watchOS

The Face of watchOS

While the toolset is inaccessible, its inclusion in watchOS 4.3.1 suggests Apple is at least considering opening that section of NanoTimeKit to outside app makers. Whether a full-featured watch face customization toolset will ship to developers in a future version of watchOS, perhaps watchOS 5, remains unknown. via AppleInsider Man, I hope Apple doesn’t do this. I know, it’s conventional wisdom that third-party watch faces would be the best thing since the Destiny’s Child reunion. But I think it would be a terrible mistake. Designing…

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Using Tally

I was recently asked on Twitter for practical examples of how I use Tally, made by Greg Pierce of Agile Tortoise. My response is way too long, even for the new 280-character limit, though, so I thought I’d write it up here. Note: This is not a paid endorsement. I know Greg, and I know he makes great apps. Which is why I downloaded Tally in the first place. But he has never asked me to promote anything of his. I just like talking about great products. Tally, for…

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Two Nitpicks in watchOS 3

The improvements in watchOS 3 over watchOS 2 are still, to me, the most exciting thing happening with Apple this summer. I would have skipped the iOS 10 beta altogether if not for the fact that I simply couldn’t wait to get watchOS 3 on my Apple Watch. The difference in day-to-day practice is staggering. That doesn’t mean that watchOS 3 is perfect, of course. There are still two little things bugging me that I wish Apple would address. First, the Activity rings. It’s great that there…

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They Gave Me a Few Ponies

Minutes before the WWDC keynote last week, I posted this on Twitter, in reaction to the already growing cynicism (the show hadn’t even started yet) in my timeline about what was to be announced. Apple didn’t get you a pony. Get that into your head now, and you’ll enjoy the keynote so much more. — jcieplinski (@jcieplinski) June 13, 2016 Listening to the Apple community gripe about what they perceive to be too little excitement in keynote announcements drives me insane. People either perceive some announcements to be…

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Apple Watch and the Future

So I’ve been writing a lot about Apple Watch lately. Obviously, you can figure out that I’m confident it has a bright future. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to see some improvements, of course. What would I like to see change in later versions of watchOS and the Watch hardware? Glad you asked: New watch faces. I don’t care if they come from third parties. In fact, I don’t necessarily think that opening the faces up to third parties would be a good…

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