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Jony Ive & Marc Newson discuss the design, usability,...

Yesterday, 11:08 PM

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As the Apple Watch arrives in the hands of customers, Vogue has shared a video interview with Jony Ive and Marc Newson, in which the two discuss the design process of the device. Ive and designer Newson both discuss the reasons that customers may purchase the Apple Watch, as well as their own opinions on the design and the choices that went into the design process. The interview, conducted by Suzy Menkes, was held at the Condé Nast International Luxury Conference in Florence, Italy.

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Marc Newson, when asked about the reason for Apple making a watch, said that the wrist seemed like the obvious next step for Apple and its future. “The wrist has always been, for hundreds of years, one of the best places on the body to put an object,” Newson said. “It’s not a new discovery.”

Jony Ive explained that his decision to design the Apple Watch with gold was based almost entirely on his love for the material. Price and the appeal of creating a luxury product did not play into the decision at all, he claimed.

The use of gold wasn’t driven by some predetermined price point. That absolutely wasn’t the reason we chose the material. We chose the material because we loved it. And we didn’t just buy it off the shelf, we designed our own gold and we loved its attributes and how it felt and its color and that it’s much harder than traditional goal. It really is our love of material that drives what we do.
Ive was then asked about his motivation to design beautiful products. The designer used the opportunity to point out that much of what he sees around him is carelessly designed with a predetermined price point and timetable.
Sadly, so much of our manufactured environment testifies to carelessness. It describes something that was built for a price point and on a timetable. We see that the objects we develop describe the people who made them and what they believe in.
Finally, Ive discussed how hard Apple worked to make the Apple Watch usable for everyone. Ive avoided the primary question of whether he thought the Watch was aimed at a younger crowd and instead said that if the device is seen as difficult to use by anyone, then Apple had failed.

I think that we’re on a path that is the same as the one that Apple was on in the seventies, which is trying make technology more approachable and personal. If people are saying they felt ostracized by and struggled to use the technology, then we failed.

What I know is our intent has remained the same and is consistent, which is to try to take what is remarkable tech in terms of its capability and utility and make it more and more personal. The consequences of that path I’m not aware of, other than that I hope people will like the Watch and find it personal and beautiful.

You can read our previous coverage of Jony Ive and Marc Newson’s interview with Vogue here.


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Organize apps on your Apple Watch Home Screen

Yesterday, 10:02 PM

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Apps on the Apple Watch appear as a honeycomb on the Home Screen. It’s fun and easy to use, but it quickly fills up with a dizzying array of icons. Here’s how to tame it. The Home Screen is accessedmf.gif


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Customize your Apple Watch settings

Yesterday, 10:00 PM

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Getting your Apple Watch set up is fairly basic, but to truly make this your own personal device, you’ll need to dig into the Apple Watch settings. You can do all of these things on the Apple Watch itself, butmf.gif


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How to set up your Apple Watch Friends screen

Yesterday, 08:38 PM

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After linking your new Apple Watch to your iPhone, your favorite contacts are automatically synced over. But to get the most from the device, you’ll want to make a couple of tweaks to the Apple Watch Friends screen. It’s truly onemf.gif


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How to sync and play music with your Apple Watch

Yesterday, 07:40 PM

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The Apple Watch doesn’t come with much onboard storage, but you can still add your own playlists to the watch and listen to your favorite tunes with some Bluetooth headphones or AirPlay speaker. To get the songs you want you’llmf.gif


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Set up your Apple Watch face the right way

Yesterday, 07:15 PM

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I was unprepared for the wealth of options when setting up my Apple Watch today. There are 10 watch faces to choose from, and each one has a crazy amount of options. The moon phases widget is pretty neat, butmf.gif


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How to set up Apple Pay on Apple Watch

Yesterday, 06:58 PM

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Using Apple Pay on Apple Watch is ridiculously easy. Once you get everything set up, all you have to do is double-click the side button and then hold the Watch face up to a terminal. Apple’s also made it super-easymf.gif


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How to Get Your Apple Watch Up and Running [iOS Blog]

Yesterday, 06:52 PM

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If you are one of the lucky few to receive your Apple Watch on launch day, you are probably excitedly going through the steps to setting up and customizing your device. With a completely new operating system to get used to, we’ve got a couple of tips for getting your Apple Watch ready for daily use.

Apple Watch Overview

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Apple yesterday released a user guide for its wrist-worn device that provides a detailed overview of the case for those who aren't yet familiar with various features. For starters, you can easily identify the Digital Crown/Home button on the side of the watch case. Press it to go to the Home screen while viewing an app, or to display the watch face.

You can also double-click the Digital Crown to access your most recently used app. To activate Siri, press and hold it. Zoom in and out or scroll by turning the crown.

The side button, which sits just below the Digital Crown is used to show or hide friends, turn on or off Apple Watch, and access Apple Pay (with a double-click).

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The back side of the case houses the speaker, heart rate sensor, and microphone. You will also be able to remove your watch band by pressing the band release buttons on the back of the case.

Setting Up Apple Watch

  1. Charge Apple Watch (if it needs it). Your watch should generally arrive with at least 50 percent charge to get you going right out of the box.

  2. Press the Home button on the Digital Crown to start up the watch and following the prompts to select a language and proceed.

  3. Pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone.

  4. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone to access your apps and customize your experience. During the setup process, you will be asked whether you want to automatically install all Apple Watch-compatible apps or manually select apps for installation.


Customizing Apple Watch
The Apple Watch app on your iPhone lets you customize notifications, app layout, and more. You can also use it to set up Apple Pay and access the App Store so you can download compatible Apple Watch apps. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap "My Watch" to access the customizable settings.

For Apple Pay, you'll need to set up each card manually as you did on your iPhone, and the process will generally involve a confirmation step such as an activation code sent via email/text or a call to your bank to verify each card for use. Once your cards are set up, you can use Apple Pay from your watch even without your iPhone present.

Fine-Tune Apple Watch Settings
You may want to tweak the settings a bit if you discover that the alerts are too loud, the text is too small, or the screen is too bright, so head to the Settings app to make these adjustments.

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  1. On Apple Watch, open the Settings app.

  2. Scroll down to Brightness & Text Size.

  3. Tap the Brightness symbol.

  4. Turn the Digital Crown to adjust.

  5. Or, access the settings from the Apple Watch app on the iPhone under My Watch


Adjust Text Size

  1. On Apple Watch, open the Settings app.

  2. Scroll down to Brightness & Text Size.

  3. Tap Text Size.

  4. Turn the Digital Crown to increase or decrease the size of the font

  5. Toggle the Bold Text switch to the On position to make text bold. Apple Watch will reset after turning on or off Bold Text.

  6. Or, access the settings from the Apple Watch app on the iPhone under My Watch.


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You can increase or decrease the volume of the ringer and alerts on Apple Watch, or mute everything.

  1. On Apple Watch, open the Settings app.

  2. Scroll down to Sounds & Haptics.

  3. Tap the volume button under Ringer and Alert Sounds.

  4. Turn the Digital Crown to adjust the volume.

  5. To mute Apple Watch, toggle the mute switch to the On position.

  6. You can also mute Apple Watch by swiping up on the watch face. Swipe to the Settings glance, then tap the mute button.

  7. Or, Access the settings from the Apple Watch app on the iPhone under My Watch.


You can quickly mute a new alert or notification sound by placing the palm of your hand over the watch display and holding it there for three seconds. This feature is great when you forget to silence your Apple Watch before going into a meeting.

You must turn the feature on to use it.

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap My Watch.

  3. Tap Sounds & Haptics.

  4. Toggle the Cover to Mute switch to the On position.


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You can silence every aspect of Apple Watch, including screen lighting, using Do Not Disturb. You can specify a time period for the feature to turn on and off, designate certain contacts that can be filtered through, and quickly flip it on for a temporary silence.

  1. Swipe up on the watch face

  2. Swipe left or right to access the Settings glance.

  3. Tap the Do Not Disturb button.

  4. Or, on Apple Watch, open the Settings app.

  5. Tap Do Not Disturb.

  6. Toggle the switch to the On position.


Do-Not-Disturb-Mirroring-250x188.pngYou can also silence both your iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time from the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

  1. Open Apple Watch app on iPhone

  2. Tap My Watch.

  3. Turn on Do Not Disturb.

  4. Then, turn on Mirror iPhone.

  5. Any time you change Do Not Disturb on iPhone or Apple Watch, the other will match it.


As a brand-new platform, there is a lot for users to learn about Apple Watch, and it takes some getting used to with multiple types of interaction methods. This guide is just a starting point for after you take it out of the box and before you leave the house, and we’ll keep you updated with more how-to guides to help you get the most out of your Apple Watch.mf.gif


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Apple Watch 101: Unpacking, pairing, and poking

Yesterday, 06:30 PM

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The Apple Watch Sport comes in a long rectangular case. From what we've seen, watches with loop bands are shipping in square boxes, and Apple Watch Editions come in fancy leather charging cases.

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Our Apple Watch arrived this morning.

However you feel about smart watches as a concept or the Apple Watch in particular, the fact of the matter is that this wearable already has momentum behind it by virtue of being a brand-new product from the world's biggest consumer electronics company. Developers are already here, although many of them are still trying to figure out how an Apple Watch app should look and work. An order placed today won't make it to your doorstep until four-to-six weeks from now. None of this guarantees long-term success, but it does mean that Apple's Watch is a product to... watch.

This is our first experience with the Apple Watch outside of controlled demos at Apple events and some limited hands-on time during Apple Store try-on sessions, so for your reference we've documented the process of extricating the watch from its multilayered packaging and pairing it to a phone. More detailed impressions will follow in the coming days—we'll be wearing the watch around for several days to get an idea of where it fits into our digital life and, more important, what it actually changes for people who buy it.

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MacRumors Giveaway: Pad & Quill Valet Luxury Sleeve a...

Yesterday, 06:07 PM

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For our next giveaway here at MacRumors, we've again partnered with Pad & Quill, the maker of premium MacBook, iPhone, and iPad cases and other accessories. Pad & Quill is graciously offering a package of two prizes for this giveaway – the winner will be able to choose one leather Valet Luxury Sleeve (for the 11-inch Macbook Air, 12-inch MacBook, or 13-inch MacBook Pro, or the 15-inch MacBook Pro) plus any one of the company's Apple Watch Accessories.

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The Valet Luxury Sleeves are made of full-grain leather and have hand-pounded copper rivet closures, and also feature extra pockets to carry an iPad and other accessories. The version for the 15-inch MacBook Pro retails for $149.99 while the version for the smaller MacBook models retails for $119.99.

Pad & Quill has a number of accessories for the Apple Watch, including the Timber Catchall that was announced earlier this week, and the Luxury Pocket Stand that was revealed last month. All of Pad & Quill's Apple Watch accessories can be seen on this page and they range in value from $49.99 to $119.99.

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