Wednesday Morning News

imac-retina-2014-gallery1The first Apple Watch software update has been released by Apple. Watch OS 1.0.1 brings minor improvements, in the grand scheme of things, but it comes less than a month after the public release of the Apple Watch. There’s a bullet point in the changelog which mentions improved performance for measuring stand activity, which hopefully means you won’t be bugged about standing up when you’ve been doing so for the better part of the hour. Other than that, you can update your Apple Watch via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

As previously rumoured, Apple has updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro and iMac with Retina 5K display. The 15-inch MacBook Pro gets the same Force Trackpad as found on the 13-inch variants of the machine, as well as graphics card switch from Nvidia to AMD. On the iMac side of the fence, there’s a new, lower-cost model. The entry price of $2,799 of the iMac with Retina 5K display isn’t that much cheaper than the original starting price of $2,999, but that was before Apple upped the prices of everything thanks to currency fluctuations.

Also appearing on the Apple Online Store is the curious iPhone Lightning Dock. At $59 it’s a little more expensive than previous non-Lightning docks, but will hopefully be compatible with future iPhone models — previous docks until this point have only worked with a specific generation of iPhone.

Once upon a time we all though Apple was going to release a standalone 4K TV, separate from the current Apple TV accessory they sell. A report from the Wall Street Journal says that project was shelved after the team behind it couldn’t find a killer feature that would make the device any more attractive than current 4K TVs.

And what about Gene “Apple TV” Munster, the guy who’s always asking about the standalone Apple TV on Apple’s quarterly financial conference calls? He’s officially thrown in the towel, saying he’s abandoned all hope Apple will release a TV set. On the plus side, he’s got billionaire investor Carl Icahn to carry the torch. Keeping hope alive, Icahn says he’s still convinced Apple will release a standalone TV set in 2016.

9to5Mac writes Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent visit to China was to discuss an Apple Pay rollout in the region. Cook also said the Apple Watch would be available for sale in Apple Retail Stores by June, which at the very least should be when stock improves for those that are still waiting for their Apple Watch to ship.

Apple World Today checks out the Duet iPhone and Apple Watch dock, and while the dock is a little bulkier than I’d like, the fact it comes with a companion Apple Watch stand will come in handy for those that have an iPhone and Watch on their bedside table.

MacStories tells us about PCalc on the Apple Watch. Along with Calcbot, there are now two pretty great apps for calculations and conversions on the Apple Watch, and which one you end up using will mostly depend on which one you prefer.

Over at Macworld, Kirk McElhearn says finding the right things in Spotlight is all a matter of using the right search terms. Boolean searches work in Spotlight, as well as keywords to find specific types of files.

The Mac Observer explains all the icons at the top of the Apple Watch interface. There’s all explained in the Apple Watch user guide, but ain’t nobody got time for that.

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  1. tcn33 says:

    It was kind of a pain in the ass. Hopefully future updates are less slow and less picky about being attached to the charger.

    This thing is weird on two fronts. Number one, Apple have basically lost this space to third-party docks (Twelve South’s Hi-Rise, in particular), and two, Apple’s dock looks like it would put a lot of stress on the Lightning port.

  2. Yeah, normally I’d be all over the official iPhone dock but I’m not too keen on picking one up this time around. My Belkin Lightning dock still does the job well, works just fine with any not-too-bulky case.

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