Jony Ive Reveals Exclusive Apple Watch Sport Bands at Milan Design Week

Earlier today the Apple Watch went on display at Milan’s Salone Del Mobile Design, with Apple SVP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller and design consult Marc Newson in attendance. Now, it appears that Jony Ive also made it to the event, revealing exclusive sport band colors for the Apple Watch at the same time.

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Image via Umberta Gnutti Beretta Instagram

Art enthusiast and philanthropist Umberta Gnutti Beretta posted a photo of a tray holding the new band colors on her Instagram account (via 9to5Mac). The colors include what appears to be two shades of blue, the custom red band seen earlier today and a range of “skin-tone” colors, going from darker browns to lighter tans and peaches. This marks the third time exclusive new Apple Watch band options have been seen in the wild, with the previous two being the custom red band and the custom gold link bracelet Karl Lagerfeld received.

Milan is known as one of the more important cities in the fashion world, and an important destination for Apple as it continues to court the fashion world to its brand new product. While it’s unknown whether Apple will release these brand new and never-before-seen sport bands for the general public, it’s been rumored that the Cupertino company is looking to introduce additional casing materials for the Apple Watch later this year, suggesting that new band options are also in the cards.






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Buyer’s Guide: Discounts on iMac, MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and Apple Accessories [iOS Blog]

As we head further into April, deals have begun to dry up a bit. There are still discounts on a few select iPad models, and low prices on the iMac, older MacBook Air, and older MacBook Pro models. Deals on current products like the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 are unavailable this week, so if you’re looking to buy a tablet, you might want to hold off for a bit.

We have several exclusive offers just for MacRumors readers this week, on games from GameAgent and products from Casetify, a site that offers custom iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch accessories. We’ve also rounded up some great apps you can get on the cheap this week.


iPad Air 2


Best Buy continues to offer the lowest prices we’ve seen on a single iPad Air 2: the 16GB Cellular iPad Air 2 in silver is available for $499.99, $130 off its regular price.

B&H Photo is offering a small discount on all of its iPad Air 2 models, dropping prices by $30 to $50. With the discount, the 16GB WiFi only iPad Air 2 is priced at $469 and the 64GB model is priced at $569.

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Best Buy has a couple of original iPad Air cellular models available at low prices. The 16GB Verizon iPad Air is available for $379.99, and the 32GB Verizon iPad Air is available for $429.99.

Both Best Buy and B&H Photo have deep discounts on some remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad Air models, as listed below.

iPad Air Wi-Fi 128GB Space Gray$549
iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) – $549
iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) – $549
iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) – $449
iPad Air Cellular Silver 64GB (Verizon) – $566.99
iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) – $566.99
iPad Air Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) – $579
iPad Air Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) – $559


iPad mini 2


Amazon has a few iPad mini 2 models available at discounted prices. The 16GB Cellular Verizon iPad mini 2 in Silver is available for $329. The 16GB Cellular Verizon iPad mini 2 in Space Gray is available for $335.

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Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon also have remaining stock of now-discontinued higher-capacity iPad mini 2 models, which are a good deal if you’re looking for an iPad mini. Compared to the iPad mini 3, the iPad mini 2 only lacks Touch ID.

iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (AT&T) – $445
iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (AT&T) – $429
iPad mini Cellular Silver 64GB (AT&T) – $399.99
iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (AT&T) – $399.99
iPad mini Cellular Silver 128GB (Verizon) – $434.97
iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 128GB (Verizon) – $534.99
iPad mini Cellular Space Gray 64GB (Verizon) – $429.99


iMac


– 21.5-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $1,189, $110 off
– 21.5-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $1,389, $120 off
– 27-inch 3.2GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $1,689, $110 off
– 27-inch 3.4GHz/8GB/1TB (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $1,794, $205 off
– 27-inch 3.5Ghz/8GB/1TB Retina iMac (B&H Photo) – $2,299, $200 off

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Mac mini


– 1.4GHz/4GB/500GB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $464.99, $34 off
– 2.6GHz/8GB/1TB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) – $649.99, $49 off
– 2.8GHz/8GB/1TB (MacMall) – $934.99, $64 off


MacBook Air


– 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB – (B&H Photo) (Adorama) $824.99, $70 off
– 2015 11-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/256GB – (Best Buy) (Amazon) (B&H Photo) (Adorama) $1044.99, $50 off
– 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (B&H Photo) (Adorama) – $949.99, $50 off
– 2015 13-inch 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (B&H Photo) (Adorama) – $1,139.99 $60 off
– 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) – $729, $170 off
– 2014 11-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/256GB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) – $899, $200 off
– 2014 13-inch 1.4GHz/4GB/128GB (Amazon) (B&H Photo) – $819, $180 off

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Retina MacBook Pro


– 2015 13-inch 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) – $1,424.99, $74 off
– 2015 13-inch 2.9GHz/8GB/512GB (Best Buy) (B&H Photo) – $1709.99, $90 off
– 2014 15-inch 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB (B&H Photo) (MacMall) – $1,799, $200 off
– 2014 15-inch 2.5GHz/16GB/512GB (Adorama) -$2,249, $250 off
– 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/128GB (B&H Photo) – $1,129, $170 off
– 2014 13-inch 2.6GHz/8GB/256GB (B&H Photo) – $1,249, $239 off
– 2014 13-inch 2.8GHz/8GB/512GB (Amazon) (Adorama) (B&H Photo) – $1,558.99, $240 off

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Apps


There are quite a few apps that are on sale at discounted prices or available for free for a limited time. We’ll highlight a few here, but make sure to check out our sister site AppShopper for a complete list.

Pandemic: The Board Game is available for $4.99, down from $6.99. Beyond Gravity is available for free, down from $1.99. QUEST: Level up your life is available for free, down from $1.99. Hitman GO is available for $0.99, down from $4.99. My Om Nom is available for $0.99, down from $4.99.

Action adventure game Pursuit of Light was named Apple’s app of the week this week, and it will be available to download for free for the next six days.


Apple Accessories


GameAgent is offering MacRumors readers a big discount on Civilization: Beyond Earth, which is available for 50% off for the next 48 hours. Click this link to get the deal. GameAgent is also offering exclusive discounts on games to those who sign up for a GameAgent account in celebration of reaching 200 members.

Casetify is offering MacRumors readers 10% off site wide on all orders with the promo code MR10. Discount’s valid from 4/17 to 4/23. Make sure you check out our Casetify giveaway, too!

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Woot is offering the Lifeproof Fre case for the iPhone 6 for $54.99, down from $79.99. Woot’s also got an Apple Lightning cable 2-pack available for $15.99. StackSocial is selling TuneUp for Mac for $14.99, down from $49.95.

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Woot has the Jawbone BIG Jambox for $179.99, down from $299.99. the MyCharge Hub 9000 Power Bank is available for $64.99 from Amazon, down from $139.99.

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Groupon is selling the Griffin Survivor Case for iPhone 5/5s for $11.99, down from $49.99. DailySteals has the iPad mini Smart Case in beige for $20, down from $69.

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WWDC 2015 Lottery Ends, Winners Begin Receiving Confirmation Emails

Developer demand for Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference always exceeds ticket supply, so Apple holds a lottery to determine which developers will win the chance to go to the conference. This year, Apple accepted lottery entries from April 14 until today, April 17, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

Now that the lottery has ended, Apple has begun sending out emails to developers who were selected and has charged their credit cards the $1,599 ticket price. Developers who won are currently sharing their good fortune on Twitter after receiving order confirmations.

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This year’s Worldwide Developers Conference starts on June 8 and will run through June 12 at Moscone West in San Francisco. More than 1,500 Apple engineers will be on hand to host over 100 technical sessions and hands-on labs. The event is also likely to include a keynote to unveil new products, and it will include the annual Apple Design Awards.

At WWDC this year, Apple is expected to unveil the newest versions of iOS and OS X — iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. There have also been rumors suggesting the event could be used to unveil a new television service, a revamped Apple TV set-top box, and a rebranded Beats music service.

Developers who are unable to attend or who do not win the ticket lottery will be able to watch several live streams of WWDC sessions that will cover a wide range of topics from the iPad and iPhone to the Apple Watch and MacBook, along with other Apple products and services.






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Former iOS Chief Scott Forstall is Now a Broadway Producer

Former Apple iOS chief turned Snapchat advisor Scott Forstall has taken on a new project, according to his first ever tweet on Twitter. Forstall is co-producing the upcoming Broadway musical Fun Home, a show that opens this Sunday.

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Forstall is listed as one of the producers of Fun Home along with his wife Molly on the Internet Broadway Database, and he and his wife also have a paragraph in the show’s playbill.
The Forstalls (Producer). This is Scott and Molly Forstall’s first foray on Broadway after years in Silicon Valley. They share their love of theatre with their children, Freya and Nils, both of whom are enthusiastic theatregoers and performers. Thanks to Carole for the magnificent journey.

Forstall’s announcement of his position as Broadway producer comes just a day after leaked Sony emails suggested he’d received .11 percent of Snapchat’s stock to serve as an advisor to the company. Since being ousted from Apple in 2012, Forstall has kept a very low profile, and this occasion marks his first public announcement and appearance in years.

Scott Forstall first fell in league with Apple in 1992, when he took on a job at Steve Jobs’ company, NeXT. When NeXT was acquired by Apple in 1997, Forstall stayed on, working on the Macintosh user design team. He was promoted several times and in 2005, he began working on iOS. Forstall has been largely credited with the skeuomorphic design present in the early years of the operating system, an aesthetic that eventually led to disagreements with other executives at the company following Steve Jobs’ death.






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MacRumors Giveaway: Massive Bundle of Custom Device Cases from Casetify [iOS Blog]

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Casetify, a site that specializes in a whole range of custom-created iOS accessories, from iPhone and iPad cases to MacBook covers and Apple Watch straps.

Casetify lets users design their own cases using photos, text, and more, and it also offers hundreds of awesome community-created and curated designs that aren’t quite like anything else on the market. You can add a collage of photos with dozens of layouts, select one photo, or customize an existing layout with the site’s built-in tools or iPhone app. The base cases the company offers are nice quality and the printing comes out well.

Casetify is offering one lucky MacRumors reader the chance to win a massive bundle of accessories, worth over $500. It includes one of nearly all the accessories the company sells for the iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch.

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The site has long offered iPhone cases in a variety of materials, including a simple polycarbonate snap-on case, a wood case, and the Metaluxe, a polycarbonate/aluminum combo case, featuring extra protection with an interchangeable backplate. Custom iPad Smart Covers are also available.

Recently, Casetify has also introduced two new products that will also go to the winner — Apple Watch bands for the upcoming Apple Watch and new MacBook sleeves (there are also sleeves for the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro). Apple Watch bands can be customized with images and are made from a polycarbonate silicone.

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MacBook Sleeves are made of a lightweight polyester and neoprene, with velvet inside to keep a device safe. Like iPhone cases and iPad covers, MacBook Sleeves can be personalized with any image or chosen from the gallery collection.

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Casetify’s full prize list is below. The winner will be able to create custom designs for all of these products, or choose pre-designed options from Casetify’s store, filled with cool patterns and pictures. The prize pack is entirely customizable:


  • 1 Metaluxe Gold iPhone Case

  • 1 Metaluxe Silver iPhone Case

  • 1 Metaluxe Backplate

  • 1 Classic Snap iPhone Case

  • 1 Wood iPhone Case

  • 1 iPad Cover

  • 1 MacBook Sleeve

  • 1 Apple Watch Band

  • 1 Selfie Pack with Stick and Shutter

  • 2 iPhone Case Gift Vouchers


To enter to win the prize pack, use the Rafflecopter widget below. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube Channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the intricacies of international law regarding giveaways, this giveaway is open only to U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older.

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The giveaway will run from today, Friday, April 17 at 11:15 a.m. Pacific Time through Friday April 24 at 11:15 a.m. Pacific Time. Winners will be chosen randomly on April 24 and will be contacted through email. A response to our email is required within 48 hours or the winner will forfeit the prize and we will pick a new winner.

Casetify is also offering MacRumors readers a 10 percent discount off all products site wide with the code MR10. Discount is valid from 4/17 to 4/23.






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Apple Pay Launch in Canada Planned for November

applepayApple Pay is planned to launch in Canada in November, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report claims Apple is in negotiations with six Canadian banks about launching the mobile payments service in the first country outside of the United States.

The six Canadian banks reportedly in talks with Apple include the Royal Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, CIBC and National Bank of Canada. The financial institutions, which together account for more than 90% of Canadian bank accounts, are open to supporting Apple Pay in Canada, although have expressed concern about fees and potential security issues.

“The banks are open to an agreement, but they aren’t happy with Apple’s fee proposals and are concerned about security vulnerabilities like the ones that U.S. banks experienced as they rolled out the service, the people said.”

Developing…






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Apple Watch Goes on Display in Milan, Phil Schiller and Marc Newson on Hand

After being announced to appear at Milan’s Salone Del Mobile Design Fair earlier in the week, today the Apple Watch was displayed for the first time to the public, outside of a retail store or pop up shop, at the design fair (via Macitynet) [Google Translate].

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The Apple Watch on display in the Carlo e Camilla restaurant

On display at the Carlo e Camilla restaurant in Segheria, the Watch is displayed in long rows of glass-topped tables, identical to its presentation in Apple’s own retail locations. The fair is even allowing customers to experience the same try-on appointments happening in retail stores since pre-orders began one week ago.

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The entrance to the Apple Watch showcase at the fair

Interestingly, as the Watch is displayed at the Carlo e Camilla in Italy, pre-orders for the wearable aren’t available to Italian customers due to Italy not being included in the first wave of launch countries for the Watch. There to experience the event is senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, Phil Schiller, and Marc Newson, who works part time at Apple as a designer alongside Jony Ive.

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Phil Schiller at the event in Milan

Although Apple has yet to confirm pre-order numbers for the Watch, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the device could have sold more than 2.3 million units during the initial pre-order wave. While the exact number remains a mystery, stock of the Apple watch definitely remains constrained as pre-orders for all devices slipped to a 4-6 week dispatch date, and beyond, only 6 hours after going live.






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Apple Watch With Custom Red Sport Band, Folding UK Plug Spotted in New Photos

British cyclist and former professional rugby player Will Carling has shared a pair of new photos on Twitter that appear to reveal two unreleased Apple products. The first photo shows a stainless steel Apple Watch with what looks like a custom red sport band, while the second photo provides a side-by-side look at an Apple charger with a unique folding plug design for use in the United Kingdom.

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Carling claims that Apple design chief Jony Ive provided him with the folding charger, which could be the official charger for the Apple Watch in the United Kingdom, and it is likely that is who gifted him the Apple Watch with a custom red sport band as well. Ive grew up in England and is known to be a rugby fan, and Carling was the former captain of England’s national rugby team from 1988 to 1996.

It is possible that the photo is actually of an Apple Watch with the similar looking pink sport band, although the lighting in the shot gives the band more of a red appearance and Carling mentions that he prefers “the red band” on Twitter. Apple has given a custom watch to at least one other iconic figure, with designer Karl Lagerfeld spotted wearing an Apple Watch with gold link bracelet earlier this week.

It is possible that Apple may eventually release a (PRODUCT)RED version of the Apple Watch by offering this custom red sport band for sale. Apple gives a portion of sales generated from (PRODUCT)RED merchandise to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa, raising over $70 million towards the initiative to date. Apple’s current (PRODUCT)RED lineup includes iPods, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases, and iPad Smart Cases and Covers.






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