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Apple Store app gets 2-step verification, Touch ID security

Apple Store app gets 2-step verification, Touch ID security

Considering the mess it found itself in over the iCloud fiasco, Apple could not but help hunker down on its security measures. Aside from data encryption and Touch ID, which is advertised to be both secure and convenient, Cupertino has also started enabling stronger two-factor authentication across its services. It's exactly these latter two features that have now just landed on the iOS app for the Apple Store in order to make sure that even physical purchases are just as secure as digital ones.

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Apple Watch bands to be available in limited numbers at Apple Stores

Apple Watch bands to be available in limited numbers at Apple Stores

Along with yesterday's news that the Apple Watch is soon to be available for purchase at Apple's retail stores — as opposed to display and try-ons only — it sounds like wrist bands for the Watch are also to become available this week. Apple has been limiting Watch and accessories purchases to the online store since launch as part of an effort to give customers the best experience and reduce long lines. Apple Stores are said to have recently received a memo stating that Watch bands are to be available in "limited" numbers.

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Tim Cook: Apple Watch available at retail in June

Tim Cook: Apple Watch available at retail in June

It seems almost everyone around the world is wanting to get their hands on an Apple Watch. Or, at least enough that Apple is having difficulty keeping up with demand. But that may not be the case for much longer, according to comments from CEO Tim Cook. During his recent trip to China, he visited Apple's local headquarters to discuss how the launch of the Watch was going. The most promising thing was that he told a number of employees that the smartwatch will be available at Apple Stores around the world beginning in June.

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Apple Watch may soon be available for in-store pickup

Apple Watch may soon be available for in-store pickup

When the Apple Watch became available for purchase, those who stayed up late or woke up really early were among the lucky ones to snag one for a quick delivery. As minutes ticked away, so did the delivery timeframe. First Apple Watch delivery shipped into June, and it now seems to be settled into a July delivery for those who’ve ordered. A new report details Apple may soon allow hopeful Apple Watch wearers to pick theirs up in-store rather than have it delivered.

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App Store for Apple Watch: browse all 3,000 apps now

App Store for Apple Watch: browse all 3,000 apps now

It's time to have a peek at exactly how many apps are being released to the Apple Watch at "launch" this week with the new App Store for Apple Watch. What is an "App Store for Apple Watch", you might ask? It's basically a category within the App Store on your iPhone or iPad. You can also access this category for the Apple Watch specifically through iTunes on your desktop computer. This "Apps for Apple Watch" section has not yet been released in its entirety to the full Apple software system.

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Apple Watch now shipping (sort of)

Apple Watch now shipping (sort of)

The first pre-orders for Apple Watch have been seeing charges to credit cards as of this morning ahead of Friday's full store launch. Apple Stores across the country will be making the Apple Watch available while try-on appointments have been available for the past week. Credit cards being charged precede emails of shipping notifications from Apple directly, this suggesting packages will be packaged sooner than later. It's likely we'll see shipment statuses switch from "processing items" to "preparing for shipment" very soon.

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Apple Watch in-store stock a no-go until at least June

Apple Watch in-store stock a no-go until at least June

On launch day (early morning?), we saw Apple Watch’s shipment timeframe slip from April 24 to a few weeks later. Then, it was four to six weeks out; later, Apple would only promise your Apple Watch would ship sometime in June. That leaves many impulse shoppers with no avenue for getting their Apple Watch unless they pay exorbitant amounts on eBay. If you can hold out until June (at the earliest), Apple retail boss Angela Ahrendts says they’ll have the Apple Watch in-store and ready for purchase.

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Retail Apple Watches discovered to still have diagnostic port

Retail Apple Watches discovered to still have diagnostic port

Remember back in early March when it was discovered that the then-in development Apple Watch had a hidden diagnostic port inside the bottom groove where the band connects? The 6-dot brass contact array was assumed to be used, well, for diagnostic tasks, but speculation began to rise that the wearable may one day accept "smart straps." Several sources then said that the port was only for internal use, and would not be found on the Watch when it begins shipping to customers. Well, guess what some users have found when trying on the new device in Apple Stores on Friday?

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Apple Watch scalpers selling pre-orders on eBay for over $2,000

Apple Watch scalpers selling pre-orders on eBay for over $2,000

It seems to be a tradition with the release of each new Apple product, but is never more apparent than when the first generation of a device makes its debut. Of course, I'm talking about buying one the moment it becomes available and then selling it on eBay for a huge profit. Like each new iPhone and iPad that come in the years before, the Apple Watch does not disappoint in this regard. Apple's website was bombarded with pre-orders the moment they became available, and more than a few have ended up on eBay with high mark-up prices.

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Apple Watch AppleCare+ pricing not as bad as rumor suggested

Apple Watch AppleCare+ pricing not as bad as rumor suggested

Earlier this month, we found a report that suggested AppleCare+ for the Apple Watch could be quite expensive. Scaling up to $999 for the Apple Watch Edition, it seemed a bit much for a wearable. Still, AppleCare+ is a good idea if you’ve got any Apple device, as the ease of taking it in and getting care long past the standard period can be handy. Now that the Apple Watch is out, we’re getting an accurate look at how much AppleCare+ really is.

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