Apple changing its attitude on apps

Developers will have more freedom with the next iPhone, as Apple lifts some restrictions and adds widgets. Meanwhile, the Google+ iOS app gets new photo-editing tools, and Glance turns a regular watch into a smartwatch.

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In this CNET Update roundup, learn how some of the small changes to iOS 8 could mean big things for the future of iPhone apps. Apple is giving app developers more freedom, but it wants consumers to lock themselves in the universe of Apple hardware.

As part of the iOS software update, Apple is adding new photo-editing tools to keep up with growing competition. Google+ updated its iOS app with Stories and other features already on Android. Instagram just updated its app with new editing tools.

Also in mobile, wearable computers are getting plenty of attention. Several Android models will come out this year, and we're still waiting to see what Apple is working on. But one product has a different approach to the trend. Glance hooks on the band of your regular watch to give you a small screen for notifications. It also can turn your hand into a mouse pointer. But you'll need to dish out $70 on Kickstarter if you want to see it become a reality.

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