Apple published guidelines for creating third party Apple Watch bands to its developer website on Monday. The website includes a 12-page PDF titled "Band Design Guidelines for Apple Watch" and a link for downloading the Apple Watch lug profile. The "Made for Apple Watch" program does not include guidelines for other accessories such as chargers.
Despite announcing yet another stellar quarter, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock lost about 2.5% last week, opening Monday at $132.31 and closing Friday at $128.95. Share prices still hit an all time high of $134.46 on Tuesday during some of the heaviest trading of the year (volume was 118,924,000).
Bandai Namco released Galaga: Tekken to the Apple App Store on Thursday. The crossover game celebrates the 20th anniversary of the famed Tekken fighting franchise by merging it with the company's iconic arcade title Galaga. Instead of a fixed spacecraft players must use the classic Tekken fighters Lili, Claudio and Heihachi to blast an invasion of 8-bit enemies descending on them from space. The game also features other characters from popular Namco games such as Rick from Splatterhouse. Galaga: Tekken 20th Anniversary Ediition is now available on the for free.
It's nice to know that Mediocre Games is focused on making unique titles for an Apple App Store that is bogged down by too many endless runners and free-to-play building games. Does Not Commute is a driving game like no other diving game currently available for iOS devices. The goal of the game is simple, just steer your vehicle through a small town during the 1970s, but achieving this goal is not easy at all.
Evidence is mounting that Apple is working on several projects related to light field photography, for possible inclusion on future devices. While specs on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 cameras are not currently known, Apple patent activity and a recent acquisition revolve around advanced imaging technologies. Light field images were first made widely available with the launch of the Lytro camera, which makes it possible to capture an image and refocus afterwards.
Amazon updated its Instant Video app for iOS devices with the ability to stream content over a cellular connection. Version 3.0 of the app also includes new mobile data usage settings, the ability to control download quality and the ability to watch videos in HD.
The Amazon Instant Video app requires a $99 Prime account to stream thousands of titles from Amazon's library of films, television shows and original programming. Users can use the app to watch any available Prime content and any videos that they purchased or rented from the Amazon Instant Video website.
The Wall Street Journal has learned that Apple is struggling to meet Apple Watch demand due to a "key component" of the Watch being defective. The report claims that Taptic Engines manufactured by AAC Technologies Holdings were found to break down over time forcing Apple to slow production of the Apple Watch until June.
iOS accessory maker Griffin Technology is now accepting orders for its Apple Watch stand. The sleek black tower stands at 3.15-inches and weighs only eighteen ounces. It features a built-in cradle to hold your magnetic charger so you can just lay your Watch down and let it charge.
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.