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Apple Daily: Apple TV and Apple Watch Update Rumors, Steve Jobs Movie Trailer, New Macs Incoming?

Lots of news and rumors on the Apple hardware front today: Apple apparently has big improvements planned for its first Apple Watch software update, as well as what could be huge news for Apple TV. Furthmore, updated Macs are rumored to hit as early as this week! In other news, we no longer have to rely on leaked pictures from the set — we’ve got a honest-to-goodness official trailer of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic to cap off our Apple Daily for Monday.

Apple Watch Improvements Coming; New Apple TV Update

Apple Watch isn’t quite one month old yet, but new software powering the wearable appears to already be on the way. 9to5Mac today reported on upcoming improvements to Watch OS, which a “proven source” claims will address recent security concerns with a new feature called “Find My Watch” that helps owners do just that by using what’s supposedly known as “Smart Leashing” to pinpoint the device’s location relative to the iPhone it’s paired with.

Apple Watch Digital Crown

Although that particular feature may not arrive until later in the year, Apple is said to be experimenting with new health features, such as a way to notify the wearer of an irregular heartbeat and add monitors for blood pressure, sleep tracking, and oxygen saturation. Developers will also be happy to learn Apple is working on third-party watch face Complications, with Twitter specifically mentioned by the source.

Perhaps event more significantly, the rumored new Apple TV will apparently finally open the door to third-party developers, thanks to a new “TVKit” SDK. This development could be huge for Apple TV; if true, it may very well make its public debut at the WWDC event in three weeks.

Rumor: New MacBook Pro, iMac Models Arriving Wednesday

In the market for a new Mac? If you’re after a 15-inch MacBook Pro or 27-inch iMac, it might pay to delay that purchase another day or two. French website MacG (via Google Translate) today reported that Apple may introduce spec bumps for those very models, possibly arriving as early as this Wednesday.

MacBook Pro two-up

The report claims the 15-inch MacBook Pro will get an expected Force Touch trackpad update, although it’s unclear if updated Intel Broadwell processors will be part of the mix, given those chips aren’t expected until July or August. The 27-inch iMac is even more of a mystery, with the unnamed source pointing a finger in the direction of the non-Retina, higher-end model as ripe for a spec bump. Both systems have had shipping delays from the Apple Online Store in recent days, which is often a good sign that something new is on the way.

Universal Releases First Look at Steve Jobs Movie

The Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie has had a long, strange trip from conception to execution, but ahead of the October 9 release date, we’re finally getting our first look at the film. On Monday, Universal Pictures released an official trailer just over a minute long, which is primarily a single shot from behind of actor Michael Fassbinder playing the late Apple co-founder as he prepares for one of his legendary keynotes. Toward the end of the trailer, you’ll get a quick peek at other stars including Seth Rogan as Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley. We’ve got the link embedded below, so have a look!

President Obama Uses iPhone for First Personal Tweet

Like him or not, it’s hard to disagree that President Obama’s endorsement can be pretty signifcant. And this morning, he kinda, sorta gave his endorsement to the iPhone. Though there have been other official White House Twitter accounts for a while, the President finally got his own personal Twitter account (@POTUS) this morning, and wouldn’t you know it — his first tweet was apparently sent via Twitter for iPhone.

However, this doesn’t mean that Obama has traded in his old, widely reported, super-secure Blackberry for an iPhone full time; according to Buzzfeed, the iPhone wasn’t Obama’s personal device, but is registered to the Executive Office of the President.

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Apple Daily: Apple Addresses Tattoo Troubles; Steve Jobs Business Cards for Sale

In today’s Apple Daily, Apple acknowledges in a support document that tattoos can have an adverse affect on the Apple Watch experience. In other news, three business cards owned by Steve Jobs go up for auction.

Apple Acknowledges Apple Watch’s Tattoo Problem

Apple has acknowledged on a support page that dark wrist tattoos do, in fact, affect the accuracy of the Apple Watch, following numerous complaints that appeared throughout the week on Reddit and other social networks. Unfortunately, due to the way the Apple Watch works, there’s not much the company can do about it, and therefore it doesn’t offer any real suggestions as to how to fix the issue.

“Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance,” the support page reads. “The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.”

Source: 9to5Mac

Apple’s suggested remedy for this issue is about as around the bush as it can get: “If you’re not able to get a consistent reading because of any of these factors, you can connect your Apple Watch wirelessly to external heart rate monitors such as Bluetooth chest straps.”

The idea seems to be that the people affected by the issue represent a tiny minority, and thus Apple isn’t ready to do much besides the steps listed. As mentioned in our previous coverage, it’s thought that the heavy metals used in the ink affect the Apple Watch’s wrist detection, not skin color or pigmentation.

 

Three Steve Jobs Business Cards Go Up for Auction

If you have some spare cash laying around, you can use it over the next six days to try to buy some small but important pieces of Apple history — namely, three of Steve Jobs’ business cards from his time at Apple, Pixar and NeXT. The cards are up for auction over at BiddingForGood.com, and as of the time of writing, the leading bid is up to ,005.

The winnings will go to The Marin School in California, which is described as a “a small independent high school making a big impact.” According to Business Insider, the cards come from a family with children in attendance at the Marin School who once did catering for Jobs.

The cards, which span the years from 1984 to 1990, list “Steven P. Jobs” as the chairman of the board for both Apple and Pixar, and as the president of NeXT.

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Apple Daily: TAG Heuer’s Apple Watch Rival on the Way; Steve Jobs’ Yearbook on eBay

Late last year, TAG Heuer chief Jean-Claude Biver made a turn-around on his earlier dismissive comments about the Apple Watch, and today he made an announcement that shows he’s taking his stated intentions to provide an luxury alternative to the Apple Watch seriously. In other news, you can buy Steve Jobs’ high school yearbook if you have ,000 to throw around.

TAG Heuer Announces Plans to Create Smartwatch with Google and Intel

Around this time last year, Jean-Claude Biver, president of watches and jewelry at luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, was among those who scoffed at Apple’s then-rumored intentions to build a smartwatch. Things have changed a little since then. Today at the Baselworld watchmaker convention in Switzerland, TAG Heuer (a LVMH company) announced that it would release a smartwatch of its own sometime later this year with the help of Intel and Google.

In a video statement to Bloomberg, Biver called it his “biggest announcement ever” in his 40 years in the industry, and that the device, powered by Android Wear, will be the “greatest connected watch” on the market. The device is currently thought to take heavy inspiration from the TAG Heuer Carrera (see below), although the traditional watchface will be replaced with a digital interface. Details about features and pricing are expected to surface later this year.

“We can’t produce the engine, the chips, the applications, the hardware — nobody can produce it in Switzerland,” Biver said, accentuating the importance of bringing Intel and Google on board. “The hardware and the software will come from Silicon Valley. But the watch case, the dial, the design, the idea, the crown, that part of the watch will, of course, be Swiss.”

But Biver also pointed out that his company’s watch would differ greatly from the Apple Watch.

“The difference between the TAG Heuer watch and the Apple Watch is very important,” he said. “That one is called Apple and this one is called TAG Heuer.”

High School Yearbook Featuring Steve Jobs Available on eBay

Back at Homestead High School in 1972, Steve Jobs was sporting a groovy ‘do with hair reaching down to his shoulders, and if you feel like plunking out ,999.98 for a “Buy It Now” price on eBay, you can own a yearbook featuring the photo at this very moment. The starting bid is ,999.98, and at the time of writing, not a single person has bid on it.

There are no signatures in the yearbook, unfortunately, but it does contain photos of figures directly or tangentially associated to Jobs, such as his sister Patty Jobs and Mark Wozniak, Steve Wozniak’s brother. The seller was a freshman at the time who shared an electronics class with Jobs, who apparently showed little of his future talents.

“Jobs didn’t seem serious about the class and would clown around a lot,” said seller bcwright77 in a statement to Cult of Mac. Kind of makes one wonder if that made it into the upcoming Becoming Steve Jobs biography.

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Apple Daily: Android Devices for Apple Store Credit; Steve Jobs Documentary Controversy

If you happen to known an Android user who’s been wanting to trade in his or her Apple device for an iPhone, you should tell them that they might have the chance to do so soon. In other news, Apple’s not too happy about a damning new documentary about Steve Jobs.

Apple to Include Android Devices in Its Trade-In Program

Up until now, Apple’s recycling program has centered on trading in old Apple devices for store credit toward the purchase of new Apple products, but a new report from 9to5Mac claims that the Cupertino company will start accepting Android devices for the service as well. Apple has repeatedly tried to win over devotees of other operating systems, but seldom so directly.

The amount of credit Android users will receive in return will of course depend on the condition and age of the particular device. Apple Store employees will reportedly receive training for the program sometime this week, and the program itself is expected to go live in the near future.

Apple is usually sparing when it makes direct attempts to win over users of Google’s rival operating system, such as when it issued a guide for importing data to iOS from Android devices last September. It often prefers to take an indirect approach, as in Apple’s decision to bring gigantic screens to the iPhone. Judging by last quarter’s earnings report, it worked rather well.

 

New Steve Jobs Documentary Frowned On By Apple Execs

Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine premiered at SXSW in Austin this weekend, and it’s noteworthy for painting a grimmer picture of the Apple co-founder than we’ve seen in most film takes on Jobs’s life so far. It acknowledges Jobs’s undeniable talent, yes, but it’s also intent on demonstrating that Jobs often seemed like he lacked the capacity for empathy.

Apple executive Eddy Cue isn’t happy about it. In a tweet from this morning, he said that he was “Very disappointed in SJ: Man in the Machine” and that it was “an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend.” Cue added in a following tweet that he believes the upcoming book Becoming Steve Jobs, which claims to show Jobs’s metamorphosis from a “reckless upstart” into a “visionary leader,” is “well done and the first to get it right.”

The Hollywood Reporter called the film a “convincing, but perhaps unnecessary, primer on Steve Jobs’s flaws and misdeeds” and emphasizes that Gibney is “not in search of a complete portrait.” The film as a whole does cover the high points of Jobs’s life, it claims, but Gibney apparently digs in “only when he has a negative anecdote to tell.”

Not surprisingly, Apple reportedly “refused to cooperate” with the makers of the film.

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Apple Daily: New iOS 8 Beta Open to Public; New Info from Upcoming Jobs Biography

If you’re not a developer but you’ve always wanted to tinker with Apple’s iOS betas before they go live, today’s your lucky day! In other news, it turns out that the new Steve Jobs biography set for release later this month is as full of new stories and information as originally claimed.

Apple Opens iOS Beta Testing to the Public with Today’s Patch

Today Apple seeded a new beta for iOS 8.3, and it’s significant as it’s the first iOS beta that members of the public can download for testing — provided, that is, that they’ve already signed up for Apple’s public beta tests. Apple has also updated its associated Appleseed site to reflect the changes.

The opening of iOS betas to people aside from developers comes on the heels of Apple’s apparent successes with open betas for Mac OS X Yosemite. Previously, betas for OS X and iOS were only available to developers who’d forked out the annual fee.

Apple is still apparently in the process of rolling out the beta to all users in the program, as the new iOS beta currently isn’t listed for some existing testers, but that should change throughout the rest of the day and tomorrow.

Keep in mind that this is a beta, and thus potentially unstable by its very nature. Users will almost certainly find bugs (and after all, that’s the point), and there’s always a small chance something about the beta could do some damage to your device. But if you can’t wait to experience what Apple has up its sleeves for yourself, it’s the best way to do it.

 

Upcoming Steve Jobs Biography Reveals New Information

The upcoming biography about Steve Jobs by reporter Brent Schlender and Fast Company editor Rick Tetzeli won’t be out until March 24, but in the meantime, Cult of Mac has previewed the book, entitled Becoming Steve Jobs, based on Amazon’s “Look Inside the Book” feature. The excerpt wasn’t much, but it was enough to show that earlier claims about the book  being stuffed with new insights and stories about the Apple co-founder were true.

One of the most notable portions tells about how current Apple CEO Tim Cook offered Steve Jobs a segment of his own liver because the two shared the same blood type, but Jobs refused. Jobs turned down the offer.

“Somebody that’s selfish doesn’t reply like that,” Cook says. Indeed, the book as a whole paints of different picture of Steve Jobs, and one that clashes with the image of Jobs as an self-centered man that became so strong in the wake of the release of Walter Isaacson’s increasingly maligned biography (particularly from people like Cook, Eddy Cue, and Jony Ive, who knew Jobs personally).

As Cook himself reportedly says in the book, Isaacson’s biography “was just a rehash of a bunch of stuff that had already been written, and focused on small parts of his personality. You get the feeling that [Jobs was] a greedy, selfish egomaniac. It didn’t capture the person. The person I read about there is somebody I would never have wanted to work with over all this time. Life’s too short.”

The brief glimpse into the book also reveals that Apple did, in fact, toy with buying Yahoo in order to get an easy start into the search business. Elsewhere, Dormehl and Tetzeli diverge significantly from Isaacson by saying that Jobs wasn’t interested in television.

“I just don’t like television,” Jobs reportedly told Apple design chief Jony Ive. “Apple will never make a TV again.”

You can preorder Becoming Steve Jobs from Amazon yourself for .78. The book is also available for preorder on Apple’s own iBooks platform for .99.

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