Tag Archives: Apple Watch

iPad Pro and Pencil, Home app webpage, Apple TV 2, Watch success


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New Apple iPad Pro spot shows power of Apple Pencil to sign documents — Apple has a new entrant in its iPad Pro commercials where the company responds to tweets from real people. The new one is called No more printing, and shows how to use iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to sign documents. This is the fifth spot in the series, making it likely they’re performing well for Apple.

Apple updates Home app webpage with new promotional video, design — In an update to its webpage on Wednesday, Apple refreshed the design of a mini-site dedicated to iOS 10’s Home app and debuted a video showing off some of the smarthome software’s best features.

Apple declares second-gen Apple TV ‘obsolete,’ halts most hardware support — Apple this week added the second-generation Apple TV to its list of vintage and obsolete products, rendering it ineligible for repairs in most parts of the world.

IDC: Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 are a ‘magnificent success’ — The worldwide wearables market reached a new all-time high as shipments reached 33.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), growing 16.9% year over year. Shipments for the entire year grew 25% as new vendors entered the market and previous champions refreshed their product lineups. Apple’s Watch had its best quarter ever.

79% iOS 10, Instagram app, Apple Watch battery life


(Image from Digital Trends)
(Image from Digital Trends)

iOS 10 now installed on 79% of Apple’s mobile devices — A little over 5 months after the update’s release, iOS 10 had made it onto 79% of iOS devices, according to official Apple statistics shared with developers.

Instagram’s iPhone app adds support for uploading multiple photos & videos in one post — Facebook’s Instagram on Wednesday announced support for uploading up to 10 photos and videos in a single post, potentially radically changing how people use the social network.

How to make your Apple Watch battery last longer — For some heavy Apple Watch users constantly checking their wrists, Apple’s wearable device may not quite provide the 18-hour battery life the company advertises. For Apple Watch addicts, AppleInsider offers a handful of simple things you can do to squeeze some extra time out of your battery.

Prince arrives on Apple Music, closing Activity Rings on Apple Watch


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Prince’s Warner Brothers music catalog lands on Apple Music, other streaming services — After Prince abruptly pulled his music from all streaming services save for Tidal in 2015, the Purple One’s Warner Brothers catalogue, which contains a majority of his biggest hits, has returned. Warner Brothers has made its collection of Prince tunes available to all streaming platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify.

Apple shares new Apple Watch Series 2 ad featuring Activity rings
— Apple has posted a short commercial spot highlighting the health tracking functions of Apple Watch Series 2, urging users to keep fit by closing their Activity app rings. You can watch the spot at Apple Insider.

iPad Air 2, must-know AirPod commands, Apple Watch apps


The world of Apple Watch Apps is blossoming
The world of Apple Watch Apps is blossoming

Stock-outs could signal the death of Apple’s iPad Air 2 ahead of expected lineup refresh — Inventory of Apple’s entry-level 9.7-inch iPad continues to dry up with a trio of new models rumoured to soon launch, potentially suggesting the popular iPad Air 2 will be axed for a new model with faster processor.

Must-know Siri commands for Apple’s wireless AirPods — To keep AirPods as hassle-free – and aesthetically pleasing – as possible, Apple opted to completely replace physical controls with Siri voice commands, a first for the company. AppleInsider compiled a few key phrases new AirPods owners should know in order to get the most out of their purchase.

Blossoming world of Apple Watch Apps — A key feature to the Apple Watch’s much-improved app experience is the App Dock, new in watchOS 3. It brings significant changes to app performance and your ability to quickly open your most important apps, do your thing, and get on with your day: one of the Watch’s core purposes for existing. If you aren’t familiar, check out The Mac Observer’s quick tip on the App Dock, then come back here to find some great apps with which to fill it.
And here’s how to find, install and remove said Apps, and how to force close Apple Watch apps in watchOS 3.

iOS 10.3 faster, redesigned Evernote, watchOS 3.2 beta


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Speed Test shows iOS 10.3 starts 6 seconds faster on iPhone 5s — iAppleBytes did some speed tests comparing iOS 10.2.1 and iOS 10.3, with its new file system. In a video, the site shows startup times on an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 5s. The device on the left of each pair is running iOS 10.2.1, the current shipping version of iOS.

Redesigned Evernote 8.0.3 for iPhone and iPad brings major design revamp — Evernote is a free note-taking and note-keeping service for iOS, Mac, PCs and online. Recently, the iPhone and iPad app versions were updated to 8.0.3, which brought a totally new look and improvements to functionality.
The latest revision to the Evernote app for iPhone and iPad notebook app aims to speed up the service – AppleInsider takes a few notes.

Apple makes watchOS 3.2 beta with Theater Mode, SiriKit available for developers — Nearly a week after the last set of betas for macOS and iOS, Apple has made available the first beta of watchOS 3.2 for developers.

MagBytes 83 for January 2017


mb83The Swiss have arrived so seize the carp! OK, I’m not very good at French and Latin, but MagBytes 83 is here, full of news, views, tips and tricks for all Apple users, free and bulging with info in electronic form.

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THIS LINK —> issue83jan17 to get this PDF magazine on your device and/or computer.

Find your AirPods, Apple Pay, developer feedback, iPhone spectroscopy chip, Watch in movies


An iPhone case has a chip that analyses food and drinks for things like caffeine and gluten levels
An iPhone case has a chip that analyses food and drinks for things like caffeine and gluten levels

iOS 10.3 for iPhone and iPad adds Find My AirPods feature — If you’re worried about losing your fancy new AirPods, Apple has your back — or your ear. iOS 10.3, which was released as a beta to developers on Tuesday so will be with general users soon, includes a newFind My AirPods feature to help you track down your wayward wireless earpods.

Apple Pay use is on the rise — Consumer spending analytics company TXN says that Apple Pay is on the rise, based on data from its panel of over three million consumers. Analysis of credit card bills from banks that distinguish Apple Pay transactions suggest that usage of the payment method grew by slightly over 50% in the 12 months ending December 2016.

Apple allowing developers to respond to user reviews in App Stores with iOS 10.3, more improvements coming — As part of feedback collected by Apple, when iOS 10.3 ships to customers the company is adding the ability for an app’s developer to respond to complaints or praise, with the response available for all to see in the App Store —and more improvements for developers are coming.

New microchip could bring portable spectroscopy to iPhone, Apple Watch — Si-Ware on Tuesday revealed an iPhone-compatible spectroscopy chip, the NeoSpectra Micro, which could potentially expand the uses of both mobile devices and wearables in areas like health, science, and nutrition.

Apple Watch to get Theater Mode, more in watchOS 3.2 — Your Apple Watch is about to become far less annoying in movie theaters because the Theater Mode feature rumoured to be coming to the iPhone is actually destined for your wrist. Apple tipped off developers to that feature and more in an overview of what’s coming in watchOS 3.2.

Runkeeper goes iPhone-free, Cook denies Watch sales tanking


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Now you can use Runkeeper without your iPhone thanks to Apple Watch Series 2 upgrade — The best reason to buy an Apple Watch Series 2 is so you can track workouts without carrying on iPhone. The watch’s native Workout app logs runs, swims, and bike rides with help from built-in GPS, but if you’ve been tracking exercise with a third-party app for years, switching is a pain. Runkeeper just updated its Watch app with support for the Series 2 so you can log your runs, no iPhone required.

Tim Cook denies that Apple Watch sales are tanking — Apple CEO Tim Cook refutes the data from the IDC research group that says Apple Watch sales dipped 71% year-over-year from 3.9 million units in the this quarter of 2015 to 1.1 million units in the third quarter of 2016.
In an email to Reuters, Cook wrote that said the gadget’s sell-through — a measure of how many units are sold to consumers, rather than simply stocked on retailers’ shelves — reached a new high in quarter three of 2016.

iPad leads shrinking market, another iOS update, palm-to-silence Watch


iPad Air 2 from Apple's NZ iPad page
iPad Air 2 from Apple’s NZ iPad page

Led by Air & mini, Apple’s iPad grows lead in shrinking global tablet market — Even with iPad shipments and the market as a whole shrinking year-over-year, Apple still managed to grow its share of the tablet industry in the September quarter, according to research data published on Monday. Apple’s share increased from 19.6% to 21.5%, IDC noted, keeping it ahead of Samsung, which slipped from 16% to 15.1%. Amazon meanwhile leapt from 1.5%t to 7.3%, putting it ahead of Lenovo and Huawei.

Apple issues iOS 10.1.1 with fix for viewing data in Health app — Apple just issued a minor update for iOS, fixing a problem that could prevent some users from viewing data in the Health app. The lack of betas prior to Monday’s release suggest that there many not be any changes beyond the fix for Health. iOS 10.1.1 is now available to download via Software Update or when connecting an iOS device to a Mac or PC via iTunes.

How to use your palm to enable Silent Mode on an Apple Watch — If you need to quickly turn silence your Apple Watch’s notifications, you can do it with your palm.
With your free hand (the non-Apple Watch hand), cover the display of the smartwatch. In about three seconds, the notification will shut up as the smartwatch enters Silent Mode. In this mode, you’ll still feel taps for new notifications.

Recalibrate Fitness Tracking, how to use Gestures, and activate Power Reserve manually


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How to recalibrate Apple Watch Fitness Tracking — If you have calibrated your Apple Watch for better step count and distance accuracy, but something went wonky and it’s wrong again, there’s an easy fix, and a great excuse to get outside to walk some more. Read on to learn how to reset your Apple Watch fitness tracking calibration.

How to use gestures on your Apple Watch — You can use a variety of gestures to interact with your Apple Watch. When you touch the screen, your watch uses Force Touch technology to sense how hard you press.
You can tap the screen to select a button or item. Drag your finger across the screen to scroll or adjust a slider.

How to Find & Activate Power Reserve manually in watchOS 3 — In watchOS 3, there are no more Glances, so Apple had to relocate the manual activation of Power Reserve to the Control Center. Power Reserve is used on the Apple Watch to extend the battery life in a critical situation. It’s probably a feature that was conceived early on when Apple engineers weren’t sure the Apple Watch Series 0 could make it through an entire day without a recharge. Here’s how to use it.