Developed by the MOS team that's created several other popular products like the MOS Reach power outlet and the MOS cable organizer, the MOS Kick is made from metal so it can withstand being carried on a backpack or in a pocket.
We went hands-on with a prototype (hence the small bit of rust) of the MOS Kick and found it to be a convenient stand. It works with any smartphone because it includes adjustable silicone pads that hold a device in place. It's able to mount on a tripod with its 1/4" threaded hole, and it has a couple little tools for when you're in a pinch -- a bottle opener and a flat head screwdriver.
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Alan Dye, Jony Ive, and Richard Howarth
Apple’s Jony Ive has served as the company’s Senior Vice President of Design for several years now, but Apple has announced today that the executive is being named Chief Design Officer (a newly-created position). Additionally, Ive and will be handing the managerial reins of both the industrial and software design units at Apple over to two new leaders on July 1st.
Richard Howarth will become VP of Industrial Design and focus on hardware. Howarth has been part of the iPhone team since the very first generation of the device was in development.
Alan Dye will now be VP of User Interface Design, which covers both desktop and mobile devices. He was a key player in iOS 7’s major redesign as well as the work on the new Watch OS interface. Both of these executives were mentioned as key Apple employees during the New Yorker and WIRED Apple Watch profiles earlier this year.
Ive’s new role will still leave him in charge of the company’s hardware and software design teams overall, but allowing others to handle the day-to-day affairs of each design group will free him up for other tasks. Among those other tasks, Ive says, is a focus on the design of Apple’s retail stores and new campus.
In fact, Ive’s part in designing the new campus extends beyond the building itself. He is responsible for designing a number of other items, such as the desks and chairs that will be used by employees.
The leadership change was first announced in a Telegraph profile by Stephen Fry today. An email from CEO Tim Cook to Apple employees, obtained by our Mark Gurman, confirmed the change today and helped flesh out the details of Ive’s new position and those of his new design leaders:
I have exciting news to share with you today. I am happy to announce that Jony Ive is being promoted to the newly created position of Chief Design Officer at Apple.
Jony is one of the most talented and accomplished designers of his generation, with an astonishing 5000 design and utility patents to his name. His new role is a reflection of the scope of work he has been doing at Apple for some time. Jony’s design responsibilities have expanded from hardware and, more recently, software UI to the look and feel of Apple retail stores, our new campus in Cupertino, product packaging and many other parts of our company.
Design is one of the most important ways we communicate with our customers, and our reputation for world-class design differentiates Apple from every other company in the world. As Chief Design Officer, Jony will remain responsible for all of our design, focusing entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives. On July 1, he will hand off his day-to-day managerial responsibilities of ID and UI to Richard Howarth, our new vice president of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye, our new vice president of User Interface Design.
Richard, Alan and Jony have been working together as colleagues and friends for many years. Richard has been a member of the Design team for two decades, and in that time he has been a key contributor to the design of each generation of iPhone, Mac, and practically every other Apple product. Alan started at Apple nine years ago on the Marcom team, and helped Jony build the UI team which collaborated with ID, Software Engineering and countless other groups on groundbreaking projects like iOS 7, iOS 8 and Apple Watch.
Please join me in congratulating these three exceptionally talented designers on their new roles at Apple.
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We’ve seen a number of solutions for getting a gold Apple Watch without spending the $10,000+ price Apple charges for the 18 Karat gold Apple Watch edition. We went hands-on with one of the first companies doing gold plating for Apple Watch, but that requires you to mail-in the device and pay approximately $400 on top of the Watch’s retail price (depending on the model).
Another option is this $100 DIY kit that offers an easy step by step solution for gold plating the Watch yourself with 24K gold…
The Midas Touch Kickstarter project, started by chemist Eric Knoll, offers a step-by-step kit for applying a 24K gold plating to your Apple Watch. The kit starts at just under $100, and goes up to $150 if you have a steel band to cover in addition to the watch casing itself. That’s much cheaper than sending it in to a company offering gold plating services for Apple Watch— the stainless steel link band model, which sells for around $1000 from Apple, cost us an extra $400 to have it plated.
There are also other benefits to the DIY kit. You’ll be able to touch up the plating with the solution once it eventually begins to show signs of wear (inevitable for most gold-plated products). And if you eventually want to go back to the original stainless steel, you can easily do so using an abrasive polish, according to the company.
Here’s a video from the company showing off the process:
The kit is only for the stainless steel Apple Watch models so far, but the company said it’s developing a solution for the aluminum Sport models too.
You can pledge to the crowd funding campaign here to preorder the kit (the company has already reached its goal), and expect the kit to ship to backers worldwide this August.
Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: $100, 24K, Apple watch, DIY, Gold plating, how to, kit, Midas Touch, Stainless steel
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Backing up Apple Watch doesn’t work exactly like your iOS device, and some of the data on the watch— like Workout and Activity calibration data, for example— won’t be included in your backup. Head below to learn exactly how to back up your Apple Watch, what to expect when doing so, and how to access the data if need be.
There’s a couple ways to initiate a back up of your Apple Watch, but so far the process is tied to the iPhone back up process.
- In order to back up your Watch, you need to initiate a back up of your connected iPhone through iCloud or iTunes.
- Alternatively, your iPhone will automatically create a backup when you unpair it from your iPhone.
- When it comes time, you can restore from the back up during the pairing process.
And here’s what the backup will include:
- General system settings, such as your watch face, known Wi-Fi networks, brightness, sound, and haptic settings
- Time Zone
- Settings for Mail, Calendar, Stocks, and Weather
- App-specific data and settings, such as Maps, distance, and units
- Health and Fitness data, such as history, achievements, and user-entered data
But don’t just assume that will make all of your Watch data safe, there will be a few things not included in the back up…
Your back up won’t include:
- Workout and Activity calibration data for Apple Watch
- Any playlists synced to your Watch
- Credit or debit card info for Apple Pay
- The passcode for your Watch.
That means if you restore from a back up, you’ll probably want to follow the steps necessary for calibrating the device again, and you’ll also have to re-sync your playlists and reset your Apple Pay and passcode info.
Filed under: How-To, Apple Watch Tagged: Apple pay, Apple watch, back up, backup, credit card a, Data, encrypted, fitness, Health, how to, icloud, iTunes, passcode, playlists, settings
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<p>Earlier this week, Apple <a href="http://store.apple.c...-dock">releaseda new iPhone Dock</a>. Back in the day, the third generation iPod came with a dock, and nearly two years ago Apple released iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C docks. Those old docks had a 30-pin or Lightning connector, respectively, as well as a 3.5mm line out connector. As I like to use my iPhone on my nightstand as a clock while it charges (<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/analog-digital-clock/id360985167?mt=8">Analog Digital Clock</a> for the win!), I took a knife to my 5S Dock and managed to make it fit an iPhone 6. But I ended up using the dock fairly rarely because docking requires getting my iPhone out of its case—which I use religiously with the iPhone 6.</p>
<a href="http://link.brightco...251606451001">Aquick hands-on video showing the new dock in action. (video link)</a>
<p>The new dock is sightly different from the old ones. Rather than having a recessed area that fits and supports the device the dock is specifically made for, the new iPhone Dock supports all iPhones and iPods with a lightning connector running iOS 8. It does this by having a flat top with a little mound on it that holds the lightning connector. So the iPhone is only supported through its lightning port. As a result, it wobbles a bit side-to-side when touched. Fortunately, that doesn't seem to affect the electronic connection between the phone and the dock. The iPhone sits fairly stable in the front/back direction. Still, I'm glad I get to use the dock with an iPhone 6 that's still under warranty. The great thing about this design, apart from being both future- and past-proof (a rarity in Cupertino!), is that it lets the iPhone dock while it's in Apple's silicone case. There's actually room for slightly bigger cases.</p>
<p>An interesting change from the previous docks is that the line out port is now a headphone out port. When you put the iPhone in the dock and there's nothing connected to the headphone out port of the dock, the iPhone uses its speaker, which comes through loud and clear. Remember, the iPhone's headphone out port is at the bottom, so you can't use it while the phone is docked. The microphone also works normally.</p>
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<p>I know what you may be thinking: why would you spend any significant amount of money on a gold Apple Watch? Well, this isn’t an Apple Watch Edition, but it’s the closest thing available to my wallet. This Apple Watch and Link Bracelet was beautifully plated with 18K gold and it looks stunning.</p>
<p>I’m not even a fan of gold, but I can definitely appreciate the beauty here. This is just about as classy as it gets if you’re into the style. Last week, this used to be an ordinary Apple Watch, but a few days with the <a href="http://mcmx.in/1BlFmuB"target="_blank">people over at WatchPlate</a> changed it for life. If you’re not into spending a boat load of cash on an Apple Watch Edition, this is the next best thing and quite possibly a better option…</p>
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<p>I opted for the Link Bracelet combination, but they can plate any stainless steel Apple Watch with any band style for the same price. I was very impressed with the quality. Sure, it’s not solid gold like you’d get straight from Apple, but at the same time it’s way less of a liability and looks just as good. Every inch of this Apple Watch is covered in gold and over the last week, it has held up great.</p>
<p>The cool thing about this gold plated Link Bracelet is that you can’t even buy this configuration from Apple. It’s completely unique, unless you’re <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...link-bracelet/"target="_blank">Beyonce</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/10/kanye-west-unsurprisingly-also-has-a-gold-link-bracelet-apple-watch/" target="_blank">Kanye West</a>, or <a href="http://9to5mac.com/community/karl-lagerfeld-has-an-apple-watch-w-gold-link-bracelet/" target="_blank">Karl Lagerfeld</a>. I realize this kind of thing may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for an Edition on a budget WatchPlate will serve up the goods for $399 and the turnaround time is only four days. For a detailed look at our gold plated Apple Watch, take a look at the video below.</p>
<p>Check out our gold plated Link Bracelet Apple Watch <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRnvqHJUE74" target="_blank">unboxing & hands-on video</a>:</p>
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<p>I think this specific version is absolutely gorgeous and if anything, may prove to be an interesting social experiment. I chose yellow over rose gold and have no regrets. I’m not big on wearing flashy gold stuff, but this gold plated tech has changed my mind a bit. My opinions on Apple Watch remain the same, but this look is hard to pass up. If you wanna check out our full review, <a title="Review: Apple Watch as a watch, a gadget, and platform (Video)" href="http://9to5mac.com/2...-review-video/"target="_blank">click here</a>.</p>
<p>Another favorite combination of mine, is the Leather Loop with the 42mm gold plated Apple Watch (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRnvqHJUE74" target="_blank">shown in video</a>). It’s a very clean combination and again would be another combination that you can’t purchase as a package from Apple. Just another way to stand out in the crowd.</p>
<p>Plating the Apple Watch won’t affect its functionality or water-proofing at all. Everything will be just as it was when purchased from Apple, but with a little added bling. I think it’s a great idea and you’ll get the same look and attention (if you’re looking for that) as you would with an Edition. There’s no doubt that this is an attractive piece of technology, but the gold plating definitely bumps it up a few notches. If you’d like to find out about gold plating your Apple Watch, visit <a href="http://mcmx.in/1BlFmuB"target="_blank">WatchPlate’s website</a> for more details.</p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/reviews/'>Reviews</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple/'>Apple</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch/'>Apple watch</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch-edition/'>Apple Watch Edition</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/gold-apple-watch/'>gold apple watch</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/smartwatch/'>smartwatch</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=381236&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>For more news on <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple/">Apple</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch/">Apple watch</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/reviews/">Reviews</a> continue reading at <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/25/gold-plated-apple-watch-video/#comments">Discuss "Apple Watch “3rd party gold-plated edition” w/ link bracelet gets first unboxing and hands-on (Video)" with our community.</a></strong></p>
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