Wednesday Morning News

band-heroIt’s cool, you can stop the speculation now: Apple has unveiled their plans for certified third-party bands for the Apple Watch. From the limited information available on Apple’s website, the Made for Apple Watch program should operate much like the Made for iOS one does — Apple has given designers of third-party bands a band design guidelines document. I wonder if all this will mean we’ll see cheaper versions of Apple’s own higher-end bands, such as the (nice, but pricey) link bracelet.

Apple has also given us an updated set of Human Interface Guidelines for the Apple watch, now that the device has been released to the public. Marco Arment notes it’s disappointing many of the examples used in the guidelines aren’t currently possible with the WatchKit SDK, but it’s still encouraging to see Apple emphasising the kind of experiences and interactions they want the Apple Watch to provide: lightweight interactions, holistic design, and personal communication being the main three.

Over at the New York Times, Brian Chen notes the new remote for the Apple TV will be more like a trackpad, much like how the Remote app currently works on the iPhone. But this standalone touch pad remote might also incorporate haptic feedback, as well as a couple of buttons for often-used features. When you think about it, it’s not hard to imagine Apple using a device a little larger than the iPod nano as a remote for the upcoming Apple TV.

Patently Apple notes Apple has been granted 38 patents yesterday — some of them relating to the Apple Watch, others less so. The patents granted include everything from a point-of-purchase system, in-cell display technology, and a number of design-related patents.

Apple has released a new Digital Camera RAW update for the slew of new cameras that have been released lately. This time around, the update adds support for notable DSLRs like the Canon 5DS and 5DS R, along with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

Another day, another set of Apple TV channels that will be of limited interest to anyone outside of the US. The CBS Sports and USA Now channels should have magically appeared on your Apple TV overnight, although you’ll need a cable account to access the USA Now channel, the CBS Sports will allow you to view a variety of free content.

Apple World Today says file and image sharing tool Droplr now has a free tier and a new iOS app, along with its paid offerings. Images shared via the free service will expire after a week — if you want to keep your stuff, you’ll have to fork out for Droplr Pro at $9.99 a month. There’s also a 40% discount that applies if you sign up before 5 June, 2015.

An Apple Support article tells you how to use the Mac’s Activity Monitor to check out what’s making your fans spin up.

Belkin’s WeMo now works with internet automation service IFTTT, alongside adding support for more third-party bulbs. While that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to use WeMo units with your Hue or LIFX bulbs anytime soon, it’s good Belkin are exploring ways to extend their internet-of-things appliances.

IMore has a guide on turning off alerts for apps on the Apple Watch, but it’s a shame you can only have custom notification settings for the built-in apps. If you wanted all apps to notify you, some to vibrate and not others, that’s currently not possible, but should be something Apple are looking into adding.

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  1. tcn33 says:

    Doesn't this seem like an outdated way of doing things? We don't get printer driver updates every time a new printer is released, why should we continually get updates for hundreds of cameras we will never own?

  2. I hope this year the new Apple TV comes to fruition. I use my ATV more than my iPhone or iPad so I'll be snapping the next version up no matter the cost.

  3. Wemo worked with IFTTT before. The support for Wemo bulbs was added yesterday.

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