Soon a long list of devices throughout the home and auto will be remotely controlled. While many are already accustomed to using iPhone and iPad apps for remote control, Apple Watch adds a new dimension of convenience. TV remotes in particular can be eliminated thanks to the Apple Watch. Here are a few different ways that Apple Watch owners can guide their viewing experience directly from the wrist.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) released its second quarter FY 15 earnings report yesterday, shortly after trading ended. In yet another record breaking quarter, the Cupertino giant again exceeded Wall St. expectations.
Earnings were fueled by record iPhone and Mac sales, alongside record App Store performance, which CEO Tim Cook lauded: "We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever." During the three month period ending March 28, Apple sold 61.17 million iPhones, bringing in $13.57 billion in revenue, up from $10.22 billion in the year-ago quarter. Sales of the handsets were driven by both international sales (which accounted for 69% of the quarter's revenue) and by people switching to the iPhone from other brands. Revenue was boosted by the higher average selling price of the iPhone, which was $659, up more than $60 from a year ago.
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stocks performed well last week, gaining about 3.8% after opening Monday at $125.57 and closing Friday at $130.28. At the time of this writing, share prices are about $132.70, which is approaching Apple's high of $133.60, which was reached during trading on February 24, earlier this year. Chances are that share value will surpass that high mark soon, as Apple is set to release its Q2 FY 15 earnings after the market closes today, 5:00 PM EDT, 2:00 PM PDT. You can listen to streaming audio of the second quarter results conference call here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.