Hermès‎, Apple Watch and corporate branding on Apple products

Hermès‎, Apple Watch and corporate branding on Apple products

Many people are freaking out over the Hermès‎ Apple Watch, as if it were the first time a non-Apple corporate logo had appeared on a consumer product. "Can you even imagine Steve Jobs approving of a Hermes-branded 'Apple' Watch?", Brian S. Hall asked on Twitter. Yes, actually. Because much stranger partnerships have happened. 

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Apple Watch to go on sale in Russia, Turkey and New Zealand

Apple Watch to go on sale in Russia, Turkey and New Zealand

The Apple Watch's retail presence is about to grow as the company has announced that its wearable will be available for purchase in Turkey, New Zealand and Russia on July 31 via the online Apple Store. It all kicks off at 7:01 AM local time. 

In addition, customers in Turkey will have of in-store pickup at the country's two Apple Stores: Zorlu Center and Akasya Shopping Center in Istanbul.

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Apple Watch sales to expand to The Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand on July 17

Apple Watch sales to expand to The Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand on July 17

The Apple Watch will go on sale in The Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand on July 17, the company revealed on Friday. Updates on the countriesrespective retail sites marked the announcement, though pricing information was not available at the time of this writing. 

Tim Cook recently described Apple Watch sales as "healthy," while developers and consumers prepare for the release of watchOS 2 later this fall. 

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Refurbished iPad Air 2 now available from the Apple Store

Refurbished iPad Air 2 now available from the Apple Store

Apple has begun selling refurbished models of its iPad Air 2 via the online Apple Store. As of this writing, there are entry-level models for sale, as well as WiFi + cellular versions with 128 GB of storage. 

I use an original iPad air at home with no performance issues. With refurbished models at 15 to 17 percent off, these iPads are a great deal.

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Apple updates iMac, MacBook Pro line

Apple updates iMac, MacBook Pro line

On Tuesday Apple updated its iMac and MacBook Pro model, just weeks before WWDC in San Francisco. The new iMac is a 27-inch model with Retina 5K display for $1999, which makes the line more affordable. At the same time, Apple has dropped the price of the high-end model to $2,299.

Meanwhile, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro gets a Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and a faster discrete graphics option. The updated laptop starts at $1,999.

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