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Apple Watch User Guide suggests authorized, third-party band program

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Apple’s recently published User Guide for the Apple Watch appears to reveal that Apple is planning an authorized program for non-Apple branded Apple Watch straps:

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Apple is yet to announce such a program, but such an offering for the future makes sense given Apple’s official “MFI” accessory programs for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. A marquee feature of the Apple Watch is its ability to be quickly attached to various bands via a standard connection on the two sides of the device.

While Apple has not yet announced an authorized program for third-party bands, some enterprising accessory makers have already announced bands ranging from unique leather designs to bands that pack in backup batteries for on-the-go charging. Apple sells branded straps such as the Link Bracelet and Leather Loop.

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Things task management app coming to Apple Watch with focus on Today View

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We’ve known for a while now that the popular Things to-do list management app is coming to the Apple Watch, and we even posted a few screenshots of the application this morning. But now, Cultured Code, the developers behind Things, have provided an in-depth look at how their application sets itself apart from the other task management Apple Watch applications. While the Mac, iPhone, and iPad versions of Things separate tasks into Today, Next, Scheduled, and Someday tasks, the Apple Watch app focuses in on the Today View.

Like many Apple Watch apps, Things has two main components: the central app and a Glance. In the case of Things, the Glance is basically a stripped down version of the WatchKit app that allows users to check off completed tasks during the day. The main application allows users to add and manage tasks, and like the iOS and Mac apps, Project to-dos can be viewed (however new projects cannot be created). The Things WatchKit application is bundled into an existing, free Things for iPhone update. For first time users, the iPhone version is $9.99 on the App Store.

Be sure to check out our screenshot galleries of upcoming Apple Watch apps and gaming titles.

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Filed under: Apple Watch, Apps Tagged: app, Apple, Apple watch, things, to-do, Watch

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Things task management app coming to Apple Watch with focus on Today View

Things Animated Screenshot - All Done Things Animated Screenshot - Details Complete

We’ve known for a while now that the popular Things to-do list management app is coming to the Apple Watch, and we even posted a few screenshots of the application this morning. But now, Cultured Code, the developers behind Things, have provided an in-depth look at how their application sets itself apart from the other task management Apple Watch applications. While the Mac, iPhone, and iPad versions of Things separate tasks into Today, Next, Scheduled, and Someday tasks, the Apple Watch app focuses in on the Today View.

Like many Apple Watch apps, Things has two main components: the central app and a Glance. In the case of Things, the Glance is basically a stripped down version of the WatchKit app that allows users to check off completed tasks during the day. The main application allows users to add and manage tasks, and like the iOS and Mac apps, Project to-dos can be viewed (however new projects cannot be created). The Things WatchKit application is bundled into an existing, free Things for iPhone update. For first time users, the iPhone version is $9.99 on the App Store.

Be sure to check out our screenshot galleries of upcoming Apple Watch apps and gaming titles.

Things Screenshot Glance Things Screenshot App 2 Things Screenshot App 1 Things Screenshot App 6 Things Screenshot App 5 Things Screenshot App 4 Things Screenshot App 3
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Stationary Apple Watch charging dock shown in Apple Environment video

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Apple’s new video about its contributions to environmental protection appears to show a previously unseen and unannounced accessory for the Apple Watch. In a portion of the video detailing chargers for Apple devices ranging from the iPhone to the new MacBook, Apple shows a stainless steel Apple Watch being dropped on a stationary charging dock. This charging dock is noticeably different than the charger that’s included with the Apple Watch, and could be an official Apple alternative to the third-party Apple Watch stands and docks that are about to hit stores…

 

 

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Comparing the two images, you can see that the included Apple Watch charger is a small, comparatively thin puck that the user attaches magnetically to the device, versus the more stationary design of the accessory in the new Apple video. While the included charger has a silver metal exterior around the sides, the one from the video appears to be a white plastic material. Lastly, the puck in the video appears slightly larger and has what appear to be feet touching the flat surface underneath. It appears that the white frame is a plastic stationary dock that the included metal charger could be placed within, most likely weighted with a heavy material such as zinc to prevent slippage.

As Apple has not announced a stationary charger for the Apple Watch, other than the boxes included with the Apple Watch Edition, it is unclear if this is an actual accessory that Apple is planning to release. While one possibility is that Apple has let slip this product’s development early in this video, it is possible that the dock was specially designed for the video in order to more seamlessly show how Apple devices can be charged. Another possibility is that this is a special internal accessory like the metal chargers used in Apple Stores.


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Senior PR executive Natalie Kerris leaves Apple following Dowling promotion

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Natalie Kerris, a longtime senior executive within Apple’s PR and Communications group is retiring from the company, she confirmed today on Twitter. Journalist Ed Bott first indicated her retirement via Twitter. Bott says that Kerris informed him of her retirement for a LinkedIn message, and Kerris has updated her LinkedIn profile. Kerris joined Apple 14 years ago, and she led PR for Apple’s major product lines such as the iPhone. Kerris’s position within Apple’s PR group grew upon the retirement of former VP of Communications Katie Cotton.

Both Kerris and Steve Dowling were considered to take over Katie Cotton’s earlier role of VP of Communications, but Dowling was actually officially promoted to last week. A report from last year raised questions about Kerris’s future role with Apple if Dowling would become the new department lead. Last year, we published an extensive profile of Apple’s PR, Marketing, and Communications group, detailing Kerris’s position within Apple and the structure of her department.


Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Communications, executives, Katie Cotton, Natalie Kerris, Steve Dowling

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1.3 GHz, built-to-order MacBooks begin preparing to ship following charges

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Apple has started to charge the credit cards of customers who ordered the highest-end 1.3GHz version of the 12-inch MacBook, according to emails from 9to5Mac readers. The customized, built-to-order MacBook went on sale earlier this month with 3-4 week shipping times for even the earliest orders, and Apple originally promised a delivery timeframe of May 8th to May 15th. As we saw with Apple Watch credit card charges earlier this week, it seems plausible that Apple already charging customers for the 1.3 GHz MacBook could indicate that shipments of the new laptop will begin occurring sooner than originally expected. However, readers have yet to report any signs of UPS or FedEx tracking numbers, or their Apple Online Store status pages moving from “Processing” to “Preparing for Shipment.”

Update: Several readers reporting that their MacBooks are now preparing to ship, several weeks early:

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First screenshots of top Apple Watch apps revealed by new tool [Gallery]

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While hundreds of apps for the Apple Watch have been announced and detailed, screenshots of most of the major applications have yet to be revealed, until now. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has created a tool to view screenshots of Apple Watch applications by pasting in the link to the existing iPhone application. Below, we’ve put together several galleries of several notable Apple Watch applications, including Twitter, Instagram, Uber, Starbucks, and Apple’s own Keynote presentation remote. We’ll be updating this post live as more application screenshots are discovered. WatchAware is also showcasing more interactive previews of over 2000 Apple Watch apps.

Twitter:

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Instagram:

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Apple Keynote Remote:

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Microsoft PowerPoint:

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NBA GameTime:

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ESPN:

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Uber:

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Hotel Tonight:

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RunKeeper:

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Flipboard:

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Pandora:

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Chipotle:

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Mint:

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Shazam:

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Slack:

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Hipchat:

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JetBlue:

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1Password:

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Things:

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Calcbot:

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Yahoo Weather:

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Clear:

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Twitterrific:

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Microsoft OneNote:

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Microsoft OneDrive:

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American Airlines:

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Delta:

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Breaking News:

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CNN:

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AP Mobile:

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Digg:

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Robinhood:

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