Apple Watch straps will be available to purchase separately at launch

Despite speculation to the contrary, Apple does in fact plan to sell an array of bands as separate accessories for the Apple Watch at launch, according to sources. So far Apple has only shown the Watch in pre-assembled collections, which reduces their potential for customization, but our sources say that Apple’s retail outlets will be stocked on…

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Apple to require all Mac App Store submissions to ditch garbage collection, switch to ARC on May 1st

Apple has announced on its developer site that apps submitted to the Mac App Store starting on May 1st will no longer be allowed to incorporate garbage collection, which was deprecated in OS X 10.8. Instead, developers will be required to switch to ARC, which was introduced in 10.7. This change affects both new apps and updates to…

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Apple to begin offering web-based chat support for Beats hardware

Apple will expand its support capabilities for Beats by Dre hardware products, like headphones and speakers, next week by launching web-based chat support, according to sources. Customers in need of support for their Beats devices will be able to instant message with a support representative via Apple’s support website beginning on Monday, February 23rd. In January, Apple…

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Opinion: If any Apple Watch will cost thousands of dollars, Apple needs to start telling that story

Here’s a thought: Assume that the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition is several thousand dollars, as some people are currently predicting. How will Apple deliver that piece of news — which hasn’t officially been confirmed before, and remains the subject of increasingly wild speculation — to the public? Depending on your perspective, a high price won’t be bad news for people…

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How to Manage Your Finances

Personal financial management is a subject that is not taught in many schools, but is something that nearly everyone has to deal with in their lives later on. Here are some statistics: Some 58% of Americans do not have a retirement plan in place for how they’ll manage their finances when they get old.[1] While…

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Free App of the Week, iPhone 6/Plus kick stand case $5, 200GB OneDrive Storage free, more

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can’t miss deals: iTunes Free App of the Week: Duet Game ($ 2.99 value) Baytek iPhone 6/Plus kick stand case $ 5 Prime shipped (Reg. $ 15) Confirmed!…

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