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HisWords Watch on your home screen

Earlier today, I released a new version of HisWords, version 2.2, which includes a brand new companion Apple Watch app! I figured, brand new platform, why not explore it further?

Like most Apple Watch apps at this point in time, HisWords Watch zooms in with laser focus on just one simple task: getting to a passage, verse, or chapter in the Bible as quickly as possible, reading it, then leaving the app. You may question the use of technology like this in the middle of a Church sermon, but let’s leave that discussion for another time!

Introducing HisWords Watch

When you update to HisWords 2.2, you’ll be greeted with the HisWords logo on your Watch home screen, albeit a fancy round version of it. …

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Two weeks ago I caved in to the wearables market, and ordered a Pebble watch. I figured, “if everyone is talking about wearables, wearing them and loving them, how bad can they be?” I never liked wearing a watch, because I found it uncomfortable, and only provided rare utility. Once in awhile I would need to check the time, and my phone did that anyways, so why have this heavy metallic object strapped to my wrist at all times?

I am however, a sucker for gadgets. If there are millions of people around the world raving about how great wearables are and how their lives have changed, that makes me wonder what I’m missing out on. So I started doing some research — lots of research actually — to find out which wearable was right for me. Long story short, I decided to buy the original Pebble, at its new price of $99 (down from $150). Its sleeker sibling, the Pebble Steel, costs $199, down from originally $250. Although the Steel looks incredibly sexy, I wasn’t a fan of the leather or the stainless steel bands that it was compatible with, so I chose the original Pebble instead with its silicone band. …

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I spent an afternoon tinkering in Xcode to get the Bible app HisWords up to scratch with the latest goodies from Apple. I unfortunately couldn’t spend more time than that since work keeps me in Xcode long enough during the week, and it has been a particularly busy few weeks.

HisWord 2.1 is a modest update in terms of appearance, but incorporates some nice new features. I know I know, I didn’t have time to get rid of those skeumorphic ribbons. If you’re artistically-inclined and want to help me out, let me know!

iPhone 6/6+ Compatibility

First up is iPhone 6 and 6+ support, so you can refer to the text in beautiful, clear, native resolutions on those big screens (if you’re lucky enough to have one). Of course, this maintains compatibility with all other devices, iPads included. …

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Apple Pay is Apple’s most recent cloud service offering, looking to revolutionize mobile payments; actually just all of payments as a whole. Your wallet, that thick foldable pocket accessory that contains your bills and cards that have been with us since the start of time, is Apple’s primary target with Apple Pay. Not in the sense that it wants to squeeze every last penny out of you (or is it?); Apple’s dream is to create a payment ecosystem widespread and robust enough that you can leave your wallet at home.

Now, Apple is certainly not the first company to venture into this market and make “revolutionize the way we pay” their tagline. Square tried its hand with Square Wallet and promptly gave up altogether. PayPal still seems to be in the game, but it’s no secret that’s not doing too well. Google Wallet seems to be in a slightly better state, with merchants like Walgreens supporting payments through it via NFC. But still, certainly no revolution yet. Would you literally leave your wallet at home and bring only your smartphone with you to go shopping, even if you had a combination of all of the existing payment apps? …


Isaac Lim

iOS dev @Airbnb. I like making apps that look nice, and have some thoughts about tech.

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