Apple updates TestFlight with support for beta testing of Apple Watch apps

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2015

As part of a flurry of updates related to Apple Watch ahead of tomorrow’s first batch of shipments, Apple on Thursday updated its TestFlight application with ability to install and beta test apps on your Apple Watch.

With today’s update, iOS developers no longer must exclude the WatchKit binaries when uploading iPhone and iPad apps with WatchKit functionality to iTunes. Read More


The Apple Watch App Store goes live

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 23, 2015

If you’re running iOS 8.2 or iOS 8.3, you can view the Apple Watch App Store right now. Simply open up the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, and tap the App Store tab. If you don’t yet see the App Store interface, you can use our refresh trick to reload the interface to view the Apple Watch App Store. Read More


App Store updated to show Apple Watch screenshots

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 23, 2015

Apple has updated the App Store to showcase Apple Watch screenshots for apps that support the Apple Watch. The screenshots are displayed beneath the traditional screenshots for the app on the iPhone. In addition to these screenshots, there is a notation beneath every app that features an Apple Watch app, making it easier to discover apps thats support Apple’s new wearable device. Read More


Apple Watch User Guide

By Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2015

Apple on Thursday posted its official Apple Watch User Guide to the web, offering information and instructions on all of the wearable’s major features and functions. The move follows the rollout of the Apple Watch App Store, and the seeding of the first Watch firmware update, as Apple prepares for folks to start receiving their Watch orders tomorrow. Read More


Apple releases Apple Watch OTA firmware

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 23, 2015

The very first Apple Watch firmware has been released as an OTA update. The firmware, which Apple is branding Watch OS, is actually a modified version of iOS 8.2, similar to how the Apple TV uses iOS firmware as a base.

The 38mm Apple Watch is ID’d as Watch1,1, and the 42mm version is ID’d as Watch1,2. As noted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the firmware is heavily based on iOS 8.2 and features a PowerVR SGX543 driver. As yo may recall the SGX543 was integrated on the A5 SoC’s that powered hardware like the iPad 2, and iPhone 4s.

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Apple Watch App Store is now live, highlighting must-have apps

By Jake Smith on Apr 23, 2015

Apple has shared with BuzzFeed that the App Store for the Apple Watch will be launching on Thursday, one day before the Apple Watch will be on the wrists of Apple fans around the world.

Update: The Watch App Store is now live. Read More


Final Cut Pro creator Randy Ubillos calls it quits after 20 years spent at Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2015

Randy Ubillos, who created the first three versions of Adobe Premiere — the first popular digital video editing application — and whom Apple hired away from Macromedia to lead Final Cut Pro development, announced on Twitter this morning that he’s ready to jettison from the mothership.

He was Apple’s Chief Architect of all Photo and Video Applications across the company. He lead Aperture and Final Cut Pro development and was instrumental in bringing iMovie and iPhoto to the iPhone and iPad.

“After an amazing 20 years working on Apple products, today is my last day,” the tweet reads. “I look forward to retirement and the adventures ahead,” he added. His departure comes just 24 hours after Apple’s senior PR director Natatlie Kerris announced, also on Twitter, her retirement to spend more time with her family. Read More


Hours Time Tracking for Apple Watch launches, iPhone app goes free for a limited time

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2015

Hours Time Tracking, a beautifully designed time-tracking app by Apple Design Award winner Tapity that debuted on the App Store in the summer of 2014, has gone temporarily free in the App Store to celebrate the launch of Hours Time Tracking for Apple Watch.

A bona fide Apple Watch extension provided inside the refreshed iPhone app will be unlocked as soon as you get your hands on the Apple Watch, giving you access to oft-used features like starting, stopping and switching your timers, adjusting start and end times, a Glance overview of your current running timer and more. Read More


djay Pro for Mac gains live video mixing, native Pioneer CDJ/XDJ integration and much more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2015

In addition to transforming the Apple Watch into the world’s first wearable DJ controller with djay for Apple Watch, German developer Algoriddim also refreshed its Mac app this morning.

Djay Pro 1.1 for Mac, the company’s flagship product, includes major new features such as real-time video mixing, native support for Pioneer’s CDJ and XDJ line-up of professional digital decks used by the likes of David Guetta, high-quality Spotify streaming with up to 320 kbps and a host of other advanced features and capabilities. Read More


Algoriddim’s djay hits your wrist with a powerful Apple Watch app

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2015

The vast majority of Apple Watch apps that have been appearing on the App Store ahead of the wearable’s Friday launch are for the most part relegated to Glances and notifications, and that’s just fine.

As someone who loves music but sucks at DJ-ing, Algoriddim’s djay apps for the iPhone, iPad and Mac have for years excited and delighted me with a powerful selection of easy-to-use mixing tools that’ve turned me into the star of parties I threw at my home.

You could imagine I was watching with great intent how Algoriddim, which hails from Germany, would handle their Watch app. Well, djay for Apple Watch is now here and although I haven’t had a chance to try it out on the actual device just yet, Algoriddim was kind enough to treat me to a private demo of the app ahead of its official launch.

Suffice to say that I was smitten by what I saw. The app acts as a full-on remote controller for djay running on your iPhone, untangling you from the mixing booth while putting such headline features as Automix with Spotify and EchoNest integration.

With the Watch app, you can easily cue up and mix your favorite songs, all while controlling audio effects and loops for each deck individually, on your wrist.

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Glass Planner makes getting things done easier

By Lory Gil on Apr 23, 2015

Planning out your life can be a serious task. That’s probably why there are so many organization apps available in the App Store. Everyone has a different way of keeping track of projects and goals. Different features are important to people for a variety of reasons.

Glass Planner is a new task manager that combines your calendar with your to-do list so you can keep track of everything you need to do in life, every day. Don’t just make plans. Make planning work for you. Read More


Reiner Knizia’s dice game Pickomino comes to iOS

By Lory Gil on Apr 23, 2015

The tabletop game of Pickomino is played with domino style tiles and dice. It features 16 tiles and eight dice. This light play game is great for family night, or for those evenings when you and your drinking buddies want something fun to play that doesn’t require a whole lot of thinking.

Pickomino is now available on iOS, so you can play the game any time, anywhere and you don’t even need a friend to play with. Thanks to computer-generated opponents, you won’t ever be alone when playing Pickomino. Read More


Jailbreakers, our day of reckoning is quickly arriving

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2015

If you’re jailbroken right now on your daily driver, you have a tough decision to make in about 36 hours. Will you keep your device jailbroken, or will you sacrifice your jailbreak in order to pair your iPhone with your Apple Watch. That is the question that thousands of jailbreakers are probably mulling over right now.

It’s a very tough decision, and one that I’m not taking lightly. Not only do I love my jailbroken device and all that it can do, having a jailbroken iPhone is heavily involved in my day-to-day job responsibilities. Fortunately, I do have options, but with Apple Watch arriving on Friday, a decision needs to be made soon.

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Apple sends out email to reassure Apple Watch customers with “Processing Items”

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2015

Worried about your Apple Watch order that’s still showing “Processing Items”? Apple is no doubt aware of the concern. Just a few minutes ago, I received this email from Apple about one of my pending Apple Watch orders. Read More


Pharrell performs at Apple campus for Earth Day, shows off Apple Watch

By Jake Smith on Apr 22, 2015

Grammy Award winning musician Pharrell Williams performed at Apple’s campus in Cupertino on Wednesday, entertaining employees and showing off his Apple Watch in celebration of Earth Day. Read More


App Recap: notable discounts, updates and releases for April 22

By Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2015

The App Recap is iDB’s daily roundup of notable news from the wonderful world of iOS software. Below you’ll find a list of discounts, updates and new releases we think are worth checking out. Today’s selections include some great new games, and discounts on apps such as Busy and Coinverter. Read More


Apple Watch Guided Tours: Apple Pay, Activity, and Workout

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2015

Apple has posted the last of its series of guided tours for Apple Watch. The final three guided tours—Apple Pay, Activity, and Workout—round up a video series used to showcase the Apple Watch’s unique features. In total, there are 10 guided tours, with the last three being unlocked today.

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Some fashion boutiques will have Apple Watches on hand this Friday

By Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2015

As it turns out, you will be available to buy the Apple Watch in stores on Friday—just not Apple’s. The New York Times is reporting that select destination fashion boutiques around the world have their own stock, and will be offering the wearable for sale at the end of the week.

This isn’t top secret information. Premium retailers such as Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London, Maxfield in Los Angeles, Colette in Paris and 10 Corso Como in Milan have all been openly advertising that the Apple Watch would be available “in-store” on Friday, April 24. Read More


Nokia reportedly targeting Apple to buy its HERE Maps division

By Jake Smith on Apr 22, 2015

Bloomberg reports that Apple is among the list of companies Nokia is hoping will purchase its struggling HERE Maps, as it seeks to cut divisions that are losing money.

According to the publication’s anonymous source, Nokia is seeking more than 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) from a sale of the unit. It’s selling HERE Maps for the “ubiquity and utility” of its location-based services. Read More


Apple confirms it’s shipping Apple Watch orders ahead of schedule

By Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2015

Apple confirmed this afternoon that the reports are true, Apple Watches are shipping ahead of schedule. A spokesperson for the company told BuzzFeed that “[Apple] is happy to be updating many customers today with the news that their Apple Watch will arrive sooner than expected.”

Additionally, the spokesperson said Apple “is working to fill orders as quickly as possible based on the available supply and the order in which they were received,” and explained the company is aware that many customers are still facing long lead times, and it appreciates their patience. Read More