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. Alan Dye, Jony Ive, and Richard Howarth (Gabriela Hasbun for The Telegraph)
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.
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. 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’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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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.
Continue reading How to Calibrate Apple Watch for a More Accurate Offline Workout [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.
- Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap My Watch.
- Select Music from the list.
- Tap “Synced Playlist” to access your iPhone’s playlist.
- Select a playlist from the list (if there is no playlist visible in this list, you will need to create one on your iPhone).
- 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.
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
You 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.
- Put your headphones in Discovery mode.
- Open the Settings app on Apple Watch.
- Tap Bluetooth.
- 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.
- Open the Music app on Apple Watch.
- Force press the display screen.
- Select “Source” from the options that appear.
- Choose Apple Watch as the music source to play from.
- 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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Apple 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
Even 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.
- Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and then select My Watch.
- Select Passbook and Apple Pay.
- Tap “Add Credit or Debit Card.
- 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.”
- When the camera viewfinder appears, position your credit or debit card inside the frame. The app will scan the card for relevant information.
- If the card does not automatically scan, you can enter the information manually.
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.
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
- Sign into your account via icloud.com.
- Select Settings, then My Devices.
- Choose Apple Watch and click Remove All.
- You can also put a hold on your cards by calling your bank or credit card issuer directly.
Within 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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