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Pedometer++ Reaches One Million Downloads

David Smith:

The response to it blew me away. I had put it on the store more as a whimsical tool for playing with the new hardware but it took off from day one. With 12k downloads in its first day of availability, and 30k its first week. Seeing this opportunity I worked over the next few days to get a better, more capable application ready.

I started using Pedometer++ the day it was released. I’ve tried other activity tracking apps, but I’ve always ended up coming back to Pedometer++. I couldn’t be happier about the success David’s had with the application and I hope he continues to see a steady number of downloads going forward.

Apple is Working on Something Big

Neil Cybart on Apple’s ever increasing research and development costs:

Taking a look at the increased amount of money Apple has been pouring into R&D beginning last summer, it is looking increasingly likely management gave the green light for Apple’s next big project. I suspect Apple has begun work on battery, telematics, and autonomous driving initiatives related to personal transport.

In short, Apple started spending a lot more money on R&D last summer. And because of the guidelines regarding what is allowed to be classified as R&D, Apple must be developing new products that require a significant investment to create.

CHIP, The World’s First Nine Dollar Computer

A really neat Kickstarter that’s nearing $850,000 pledged with 25 days to go. This is the kind of runaway success stories that crowd funding can enable and I really hope the folks behind it can turn CHIP into something that changes the world.

‘Beats Revamp Still Debuting at WWDC, Global Release Late-June’

Mark Gurman, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

According to a report today from Billboard, Apple does not have the deals in place to launch its long-awaited Beats Music revamp as its new streaming music service. The report quotes a source as saying “June won’t be the release date. The deals aren’t done,” but our sources say that an announcement at the June 8th WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) keynote is still planned. A few weeks following the announcement, in late June, Apple will fully release the service as part of two new software products: iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2, according to sources briefed on the plans.

We’ll know for sure in four weeks when Tim Cook takes stage. And I have to say, I’m actually excited to see what this new streaming service has to offer.

Jason Snell on the Modular Watch Face

The modular watch face was my favorite of the group until I learned that you can’t place the time in the large middle row. Without ever using the Watch, my best guess would be that I’ll end up using one of the analog faces when I eventually get mine — probably Utility or Chronograph.

Enjoy: A Genius in Your Living Room

Joe Caiati on Ron Johnson’s new retail startup, Enjoy:

When I worked at Apple’s Genius Bar in one of their Flagship Manhattan stores, me and co-workers would be asked often by customers if they could take us home with them. Some were jokingly asking, most of them weren’t.

There is no shortage of entitled, technologically inept or busy people in Manhattan who would pay for a service like Enjoy, let alone use it for free. But many aren’t buying new expensive gadgets all the time and I’m wondering if Johnson and team are banking on large city’s to make up for the infrequencies.

I think the economics of Enjoy are sound. Retail space in San Francisco and New York City is expensive and being able to remove that cost entirely in exchange for salaried employees is a worthwhile tradeoff.

And, I don’t think they’ll have too much trouble keeping their emoloyees’ schedule booked. The nice thing about not having retail space is that you can have as many or as little employees as sales require — expanding and contracting your team depending on how much you sell not the square footage of your retail space.

Joe also has some inside information on the experts Enjoy has been hiring for launch:

Sources have told me that prior to Enjoy’s launch, Johnson had been aggressively poaching Apple retail upper-management and Genii who he once used to be Senior Vice President of. One source described a mass exodus from the Grand Central Flagship store with a rumored number of over fifteen employees leaving.

It’s people he’s already familiar with and has a good understanding of how they’re trained and what they know. I think he’d be foolish not to poach these employees. Especially considering that they’re among the best retail employees in the world.

Enjoy seems like it’s set up to be a success, my only concern would be whether or not they’ll capture enough mindshare to make an impact — brick and mortar retail presence goes a long way towards promoting your existence and the company might need to purchase a lot of advertising to overcome that shortcoming.

‘discoveryd Clusterfuck’

Craig Hockenberry shines a light on one of Yosemite’s biggest problems, discoveryd. Perhaps this is the reason my Apple TVs constantly and randomly receive numbers at the end of their name in my AirPlay menus.

Redesigning Overcast’s Apple Watch App

Marco Arment details his redesign of Overcast for Apple Watch. He scrapped the three-level hierarchy in the original design and chose the Now Playing screen as the single, main, root screen with modal views that slide up when needed. The changes look great and I can’t wait to start using it when I eventually get a Watch of my own.

(And, chalk Marco up as another developer that wants third-party access to complications.)

iOS 9 Wishes

Federico Viticci published his iOS 9 wishlist. My favorite of the batch is the ability to personalize Control Center with custom shortcuts and toggles. I would love to change the shortcuts in Control Center on my iPhone to applications I actually use, like Calcbot, Fantastical, or Pocket Scale.

Sega to Remove Low Quality Games From App Store

Mallory Day, writing on the Sega Blog:

At SEGA we are committed to making fun, high-quality mobile games and it is with our fans’ best playing experience in mind that we announce the removal of a number of games from our back catalogue. It is important for us to ensure that all of our fans, regardless of platform or operating system, have a great playing experience and after evaluating our complete list of titles, we have determined that a number of them no longer meet our standards.

They will be removing these titles from app stores over the next few weeks, but there’s no word on what specific games will be affected by this.

I think its wise for them to get rid of some of their older, lower quality titles from app stores. For many of these games, they aren’t likely to recoup the costs necessary to update them for the latest version of iOS. But, they also don’t want any negative backlash from customers paying $2.99 for a game that doesn’t fill the entire screen on their brand new iPhone.

I can imagine some of these games returning in the future, though. Maybe they’ll release some sort of remastered collection that includes titles from the early days of the App Store with enhanced graphics and new levels.

(Via 9 to 5 Mac.)

First look at App Analytics

Jordan Kahn takes a look at Apple’s new App Analytics beta which offers developers details on their users and application usage.

Patrick Rhone is Ending Minimal Mac

Minimal Mac is a site I’ve drawn a great deal of inspiration from over the years and is the reason I ultimately hired Aaron Mahnke to design the site’s logo.

If you’ve enjoyed the site, as I have, I suggest purchasing Minimal Mac: What We Believe In, a compilation of the best posts and quotes from the site’s six year lifespan. It’s available as an eBook on Gumroad or in a print edition from Lulu.com. Patrick has also opened up sales on the Minimal Mac t-shirt which will be available to order until May 20.

How a Company Treats Its Customers

Brian X. Chen, regarding the current state of product reviews:

The product evaluations neglect to mention the quality of a company’s customer service, which becomes the most important factor of all when problems or questions related to the product come up.

I learned this lesson from a bizarre experience with a Samsung oven that I bought last year. This was no impulse purchase — I researched brands and appliances for days. But even that didn’t help.

It took seven visits for a technician to determine that Chen’s Samsung oven was defective. And after all that, Samsung’s support center dragged the process out for five months before issuing a partial refund and reimbursement for the damages to his kitchen.

He goes on to suggest that product reviews should take into consideration the company’s support services, and I tend to agree. My fiancée and I purchased a Samsung television late last year upon the recommendation of The Wirecutter, but if I had read stories like this about their customer service I probably would have considered other options.

I might never need to contact Samsung’s customer service for my television and, even if I do, I might not have a bad experience like Chen has. But, companies that treat their customers poorly don’t deserve my business. In the future, I’m far more likely to read what I can about a company’s customer service before making a purchase.

Applebot, Apple’s Web Crawler

This begs the question, will Apple release a web search product? Or, is Applebot just a Spotlight and Siri play? Only time will tell, but I think controlling the customers experience from the hardware all the way to web search is worth something. It’s just a matter of whether or not Apple wants to be in that business.

Redacted for Mac Makes Top Paid Apps List

Sam Soffes opens the books on Redacted for mac’s first day of sales. As it turns out, 59 sales in the Mac App Store is all you need to get the #8 spot on the top paid apps list in the US. That’s a pretty bad sign for the overall health of the Mac App Store.

The Secret Apple Watch Port Should Probably Stay Hidden

Jeremy Horowitz, regarding third-party band makers use of the Apple Watch diagnostic port:

Stop before you spend $250 to order an accessory that might never arrive or work properly. […]

While conspiracy theorists will come up with all sorts of explanations for a hidden port, the two key reasons for the Apple Watch to have it are for diagnostics and performing guaranteed reliable firmware updates.

I would avoid buying any accessories that use the Apple Watch’s diagnostic port. That is, unless you fully understand that it might not work at all or will eventually stop working in the future.

Everything Changes with iPad

It’s a good ad and a great campaign, but I wish they would have produced commercials for each of the tasks instead of just the one compilation spot. I think it would be beneficial to the iPad as a brand if they spent time focusing on individual things it can do rather than trying to pitch it as a whole in 90 seconds.

Using the Apple Watch Hands-Free

A great tip from Jeff Benjamin at iDownLoadBlog, explaining how to perform various actions on the Apple Watch using the “hey, Siri” command.

Apple’s ‘iPad Pro’ May Feature Bluetooth Stylus, Force Touch, NFC

Neil Hughes, writing for AppleInsider:

Apple is indeed working on a larger iPad which will feature a number of changes, including an all-new Bluetooth stylus accessory with pressure sensitivity, support for Force Touch input, and a USB-C connector, AppleInsider has learned.

The Bluetooth stylus seems a bit odd, but I look at this as simply more smoke indicating the existence of a fire.

Apple TV Gets CBS Sports and USA Now

The USA Now channel requires a cable subscription for most of its content, but it doesn’t look like the CBS Sports channel does.

Apple Launches Official ‘Made for Apple Watch’ Bands Program

“Bands must not integrate magnetic chargers.” And, there’s no mention of the Apple Watch’s hidden diagnostic port.

Apple TV Remote to Get Redesign

Brian X. Chen, writing for The New York Times:

When Apple introduces its new TV box this summer, the remote control will gain a touch pad and also be slightly thicker than the current version, according to an employee briefed on the product, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the device was confidential.

My only hope is that Apple doesn’t remove IR from the set top box. I know there’s a lot of people that absolutely hate IR and would prefer Bluetooth or some other wireless technology, but I am obsessed with my Logitech Harmony remotes. And, I don’t want to give up the ability to control my entire home theater setup with a single remote.

Forget Third-Party Faces, Give Me Custom Complications

Anthony Harrison, writing on the Eastwood Blog:

As a developer, what excites me the most is the opportunity to create ‘complications’ for these Apple designed watch faces.

He built some mockup complications for his favorite apps and they look great. And as someone who listens to a lot of podcasts, I especially like the idea of seeing the time remaining on the current episode in Overcast right on my wrist.

I Don’t Need an Apple Watch, I Want One

I loved this bit by John Gruber’s on the Apple Watch:

It’s about desire, not necessity. Convenience, fun, and style are not needs. They’re wants. And people will gladly pay for what they want. The iPad faced similar misguided criticism. How many times did you hear or read someone say of the iPad, “Why would anyone who already has a phone and a laptop need a iPad?” That was the wrong question, because almost no one needed an iPad. The right question was “Why would someone who has a phone and laptop also want an iPad?”

My thinking about the Apple Watch has slowly changed over time since it was first announced in September of last year. I’ve realized that, as foolish as this sounds, I don’t care as much about what features it has or what it does beyond the obvious. I don’t really know if it needs a “killer app.” Simply displaying the time and a few other bits of information and, more importantly, being an attractive fashion accessory might just be enough.

The Apple Watch isn’t going to drastically change the way I live my life or how I go about my day. But, I want one. I certainly don’t need one — no one does. But, maybe this is the first gadget that I don’t have to justify the existence of — I can own one because I want one and stop trying to find reasons why I have to have it.

Emoji Trends on Instagram

Instagram did an analysis on the usage of emoji in captions and comments on the service. From the time Apple released the emoji keyboard for iOS in October 2011, the use of emojis has skyrocketed. Now, nearly half of all text on the site contains emoji characters.

They applied some natural language processing to determine what words are semantically similar to some of the more popular emoji characters — essentially finding the definition of emojis. I’m not much of an emoji user (never typed a single one) but I do find this fascinating. It’s incredible how popular emoji has become and I love that someone is taking a step back to try and figure out what this phenomenon really is and how it’s changing our vocabulary.

Rumored ‘iPad Pro’ Dimensions Seen in Renderings

There’s no telling whether or not this rendering is accurate, but where there’s smoke there’s typically fire. I doubt I would be interested in a device like this. I think I’d find the size a little bit too unwieldy for my use. But, a new form factor could be what Apple needs to start pushing the needle up on iPad sales.

Apple Watch and Tattoos

From an Apple Watch support document:

Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.

If you have tattoos on your wrist and have been trouble getting consistent heart rate readings, this could be why.

(Via 9 to 5 Mac.)

 

Neven Mrgan’s First Week Without an Apple Watch

“Glances, for instance, don’t respond for four to six weeks after ordering.”

Tesla Motors Announces Powerwall

Powerwall is a battery system designed to store energy for homes, companies, and utilities. The batteries can serve as backup systems during blackouts, store solar energy to be used during peak hours (when energy costs are at their highest), or allow owners to live completely off the energy grid.

The batteries will ship later this year and come in two models, 7kwh for $3,000 and 10kwh for $3,500

Apple Offers App Analytics Sign-Ups to Developers

Zac Hall, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple has started offering registered developers the chance to sign-up and test its upcoming App Analytics feature first announced last year at WWDC. Developers have been awaiting the service since it was announced following Apple’s acquisition of TestFlight (and FlightPath), a service which offered its own analytics features.

A Hulu Subscriber for Life

Joe Caiati on the recent news of Hulu securing exclusive streaming rights for Seinfeld:

after yesterday’s news of them getting exclusive streaming rights to every episode of Seinfeld, they now have me as a subscriber for life (unless they lose the streaming rights and Seinfeld moves to another service.)

This was the smartest move Hulu could have ever made business-wise and although they’ve reportedly paid a hefty amount (~1 million) per 20-minute episode, I know many people who wouldn’t have given Hulu a second thought that are now going to subscribe to the service just because Seinfeld is now on it.

If Hulu doesn’t plan to go the route of producing their own content, like Amazon and Netflix have, then securing rights to high value syndicated content is the next best thing.

They haven’t won me over yet, though. Just a few weeks before this announcement I purchased the entire series of Seinfeld on DVD which I’m currently in the process of ripping to my media server.

Microsoft Build Developer Conference

Eric Ravenscraft runs down all of the important Microsoft announcements at their Build developer conference on Wednesday.

Tabletop Deathmatch Season 2

A couple of weeks ago, Cards Against Humanity published the final episode of Tabletop Deathmatch —  an independent game design contest and web show where the winner gets a retail display at Card Kingdom, a booth at GenCon 2015, and their first print run paid for by Cards Against Humanity. I was a huge fan of the first season and, now having finished the second, this year’s is even better. If you’re at all interested in board games you should give the show a try.

I do want to suggest an alternative watching strategy than just going in sequential order, though. The show spends the first eight episodes talking about each of the games and having a play test session with people who don’t affect the outcome of the contest. The second eight episodes (9-16) has each of the game designers introducing their game to the judges and then doing a play-through with them. And, the final episode shows the judges arguing the reletive merits of each game and ultimately deciding the winner.

Once I realized that the season was constructed in this way I decided to watch both episodes about the same game back to back before moving on to the next one. I felt it flowed a bit better and spread out my favorite part of the show, the judges. I’m not sure if I would have stuck through until the end of the season if not for watching it this way.

Watching gamers game is fun, but the opinions of the players in the first half of the season are inconsequential to the outcome of the contest. And, it was a bit of a mixed bag in terms of entertainment as the show is heavily reliant on how interesting the people on screen are. And, the judges are by far the most interesting and entertaining people on the show.

If I was going to rewatch the show I’d watch in the following order: 1, 9, 2, 10,  3, 11, 4, 12, 5, 13, 6, 14, 7, 15, 8, 16, 17.

JustWatch

A really neat streaming search engine that shows you what Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and others have to offer. You can select the services you have access to and it will only show you content available from those sources.

The Snow Leopard Moment

Stephen Hackett explains what the phrase “Snow Leopard moment” means and why many of us in the Apple community are hoping for one with iOS 9.

Featured On Tim Cook’s Keynote

A great story by Frederic Filloux of how the application Replay came to be featured during the iPad Air 2 announcement last October.

Regarding Slowing iPad Growth

John Gruber on the relatively mediocre iPad sales announced at Monday’s earnings call:

My reading on this: lots of people are still buying their first iPad — 40 percent of sales in the U.S., a remarkable 70 percent in China. So the market for “tablets” is not saturated. Usage numbers and customer satisfaction are high too, so it’s not that people who bought iPads previously aren’t happy with them. The problem, thus, is that older iPads continue to work just fine. People don’t replace them every two or three years like they do with their phones.

Part of me worries that, in addition to Gruber’s reasoning, Apple isn’t giving potential buyers enough reasons to purchase a new iPad. Aside from the ever shrinking thickness of both the chassis and the bezel, improving the display, and adding a few color options (which I would consider all to be minor iterations), Apple hasn’t really done anything in the way of hardware redesigns since the iPad mini in 2012.

I think one of the reasons Apple has been so successful with their other product lines is by introducing drastic new hardware designs every yeat or two. This gives existing customers the feeling that the devices they have are old which encourages them to upgrade. And, it gives potential new customers something different that could attract them to switch where previous designs couldn’t.

It feels like the driving force behind the iPad’s hardware development is the internal components instead of the aesthetics of the design. This feels a lot more like the way Apple develops their Mac lineup and less like the iPhone or iPod during its hey day. This could mean we’ll see a brand new iPad design every few years and I hope we’re coming up on it soon.

I also don’t want to discount the possability of cannibalization by larger screen iPhones. If you only have room in your budget for one device but are interested in the iPad, the iPhone 6 Plus seems like the logical choice.

A Good Podcast Listen, Now

Speaking of podcasting, Dave Winer recently launched his podcast project, podcatch.com. The site aggregates all of the shows his friends suggested when he put out a call earlier this month. I’ll be keeping an eye on it for new shows I might enjoy — I occassionally get in a podcasting rut and something like this will help freshen up my feeds from time to time.

SoundCloud Doubles Down on Podcasting

Jefferson Graham, writing for USA Today:

SoundCloud is opening its podcasting doors to the general public today, promising an easy way for anyone to grab a mic, start recording and have their work hosted online. […]

While it starts off as free, those who become serious will find themselves wanting to pay. Registered users to SoundCloud can upload just three hours of audio for free. After that, SoundCloud offers two tiers of service: Pro is $55 yearly, and lets you upload six hours monthly, while Unlimited is $135 yearly.

Seems competitively priced when compared to other services available. If you’re thinking about starting a show, I’d consider giving SoundCloud a look.

Watch Apps Whose Primary Function is Telling Time Will be Rejected

There’s that “duplicates existing functionality” rule I predicted last week.

The Lack of Basic Alignment

Rene Ritchie has found the difference between Apple and Samsung’s industrial design. And, once seen it can never be un-seen.

David Smith’s Random Apple Watch Observations

David Smith regarding the potential inconsistencies with the Watch’s activity tracking:

The activity tracking gets really confused by walking while pushing a stroller (something I do a lot). It counted roughly 40% less steps than my iPhone in my pocket for a long walk we did on Saturday. Certainly understandable since my wrist isn’t moving much while holding onto the stroller but frustrating nevertheless. I wish it would have more intelligently combined the data from my iPhone with the Watch to get a more holistically accurate picture.

He also notes something interesting about the heartbeats that are sent to other Apple Watch users with Digital Touch:

Also, it is worth noting that the heartbeat you send with that communication feature isn’t your real-time heartbeat. Based on what I can gather it looks to be based on the last measured value the Watch has. This is typically within a few minutes but still feels slightly less ‘intimate’.

This isn’t what I expected given Apple’s marketing of the heartbeat sending feature, but I hope this is something they plan on revisiting in future software updates.

Complicated

Casey Liss on third-party complications:

Not having used a Watch for more than a few minutes, I don’t really know how glances and apps will fit into my life. Nevertheless, in many cases, I can think of scenarios where just a few characters of information may be enough to convey all I need to know. Perhaps in much the same way that your next calendar entry can be shown in well under 50 characters.

Imagine a way in which just a few characters of information can provide everything you need to know about something. It wouldn’t require any interaction with the watch; simply raising your wrist and looking down would get you the information you need.

Casey goes on to list several potential uses for complications and points out that Jason Snell has also been thinking along the same lines.

Third-party complications are a no brainer — as long as Apple believes it can continue offering reasonable battery life with them enabled. But, I think it’s only a matter of time before they finish up the APIs and hand it off to developers.

Apple Reports Record Second Quarter Results

I’d also suggest reading the fantastic coverage on MacStories by Federico Viticci and Tim Cook’s remarks from the call on Six Colors as transcribed by Jason Snell.

Google Announces Project Fi

Nick Fox, Google Vice President of Communications Products, writing on the official Google Blog:

Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to work in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and all of you to push the boundaries of what’s possible. By designing across hardware, software and connectivity, we can more fully explore new ways for people to connect and communicate. Two of the top mobile networks in the U.S.—Sprint and T-Mobile—are partnering with us to launch Project Fi and now you can be part of the project too.

Project Fi is an MVNO built on Sprint and T-Mobile’s cellular network which claims to seamlessly switch between the two networks and Wi-Fi depending on whichever will provide the fastest connection in your current location. The service starts at $20 a month for talk, text, tethering, and international coverage. As for data costs, it’s a simple $10 per gigabyte. And if you don’t use all of the data from your chosen plan, you’ll receive credit for your unused data.

At launch, the Nexus 6 is the only device supported by Project Fi and you’ll need to request an invite if you’re interested in using the service.

Project Fi sounds great in concept, but my biggest concern would be what all this network switching is going to do to your device’s battery life. We’ll have to wait and see what reviewers experience when they put it through its paces.

Apple to Offer Band Only Exchanges for Apple Watch

Juli Clover, writing for MacRumors:

Apple is planning to offer customers an opportunity to exchange only their Apple Watch bands rather than an entire Apple Watch if a band is the wrong size or the wrong style. […]

A band swap, according to an internal employee training document, can potentially save the customer time as it eliminates the need to set up and sync an entirely new watch.

This is how it should be done. I can’t imagine how annoying it would be if you had to get a whole new Watch just because you weren’t happy with your initial band choice.

 

Complications on Apple Watch Appear to Run as Extensions

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has discovered that Apple Watch complications seem to run remotely as extensions (out-of-process). This leaves open the possibility for Apple to give developers access to the necessary APIs to build complications into their apps.

I continue to believe (as I wrote last week) that Apple will slowly give access to more and more customization features and APIs over the course of the next few years, similarly to how they developed the iPhone ecosystem. We aren’t going to get everything all at once and the Apple Watch that you have on your wrist in 5 years will be drastically different in both hardware and software than the one you have today.

(Via MacStories Weekly.)

Apple’s iPod Lineup to See Refresh This Year

Neil Hughes, reporting for AppleInsider:

A source familiar with Apple’s future product plans indicated that Apple’s iPods — specifically the largest-screened model, the iPod touch — are expected to see an update later this year.

The source suggested that Apple could retain the same 4-inch screen size as the current iPod touch model, though they didn’t offer any certainty on that front.

He goes on to suggest that Apple is likely to reuse parts from the iPhone lineup in the new iPod touch. But, what if the iPod touch is to the Apple Watch what the iPad is to the iPhone? What if, instead of reusing parts from the iPhone, Apple builds a beefier version of the S1 (maybe call it the S1X) that’s intended to run a full installation of iOS?

There’s no need to worry about Apple having economies of scale with the iPhone, they’re going to continue selling enough units to be able to maintain inexpensive manufacturing costs. But, building efficiencies in the manufacturing of the Watch is a little more difficult. Even if the Watch is a smash-hit it’s unlikely to ever outsell the iPhone.

Sharing parts (or similar parts, as the case may be) between the Apple Watch and iPod touch could be a clever way to get the manufacturing of both products combined up to a scale that’s closer to that of the iPhone. This, of course, would help lower the cost to manufacture those parts and help keep their margins high while maintaining a price point that doesn’t have the benefit of beingobfuscated by cellular contract subsidies.

Or, they could just continue designing the iPod touch with the same parts they’ve used in previous iPhone models. But, thinking about the iPod touch as more of a peer to the Apple Watch than the iPhone makes a lot of sense to me.

Apple Watch User Guide

Well worth browsing if you decided to pre-order the Watch or if you’re thinking about ordering one.

What Happened to the Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie

In addition to the missing Photos and Timelapse watch faces I mentioned in my piece from last week, Thomas Ricker points out that the Apple Watch is also missing the walkie-talkie feature announced in September. Personally, I’m actually quite happy that Apple decided to remove the feature — I remember how annoying it was being stuck in the same room as someone who loved the Nextel push-to-talk functionality. I hope Apple has enough sense to forget they ever mentioned it.