Apple Weekly News Roundup: Apple Watch Ships, Earth Day Celebrated and More

Apple watch unboxed.

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) enthusiasts finally started receiving their orders of the highly anticipated Apple Watch last Friday, two weeks after the company started taking pre-orders for it. The watch is currently available for purchase online, but most models are backordered for several months. You won't find any at Apple's brick-and-mortar stores (though you can go in and try one on by appointment), but select high end boutiques in Europe, Asia and the U.S. have some of the more expensive models available for walk-in purchase.


New iOS Apps, Games and JB Tweaks of the Week: Apple Watch Apps and More

Forgotten Memories

The Apple Watch App Store officially went live on April 23, 2015. Users can now access the store from the Apple Watch app on their iPhone running iOS 8.2 or later. Of course this means tons of Apple Watch Apps were released on Thursday, so we will not be able to list them all, but we will start listing a few noteworthy Apple Watch apps in our App Store recap each week. You can also see a complete list of available Apple Watch games here.

App of the Week: Runeblade for Apple Watch


Most Apple Watch games offer quick 10-15-second mini-games that you can play on the go, but Runeblade from Everywear Games is a fantasy adventure title that you can play for months. Runeblade is still played in 5-15-second bursts, but the it features RPG-elements where players can collect and upgrade weapons, armor, spells and so on.

5 Cases and Screen Protectors for Your Apple Watch

InvisibleShield Apple Watch

The Watch is here, according to Apple's website, but the Watch isn't really available until June for those who weren't lucky or smart enough to pre-order it. The one good thing about waiting is it gives you time to order your Apple Watch accessories like screen protectors, Watch stands and charging docks. Today we will be looking at a few available cases and screen protectors for Apple's wearable device.

Apple Offers 'Setup Sessions' for Apple Watch Owners

Apple offers online setup sessions for Apple Watch.

Those who were lucky enough to get their Apple Watch pre-orders in quickly enough will receive their devices today or within the next few days. Obviously the first order of business is setting up the Watch, which may be a daunting task for some, as it is a totally new interface and OS. The Watch does come with a quick start guide but, realizing that some may need/want some instruction, Apple has sent emails to all purchasers inviting them to schedule a setup session.

More Games Updated with Apple Watch Support: Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8: Airborne

Modern Combat 5 Apple Watch

More Apple Watch games have been announced and updated with Watch support before the official release on Friday. Modern Combat 5: Blackout has been updated with new Apple Watch features, including the ability to change your class selection, weapon and mask, receive important notifications, and sign up for events. The changelog for Asphalt 8: Airborne version 1.8.6 includes a mention that the racing game has been updated with Apple Watch Support, but it does not give any details about what that means.

Apple Watch Begins Shipping for Friday Delivery

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Some Apple customers are reporting that they have received a delivery notification stating that their Apple Watch has shipped and it should arrive on Friday, April 24th. Other Apple Watch buyers have received early UPS tracking numbers also confirming some orders will make it to customers' doors by Friday.

Make iOS Folders More Interesting with FolderBlur

iphone tweak FolderBlur

Quickly change the look of iOS folder backgrounds with the jailbreak tweak FolderBlur. This folder enhancing tweak is a stand alone mod that requires no respring to see changes. FolderBlur comes with a full suite of themes, mostly focused on (you guessed it) blur effects. Once installed, the folder style can be selected under Settings -> FolderBlur.

Turn Off Vibration When Charging the iPhone

cydia tweak Beep Beep

Several things happen automatically when the iPhone is plugged in to charge. Besides delivering a sound and vibrating, the device will typically turn on its display. What if you want to turn these off? The jailbreak tweak Beep Beep makes this possible.

Once installed from Cydia, Beep Beep adds multiple Settings to configure how iOS responds when the Lightning cable is plugged into the device. Settings take effect immediately when toggles are switched on and off.

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Gets its Own Apple Watch Companion App

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team

Video games were obviously not a top priority when Apple was designing its new Watch, but quite a few developers have still been able to come up with some interesting titles for the wearable device. Tiny Tower creator NimbleBit has released an Apple Watch word game, Letterpad, and Everywhere Games plans to release an Apple Watch RPG, titled Runeblade, later this month. Even EA has figured out a way to add Apple Watch support to its FIFA simulation app.


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