Apple changing its attitude on appsDevelopers 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.
Apple is changing its attitude on apps. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. [MUSIC]. Apple dropped a ton of software news on Monday at its annual developers conference. And in the last update show, I gave you a quick rundown of the big changes to the operating systems on mobile and Mac computers, but there were several tiny changes that can make a big impact. Apple is loosening its grip of controlling what apps can do and the developers now can tinker more with the iPhone experience. They can make new styles of on screen keyboards which was off limits before. Future apps will be able to use the fingerprint scanner on the Home button. So, you can bet some apps will use it for a mobile payments or added banking security. And speaking of payments, Apple is reversing its stamp on BitCoin. It updated its guidelines for apps to be able to use approved virtual currencies. So, maybe we'll see a BitCoin payment app again on the iPhone. The notification pull-down menu will have interactive alerts and widgets. For example, you could increase your bid on eBay from the notifications bar, instead of going into the app. You can download extensions to the Safari web browser, so app's like Pinterest can make it easy to share from a web site. Now this increased programing freedom is starting to sound a little like Android, isn't it. There is a price for this freedom, Apple also rolled out changes that could make you feel locked into their world. If Apple makes it annoying to jump to another system like Android then you'll be encouraged to keep buying all Apple products. Messaging, photos, and iCloud Drive are the key to keep you in Apple's universe. If apps on an iPhone talk easily to the MAC, well, then you won't want to mix and match Apple with Windows or Android. Now Apple wants to hook you in with more photo editing tools, but Google is still putting up a good fight. Google updated the Google Plus app on iOS with new photo sharing and photo editing tools. The changes rolled out to Android last month, but they're now on the iPhone and iPad. Also in mobile, there has been lots of attention on wearable computers like smart watches. And many new Android models will be coming out this year. We're still waiting to see what Apple is working on. But one company has an idea, where you can smarten up your existing watch whenever you want to. The product is called Glance. And it's a Bluetooth accessory that slips onto the band of your watch. The screen can alert you to messages or calls. It gives you motion sensors for fitness tracking. And you can even use it as a clickable air mouse remote using your hand gestures. It's not the most stylish gadget, but it is different. A $70 pledge on Kick Starter can get you one. That's your tech news update. You could always head to cnet.com for more. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.