Apple’s CareKit tool launches today with four apps — Following on the heels of HealthKit and ResearchKit, Apple has launched its third medical framework, CareKit. Four apps are now available at the Apple App Store.
CareKit is a tool for assisting people in taking an active role in their care. iPhone apps using it make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health, says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, Initiatives.
Alto’s Adventure on sale for iOS and TV — Ethereal, beautiful and exciting Alto’s Adventure has a simple premise: guide a character on their snowboard to round up llamas, do increasingly more complex stunts, jump over crevasses and try to keep from wiping out. Between the fun gameplay, the ever-changing weather in the game, the beautiful sunset and night scenes, and the atmospheric soundtrack, Alto’s Adventure is a joy to play. If you haven’t yet purchased it, Alto’s Adventure is now on sale at 30% it’s usual price.
The app includes the tvOS version as well, so those of you with the 4th-generation Apple TV can enjoy this astounding game on the big screen. The sale won’t last long, so get it now for NZ99¢ instead of $2.99.
ANZ to introduce Apple Pay in Australia — Apple Pay expanded services in Australia yesterday with the addition of ANZ Bank, the first major financial institution in the region to support Apple’s payments product after a limited rollout in November.
Five years later, iPad 2 keeps plugging on — Newer iPads might be faster or have higher resolution, but Apple’s 2nd-generation tablet keeps getting the job done for Joel Mathis. [My iPad mini 2 is three years old and still going strong, too.]
Apple starts shipping first wave of Apple Watches — Apple Watch is coming in many countries (now New Zealand), and for many, it will arrive as soon as Friday. Lucky Apple Watch buyers who saw an April 24-May 8 estimated shipping date on their pre-orders earlier this month have received notice that April 24 is the big day.
Apple posts final Watch video — Apple added the final three videos to its Apple Watch guided tour series on Thursday. The short videos show how to use Apple Pay as well as the fitness-related Activity and Workout apps.
Apple Watch runs ‘most’ of iOS 8.2, may use A5-equivalent processor — The Apple Watch is using ‘most’ of iOS 8.2, with a new subsystem called Carousel in place of the Springboard homescreen found on iPhones and iPads, developer Steve Troughton-Smith said on Thursday, also suggesting the Watch’s S1 processor appears to be equivalent to the Apple A5.
Apple beefing up Siri, speech and language teams with wave of new openings — Apple on Wednesday and Thursday opened up several job listings related to speech technology, Siri, and language recognition, suggesting intensified work on natural input for future products, AppleInsider has discovered.
Behind Alto’s Adventure — Here’s the interesting story behind the development of Alto’s Adventure, (AWT’s review + gameplay video here) the delightful snowboarding game that has been featured by Apple several times. The story starts when co-creators Ryan Cash and Jordan Rosenberg were just kids playing in the snow, and ends some amazing fan art and other accolades recognising their wonderful game.
Apple under fire once again for inconsistent App Store rule enforcement — Apple’s App Store review policies have found yet another unwanted spotlight after the company allegedly rejected an iOS app update because its developer mentioned Pebble’s competing smartwatch in the app’s metadata.