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Apple Music’s Video Embeds ➝

Jordan Kahn, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

While we’ve known it has been hosting videos for artists using its own video player inside Apple Music, Apple quietly started adding an embed button to the video player that takes it out of Apple Music and makes it sharable across the rest of the web. The feature is notable for a few reasons and could mean big things to come for Apple, video, and its relationship with YouTube and other competitive music and video services…

The new sharing option began appearing sometime in recent weeks as new videos from Drake and the company’s latest Apple Music ad featuring Kenny Chesney included an embed button on Apple’s usual video player. It’s currently hidden, only appearing on the videos in some locations and only when videos are copied from raw webpage code, but it looks to be something Apple could really exploit.

Apple News Will Have Human Editors ➝

Moving forward, one of the primary differentiating factors between Google and Apple is the use of algorithms to curate content. Google has built their company on algorithms while Apple has clearly drawn a line in the sand with their belief that human curation is the way to go. The two ideologies are as different as night and day, and they will influence every decision each of the two companies make. I think Apple is making the right choice, but it could be a decade or more before we know for sure.

ReplayKit Will Screen Record Gameplay and App Videos ➝

Jordain Kahn, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

With ReplayKit, developers will be able to offer users the ability to screen record gameplay or other apps automatically or manually with a single tap. Users will then be able to share recorded content through an iOS share sheet directly to social networks and video sharing sites. Apple pauses all incoming notifications and anything that might ruin the gameplay video experience, and only users will have access to the recorded videos.

I’ve considered recording gameplay videos of Hearthstone in the past, but decided against it because I only play on my iPad. I would have had to connect my iPad to my Mac and record the video in QuickTime, which is exactly why I abandoned the idea. I wanted a no fuss solution to screen recording in iOS 9 and Apple’s delivering just that.

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.

Customers Will Not Need an Appointment to Try on Apple Watch in Retail Stores ➝

Jordan Kahn, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple’s latest memo to retail employees, obtained by 9to5Mac, asks staff to prepare for several upcoming Apple Watch dates. Required final meetings and training will take place at the end of March, followed by online preorders on April 10, when the device will also arrive for “preview” in retail stores. In the memo, Apple confirms that appointments won’t be necessary to try on the device in stores, but they are recommended.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find the time to go to an Apple Store during the “preview” period, as I live over two hours away from my nearest Apple Store. But, I am excited to actually get my hands on one and try it out.

Apple Watch Straps Will Be Available to Purchase Separately at Launch ➝

Jordan Kahn, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

So far Apple has only shown the Watch in pre-assembled collections, which reduces their potential for customization, but our sources say that Apple’s retail outlets will be stocked on day one with individual straps so customers can easily mix and match the looks of their Watches.

I would’ve been surprised if this wasn’t the case. But, I’d also expect that some of the bands will be in limited quantities or will only be available in-box with the more expensive Apple Watch models.

The Experts Apple Hired to Build an Electric Car ➝

I wasn’t too sure about this whole car rumor at first, but at this point there’s just too much evidence showing that Apple is working on something. And, if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s probably a duck — or car, as the case may be.