Monday Morning News
Apple’s Jony Ive has revealed the Apple Watch at the Milan Design Week, along with an exclusive collection of colours for the Sport band. The new colours are cool and all, but overall I’m not sure how I feel about Apple offering exclusive designs and colours to the rich and famous, especially if they can’t be purchased by those with deep enough pockets.
Starting this Friday, Apple will be offering “Apple Watch Basics” classes at Apple Retail locations. The workshop will let users familiarise themselves with the Apple Watch, learning about Glances, gestures, watch faces, and more.
Joe Cieplinski understands that being able to go into a store, check something out, wear it on your wrist, and then being told you can’t take it home that day totally sucks. That’s exactly what Apple are doing with the Apple Watch: the extremely limited supply of Apple Watch means it’s better to prevent lines in the first place by not offering in-store sales, rather than making people line up and sending them home with nothing to show for it.
A reasonably lengthy explanation of how the Apple Watch is already a multi-billion dollar business looks at estimates of pre-order numbers and what kind of business models would make sense for Apple. Being a totally new market and offering the most number of SKUs for any Apple product ever, there will be a lot of challenges that go into producing the Apple Watch.
As we get closer to getting the Apple Watch in our hands, apps are being updated all over the show to be compatible with the computer for your wrist. Twitterrific has a glance that shows your Twitter activity from the past 24 hours, Yelp has baked most of the functionality of its iPhone app into the tiny Watch interface, and Day One for the Apple Watch makes it easy to log something for your own personal diary.
But seriously, the thing Apple really needs to do is open up support for third-party watch faces. Being able to customise the built-in watch faces is good and all, but like Touch Arcade says, the Android Wear watch faces from the developers of Monument Valley need to come to the Apple Watch, like, yesterday.
Apple has named Steve Dowling as its VP of Communications, taking up the role after Katie Cotton left last year. 9to5Mac writes Dowling has held the position since Cotton left, being named interim head of PR in October, so he was the obvious choice for the role.
Apple has seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, and the update comes one week after the company released OS X 10.10.3 with Photos. The release notes are typically vague, only going as far as to say the update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has made TIME’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2015. Congressman John Lewis wrote about Cook for the list, saying “Tim has shown that profitability and integrity can go hand in hand”, noting that Apple has reached extraordinary levels of profitability.
One report claims Apple are talking to Canadian banks, possibly in preparation for an Apple Pay launch in November. The only hold up is banks that are concerned about security with Apple Pay, and they want their own method of authenticating purchases separate to what Apple already offers.
Over at Macworld, Jason Snell has Automator actions, geotags, and more advanced tricks for Photos for OS X.
An article on Medium tells us about the danger of sending Emojis to those who aren’t using Apple devices. Those using Android might see your smiling poop as something a lot more sinister.