All Things Apple Weekend Update – 19th April 2015

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss –

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 19th April 2015

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Apple Announces Dates for WWDC 2015: June 8-12

Kids Choose Between an iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy

Random Apple Watch Thoughts – Liss is More

iPhone 6 Plus Review – MacStories

Apple Announces ResearchKit Available Today for Developers and Medical Researchers – MacRumors

Microsoft + iPhone – Thurrot

A Look at LinX Camera Technology That Could Appear in Future iOS Devices – MacRumors

Apple refreshes Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor with new features – iDownloadBlog

Photos for OS X Review – MacStories

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Apple Announces Dates for WWDC 2015: June 8-12

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Earlier today, Apple has announced the dates for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which this year will be held between June 8-12 in San Francisco. Apple is expected to unveil the next versions of its OS X and iOS operating systems at the event, which will feature over 1,000 Apple engineers, 100 technical sessions, hands on labs, and the annual Apple Design Awards.

Developers can begin to apply for tickets in order to attend WWDC 2015 starting today upto April 17 at 10 AM PT based on a lottery system. Registered developers must have signed up to the iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program or Mac Developer Program as of the WWDC 2015 announcement on April 14 at 5:30 AM PT to be eligible for a chance at tickets. The tickets will cost $1,599 and Apple will inform the winners (chosen randomly) of the lottery system once they are picked.

As always, WWDC scholarships will also be in place. Apple requires developers between 13-17 years of age to have their submission completed by their parent or guardian, after which their application will be reviewed.

Speaking specifically about the invite, as Gruber pointed out, I’m pretty certain that there will be an Apple TV related announcement at this year’s WWDC. Not only does the center of the invite look like an Apple TV, the colorful shapes look awfully similar to the buttons you would find on current TVs.

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Apple II Watch

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I came across this printable Apple II Watch concept on the Instructables website, and now I really want one. The DIY Apple II Watch was conceptualized by an Instructables user called Aleator777. It basically resembles the Apple II, featuring a 1.8inch LCD screen (that displays everything in black or green), a 3D printed beige enclosure, a 3.1 microcontroller, and a hand-woven strap. Nuff said.
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All Things Apple Weekend Update – 12th April 2015

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Weekend Update is a weekly dose of All Things Apple. We curate the best Apple related articles that have been published throughout the week. These include news pieces, guides, editorials and even reviews. Here is this weeks curation of Apple related articles, by us and others that you cannot afford to miss –

All Things Apple Weekend Update – 12th April 2015

Pharrell Williams and His Apple Watch

Instagram Adds New “Fade” and “Color” Features

Apple Releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3

Apple Begins Taking Pre-Orders for Apple Watch

Apple Watch Sold Out in Less Than 6 Hours as Shipping Times Slip on All Models – MacRumors

Review: The new 12-inch MacBook is a laptop without an ecosystem – MacWorld

The Apple Watch – Daring Fireball

The Invisible Design Behind the Apple Watch’s Many Faces – Wired

The future of Apple Watch and Apps – The Tech Block

Beats Launches New Solo2 Wireless Headphones in iPhone Colors – MacRumors

Initial Thoughts on the New Photos – MacSparky

Apple Watch and accessibility: First look – iMore

Review: Photos for OS X is faster than iPhoto but less powerful than Aperture – MacWorld

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Apple Begins Taking Pre-Orders for Apple Watch

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As announced earlier this month, Apple has begun taking pre-orders for the Apple Watch on its online stores across several of the first wave countries. The Apple Watch can now be ordered in nine countries, including – Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US. Customers who pre-order their Apple Watch can have it shipped for delivery beginning April 24.

The Apple Watch starts at $349 for the Apple Watch Sport, $549 for the stainless steel Apple Watch, and $10,000 for the gold Apple Watch Edition.

The Apple Watch will officially go on sale on the 24th of April, but starting today, customers visiting an Apple Store will be able to view all three collections and get hands on with Apple Watch. As part of the Demo, customers will be able to browse and edit different watch faces, and learn about Apple Watch’s health and fitness features, Digital Touch, Siri, Apple Pay, and more.

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Apple Releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 and iOS 8.3

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Apple has just released OS X 10.10.3, finally bringing the new Photos app that works with iCloud Photo Library from iOS 8 to OS X.  Apart from the Photos app, the update also brings support for 300 Emoji characters.

As always, users can download the update through the Mac App Store.

OS X 10.10.3 Change-log

The OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update includes the new Photos app and improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. 

The update also includes the following improvements: 
- Adds over 300 new Emoji characters 
- Adds Spotlight suggestions to Look up 
- Prevents Safari from saving website favicon URLs used in Private Browsing 
- Improves stability and security in Safari 
- Improves WiFi performance and connectivity in various usage scenarios 
- Improves compatibility with captive Wi-Fi network environments 
- Fixes an issue that may cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect 
- Improves screen sharing reliability

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Apple has also released iOS 8.3 for the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch. The update brings several new features and improvements to the operating system, including support for 300 new Emoji characters, improvements to CarPlay, a  variety of new languages for Siri, among other bug-fixes and improvements.

As always, you can get the update “Over the Air” through your phone, or through iTunes.

iOS 8.3 Change-log (via MacRumors)

Improved performance for: 
- App launch 
- App responsiveness 
- Messages 
- Wi-Fi 
- Control Center 
- Safari tabs 
- 3rd-party keyboards 
- Keyboard shortcuts 
- Simplified Chinese keyboard 

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes 
- Fixes an issue where you could be continuously prompted for login credentials 
- Addresses an issue where some devices disconnect intermittently from Wi-Fi networks 
- Fixes an issue where hands-free phone calls could become disconnected 
- Fixes an issue where audio playback could stop working with some bluetooth speakers 

Orientation and rotation fixes 
- Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented rotating back to portrait after having rotated to landscape 
- Improves performance and stability issues that occurred when rotating the device between portrait and landscape 
- Fixes an issue where device orientation appeared upside down after pulling the iPhone 6 Plus from your pocket 
- Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented apps from rotating to correct orientation after switching apps in multitasking 

Messages fixes 
- Addresses issues that caused group messages to sometimes split 
- Fixes an issue that sometimes removed the ability to forward or delete individual messages 
- Resolves an issue that sometimes prevented a preview from appearing when taking a photo in Messages 
- Adds the ability to report junk messages directly from the Messages app 
- Adds the ability to filter out iMessages that are not sent by your contacts 

Family Sharing fixes 
- Fixes a bug where certain apps would not launch or update on family members’ devices 
- Fixes a bug that prevented family members from downloading certain free apps 
- Increased reliability for Ask to Buy notifications 

CarPlay fixes 
- Fixes an issue where Maps could come up as a black screen 
- Fixes an issue where the UI could be incorrectly rotated 
- Fixes an issue where the keyboard could appear on the CarPlay screen when it shouldn’t 

Enterprise fixes 
- Improves reliability of installing and updating enterprise apps 
- Corrects the time zone of Calendar events created in IBM Notes 
- Fixes a problem that could cause web clip icons to become generic after restarting 
- Improves reliability of saving the password for a web proxy 
- Exchange out-of-office message can now be edited separately for external replies 
- Improves recovery of Exchange accounts from temporary connection problems 
- Improves compatibility of VPN and web proxy solutions 
- Allows use of physical keyboards to log into Safari web sheets, such as for joining a public Wi-Fi network 
- Fixes an issue that caused Exchange meetings with long notes to be truncated 

Accessibility fixes 
- Fixes an issue where using the back button in Safari causes VoiceOver gestures to not respond 
- Fixes an issue where VoiceOver focus becomes unreliable in draft Mail messages
- Fixes an issue where Braille Screen Input cannot be used to type text in forms on webpages 
- Fixes an issue where toggling Quick Nav on a Braille Display announces that Quick Nav is off 
- Fixes an issue keeping app icons from being moveable on home screen when VoiceOver is enabled 
- Fixes an issue in Speak Screen where speech will not start again after pausing 

Other improvements and bug fixes 
- Introduces a redesigned Emoji keyboard with over 300 new characters 
- iCloud Photo Library has been optimized to work with the new Photos app on OS X 10.10.3 and is now out of beta 
- Improves the pronunciation of street names during turn-by-turn navigation in Maps 
- Includes support for Baum VarioUltra 20 and VarioUltra 40 braille displays 
- Improves the display of Spotlight results when Reduce Transparency is turned on 
- Adds Italic and Underline format options for iPhone 6 Plus landscape keyboard 
- Adds the ability to remove shipping and billing addresses used with Apple Pay 
- Additional language and country support for Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey) 
- Additional dictation languages: Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) and Hebrew (Israel) 
- Improves stability for Phone, Mail, Bluetooth connectivity, Photos, Safari tabs, Settings, Weather and Genius Playlists in Music 
- Addresses an issue where Slide to Unlock could fail to work on certain devices 
- Addresses an issue that sometimes prevented swiping to answer a phone call on the Lock screen 
- Addresses an issue that prevented opening links in Safari PDFs 
- Fixes an issue where selecting Clear History and Website Data in Safari Settings did not clear all data 
- Fixes an issue that prevented autocorrecting “FYI” 
- Addresses an issue where contextual predictions did not appear in Quick Reply 
- Fixes an issue where Maps did not enter night mode from hybrid mode 
- Resolves an issue that prevented initiating FaceTime calls from a browser or 3rd-party app using FaceTime URLs 
- Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented photos from properly exporting to Digital Camera Image folders on Windows 
- Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented an iPad backup from completing with iTunes 
- Fixes an issue that could cause Podcast downloads to stall when switching from Wi-Fi to cellular networks 
- Fixes an issue where remaining time on timer would sometimes incorrectly display as 00:00 on Lock screen 
- Fixes an issue that sometimes prevented adjusting call volume 
- Fixes an issue that caused the status bar to sometimes appear when it shouldn’t

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Instagram Adds New “Fade” and “Color” Features

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Earlier today, Instagram announced that it is adding two new features to the Instagram app called ‘Fade’ and ‘Color.’ The fade feature seems similar to the one found in VSCO Cam (a feature that I use excessively on most of my pictures). Color on the other hand, brings the ability to tint the highlights or shadows within photos with choices of yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, cyan and green.

According to TechCrunch, Instagram will also be adding a new feature that basically provides alerts for individual accounts, allowing you to receive push notifications when your favorite users post updates.

The update, which is named as build 6.10.0 for iOS, is available today on Android, and will be rolling out to iOS over the next few days. If you don’t already have it, you can find the Instagram app on the App Store for free.

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Pharrell Williams and His Apple Watch

During Monday’s airing of NBC singing competition “The Voice,” Pharrell, who is a judge on the show, was seen sporting what appears to be a stainless steel Apple Watch with white polymer bracelet.

Pharrell is the first celebrity to show up in a highly public setting wearing an Apple Watch without Apple’s supervision. Prior to today, other notables — mostly fashion models — posed as cover models in major print publications like Self, the UK’s Style, Elle Australia, Fitness First, Hong Kong’s East Touch and Canada’s Flare.

Whether planned or not, this is great PR for Apple. The Apple Watch is as much of a fashion product as it is a tech product, and I can’t think of many celebrities who can boast the kind of image Pharrell does when it comes to his fashion sense. I am guessing that we will see more occurences of celebrities wearing the Watch, leading up to it’s launch.

Also, not that it matters, but to me it looks like Pharrell is wearing a 38mm Apple Watch Edition (Gold), with a pink strap. The 38mm variant looks really sleek, and I think that I might go with the 38mm stainless steel variant with a leather strap.

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