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Developing Next-Generation Apps for the Apple Watch

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The word is out! The new Apple Watch is coming your way in early 2015, providing a brand new platform and great opportunities for a new category of apps. In this post I'll cover some of the basic features available for app developers so you can begin thinking about how these features can be put to use in your own custom apps.



Apple's Very Smart Watch

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The smartwatch. Manufacturers have been trying to deliver on the promise of a full-featured wrist gadget for years. The pitfalls are plentiful: Battery Life. Charging. Water Resistance. Rugged Display. Comfort. Fashion. Features and interface. Price. With the Apple Watch, Tim Cook and Jony Ive’s team have addressed almost all of these areas of concern with Apple’s traditional attention to detail.



Apple Announcement Roundup

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Today Apple announced some long anticipated new products and upgrades at an event near their headquarters in Cupertino, California. Though we worried that Apple might leave us disappointed, quite a few of our predictions were spot on this year, and we were pleasantly surprised with many of Apple’s newest innovations.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus



AppleWatch is Stunning Display of Attention to Detail and Vision

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I couldn't have been more impressed with the Apple Watch. It got huge play today at the event, and I feel that despite all the details presented, that information only scratched the surface. Once again Apple has shown extraordinary vision and attention to detail. Just like the iPhone created a new world of possibilities so too does the Apple Watch. It's yet another multipurpose tool that has an amazing array of uses. You can access apps such as Maps and Music and Health, you can use it to make calls or send messages, you can use it as a watch, you can use it to make mobile payments, you can use it as a health and fitness device, and more. Plus, the WatchKit platform lets developers create apps and notifications.



Vainglory Shows Off iOS 8's Next-Generation Video Gaming

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Vainglory is an upcoming iOS MOBA game that was demoed at today's Apple event. It showed of just a smidgen of what iOS 8's new gaming interface Metal is capable of doing. It's interesting that Apple picked a MOBA to feature at today's event, considering how immensely popular (and profitable) as a professional eSport the genre has become. They clearly consider themselves legitimate contenders in the high stakes arena of professional gaming.



The Impact of Apple Watch on Health and Fitness

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The Apple Watch was announced earlier today and it, along with the Health app, will change the way we are able to interact with our iPhones. The Apple Watch does double duty as an all day fitness tracker (Activity app) and a sports watch (Workout app). The wide variety of data it collects makes it easy for the Apple Watch to track different types of activity.

These are the key components of fitness portion of the Apple Watch:



Apple Closes Today's Event by Offering New U2 Album Free

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As was rumored, today's event ended with a performance by the band U2. And to top it off, Apple announced that U2's new album Songs of Innocence is available in the iTunes Store for free. 



ApplePay -- Taking Mobile Payments to a New Level

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What an event it has been, with the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the spectacular Apple Watch. Also announced today was Apple Pay, Apple's new mobile payment system that will work with both the new iPhones and the new Apple Watch. The new devices have a near field communication (NFC) chip that works with mobile payment processing terminals at 200,000 merchant locations. To make a purchase you simply touch your device to the terminal, and then tap the Touch ID. That's it. Apple calls it "one-touch checkout." 



Apple Offers More

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More. We were promised more by Apple and by the blogosphere, and today, we got it. The iPhone 6, a larger version of the iPhone 5, was a given, thanks to the success that Samsung and others have received by filling in that gap. But in addition to that, Apple didn't stop with just "one more thing" but gave us a lot more. Let's recap some of those "gifts."



Unveiled: The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been unveiled, let's take a quick look at some of the innovative and original new features this new iDevice will deliver.



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