Microsoft Offering Up to $250 Off Band 2 With Apple Watch Trade-In

A new program from Microsoft is encouraging Apple Watch users to switch over to the Microsoft Band 2 with a few tiers of trade-in initiatives (via Cult of Mac). The company is offering „as much as“ $150 for the aluminum Apple Watch Sport, $200 for the stainless steel Apple Watch with a Sport band, and $250 for the Apple Watch with Milanese Loop.

The Microsoft Band 2 itself costs $250, so the Milanese Loop trade-in offer is the only one available that would fully pay off the price of the wearable band. Microsoft is also accepting other wearables for users to trade for a new Band 2, including a FitBit Flex ($10), Sony SmartWatch 3 ($25), and Pebble Time Steel ($25). For any successful trade-in, a device must abide by a few stipulations listed by Microsoft:

• Device’s housing and band are completely intact without cracks or missing parts.

• Device is completely functional, including:

-All keys work.

-Device powers on.

-Device screen is not cracked or broken.

-Device screen responds to touch

-No security codes or PIN codes are required to operate the device.

The program runs for a few more weeks, ending on February 7, and is available only to users on the Microsoft Online Store in the United States and Canada. Microsoft unveiled the Band 2 at an event back in October, and launched it the same month, introducing a new curved screen with durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and an improved touch display on the wearable smartwatch.

Response to the new generation of the Microsoft Band wasn’t entirely positive, so the company’s new trade-in program could be an attempt to generate some sales for the device in the months leading up to the Apple Watch 2’s rumored launch in April.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 2
Tags: Microsoft, Microsoft Band 2
Buyer’s Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)
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Apple Releases iTunes 12.3.2 With Improved Browsing of Classical Music in Apple Music

Apple today released a minor iTunes update for OS X El Capitan users, which brings the desktop version of Apple Music in line with the recently released iOS 9.2 version of Apple Music. The update adds support for works, composers, and performers when listening to Classical music in Apple Music, and it brings general stability and performance improvements.

This update allows you to see works, composers, and performers while browsing Classical music in the Apple Music catalog. It also includes stability and performance improvements.

Today’s update is available for all OS X El Capitan users and follows iTunes 12.3.1, a minor update that was released in October.
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Apple’s Next Chinese Retail Store Opens in Nanning on December 12

Apple has announced that its 28th retail store in China opens Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 p.m. local time. The store will be located in the MixC shopping mall at 136 Minzu Avenue in Nanning’s Qingxiu District.

MixC shopping mall in Nanning, China (Image: WeekendNotes)

The new store will be open between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. local time on Monday-Thursday and Sunday, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday, and offer traditional Apple Store services, including the Genius Bar, Workshops and JointVenture.

Apple has aggressively expanded its retail footprint in China under the leadership of Angela Ahrendts, having opened new stores in Beijing on November 28, Chengdu on November 21 and Dalian on October 24. Apple has also opened retail stores in Chongqing, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Nanjing and Tianjin over the past year.

Tags: China, Apple retail, Nanning
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