‘Reserve Strap’ Debuts New Design Focusing on Apple Watch Diagnostic Port [iOS Blog]

Originally announced by third-party developers Lane Musgrave and John Arrow back in early March, one of the biggest concerns of the battery-boosting accessory “Reserve Strap” was its use of the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor as a way to provide power to the wearable. Although it was unconfirmed, there was always a possibility of the Reserve Strap obstructing normal functions of the heart rate sensor, or causing the Watch to not function altogether by interfering with skin contact completely.

Last week, after getting their hands on an Apple Watch, Musgrave and Arrow have gone back to the drawing board on the design of the Reserve Strap, coming up with a new look that acts as more of a traditional Apple-made band without blocking the heart rate sensor at all. The new Reserve Strap aims to use the 6-pin diagnostic port – hidden inside of the band port on the bottom of the Watch – as the main source of providing power to the device, shirking the heart rate sensor’s magnetic inductive charging altogether.

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The Original Reserve Strap design (left) vs the new design (right)

Finally getting our hands on the Apple Watch has further confirmed the immense value of the Reserve Strap. Since release day, we’ve been executing series of tests on the Apple Watch and have some really exciting news to share today.

We’ve developed and tested a completely rethought design that takes advantage of the 6-pin port underneath the band slide of the Apple Watch. This port hadn’t been deciphered by anyone until now but we’ve been able to make significant enough observations so far to warrant shifting our development focus to this new method. We’re looking forward to sharing more design details and technical specification of this new Reserve Strap as soon as we can.

The company claims in its blog posts that its engineers have “been able to independently confirm that the 6-pin diagnostic port underneath the Apple Watch case can be used for charging.” They continue by also noting the diagnostic port will allow for not only a higher charge capacity, but faster, more efficient charging times. The blog post also notes that the new method should improve durability of the strap as a whole and eliminate “any interference with Apple Watch functionality including taptic feedback and heartrate sensors.”

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Initial renderings of the new design (left) vs fully realized 3D model (right)

No word was given on the planned Kickstarter for the Reserve Strap, but those interested can still pre-order the device from the company’s official website for $249.99. Color options will include white, gray and black, and customers will be able to choose between 38mm and 42mm strap sizes to fit their preferred Apple Watch size.






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12.9-Inch ‘iPad Pro’ Rumored to Feature NFC, Bluetooth Stylus, Force Touch and USB-C [iOS Blog]

The much-rumored 12.9-inch so-called “iPad Pro” will feature a built-in NFC chip, pressure-sensitive Bluetooth stylus, Force Touch and USB-C port, according to AppleInsider. The report, citing a source familiar with Apple’s future product plans, also claims that the larger iPad will have a new touchscreen with improved latency and unsurprisingly be powered by Apple’s latest A-series processor.

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A purported “iPad Pro” blueprint from December 2014 with possible dimensions

The inclusion of an NFC chip will enable the iPad Pro to be used as an Apple Pay payment terminal, although it is unlikely the tablet itself will have tap-to-pay functionality, according to the report. Apple Pay contactless payments are currently limited to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 5, iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s when paired with an Apple Watch, in the United States.

Meanwhile, the report corroborates well-informed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s claim that the iPad Pro will feature an Apple-built stylus, which AppleInsider says will connect via Bluetooth and allow pressure-sensitive input. The iPad Pro’s display will also reportedly feature Force Touch, a technology that distinguish between a tap and a deep press on the screen.

The report adds that the iPad Pro’s USB-C port will either replace or supplement the Lightning connector equipped on other current iPads:
“The source also said that Apple’s new, larger iPad will also feature a USB-C input, though they didn’t indicate whether it would be a new, second port option, or if USB-C would replace the Lightning connector found on current iPads. Cases based on allegedly leaked “iPad Pro” designs have included spaces for two port openings, leading to speculation that Apple could potentially include both USB-C and Lightning, or offer docking capabilities in two different orientations.”

Many of these rumored iPad Pro features have been reported by other sources over the past year, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Kuo.

The report stops short of providing a release timetable for the iPad Pro, although The Wall Street Journal reported in March that Apple is planning to begin mass production of the device in September following some internal setbacks. Apple typically refreshes its iPad lineup in October, and it’s possible the iPad Pro could launch around that time if there are no further production delays.






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How to Download, Install, and Arrange Apps on Apple Watch [iOS Blog]

One thing that makes Apple Watch stand out from other smart watches is the app ecosystem. Since there are already more than a million iPhone apps in the App Store, there were already plenty of developers ready to get to work building companions for the wrist worn device. When the Apple Watch launched, there were already 3,500 apps available, and that number grows on a day-by-day basis.

One of the best ways to customize your Apple Watch to fit your needs is to download all the apps you want and to organize them for easy access. We’ve got a tutorial that covers downloading apps from your iPhone, installing them on your Apple Watch, and rearranging them on your Home screen.


Downloading Apps for Apple Watch


Apple Watch App StoreAt the current time, all Apple Watch apps are powered by the iPhone, which means they’re bundled into iPhone apps. Apple Watch apps are downloaded by downloading a compatible app onto your iPhone, which can be done from the regular App Store or through the “Apple Watch App Store” located within the Apple Watch companion app on your iPhone. The Apple Watch companion app has an icon that looks like a watch and is automatically installed on all iOS devices running iOS 8.2 or later.


  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap “Featured” to visit the Apple Watch App Store.

  3. Find the apps you wish to add to your collection and download them the way you would with an iPhone app. If it is already on your iPhone, you will see “Open.” If you have previously downloaded the app, but it is not currently on your iPhone, you will see the iCloud icon.

  4. Alternatively, you can open the regular App Store on your iPhone or Mac and look for apps that are tagged with “Offers Apple Watch app for iPhone.”

Installing Apps on Apple Watch



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When you first set up your Apple Watch, you will have the option to automatically add all available Apple Watch apps already on your iPhone, or you can manage which ones you install manually via the Apple Watch app. Chances are, without even downloading a single app, you probably already have a number of compatible ones already on your iPhone.


  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap “My Watch” to find the settings section of your Apple Watch.

  3. Scroll down to the list of Apple Watch compatible apps that are on your iPhone

  4. Tap on an app you wish to add to Apple Watch

  5. Toggle the Show App on Apple Watch switch to the On position.

  6. Do the same for apps that you wish to include Glances for when available.

  7. On Apple Watch, you will see a message prompting you to install the app. Select Yes.

There is a setting in the General section of the Apple Watch companion app that allows you to choose whether or not apps with new or updated Apple Watch functionality will be automatically installed on your Apple Watch. If this option is turned off, you’ll have to manually add these apps to your Apple Watch from the companion app on your iPhone.


Arranging Apps on Apple Watch Home Screen

Rearranging Apple Watch AppsqSimilar to the iPhone or iPad, you can rearrange the app icons on Apple Watch so the most-used ones are easiest to access. There are two ways to rearrange app icons on your Apple Watch Home screen.

On iPhone


  1. Open the Apple Watch App on the iPhone.

  2. Tap “My Watch” and then tap App Layout.

  3. Touch and hold an app until it wiggles. Then, drag it to its new location.

  4. You can tap “Reset” to restore the original app layout.

On Apple Watch


  1. Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen.

  2. Touch and hold an app until it wiggles. Then, drag it to its new location.

  3. Press the Digital Crown again when finished.

Customize Apple Watch App SettingsYou can also make adjustments to the settings of some installed Apple Watch apps. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap My Watch, and scroll down to the app you wish to adjust the settings for.

Once you’ve added apps to your Apple Watch and arranged your Home Screen just right, you’ll be ready to use all the apps you’ve installed. You can scroll through all of your apps with a finger, using the Digital Crown to zoom in. Launch your apps by zooming all the way in with the Digital Crown or with a simple tap on the app’s icon.






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Basketball Showdown 2015 – Naquatic LLC

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Basketball Showdown 2015

Naquatic LLC



Genre: Games



Release Date: April 30, 2015


Match up against your friends, your enemies, or anyone worldwide in a head-to-head Basketball Showdown!

• TEAM UP •
For the first time ever, become a coach of your very own team. Join up with friends and recruit real players to form an unbeatable squad. Then compete against other teams from around the world in weekly tournaments for huge prizes.

• ULTRA REALISTIC PHYSICS •
The PhysKick™ Engine is back with a vengeance. Experience realism beyond any other basketball game on the planet. From the moment the ball leaves your fingertip to the time it spends rattling around the rim, everything is 100% physics based. Basketball Showdown 2015’s motion is based entirely on high fidelity measurements of real basketball mechanics.

• STUNNING GRAPHICS •
Console-quality graphics blow away the competition. Experience AAA basketball in the palm of your hand.

• OUTMATCH YOUR OPPONENT •
All new Boosts! Use 'em wisely to refine your next move, or steal them from your opponent to get a leg up!

• JOIN OVER 50 MILLION GAMERS WORLDWIDE •
And find out why Naquatic apps like Guncrafter and Shooting Showdown have lit up the top charts and been featured by everyone from Apple to IGN, AppAdvice, and TouchArcade.

© © 2015 Naquatic LLC

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MARVEL Future Fight – Netmarble Games Corp.

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MARVEL Future Fight

Netmarble Games Corp.



Genre: Games



Release Date: April 29, 2015


The Avengers…Spider-Man…the Guardians of the Galaxy! You can unite the greatest heroes from all corners of the Marvel Universe for the epic battle that will decide the fate of all realities – MARVEL Future Fight!

S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury has sent a dire call from the future: The multiple dimensions of the multiverse are collapsing upon each other – and it’s up to you to ensure humanity survives! Gather the mightiest Super Heroes and Super Villains, assemble your team, and protect the universe at all costs!

ASSEMBLE YOUR TEAM! – Create your squad from Avengers like Hulk, Iron Man, and Captain America, as well as other famous Marvel heroes like Spider-Man and Daredevil! Upgrade your weapons and master your skills to give your team the ultimate power-up using a deep RPG leveling system.

LIVE THE STORY! – Explore the Marvel Universe in an original story created by acclaimed writer Peter David!

EPIC 3v3 BATTLES! – Test your mettle against other players in 3v3 battles! Choose from four unique hero types – Combat, Blast, Speed, and Universal – then pit your champions against your opponents’ teams for supremacy.

SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIGN – Wage epic battle against Super Villains in stage-based battles across a deep, immersive single player RPG campaign to unlock exclusive content, new costumes and rewards!

TEAM BONUSES – Team up classic Marvel characters to earn special boosts and bonuses!

SUMMON ALLIES – Need a little help to get through the next Super Villain battle? Summon your friends via the Ally System for reinforcements and claim victory as a team!

EASY TO USE, ONE-FINGER CONTROLS – Play with just a single finger, or use the virtual control pad to guide your team through the Incursion and defeat your foes!

SPECIAL BONUS CONTENT – Download now to get the launch exclusive Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron package, featuring movie-inspired costumes. Sales are limited, buy from the in-game shop today!

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© © Netmarble Games Corp.

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Swing Hero – Derrick Williams

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Swing Hero

Derrick Williams



Genre: Games



Release Date: January 5, 2015


A kind of leisure and angst game.The hanging character shakes around on the string.Players need to master the right moment to let the character loosen the string and safely fall down on the platform below.
This game has already ranked in Game center, you can invite your friends to enjoy fun together.Just play and be the top player among your friends!

© © Swing Hero

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Ring Inside – Derrick Williams

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Ring Inside

Derrick Williams



Genre: Games



Release Date: January 11, 2015


A leisure class of small game, the game players to make pellets in circle circle back to beat, protect the ball was hit. Gameplay is very simple, just click on the screen to make game of ball in circle circle back to beat, smooth escape an obstruction on the circle.
This game has already ranked in Game center, you can invite your friends to enjoy fun together.Just play and be the top player among your friends!

© © Ring Inside

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Cube’s Creed – Derrick Williams

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Cube’s Creed

Derrick Williams



Genre: Games



Release Date: April 29, 2015


Cube's Creed is a puzzle game of agility. Rules of the game is very simple, you need to control the board move left and right, in order to catch the money falling down from the top.
Three of the money in the same color can be eliminated! Be careful of the bombs! Try to get more money as possible as you can.

© © Cube’s Creed

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