Top iOS news of the week: Watch update, copy away, Home app

News in the iOS world this week covered the first update for Apple Watch OS, a judge opens iPhone design to the world, and the watch will soon hit retail stores for purchase.

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Judge: Anyone can copy iPhone design because it's functional

A judge hearing the appeal that Samsung copied the iPhone's design has ruled that since it is functional it is not protected. This likely means that not only has Samsung not infringed on Apple's design, but others in the future can too.

The appeal was filed by Samsung seeking to overturn damages earlier awarded to the company.

Source: CNN Money

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First Apple Watch OS update released

Apple Watch OS version 1.0.1 has been released that adds features and security fixes. Apple also says that performance has been improved in the new version. Reviews of the Apple Watch have regularly complained about the slow app launch times.

The update comes shortly after the watch started shipping. Looks like the first thing that Apple Watch buyers must do when finally receiving their purchase is update the OS.

Source: ZDNet

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Report: Upcoming Home app to coordinate HomeKit accessories

Apple is reportedly going to announce a Home app for iOS that will pull all HomeKit functions into the one app. This would be a sort of hub for smart home (HomeKit) accessories that will soon be released.

The firm is not saying a word so take this with a grain of salt.

Source: ZDNet

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Apple Watch to be available in retail stores in June

Demand has been strong for the Apple Watch as it's only been availlable for purchase online. That will change in a few weeks as Tim Cook has stated the watch will be in Apple retail stores globally in June.

Cook told employees in China that the Apple Watch will be available for purchase worldwide in June.

Source: Slashgear

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