Stuart Breckenridge

Upcoming Requirements for watchOS 2 Apps

From Apple’s Developer Website:

Starting June 1, 2016, all new watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be native apps built with the watchOS 2 SDK or later.

In use, I honestly can’t tell the difference between an app built with watchOS 1 (WatchKit) vs watchOS 2: the performance is sluggish across all third-party apps on my Apple Watch.

Amazon Now Requires Prime Membership for Top Video Games

Tom Phillips at Eurogamer:

You now need a Prime subscription to buy games such as Grand Theft Auto 5, Rainbow Six: Siege or FIFA 16 direct from retail giant Amazon.

The bizarre change, spotted by Videogamer, appears to have quietly taken affect overnight.

But there’s a big caveat to the above. All of these games are still available to buy via Amazon through third-party sellers, whether you have Prime or not.

Despite being able to buy from third-party sellers, this is a disgraceful sales tactic to get people to subscribe to Prime, which is a shame because it’s generally fantastic value.

Tim Cook's Desk

Tim Cook has one of the most organised desks I’ve seen.1

I wonder why he still uses notepads when he has an iPad Pro?

  1. Alternatively, he’s stashed all the paperwork in a drawer for the purpose of the photo shoot. ↩︎

WWDC 2016 Announced

Apple have updated their developer portal with details of this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which will be held between June 13th and June 17th:

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off at the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for an unforgettable Monday as Apple’s renowned developer community comes together to learn about the future of OS X, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The Keynote and State of the Union promise exciting reveals, providing inspiration and new opportunities to continue creating the most innovative apps in the world. End the day by honoring the most remarkable developers of the year at the Apple Design Awards.

Tickets cost $1,599 (USD), or 2,318 downloads of a $0.99 app1. (I’ll be watching the sessions from home.)

  1. Subtracting 30% for Apple. ↩︎

Apple Pay with Amex Launching Soon in Singapore?

Update: Apple Pay is now available in Singapore. I was four days ahead of the curve.

My iPhone is setup with the region set to the United Kingdom, a result of which is that the Wallet app allows you to attempt to add Payment Cards. Today, I tested adding my Singapore Amex to Wallet and was greeted with the Terms & Conditions 1 for Amex usage with Apple Pay in Singapore.


Hopefully, Apple Pay will be launching soon in Singapore.

  1. The Terms & Conditions seem to confirm that only Amex cards issued directly from American Express, rather than via a third-party, will work with Apple Pay in Singapore. ↩︎