Jordan Kahn

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Senior Editor, 9to5Mac – 9to5Google – 9to5Toys

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April 20

10, a popular video capture and editing app for GoPro and DJI drone users, is the first to be updated to enable control of the cameras from Apple Watch. expand full story

 

Our friend Antonio De Rosa of ADR Studios— the designer that helped us out envisioning a second-gen Apple Watch last month– today published a fun take on Apple’s Lisa computer reimagined. Head below for more images:

You can see the full concept on ADR Studios’ website here.

April 19

With no official support from Apple, the third-party strap market for Apple Watch is still a bit of a wild-west, but there are some companies making it possible and offering inexpensive alternatives to Apple’s own bands.

Apple might have its own exclusive strap colors available for a select few, but you’ll likely need to go the third-party route if you want a similar level of customization for your Apple Watch.

Below we’ve put together a list of third-party bands already available to order, as well as adapters for traditional straps and replacement straps for Apple’s leather bands. expand full story

Ben & Jerry’s spoofed Apple’s 1984 Superbowl commercial directed by Ridley Scott that the company famously used to introduce the Macintosh. Ben & Jerry’s, however, will be introducing an ice cream burrito called “Brrr-ito” squarely aimed at potheads for upcoming 420 celebrations. Check out the full promo below:

And Apple’s original 1984 commercial below:

April 16

Accessory maker Dodocase just announced this Dual Charging Dock Organizer that accommodates both an iPhone and Apple Watch for charging. It all fits into a book-like design that will also hold your cables and headphones and make for easier traveling. expand full story

After announcing a new partnership earlier today with The Conservation Fund to protect 36,000 acres of forest, news of another environmental effort by the company comes as SunPower announces plans to build a new solar power project in China.

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 16, 2015– Continuing its growth in the world’s largest solar photovoltaic market, SunPower Corporation today announced that it plans to partner with Apple to build two solar power projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in ABA Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures, Sichuan Province of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). When complete, the two projects will be co-owned by Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co., Ltd., SunPower’s project development joint venture, and Apple. 

The two new solar sites, Apple’s first in the region, are already under construction and expected to be complete by the end of the year. Apple previously worked with SunPower on its solar projects in the US, including locations in California, Nevada, and North Carolina. expand full story

TIME Magazine is out with its twelfth-annual 100 most influential people list and Apple CEO Tim Cook has once again made the list. Cook was last featured on the list in 2012 shortly after officially taking over the CEO role from Steve Jobs. expand full story

April 15

If This Then That (IFTTT), the service that lets users automate tasks from a long list of other mobile apps and web services, is about to launch two apps for Apple Watch.

Do Button, its iOS app for controlling hardware and software connected to the service with a single tap, and Do Note, a notepad app that uses IFTTT to save and share to other services like Google Calendar, Evernote, and Twitter, will both be receiving updates for Apple Watch by tomorrow. expand full story

This image posted by designer Karl Lagerfeld’s employee Sebastien Jondeau appears to show a special edition Apple Watch with gold link bracelet. It’s unclear if Apple was behind the gold link bracelet, or if Lagerfeld had it done himself, but Tim Cook was also spotted with a special edition Apple Watch with red crown.

1st apple watch specially made for KarL !! Amazing !!! Thanks #apple !!!!!! @karllagerfeld

A photo posted by Sebastien Jondeau (@bentoub) on

Apple is taking a different approach to pre-orders and sales for Apple Watch, which has a lot to do with the product being Apple’s first fashion accessory. For that reason, many customers will actually want to try the Apple Watch on in person before making the purchase. To get a feel for the new try-on experience — Apple started letting customers schedule appointments to try-on the device in-stores on April 10 — the company is surveying customers afterwards to get feedback and see if they plan on purchasing the device. expand full story

Glide, the app that lets users send live video messages, today becomes the first to bring the feature to Apple Watch. With an update to Glide’s iOS app, users of Apple Watch will be able to receive live videos messages right on their wrist, although it’s a one-way experience for Apple Watch as the device doesn’t yet include a camera; your responses will be limited to text. expand full story

Apple has released an update to its iCloud for Windows beta, the service that lets Windows users access files and photos stored in iCloud and Apple’s new iCloud Drive feature. expand full story

April 14

Now that you’ve ordered an Apple Watch or two, you’ll want to start pre-ordering any accessories that you want to have by the time your watch arrives. Most of the products on this list of protective covers, cases, and bags are shipping around the same time as the Apple Watch — sometime between April 24th and June — but many can be preordered today for delivery in the coming weeks. expand full story

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