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Apple Watch arrives Friday; here’s how to get one

Apple Watch arrives Friday; here’s how to get one

The Apple watch is coming. As each day passes, we’re closer than ever to seeing what Apple’s wearable has for us. Is it too bulky? Too flashy? Is the interface as easy to use as Apple says? Most of us don’t know that yet, but come Friday — we will. Starting this Friday, we’ll all have he ability to schedule an appointment to try the Apple Watch on, and pre-order it if we so choose. If you’re still a bit fuzzy on the details, though — we’ll get you sorted out.

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Rumor: AppleCare+ for Apple Watch to cost $59, $99, & $999

Rumor: AppleCare+ for Apple Watch to cost $59, $99, & $999

You know how much Apple Watch will cost (at least to start), but AppleCare+ is another matter altogether. A new rumor suggests what you pay to protect your wrist-worn device might not be so bad, unless you grab a high-end device. Keeping in mind this protection plan covers the core hardware alone — not the bands — it’s believed AppleCare for the Apple Watch Sport will cost a tidy $59. The Apple Watch will check in with a $79 price tag for AppleCare. The Edition, well, you might want to take a seat.

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Apple’s trade-in program in China may not be going so well

Apple’s trade-in program in China may not be going so well

A new iPhone is expensive, which is why Apple’s trade-in program is so popular. Take your old phone in, and you’re immediately credited towards the purchase of a new iPhone. When it works, it’s sublime. Recently launched in China, Apple’s iPhone trade-in scheme isn’t going so well, it seems. According to a new report, Chinese customers are nonplussed about the offers they’re receiving from Apple, and say they’ve been able to source better deals elsewhere. Apple officially launched the trade-in program to all 18 Apple Stores in China yesterday.

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Apple Stores now accept non-Apple device trade-ins

Apple Stores now accept non-Apple device trade-ins

Trading in an Android phone for credit towards an iPhone is now a reality. If you walk into an Apple Store and hand them an Android, Windows, or BlackBerry phone, there’s a good chance they’ll offer you some sort of trade-in credit towards an iPhone. In conjunction with Brightstar, who runs their iOS trade-in program already, Apple stores now take non-Apple smartphones for Apple Store credit. The new program starts today in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Italy, and France.

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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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