Double clicking the side button and holding a wrist to the payment terminal initiates a payment, which is confirmed with a vibration and a beep. The video also covers how to add a credit card to an iPhone using Passbook. 


The Activity video explores the "Activity" app on the Apple Watch, which is the built-in health and fitness app that monitors activity and encourages Apple Watch wearers to move more. It walks through the default fitness goals (exercising, standing more, and meeting calorie burning goals), the steps to set up the app, and the different ways to display the movement goal rings. It also includes a look at the achievements available in the app for reaching fitness goals. 


Apple's Workout video covers the device's Workout app that can be run whenever an Apple Watch wearer is exercising. The app has several different activities, like running, climbing, cycling, and more, and lets users set workout goals to achieve right on their wrists. It also includes details on calibrating the Apple Watch to work without the iPhone's GPS. 


With the addition of the Apple Pay, Workout, and Activity videos to the Guided Tours page, all of the "Coming Soon" videos are now available to prospective Apple Watch buyers. The completion of the page comes just a few days ahead of the Apple Watch's official launch on April 24. Apple Watch orders have already begun shipping out to customers, and the first early pre-orderers will get their devices on Friday.
 

Apple Watch Pre-Orders in Italy and Other Second Wave Countries Could Begin May 8

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Apple will begin accepting pre-orders for the Apple Watch in Italy on May 8, according to Italian website iSpazio. The report, citing an internal source, claims that Apple Stores in the country have already received Apple Watch advertising materials and display tables for the wrist-worn device that will be setup on May 7 to prepare for the launch. 

While not mentioned directly in the report, iSpazio administrator Fabiano Confuorto toldMacRumors that Apple Watch pre-orders in Spain and "a lot of other" second wave launch countries will also begin on May 8. Confuorto did not specify which other countries, but we will update this article if additional regions are confirmed. The sales process will reportedly be identical to the United States and other first wave countries, with Apple Watch pre-orders taken exclusively online at launch. 

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Second wave launch countries for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year included Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. Shipping times for the pre-orders could be 4-6 weeks or later in those countries based on current estimates on the Apple Online Store in the United States. 

Apple Watch pre-orders became available on April 10 at 12:01 AM Pacific through the Apple Online Store in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and United Kingdom, and sold out completely in less than six hours. The company also began taking Apple Watch try-on appointments the same day at Apple retail stores and select fashion boutiques such as Selfridges in London, Isetan in Tokyo and Galeries Lafayette in Paris.

   

Apple Watch News Apps Bring At-a-Glance Headlines to Your Wrist

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Apple Watch will bring the world's latest breaking news and headlines to your wrist from a wide variety of publications and sources in the United States and abroad, including the Associated Press,ABC NewsBloombergBreaking NewsCNNCNBC,CBC NewsCirca NewsFresco NewsDe Telegraaf,South China Morning PostThe EconomistThe GuardianThe New York TimesThe Washington PostUSA TODAY and Yahoo News Digest

Many of the Apple Watch news apps will provide breaking news notifications and bite-sized headlines through Glances, while some provide additional functionality such as expanded views and personal feeds of news stories, reviews, opinions and more. As the Apple Watch becomes more widely adopted, and launches in additional countries, more apps from well-known news publications should begin to surface on the App Store. 

  • Associated Press for Apple Watch allows you to stay up-to-date with breaking news notifications on your wrist from the world's oldest and largest news-gathering organization, cited by thousands of newspapers and publications around the world. AP Mobile is free on the App Store

  • ABC News for Apple Watch keeps you updated with at-a-glance information about breaking U.S. and world news and the latest updates on entertainment, politics, health, technology, science and business on your wrist. ABC News is the host of Good Morning AmericaNightlineThis Week and 20/20. ABC News is free on the App Store

  • Bloomberg Business for Apple Watch keeps you updated with breaking news notifications and headlines about the latest global business and finance news. Bloomberg Business is one of the largest providers of financial information in the United States. Bloomberg Business is free on the App Store

    Breaking News Apple Watch
  • Breaking News, a news startup owned by NBCUniversal, has been updated with Apple Watch support. The app will deliver "Proximity Alerts" to your Apple Watch when breaking news happens, with smaller stories viewable through Glances. News is placed into categories such as Nearby, Following and Important. Breaking News is free on the App Store

  • CNN for Apple Watch brings one of the largest American news providers to your wrist, with up-to-the-minute breaking news across 12 personalized categories. You can tap on a story from your Apple Watch and choose to save it or continue reading on your iPhone. CNN App is free on the App Store

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  • CNBC Business News and Finance has been updated for Apple Watch, allowing you to check Watchlists, Markets and Top News headlines on your wrist. The app delivers breaking news notifications and lets you tap on a Top News headline to bookmark it and read later on iPhone. You can also use Force Touch on Watchlists or Markets to change between price and price changes. CNBC is free on the App Store

  • CBC News for Apple Watch brings Canada's largest news broadcaster to your wrist, with multiple features such as push notifications for breaking news, the latest headlines in Glances and Handoff for stories to read later on iPhone. CBC also provides international news coverage in addition to local and national Canadian news. CBC News is free on the App Store.
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    Shazam, OneDrive, Porsche, FIFA 15, ESPN, JetBlue and More Apps Updated for Apple Watch

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    A number of notable apps have been updated with Apple Watch support to start off the week, including Shazam, Microsoft OneDrive, Porsche Car Connect, FIFA 15 Ultimate Team by EA SPORTS, Epicurious, Nick Jr, ESPN, Avea, JetBlue and Letterpad. The updates should be rolling out on the App Store today prior to the Apple Watch launch on April 24. 

    Shazam for Apple Watch will enable you to discover which artist, song and lyrics you are listening to from your wrist in seconds. You will also be able to see your past Shazams at a Glance with a simple swipe up gesture, turn on Auto Shazam to continue discovering music automatically and use Handoff on Apple Watch and iPhone to buy songs on iTunes, watch videos and more. Shazam is free on the App Store

    Microsoft recently released an update for the OneDrive app to view your photos and albums stored on the cloud storage service on an Apple Watch. You can view your most recent photos, delete photos you don't want to keep, find photos by tag and view your albums directly from your wrist using the latest version of the app. OneDrive is free on the App Store with tiered storage plans available. 

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    Porsche Car Connect for Apple Watch (Image: WatchAware)


    Porsche Car Connect has been updated to allow remote display and control of your Porsche from an Apple Watch. The app, compatible with select 2014 models and later, provides safety notifications, journey statistics, vehicle status and a vehicle locator directly on the Apple Watch. Porsche Car Connect is free on the App Store and available for the new Panamera, 918 Spyder, Macan and Cayenne. 

    EA Sports has introduced new Apple Watch features for FIFA 15 Ultimate Team that help you assemble and manage the ultimate soccer team from your wrist. FIFA 15 Ultimate Team for Apple Watch lets you manage your top five player transfers and get instant game-related notifications. FIFA 15 Ultimate Team by EA SPORTS is free on the App Store with in-app purchases available.

       

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