It's official: Apple Watch preorders are off the chart. Within two minutes, shipping times slipped from a range of April 24th through May 8th to a range of May 13th through May 27th. Within a half hour, shipping estimates had slipped to June.
Apple released iTunes 12.1.2 on Thursday following Wednesday's release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 and the new Photos app for the Mac. Apple's release notes say the iTunes update improves import and syncing support from the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch into Photos.
Along with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, Apple released iOS 8.3 on Wednesday. The release notes for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch update say it includes performance improvements, bug fixes, and a redesigned emoji keyboard—none of which comes as a surprise since the 8.3 update has been available as a public beta.
Apple released OS X Yosemite Recovery Update 1.0 on Wednesday. The update, "improves the reliability of Yosemite Recovery when restoring from a Time Machine backup."
Apple released OS X 10.10.3 on Wednesday, an update that includes the long-awaited Photos app. Photos replaces Apple's popular iPhoto software, as well as the company's professional software, Aperture. The update also includes new Emoji characters, adds Spotlight suggestions to Look Up, improves Wi-Fi, and more.
There are several, perhaps daunting, tasks to building a website. One, which the Sandvox OS X app makes easier, is the the design and structuring of a website without knowing much (or any) HTML. Underappreciated, however, is the messy mechanics of setting up a domain and managing access to the site behind the scenes. The new Sandvox 2.10 addresses that beautifully—in Applesque fashion.
The Omni Group is taking its iPhone and iPad apps and smashing them together into universal apps that run on both devices. The the latest to reap the benefits of those efforts is OmniFocus 2.1 for the iPad, which now runs on the iPhone, too.
Goldgenie announced plans for customized Apple Watches. "Spectrum" Apple Watches will be ordinary stainless steel Apple Watch or gold Apple Watch Edition, but they will have a layer of diamonds smeared on them for those who need a little extra something-something. The company will also layer a stainless steel Apple Watch 24k Gold, Rose Gold or Platinum.
Apple Store staff are training to ensure customers have a full jewelry counter-style experience when trying and buying the Apple Watch. Contrary to recent reports, our sources tell us the appointment-only process will accommodate walk-ins using a system similar to one recently instituted at Genius Bars worldwide.
Adonit and Evernote introduced the new Jot Script 2 Evernote Edition pressure sensitive stylus on Tuesday with improved precision and a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts through up to 20 hours of use. The new stylus also includes six months of Evernote Premium, and better support for Evernote's Penultimate app for the iPad.
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Fine-point iPad styluses are tricky to get right. The original Jot Script was really good, so seeing an improved version come out is a welcome surprise.
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