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Apple Watch shops to open in London, Paris, Tokyo on April 10

Apple Watch shops to open in London, Paris, Tokyo on April 10

With Apple recently revealing that the much-anticipated Apple Watch will be released on April 24th, and pre-orders beginning on April 10th, the Cupertino company is starting to shed a little light on what the retail purchasing experience will be like. As was previously rumored, in a handful of special location there will be dedicated shops that only sell the Apple Watch. Apple this week announced that these shops will open on April 10th in the cities of London, Paris, and Tokyo, each inside upscale, high-end department stores.

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You may only have 15 minutes to try Apple Watch on in-store

You may only have 15 minutes to try Apple Watch on in-store

As Apple Watch gains momentum heading into Apple Stores everywhere April 10, we can expect throngs of eager customers waiting to try one on. If nothing more, fans will want to see what the Apple Watch is like on their wrists. To combat what could be a massive backlog of interested Apple customers trying their new wearable on and toying with the device for far too long, Apple is reportedly set to allow a mere 15 minutes with the Apple Watch before asking you to move along.

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Apple reportedly set to offer trade-in credit for non-iOS devices

Apple reportedly set to offer trade-in credit for non-iOS devices

If you’ve been wanting to switch from an Android phone, windows mobile device or — shudder — BlackBerry to an iPhone, you may soon have incentive to do so. A new report says Apple is readying a program that will allow older devices to be traded in via Apple Stores, which will in turn provide gift cards towards the purchase of new iPhones. Apple currently does this with older iPhones, where store associates use their best judgement to decipher a trade-in value.

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Jawbone UP, Nike Fuelband stripped from Apple Store

Jawbone UP, Nike Fuelband stripped from Apple Store

With Apple Watch looming on the horizon, it seems Apple is clearing room from retail stores to make room for their own wearable. In your local Apple Store, you will no longer find most Jawbone products or the Nike Fuelband. Though both are fitness bands that don’t necessarily compete directly with Apple Watch, they’ve nonetheless been removed from circulation via Apple. Neither device can be found via Apple’s online store, either. Other wearables are still available, at least online, but if you were planning to pick up a Jawbone UP24 with your new iPhone, think again.

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Apple Store app has Apple Watch in actual size for virtual fittings

Apple Store app has Apple Watch in actual size for virtual fittings

Sure, you’re interested in Apple Watch, but do yo know which one you want? More to the point, are you even sure it will look right on your wrist? You could pre-order the one you think is right, but what if you show up to the store to pick it up, only to find the slightly larger or smaller one was actually better. Good news; you don’t have to guess anymore. The Apple Store app shows you Apple Watch case sizes in their actual size.

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Apple Watch pricing and availability revealed

Apple Watch pricing and availability revealed

The Apple Watch — now that you know a bit more about it, the hard-hitting questions remain. How much is it, and when will you be able to get it? We’re here in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center, where Apple has just announced their pricing schemes. The Apple Watch Sport will cost $350, but we knew that one. Apple Watch will start at $549, which may be above or below your expectations. The Apple Watch Edition? That’s a tricky one to nail down.

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Apple Stores reportedly getting ‘concierge’ service for Genius Bar

Apple Stores reportedly getting ‘concierge’ service for Genius Bar

When you stroll into an Apple Store, you know you’re going to get the help you need. Stroll up to the Genius Bar, and those baffling problems you’re having with your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook often vanish before you leave the store. How long it might take — that’s another story. If a new report is correct, you’ll soon know just how long your in-store appointment at the Genius Bar will take, as your local Apple Store is said to be getting a service named ‘concierge’.

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Gold Apple Watches to be stored in safes in Apple Stores

Gold Apple Watches to be stored in safes in Apple Stores

Much has been said already about how the release of the Apple Watch will be the biggest change in Apple products since the company began selling touchscreen devices. However, Apple's new smartwatch will also bring about a small, albeit interesting change to their retail locations: the installation of safes. Not just small, personal safes like you may have in your closet, but large, professional ones like you often see in traditional jewelry stores. Sources say these forthcoming lockboxes are intended for one thing: to store the high-end Apple Watch Edition timepieces that come in luxurious gold.

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Lucky Bag: Apple hasn’t given up on TV just yet

Lucky Bag: Apple hasn’t given up on TV just yet

Apple’s Lucky Bag promotion for Japan is underway, and the contents of the bags have been revealed. This year, the top-end bags will get an 11-inch MacBook Air with 128GB memory, as well an Air Jacket case, Incase Slim backpack, Powerbeats2 wireless headphones, a Mophie Powerstation Juice Pack, and a TwelveSouth PlugBug. There are second and third-tier bags as well (Apple’s not just going to give out MacBooks to everyone), but one aspect of the Lucky Bag promo stuck out to us: the Apple TV.

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Apple Pay glitch prevents adding cards on reset

Apple Pay glitch prevents adding cards on reset

Restoring your iPhone to factory settings is helpful for a lot of problems you might have, but it’s also causing a significant one. Those with an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus will want to resist the urge to revert to factory settings for now, as a glitch is keeping Apple Pay from adding cards after a reset. The Apple Support forums have several pages of complaints about this action, and it’s leading Apple to replace devices, as they’ve got no solution for the issue right now.

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