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Complementing great fitness tracking and workout features, Apple Watch users can save and play back music locally on their device, meaning they can leave their iPhone at home. To save music locally on the Apple Watch, you must first choose a playlist to sync. You can create a new playlist just for Apple Watch right on your iPhone. Start by opening the Music app on your iPhone and navigating to the Playlists tab at the bottom. From the Playlist tab, scroll to the...
Lost amidst a sea of flashy hardware technologies introduced with Apple Watch was a new image-based pairing technique distinguished by a "particle cloud" effect. On Tuesday, Apple received a patent detailing what appears to be the bedrock of this unique pairing procedure, hinting at its use in future products. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple sequential U.S. Patent Nos. 9,022,291 and 9,022,292, both titled "Invisible optical label for transmitting...
Apple on Monday posted to its website a previously unreleased document detailing Apple Watch band design guidelines for third-party manufacturers interested in making aftermarket straps for the device. Added to Apple's Developer Resources webpage, "Band Design Guidelines for Apple Watch" (PDF link) offers an extensive overview of the stringent regulations to which third-party accessory makers must abide if they wish to market Watch-compatible straps. The document...
Continuing its internal mapping initiative, Apple on Monday added Maps Connect support to five new regions, allowing users in those countries to add and edit points of interest. As seen on the Apple Maps Connect Web tool, five new countries -- Austria, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden -- are now accessible under the "Add New Business" option, allowing small business owners to add their listings to Apple's Maps database. Apple debuted Maps Connect last October...
Apple on Monday updated the Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines website with a refreshed look and new software design resources for app developers. Mostly a rearrangement of its original Apple Watch HIG page, the new version is easily navigable with a persistent menu bar and interactive elements mimicking the look and feel of Apple's most recent Web designs. Like Apple's previous HIG page, the revamped version is broken up into five categories: Overview, App...
According to a report on Monday, the Apple TV isn't the only piece of hardware in line for a redesign this year, as the device's long-in-the-tooth remote control is now expected to come with a built-in touch pad. Citing sources familiar with Apple's upcoming Apple TV update, The New York Times reports the set-top streamer will come with a remote control that eschews existing directional ring buttons in favor of a touch pad. Apple's new remote is expected to be...
One of the highlight features of the new Apple Watch is its fitness tracking abilities, which lets users track movement throughout the day, keep tabs on wellness goals and monitor specific workout routines. To start a new workout session on Apple Watch, navigate to the Workout app. Upon opening the app, users will be presented with a list of workouts from an Outdoor Walk to Rowing. There is also an other option if your workout does not fit into these categories....
Apple is signing on a new general contractor to help finish Campus 2, the company's upcoming ring-shaped headquarters being constructed in Cupertino, Calif., according to a Monday report. The Silicon Valley Business Journal cited sources identifying the contractor as Rudolph & Sletten, a firm with a track record in Silicon Valley. The company will reportedly work on the new headquarters' interior, joining the existing major contractors on the project, DPR Construction...
Apple has stopped signing the code for iOS 8.2, meaning that anyone wanting to downgrade from iOS 8.3 through iTunes will no longer be able to do so, accounts indicated on Monday. The change was pointed out by various developers on Twitter such as Steve Troughton-Smith. Apple regularly stops signing older versions of iOS once there are no longer any worries about an update causing major security or functional problems. People with jailbroken devices must now be...
General Electric on Monday announced plans for a new color-changing LED light bulb, due to ship sometime later this year, that will come out of the box with support for Apple's HomeKit system. The bulb will use GE's Align technology to allow automated lighting cycles that adjust to the time of day. It will for instance veer toward the blue end of the spectrum in the morning -- ideally, lowering melatonin levels to help a person wake up -- and turn amber at night to...
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