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In preparation for the launch of the Apple Watch on Friday, Apple on Thursday launched the Watch App Store, as well as an online User Guide for people learning to navigate the device. The Watch App Store can be found through a tab in the Watch app built into iOS 8.2 and 8.3. It mirrors the layout of the standard iOS App Store, but features circular app icons along with a different set of promoted sections, such as "Get Started" and "Healthy Living." Some of the...
Apple's App Store review policies have found yet another unwanted spotlight after the company allegedly rejected an iOS app update because its developer mentioned Pebble's competing smartwatch in the app's metadata. The rejection was reported on Thursday by the developer of SeaNav US, a marine navigation app that allows users to receive notifications on a Pebble device. Apple rejected the update for violating section 3.1 of the App store review guidelines, which...
The Apple Watch is using "most" of iOS 8.2, with a new subsystem called "Carousel" in place of the Springboard homescreen found on iPhones and iPads, developer Steve Troughton-Smith said on Thursday, also suggesting that the Watch's S1 processor appears to be equivalent to the Apple A5. Posting on Twitter, Troughton-Smith noted that the Watch firmware contains a PowerVR SGX543 driver. The SGX543 is the same graphics component found in the A5, which Apple first shipped...
Activity tracker maker Misfit on Thursday announced a new workout app for the Apple Watch, Misfit Minute, while Algoriddim revealed a Watch app of its own -- enabling basic mixing functions for djay 2 -- and updated djay Pro for the Mac with live video support. Misfit Minute As a companion to the Misfit iOS app, Minute asks users to pick a one, four, or seven-minute time interval. Based on the selection, it will recommend a combination of bodyweight exercises and...
Randy Ubillos, the creator of both Apple's Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier, announced on Thursday that he is leaving Apple after more than two decades with the Mac maker. Randy Ubillos demoing Final Cut Pro, via EOSHD. Ubillos revealed his departure in a post to Twitter. The developer suggested he will not be taking another full-time job, as he said he's looking forward "to retirement and the adventures ahead." His official title at Apple was chief architect of photo...
Apple on Wednesday and Thursday opened up several job listings related to speech technology, Siri, and language recognition, suggesting intensified work on natural input for future products, AppleInsider has discovered. The Siri positions, posted on Thursday, include a platform development manager and a developer tools engineer. The former will "lead a team that builds the foundation for Siri," according to Apple, while the latter will work on internal tools for...
Though the iPod lineup has not seen any significant changes since late 2012, Apple will revisit its media players this year with an anticipated update to at least one model, a source has told AppleInsider. A source familiar with Apple's future product plans indicated that Apple's iPods -- specifically the largest-screened model, the iPod touch -- are expected to see an update later this year. The source suggested that Apple could retain the same 4-inch screen size as...
Despite a recent proliferation of high-profile antitrust allegations brought against American technology companies by the European Commission, the Old Continent's top legislative body has sought to reassure U.S. firms that they are not being singled out. "The American firms are allowed to have dominant positions, even monopolies here in the EU, according to our regulations," European Commissioner for Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip told the Wall Street Journal. "But...
An Apple patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday details an advanced haptic feedback system that simulates the feeling of different textures on a device display, such as wood and metal, using localized vibrations and temperature changes. Aptly titled "Touch Surface for Simulating Materials," Apple's invention takes haptic feedback a step further than current systems seen on Apple Watch or even the MacBook line's mind-bending...
Apple on Thursday sent out a mass email notifying Apple Watch preorder customers slated to get the first batch of launch units that their orders are being processed. As seen in the screenshot above, the messages appear to be going out to customers with preorders scheduled to ship between April 24 and May 8, some of the first to jump online when Apple Watch when preorders went live on April 10. Along with a link to Apple's online order status webpage, the letter notes...
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