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Rumor: Apple TV ship times slip to 1-2 weeks, next-gen device expected at WWDC

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Date: Friday, May 1st, 2015, 07:25
Category: Apple TV, Hardware, Rumor


It’s when the shipping times slip that new stuff is probably around the corner.

Recently, shipping times for the current generation of Apple TV has slipped to 1-2 weeks, as opposed to “in stock” or “1 day”.

The change hints towards a next-generation Apple TV that’s rumored to feature slimmer hardware, a new tactile remote, and a redesigned operating system with App Store-like functionality.


Apple targeting late June for release of Apple Watch in other countries

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Date: Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, 08:07
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables


Apple will get the Apple Watch out to other countries once the initial, massive deluge of pre-orders is taken care of.

To wit: Around about June.

Over the course of the Q2 2015 conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple is targeting late June for an sales expansion that would make Apple Watch available in more countries, conditional on supply.


DJ from your wrist with djay 2

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Date: Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 07:41
Category: Apps, DJ, iOS, iPad, iPhone

DJ from your wrist with djay 2 for iPhone - Jason O'Grady

djay 2 for iPhone ($2.99, App Store) is out today with a major update that includes Apple Watch support. For the first time you can cold rock a party from your wrist.

djay 2 was already my favorite iOS DJ app and I can’t wait for my Apple Watch to arrive so that I can play with its new watch features.

According to developer algoriddim, djay for Apple Watch allows you to browse your iTunes library, cue and mix your favorite songs, and control audio effects and loops for each deck individually from your wrist.

When you’re ready to stop mixing individual tracks you can invoke djay’s popular Automix feature, pulls tracks from Spotify and mixes them automatically, directly from your watch.

The best news is that djay 2 for iPhone ($2.99) with Apple Watch integration as well as djay 2 for iPad ($9.99) are free on the App Store through April 30.

Recent job posting indicates Apple may be looking to include public transit data within Apple Maps

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Date: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, 13:02
Category: iOS, News, Software


It’s the hiring that shows where a company’s going.

A recent Apple job listing shows that the company is looking for a software engineer to help bring public transit information to Apple Maps.

The listing reads as follows:

“As a member of the Routing team, you will work on one of the most anticipated features of Apple Maps,”


PowerPoint for iOS updated to 1.8, allows Apple Watch to be used as a remote control

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Date: Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, 06:12
Category: iOS, News, Software


This is actually pretty interesting.

The newest version of Microsoft PowerPoint for iOS includes a feature that allows you to manage your live presentation on your Apple Watch, progressing through each slide without having to pick up your smartphone, tablet or Mac or Windows PC.


Yelp app for iOS updated, now compatible with Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, April 17th, 2015, 05:49
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables


The Yelp app just became compatible with the Apple Watch.

On Thursday, Yelp announced that its iOS app is now compatible with the Apple Watch. As expected, the app provides the majority of the information and reviews found in the standard iOS app.

The main interface of the app shows four options for restaurants, bars, coffee & tea, and hot & new locations. Tapping on one will bring you to another screen with nearby results that fit your selected criteria.


DataMan apps add Apple Watch support, allow quick checks on data usage

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Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2015, 07:01
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables


This could come in handy.

XVision has announced that its DataMan apps are now ready for the Apple Watch. With DataMan, you can quickly glance at your wrist to see just how much data is left on your calling plan as well as your overall usage. Users can be notified if they’re about to go over their data cap as well as check used and remaining amounts of data.


1Password 5.4 for iOS includes Apple Watch support, other fixes

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Date: Tuesday, April 14th, 2015, 12:33
Category: iOS, News, Software, Wearables


This could come in handy.

A recent update shows that the mighty 1Password application now includes support for the Apple Watch. Version 5.4 of the app will let you access important information like credit card numbers and one-time passwords directly from your wrist.

While the Apple Watch presently lacks a true keyboard or Touch ID scanner, it’s thought that the app will rely on the iPhone it’s paired with to work with the new version of 1Password to communicate with the Apple Watch.


First iOS 8.4 beta shows effort to move audiobooks into iBooks app, add new features

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Date: Tuesday, April 14th, 2015, 07:31
Category: iOS, News, Software


This could lead to some pretty cool stuff.

On Monday, Apple seeded the first iOS 8.4 beta. The build includes a revamped Music application and it’s been noted that the build handles audiobooks differently, moving playback from the Music app to the iBooks app.

At present, audiobooks are divorced from the ebook library. This pushes users to use two different apps to access their entire digital book library. The iOS 8.4 update could consolidate all books in Apple’s iBook app and also fixes another longstanding issue with audiobooks on iOS. Since iOS 7, audiobook listeners have been unable to view chapter titles or even select them. However, it’s been pointed out that while chapters are now selectable in iOS 8.4, they do not list the actual chapter titles, as they’re listed as “track numbers”.


Health care providers gearing up apps for Apple Watch

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Date: Monday, April 13th, 2015, 14:09
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables


Even if you think the Apple Watch is a bit silly, it’s getting a fair amount of developer support behind it.

A variety of healthcare companies, including WebMD and CareEvolution, announced apps for the wearable device. The apps are said to be capable of handling tasks like medication reminders and sharing electronic records.

WebMD said it is working on an update of its iPhone app which will include a Medication Reminder function. Notifications will include images of the medication, the amount to take, and when to take it. Users will be prompted to log whether they’ve taken or skipped a dose — alternately they can hit a 15-minute snooze button, or just dismiss a notification entirely.