Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer at Apple, Alan Dye and Richard Howarth Take Over Day-to-Day Design Management

Apple today announced the appointment of Jony Ive to a newly created position of Chief Design Officer, allowing him to continue overseeing design aspects of numerous projects within the company while turning over the day-to-day management of the design teams to Richard Howarth and Alan Dye, who have both been elevated to vice president positions. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the changes today in a company-wide email.

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Alan Dye, Jony Ive, and Richard Howarth (Gabriela Hasbun for The Telegraph)

Team,

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.

Tim

Alongside the announcement, Stephen Fry has published an exclusive interview with Cook and Ive at The Telegraph that addresses the legacy of Steve Jobs at Apple and Ive’s continually expanding role with the company, among other topics. That expansion of Ive’s duties, which has seen him add user interface design and increase emphasis on retail store and Campus 2 design leadership to his previous position as head of industrial design over the last several years, has led to today’s restructuring that will free up some of Ive’s time.

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Stephen Fry, Tim Cook, and Jony Ive at Apple Campus 2 (Gabriela Hasbun for The Telegraph)

When I catch up with Ive alone, I ask him why he has seemingly relinquished the two departments that had been so successfully under his control. “Well, I’m still in charge of both,” he says, “I am called Chief Design Officer. Having Alan and Richard in place frees me up from some of the administrative and management work which isn’t … which isn’t …”

“Which isn’t what you were put on this planet to do?”

“Exactly. Those two are as good as it gets.

Apple’s design team is a small, tight-knit group, many of whom have been working at Apple for many years. Last October, it was revealed Ive’s close friend Marc Newson had been officially hired part-time for the design team at Apple, but Newson is not publicly taking on any expanded role in the latest shuffling of responsibilities.







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Apple Names Jony Ive ‘Chief Design Officer’

jony-ive Apple’s Jony Ive, the design genius often credited for Apple’s innovative and unique industrial design language over the past couple of decades, has taken on a new role at the company: Chief Design Officer. The new role elevates him above his previous SVP status, and also installs Richard Howarth as the new head of Industrial Design, and Alan Dye as head of User Interface.… Read More

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How to Calibrate Apple Watch for a More Accurate Offline Workout [iOS Blog]

Apple Watch tracks your movement and heart rate. It uses that information in conjunction with your gender, height, age, and weight to estimate how many calories you burn during daily movement, including light strolls and dedicated workouts.

However, Apple Watch needs proper calibration to get the most accurate reading of your movement and heart rate, which is used to help determine distance and pace measurements when you are walking or running without your iPhone, or while using a treadmill.

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Calibration is fairly easy and takes about 20 minutes of exercise. For this purpose, you will need both your iPhone and your Apple Watch. After calibrating, you won’t need to bring your iPhone on walks or runs anymore.
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Battle Camp – PennyPop

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Battle Camp

PennyPop



Genre: Games



Release Date: September 17, 2013


EXPERIENCE THE AWESOME!

Dare to clash with rampaging dragons and fire-belching warthogs? Then join Battle Camp, a persistent virtual world filled with legendary monsters and ancient evils. To survive, train a fierce monster team and form a Troop with fellow Rangers. Then work together to crush raid bosses, wage Troop Wars and dominate in real-time PVP.

FEATURES
• Monster battling Puzzle MMO.
• Explore a LIVE Virtual World.
• Form a Troop with friends and other players.
• Crush the opposition in Troop Wars.
• Coordinate attacks in weekly events.
• Destroy rivals in Real-Time PVP Tournaments.
• Experience new worlds and updates every month.
• Capture and raise 800+ monsters.
• Design your own unique avatar.

Apple Watch COMPANION APP
• Raise a virtual pet on your new Apple Watch
• Feed your pet when it is hungry
• Let your pet sleep when it is tired
• Play Rock Paper Scissors with your pet when it is unhappy
• Give your pet medicine when it is sick
• Evolve your pet through 5 stages of growth and receive a FREE gift in Battle Camp

PLAYER REVIEWS
***Official App Store Best of 2013 for Multiplayer Games***
5/5 – “POKEMON + WORLD OF WARCRAFT’s Love Child”
5/5 – "Fun and addictive game that is always getting better"
5/5 – “I’m totally addicted to it. Between the epic monsters, the raids, and the awesome people in my troop, I can’t put it down.”

Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/BattleCampApp

© © 2013 PennyPop

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How to Pair Bluetooth Headphones and Listen to Music on Apple Watch [iOS Blog]

Apple Watch includes 6.2 GB of storage space for adding content like apps, photos, and music, with up to 2GB of that space dedicated to storing songs. When you add a playlist, you can listen to music on it, even when your iPhone is not in range. While the process is fairly self-explanatory, there are a few steps you don’t want to forget in order to play music from Apple Watch to your Bluetooth connected headphones


Adding Music to Apple Watch


In order to listen to music on Apple Watch without an iPhone in range, you must sync a playlist to it first.


  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap My Watch.

  2. Select Music from the list.

  3. Tap “Synced Playlist” to access your iPhone’s playlist.

  4. Select a playlist from the list (if there is no playlist visible in this list, you will need to create one on your iPhone).

  5. Place your Apple Watch on its charger to initiate the sync. This step is important. Apple Watch will not sync a playlist if it has not been connected to the charger.

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You can customize your playlist limit here. Switch between the amount of storage or number of songs to change the view. Select 100 MB, 500 MB, 1.0 GB, or 2.0 GB of storage (or 15, 50, 125 or 250 songs). When you reach your maximum playlist limit, you won’t be able to add more music.

To remove all playlists from Apple Watch, select “None” at the bottom of the Playlist screen.


Pairing Bluetooth Headphones


applewatchbluetoothpairingYou may be able to listen to music directly from Apple Watch, but only through Bluetooth headphones. Without them, music will only play through the iPhone.


  1. Put your headphones in Discovery mode.

  2. Open the Settings app on Apple Watch.

  3. Tap Bluetooth.

  4. Select the headphones you wish to pair.



Listening to Music on Apple Watch


There’s one more important first step to listening to music directly on Apple Watch using Bluetooth headphones, and that involves changing the source for the music.

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  1. Open the Music app on Apple Watch.

  2. Force press the display screen.

  3. Select “Source” from the options that appear.

  4. Choose Apple Watch as the music source to play from.

  5. Select a playlist and tap the Play button to begin listening to music.

You can also see how many songs are stored on your Apple Watch under the About section of the Settings app on the device.

By following the steps above, you will be able to store as much as 2 GB of music on Apple Watch and listen to playlists, even when your iPhone is not in range.







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Brickies – Noodlecake Studios Inc

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Brickies

Noodlecake Studios Inc



Genre: Games



Release Date: May 21, 2015


Fast, colourful, simple, and addictive, break the brickies and bounce your way to victory.

Brickies is a fresh take on the classic breakout game, with fast paced levels that will leave you thirsty for more action.
Use the paddles to launch the ball and unleash a variety of power ups upon the brickies, but don’t worry if you miss the ball!
In Brickies missing a shot doesn’t mean the game is over, it deactivates the ball until you bounce it again and then you’re back in action!

Explode, shoot and cut your way through over one hundred levels featuring, action, puzzles and tricky bosses. Unlock new exciting powers as you progress through the levels, beat the timer and collect three stars.
Earn achievements and compete for the highest score with your friends!

• Colourful and addictive breakout game
• Fast paced fun gameplay
• Over 100 levels to complete
• Combine power-ups for epic destruction
• Creative and challenging levels
• Endless mode for endless action
• Achievements
• Colourful and modern graphics

‘A twist that least had us saying, "Huh, that's neat." …Which doesn't happen often in the world of brick breakers’ – Touch Arcade

© © 2015 Noodlecake Studios Inc

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Magnetized – ZHI-YU HONG

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Magnetized

ZHI-YU HONG



Genre: Games



Release Date: January 11, 2014


*Require iPhone 4 or newer, iPad 2 or newer.

Magnetized is an abstract physics puzzle game, total 80 levels!
Touch your screen to active the power of magnets and escape from neon maze!

Chasing dreams is like walking alone on an endless road, direction is so clear but way to long, trying so hard but no one knows. This journey is full of odds and joy. Sometimes we succeed but most of the time we failed. Is it worth it anymore? No one ever knows. All we can do is carry on, and find out the answers.

Reviews:

"Magnetized could really be a metaphor for all of our struggles in life, couldn't it?"
– IndieGames.com

"If you need a game to keep you occupied and don’t mind a bit of frustration, you can pick up Magnetized."
– Indie Statik

"Another bite sized game that gets even more rewarding the more you play it. It's also tough as nails."
– Touch Arcade

"Magnetized made me rage quit."
– Pocket Gamer

"Part of the joy of playing is learning what each mechanic is and the unorthodox ways that they will be used."
– 148 Apps

"We reckon the taxing mazes of Magnetized will attract and satisfy puzzle fans – provided you're not repulsed by the kitch presentation and steep difficulty curve, that is."
– AppSpy

"At first it feel like an 80's version of Real Racing 3, asking you to take the best line possible through each corner, but then it gets trickier and trickier as you try to master momentum and direction to navigate the more devious designs."
– Grab It Magazine

"Even though I’m dying quite a bit in the game, I’m really enjoying it. The visuals are charming, the soundtrack is quite catchy, and the gameplay is challenging and addictive."
– AppAdvice

"So, What are you Waiting for?"
– Rocky Hong


*P.S. If you have found any bugs, please sent us bug reports ( including Device / Condition / Describe / Game Version / iOS Version) to our email or reply a review below, so we could make this game better! : cloud.macaca.help@gmail.com
Thanks

© © ZHI-YU HONG

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How to Set Up Apple Pay on Apple Watch [iOS Blog]

passbookapplewatchapplepayApple restricted Apple Pay to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus due to the need for an NFC chip that’s not included in older phones, which means Apple Pay has been limited to those with newer iPhones since it debuted in October of 2014.

One of the major perks of the Apple Watch is that it enables Apple Pay for some older iPhones because it has the same NFC chip that’s in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. If you have an Apple Watch and an iPhone 5, 5c, or 5s, you can now use Apple Pay and the watch to make secure purchases in retail locations.

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to use Apple Pay, we’ve written up a tutorial that walks through how to set it up on your watch.


Setting Up Apple Pay


How to Apple Pay on Apple Watch 5Even if you are already using Apple Pay on iPhone 6, you will need to add your credit and debit cards to Apple Pay for Apple Watch. You can add up to eight cards.


  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and then select My Watch.

  2. Select Passbook and Apple Pay.

  3. Tap “Add Credit or Debit Card.

  4. Apple will automatically ask you to enter the security code of the credit card that is on file for iTunes and the App Store. If you don’t want to use this card, select “Add a different credit or debit card.”

  5. When the camera viewfinder appears, position your credit or debit card inside the frame. The app will scan the card for relevant information.

  6. If the card does not automatically scan, you can enter the information manually.

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Once the card is added, you will see that it is listed as “activating.” When it has been activated, you will receive a notification on Apple Watch that the card is ready for Apple Pay.


Using Apple Pay


When you are ready, head out to one of the participating retail stores. At checkout, simply open Passbook and Apple Pay app on Apple Watch and select the card you wish to use.

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When prompted, you will double-click the Side button (the button normally used to access your favorite contacts list). Make sure you are close to the reader so it will register your Apple Watch via near-field communication.


Deleting Credit Cards


You can remove credit cards from Apple Pay through the app on Apple Watch. Tap to select the card, then firm press to delete it from the list. You can also remove a card using the Apple Watch app on the iPhone.

If Your Apple Watch is Lost or Stolen

Since Apple hasn’t yet added Find My Apple Watch, you should probably first start by deleting your credit card information from Apple Watch


  1. Sign into your account via icloud.com.

  2. Select Settings, then My Devices.

  3. Choose Apple Watch and click Remove All.

  4. You can also put a hold on your cards by calling your bank or credit card issuer directly.



Using Passbook


applewatchusingpassbookWithin the same app, you can use your Passbook loyalty and gift cards. Set up cards on your iPhone using the Passbook App.

When you are near the location of a store that you have a card saved in Passbook for, you will receive a notification on Apple Watch. Tap the notification to open Passbook and scroll to the relevant card. When ready, show the barcode on Apple Watch to the employee that will be scanning your card.

If you rearrange or delete old cards on Passbook on your iPhone, all changes will be reflected on Apple Watch.

Apple’s contactless payment service uses a security feature that creates a unique Device Account Number that is assigned to cards once they are installed in Apple Pay. These encrypted card numbers, as well as a transaction-specific dynamic security code, are used at payment kiosks instead of your actual credit card numbers. So, not only is your transaction safer from hacking issues, but your personal information is no longer transmitted to the merchant.







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