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Apple Daily: iOS 9 Adoption Rate, First El Capitan Beta Update, New Jobs Trailer

There’s still no watchOS 2 update in sight from Apple on Thursday, but Cupertino certainly isn’t neglecting another upcoming software release. Our Thursday edition of Apple Daily has the details on a new OS X 10.11.1 beta seed now making the rounds to developers ahead of the initial public release on September 30, along with numbers on early iOS 9 adoption and a more detailed look at some of Steve Jobs’ most dramatic moments with Universal’s second full trailer.

iOS 9 Adoption Rate Roughly Matches iOS 8 in First 24 Hours

Although we didn’t have any problems installing iOS 9 on two devices shortly after yesterday’s release, plenty of others apparently did in the first few hours. That doesn’t necessarily mean more people were installing iOS 9 as soon as it was available compared to last year’s release of iOS 8, however.

iOS 9 adoption rate chart

According to MacRumors, early adoption of iOS 9 is running a very familiar curve in the first 24 hours with 12.60 percent of users rushing to update devices as soon as possible. Mixpanel has a live iOS 9 tracking site comparing this year’s adoption versus iOS 8 in 2014, and not surprisingly, it was a similar story 12 months ago.

“This kind of adoption took Android’s latest operating system, Lollipop, in comparison five months to achieve,” the folks at Mixpanel noted. “One huge advantage Apple got right this year over last year was that the update is much smaller than last year (3.5x smaller),” despite the initial crush of downloads causing problem for some upgraders.

OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan Beta Already Available to Developers

We’ve still got almost two weeks to wait until OS X El Capitan rolls onto Macs owned by the public at large, but that isn’t stopping Apple from pushing forward with a beta release of the first update. According to 9to5Mac, Cupertino released the first beta update on Thursday, which “improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.”

OS X El Capitan Mission Control

Build number 15B17c closely follows the gold master candidate released to developers only last week, although details are scarce on exactly what fixes or improvements the OS X 10.11.1 update might include, beyond a “new set of emoji characters” carried over from iOS 9.1, including that controversial one-finger salute you’ve been hearing so much about lately.

Second Full Trailer for “Steve Jobs” Amps Up Drama

With only a month to go before the Aaron Sorkin-penned, Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs biopic hits theaters, Universal released a second full trailer today that offers a wider view of some of the film’s key thematic moments.

Steve Jobs second trailer

In this followup preview embedded below for your viewing pleasure, audiences are treated to a look at two major conflicts pulled from Jobs’s life — namely his ties to daughter Lisa (a relationship he initially dismissed outright but eventually came to embrace), and his legendary sparring with Apple leadership prior to a decade-long exodus from the company he co-founded. Steve Jobs hits theaters on October 16, with a limited public premiere taking place on October 9.

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Apple Daily: WWDC Keynote Livestream, First HomeKit Devices Arrive

In today’s Apple Daily, Apple Confirms that it will, in fact, livestream the keynote address for the next WWDC. Just don’t expect to do it on a Windows computer. In other news, the first HomeKit devices made their appearance today.

Apple Confirms It’ll Be Livestreaming WWDC Keynote Address

With less than a week left to spare, Apple confirmed today that it will livestream the keynote address for its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference. The event itself will kick off on Monday, June 8 at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

In preparation, Apple also updated the Apple Events channel on Apple TV to feature the event, and it also announced the availability of streaming on its website. As per the usual, you’ll only be able to watch it on an Apple TV or on a Mac or iOS device running the Safari browser.

As always, we at Mac|Life will be on hand to relay the news through a series of news post. It’s likely to be a packed event, as Apple’s expected to unveil its new music streaming service and an updated Apple TV, in addition to new versions of iOS and OS X. The chances are slim, but we may also hear news about Apple’s bundled steaming TV service as well.

First HomeKit Devices Available for Purchase Today

It’s finally time for Apple’s HomeKit “home automation” service to shine. Just ahead of WWDC, some of Apple’s HomeKit partners are already announcing some of the compatible devices they have ready for consumers. The current offerings are comparatively small, but they cover everything from lights to thermostats.

There’s the Elgato Eve, for instance, which allows iOS users to monitor their air quality, smoke, humidity, air pressure, energy, and water consumption through a dedicated app on the iPhone. Multiple sensors also allow users to monitor things such as whether a door is opened or closed or which devices are draining too much power. You can even switch off the problem devices in question remotely.

Then there’s the ecobee3, which monitors the temperature in multiple rooms of a house at the same time and make adjustments via an iOS app. There’s also iHome’s iSP5 SmartPlug, which can turn multiple devices on or off at once. Today also marks the official release of the Insteon Hub, which allows users to control all of their Insteon devices such as LED bulbs, thermostats, wall outlets, door locks, and much more through a single app.

Rounding off the offerings is the Caséta Smart Bridge lighting hub, which lets users control lights in specific areas of the house or office. In addition, you can ask Siri whether a set of lights is on or off. Many of the listed devices are expected to start arriving in stores sometime in July, but you can order most of them through sites such as Amazon beginning today.

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Apple Daily: First Apple Watch Patch; Apple Watch in Retail Stores in June

In today’s Apple Daily, Apple releases its first update for the Apple Watch since launch. In other Apple Watch news, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly claims that the device will start appearing on store shelves in June.

First Patch Released for Apple Watch

Just under a month after the Apple Watch’s first appearance on April 24, Apple has released the first official patch for the device. If you’re one of the lucky customers who’ve managed to get your device by now, you can download the update through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. In order to install the update, the Apple Watch needs to be on its dock and close to its paired iPhone; from the iPhone app, navigate to My Watch > General > Software Update.

The update mainly covers bug fixes, although the notes also report unspecified “improvements” for Siri, measuring your stand activity, calculating calories burned for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, accessibility, and third-party apps. In addition, the patch also includes support for the more than 300 emojis Apple introduced with iOS 8.3, as well as language support for Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai, and Turkish.

 

Apple Watch in Stores By June, Tim Cook Reportedly Says

Apple CEO Tim Cook was recently in China speaking to employees at the company’s local headquarters, and already reports are starting to trickle in regarding what he said (via 9to5 Mac). Most notably, Cook claimed that customers would be able to buy the Apple Watch from Apple retail stores in June, which is in line with April employee memo from Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts, who claimed that the device would only be available online through May.

At this point, that seems to suggest that the Apple Watch could start appearing on store shelves even before some pre-order customers get their device by mail, but nevertheless, Cook reportedly said that the launch for Apple Watch “could not be going better” and that “we’re working really hard on making more.”

Cook also joked that he wished more operations staff and engineers were on hand to make the launch smoother. In addition, Cook revealed that one of his main goals for his visit to the world’s most populous country was trying to hammer out a deal for Apple Pay in China, which Cook claimed would eventually surpass the United States in terms of sales of the company’s products.

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Apple Daily: Apple Watch Dive Test; First Apple News Article Rediscovered

In today’s Apple Daily, we get to see how the Apple Watch performs when it’s worn while diving off an Olympic diving platform. In other news, we get a look at the first article ever written about Apple, and we find that Apple is extending its environmentally conscious initiatives in China.

Swimmer Dives Off Platform While Wearing Apple Watch 

We’ve already seen how the Apple Watch can survive being dunked in a bucket of water, but the team at DC Rainmaker decided to subject the device to even greater punishment by jumping off an Olympic diving platform with it. That means the watch was briefly submerged in waters deeper than the one meter Apple claims it’s good for, and the device just kept on ticking. Well, digitally ticking, you know.

The high dive was only part of the test. DC Rainmaker also wore the device for a 1,000 meter swim around the pool, and the pressure and sloshing involved reportedly makes it harder for devices to survive compared to mere immersion. And yep, it came out fine.

Not surprisingly, though, the heart rate monitor was virtually useless while Ray of DC Rainmaker was swimming laps, as the water rushing between the watch and Ray’s skin presumably interfered with the readings.

 

First Article About Apple Reproduced

These days, Apple coverage has reached a point where dedicated sites can find something worthwhile to write about the company almost every day. (Ahem.) But it wasn’t always thus. There was a time when Apple was brand-new in the computing world, when there was only a single article written about the company. That first piece was written by Sheila Craven (née Clarke) in February of 1977 for Kilobaud magazine, and Business Insider has reproduced it in full.

Even in those first few moments, it was possible to catch glimpses of the famous dynamic between co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

“The Woz was pretty quiet,” said Craven, reflecting on her interview that day 38 years ago. “I got that he was the engineering brain power, and Jobs was the idea guy.”

The article, which is quite technical in spots, may also have played a significant role in the Apple I’s early success.

“I understand that when that article came out, orders started pouring in, and Apple Computer was really launched,” said Craven. Craven almost certainly didn’t know it at the time, but for a computing-focused journalist, that’s the assignment of a lifetime.

 

Apple Announces New Environmental Initiatives in China

Apple CEO Tim Cook is in China today, where he announced new environmental initiatives for his company in the world’s most populous country. With the help of the World Wildlife Fund, Apple will protect around one million acres of responsibly managed forestland in China in order to provide materials for its paper and wood products. Cook joined the Chinese Twitter-like social networking service Weibo in order to announce the plan to the public, and his account netted more than 376,000 followers in just the first day.

It’s another move in Tim Cook’s massive plan to make Apple run on 100 percent renewable resources. Just two weeks ago, Cook and friends announced a partnership with the SunPower Corporation to provide renewable energy for all of Apple’s corporate buildings and retail stores in China. Still, he knows he has a lot further to go.

“This won’t happen overnight — in fact it will take years — but it’s important work that has to happen, and Apple is in a unique position to take the initiative toward this ambitious goal,” Cook said in Apple’s official press release. “It is a responsibility we accept. We are excited to work with leaders in our supply chain who want to be on the cutting edge of China’s green transformation.”

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Apple Daily: Apple Sells Almost a Million Watches on First Day; Final Cut Pro Update

In today’s Apple Daily, we learn that Apple seems to have sold around a million Apple Watches through preorders on the device’s first day of availability alone. In addition, Apple released an update for Final Cut Pro X and its companion apps Motion and Compressor.

Research Firm: Apple Sold Almost a Million Apple Watches on Friday

On Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple Watch preorders were “great,” but the Cupertino company hasn’t been forthcoming about actual numbers. Thanks to the efforts of research firm Slice Intelligence, however, we have a decent idea of what “great” might mean. According to the firm’s data, Apple might have sold almost a million Apple Watches on the first day of preorders alone.

Slice Intelligence tracks e-receipts from a pool of 9,080 online shoppers who’ve opted in to have their data tracked, and judging by the frequency of receipts for the Apple Watch, they believe 957,000 pre-orders were placed on April 10 in the United States.

The site’s data also reveals that around two-thirds of shoppers (62 percent) bought the Apple Watch Sport, and that 71 percent of buyers bought the larger 42mm case. Buyers bought an average of 1.3 Apple Watches, and the collective average expenditures were 3.83 per watch.

As the graph above shows, the most popular band was the Black Sport Band, which was preferred by 28 percent of buyers. The metal Milanese Loop followed not far behind with 24 percent.

Not surprisingly, the firm also discovered that Apple Watch buyers were loyal Apple customers, as almost a third had bought at least two Apple products within the last year.

In related news, AppleInsider learned from Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company that dozens of Apple retails employees from the San Francisco Bay area claimed that around 85 and 90 percent of customers who came in for a try-on appointment ended up preordering the device.

 

Apple Releases 3D-Focused Update for Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor

While everyone’s attention has been on the Apple Watch, Apple today released a significant update for a popular Mac program — Final Cut Pro X — and its associated apps Motion and Compressor.

According to the press release, Apple’s latest update for its popular video-editing software brings user-friendly tools for the creation of 3D titles, along with a variety of templates for backgrounds and animations. The update also allows users to easily convert 2D text into 3D, and brings a wide selection of tools for lightning and simulating materials.

Final Cut Pro X users can also utilize more video files and view up to four video scopes at once when they need precise color grading. In addition, Shape masks can now be saved as presets, and working with RED RAW files should be faster.

The focus on 3D carries over to the update for Motion, which allows users to create custom environments and materials for 3D titles and to export them to Final Cut Pro X. As for Compressor, its update allows users to easily package videos for sale on iTunes.

You can buy Final Cut Pro 10.2, Motion 5.2, and Compressor 4.2 on the Mac App Store for 9.99, .99, and .99 respectively. If you already own them, you can get the new content in an update patch that should be ready for download on your Mac.

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