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Indie dev interested in bettering business? Get your Release Notes tickets now!

A conference focused on building successful businesses for indie Apple developers.

Release Notes takes place October 21 to 23, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. There will be talks from great speakers like our own Georgia Dow as well as Jim Dalrymple, Myke Hurley, Jean McDonald, and many, many more. There will be networking, facilitated by hosts Charles Perry and Joe Cieplinski. And most of all, there will be fun. The kind that leaves you better off than when you arrived.

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Tim Cook on why online cost breakdowns are bull$#!+

You see them after every Apple product launch — "breakdowns" of how much someone thinks the raw parts cost.

We've been ignoring them for a while now because, taken to the most ridiculous of extremes, they're kind of like saying a human life is only worth the price of the water and minerals that make it up. The "bill of materials" or BOM, though, even in the rare cases where those parts are properly identified and priced, only tells part of the story. Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, just said as much during the Q2 2015 conference call.

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iMore show 454 LIVE: Apple Watch 1st impressions!

Join Ally, Serenity, Georgia, Peter, and Rene for their initial Apple Watch impressions and a whole lot more!

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Flying the iPhone and iPad friendly skies

Where do you take devices that are small, incredibly convenient to use, and that store a ton of data? To the skies.

It seems like a natural fit. Why have reams and reams of paper documents when every manual pilots and other crew members need can fit on an iPad. Why have hard-to-use sales terminals or mobile devices when an iPad or iPhone point-of-sale can be easier and more visual to use, and can go with service personnel onto the flights?

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Apple Watch and the costs of custom faces

Unlike products from other vendors, Apple Watch won't allow for custom watch faces, at least not at launch.

This has led to the typical angst seen before any major Apple product launch, where the culture of the company and the limits of resources clash with the expectations and imaginations of customers everywhere. Whereby everywhere, I mean the internet.

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iMore show 452 live! Join us!

Join Ally, Peter, Serenity, and Rene as they talk Apple Watch try-ons, the new MacBook, Photos launch, and more!

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Which Apple Watch did you get?

Apple Watch is now available for pre-order, so the question becomes — which one did you pre-order?

Which Apple Watch did you get?

I went with the 42mm Space Black Apple Watch. 4-6 weeks delivery though. My mother and sister both went space gray Apple Watch Sport. Looks like 3-5 weeks delivery for them. Depending on the case and band you chose, and how fast you chose it, you might be getting yours on April 24... or sometime thereafter.

So, vote in the poll to the left to let me know which case you went with, and add your details, including shipping estimate below, including any extra bands you might have picked up. (I added a black sport band and a Milanese, because.)

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Code signing WatchKit apps with Xcode 6.3

WatchKit apps are basically extensions that live on the iPhone but present interface on the Apple Watch.

That means the code for the WatchKit app also has to live in the iPhone app, and that can add an extra dimension to code signing — the process whereby the developer attaches their credentials to the app, a requirement for App Store distribution. What if any difference does this make for developers?

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Success and the Apple Watch

Tech and fashion enthusiasts will help drive Apple Watch awareness, but the mainstream will determine its success.

How regular iPhone users approach the Apple Watch — how quickly they adopt it, how important it becomes to them for daily use, and what they get out of it — will not only be fascinating to see, but will be one of the best measures of how well it's really doing in the market.

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John Oliver on government surveillance

Privacy is one of the single most important issues of our time.

Apple is making it a top-tier, customer-facing feature and hoping it becomes a major competitive advantage. Because 'privacy' can seem ephemeral, and doesn't have the obvious value of money, so many of us trade it away with little or no thought. Humor and satire can often covey truth in a way no other medium can. Such is the case with John Oliver and this overview of the U.S. Patriot Act and interview with Edward Snowden.

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