Tag Archives: iPod touch

iPod shuffle & nano killed, App Store dominates Google, iOS 11 doc scanning, HomePod info safe, GoPro QuickStories


Apple kills iPod nano, iPod shuffle lines after nearly 12 years of service — Ending an era, the iPod nano and iPod shuffle have been officially discontinued, leaving only the A8 iPod touch as the sole survivor of the iPod line.
Apple has offset the loss of the legacy iPods by doubling the capacity of the iPod touch to 32 gigabytes for NZ$319/US$199, or 128 gigabytes for NZ$479/US$299. The touch still has the same A8 processor, but the 16- and 64-gigabyte models have been deleted from the simplified lineup. [The touch is basically an iPhone without calling. In a WiFi zone it can message, get email and browse the ’net, and it can of course run most apps.]

Apple iOS App Store continues dominance over Google Play in earnings battle, gap widening — While iOS App Store purchase volume may be losing ground from a marketshare perspective by number of downloads, Apple continues to dominate the market in consumer spending by a wide margin and is still growing.
Meanwhile, Google plans to merge Play Music & YouTube Red into new service, creating a stronger service in the face of competition like the increasingly video-saturated Apple Music.

Hands-on with iOS 11’s new Document Scanner — When iOS 11 debuts this fall, users will be able to take advantage of a new feature in the Notes app that automatically senses and scans documents, makes crops, adjusts image settings to remove tilt and glare, and allows on-the-fly markups using a finger or Apple Pencil. AppleInsider goes hands on with the function in this video.

Aha’s Take On Me recreated on ARKit — Trixi Studios has recreated the hand sketched style from the 1980’s A-ha Take On Me music video, but instead of working with a series of drawings they let ARKit do the heavy lifting.

Unlike Roomba, Apple confirms it won’t upload, share or sell your home data from HomePod — With vacuum maker iRobot looking to sell user’s house maps to smart home vendors, an AppleInsider reader asked Apple what it planned to do with data collected by the HomePod’s room mapping technology. Unsurprisingly, Apple confirmed it has no intention of saving or sharing information about a user’s home layout.

GoPro launches QuikStories automated video creation tool, rebrands GoPro app — Camera manufacturer GoPro on Thursday officially launched QuikStories, a video creation solution that automatically pulls content off Hero 5 and Hero 5 Session cameras and generates custom movies complete with special effects, music syncing and more.

blood glucose kit, iOS revenue, game reappears, weather app alerts, iPad voice editing, drone crashes and dies, Watch activity


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One Drop launches Chrome Blood Glucose Monitoring with HealthKit on Apple’s online store — One Drop on Wednesday launched the Chrome Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit on Apple’s online store, offering a heavily iOS-based option for people suffering from diabetes. The centrepiece of the kit is its FDA-certified meter, which transmits data to the One Drop Mobile app via Bluetooth. On top of iPhone and iPod touch support, a companion Apple Watch app is available. Also bundled are a lancing device, 10 lancets, and 100 test strips.

Apple revenues from iOS ecosystem should exceed $1 trillion this year, according to analyst — According to independent analyst Horace Dediu, Apple’s iOS hardware ecosystem and related services is on schedule to generate a cumulative $1 trillion sometime in 2017, a milestone for a consumer product.

Rejected by Apple a year ago, ‘The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth’ accepted into App Store with no changes — Cult indie game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is now available to download from the App Store, after previously being rejected by Apple over themes of violence towards children. What led to this was application of a 17+ rating.

The complete guide to weather alerts on the iPhone — If you’re in, or heading to, the Northern Hemisphere and the depths of winter, there are often severe thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes across the southern states or blizzards in the north. You can use your iPhone to gain advance warning and perhaps even life-saving information.

Adobe concept demonstrates editing images on iPad using just your voice — Photographs may be edited by voice commands alone in the future, creative software producer Adobe hopes, showcasing a new proof-of-concept video that shows a Siri-like digital assistant on an iPad being used to make changes to an image.

After $34M in preorders, iOS-connected self-flying drone project Lily crashes, will issue refunds — Citing production issues, the makers of Lily, an autonomous, iOS-connected drone that aimed to simplify aerial photography, has announced their project has been completely cancelled, and refunds will be issued to customers over the next 60 days.

Apple Watch and iPhone: filtering your Activity Data — If you’re using an Apple Watch and the iPhone’s Activity app to track your workouts, then you should go in and check out all of the ways you can view and sort your data. One of the most interesting things you can do, I think, is to filter your workouts by type, so you can get a good idea of how you’re progressing over time. So to do this, first open the Activity app, and then tap the “Workouts” tab.

Honda CarPlay, Record Bird keeps you musically up to date


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2017 Honda gets enhanced Apple CarPlay support — Honda has announced fresh updates to the award-winning Honda Pilot for the 2017 model year. It will now be available with Apple CarPlay and Android Autofunctionality, a new fingerprint resistant touchscreen and an expanded interior color palette.

Record Bird keeps you up to date on artist new releases by scanning your Apple Music library — Record Bird is a free iPhone app that allows users to be informed about new and upcoming music releases from their favorite artists. And this week it was updated to add support for Apple Music, making it easier than ever to be in the know about upcoming album releases. Record Bird version 1.3 is now available on the iOS App Store, adding Apple Music integration, alongside previous support for Spotify and Facebook. By granting access, Record Bird can scan artists in a user’s library from all three services, automatically adding them to a list of followed artists.

Mystery circuit, Two-Factor Authentication, revamped Music, Rome Total War, Turner FilmStruck


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X-ray of Apple’s iPhone 7 Lightning headphone adapter finds mystery circuit, likely for DAC — Apple’s new Lightning to 3.5-millimeter headphone adapter , bundled with every new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and also sold separately for US$9, features a unique integrated circuit, the purpose of which cannot be verified, but has likely been deduced. The repair experts at iFixit and Creative Electron took an X-ray view of Apple’s new cable, finding a surprising amount of circuitry inside of Apple’s diminutive adapter. In particular, the Lightning connector is accompanied by a “mystery” integrated circuit identified only by an Apple part number: “338S00140 A0SM1624 TW.”

How to set up two-factor authentication is different to two-step verification — Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID designed to ensure that you’re the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password. It’s a useful feature – and one that’s necessary if you plan to use your Apple Watch to automatically unlock your Mac.

Google’s Pixel XL priced like an iPhone 7 Plus but half as fast, lacks many key features — Google’s latest effort to show off its vision for ‘Pure Android’ hardware costs the same as Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus but is half as fast, lacks Optical Image Stabilization, a telephoto lens, weather resistance, support for wide color gamut and stereo speakers. [Maybe that is Google’s vision for the future?]

Apple Music app updates help users manage tracks across devices — Apple’s newly released iOS 10 features a revamped Music app and updated Apple Music service. These changes make life a bit easier in terms of listening to, and accessing, music on Apple devices.

Rome:Total war for iPad — Feral Interactive has announced pricing for ROME: Total War. The popular PC and Mac real-time combat and turn-based economy and politics game is scheduled for an “autumn” release. It requires iPad Air or newer or iPad mini 2 or newer. It’s been rebuilt for iOS, including developing gesture-based controls to replace the mouse-driven controls of its desktop beginnings. It’s going to cost US$9.99 on iPad, so about NZ$15.

Turner is launching its FilmStruck video-on-demand platform on iOS, Apple TV, other platforms — More good news for cord cutters and would-be cord cutters: global media company Turner plans to launch FilmStruck, the company’s first domestic subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, on Oct. 19. It will be exclusively on Amazon Fire TV, web, iOS and Android devices at launch, and on Apple TV and other platforms and devices in the coming months.

Dr Mac on iPhone 7 Plus, camera rocks, managing Siri, Skype, watchOS 3 Dock


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Dr Mac’s first impression: iPhone 7 Plus — Bob LeVitus has been using a Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB of storage and testing it side-by-side with its predecessor, an iPhone 6s Plus with 128GB ever since. Here are his first impressions of iPhone 7 Plus after just 48 hours, including noticing that the stereo speakers on the iPhone 7 Plus are louder and clearer, and sound way better than any iPhone before it. Bob also writes “…let me close by saying the iPhone 7 Plus camera is the best I’ve ever seen, and its new Portrait camera mode (now in beta) is nothing short of astonishing. Check out this example and see if you can figure out which one was shot using Portrait mode.”

And that’s not surprising, since Apple’s iPhone 7 camera tops competition despite smaller sensor in DxOMark review — Imaging specialist DxO recently wrapped up its evaluation of Apple’s iPhone 7, noting the new smartphone flagship raises an already high bar set by previous models thanks to Digital Cinema (DCI-P3) colour gamut support, class-leading image stabilisation, fast autofocus and other enhancements.

Managing Siri’s third party app voice control in iOS 10 — iOS 10 opens Siri to third party apps so you can say things like, “Hey Siri, get me an Uber.” If you don’t want Siri calling rides for you, or Siri says it can’t, it’s time for a trip to your iPhone’s Settings to manage which apps Siri can control. Read on to learn how.

Skype adds Lock Screen and Siri integration on iOS 10 — With version 6.25, Skype for iOS brings two iOS 10 features forward: lock screen and Siri integration. Now when you get a Skype call, your iPhone rings just like it would for a normal phone call.

Configure your new Dock in watchOS 3 — Melissa Holt points out that you may have heard that watchOS 3 eliminated the Friends view, which you used to be able to access by pressing the side button once. Now pressing that button will instead bring up the Dock.

Mickey and Minnie speak in watchOS 3, Maps changes in iOS 10, Microsoft Office app for burger flippers


Mickey and the new Minnie Mouse faces can speak the time in watchOS 3
Mickey and the new Minnie Mouse faces can speak the time in watchOS 3

Mickey and Minnie Mouse can now speak the time in watchOS 3 — One of the coolest Apple Watch faces has been Mickey Mouse, tapping his foot in time with the seconds. watchOS 3 adds Minnie to the fun, plus they can each speak the time out loud with a tap. I’ll show you how. (watchOS 3 doesn’t automatically install the Minnie face so you’ll need go to this Apple forum discussion to find out how.) And this is how to get them to talk.

iOS 10 Maps ‘Overview’ buttons moved to a swipe-Up drawer — The Maps app got a major overhaul in iOS 10. It has a new look and feel and a new layout. One of the basic changes is that the Overview button moved from the main interface to the drawer at the bottom of the screen. Here’s how to find it. And here’s how to use Maps Extensions.

Microsoft app helps staffing rosters — A new Microsoft app for Office 365, StaffHub, seeks to make rostering easier and replace the break room calendar. StaffHub has a couple of key differences to Calendar-style apps: workers can swap shifts themselves or ask others to cover for them. StaffHub’s also a messaging app, so, for instance, one cook can send another cook a message about an ingredient shipment that’s scheduled to arrive. (Microsoft didn’t say, but those employee-to-employee messages would presumably be monitored by an employer.) The other difference from your typical shared calendar, unfortunately, is the price: A company must be signed up with at least an Office 365 kiosk license to use it, which costs $4 per user, per month.

iPhone 7 sales, laps Note 7, display, dunk test, cellular glitch, lots of the new features in iOS 10


(Image from Apple NZ's iPhone 7 page.)
(Image from Apple NZ’s iPhone 7 page)

iPhone 7/7 Plus adoption rate looks similar to that of previous models — During the first weekend of sales, the iPhone 7 grabbed 1% of the device market share, while the iPhone 7 Plus accounts for .2%. That’s about on par with the adoption rate of earlier Apple smartphone models, according to Localytics.

iPhone 7 laps Galaxy Note 7 — The iPhone 7 goes all the way through the test suite twice before the Galaxy Note 7 finished the first ‘lap’. At least the Galaxy Note 7 didn’t explode during testing…

The iPhone 7’s sleeper hit feature is its display — The iPhone 7 still has an LCD display, but it’s better by far than most of the competition. “It is by far the best performing mobile LCD display that we have ever tested, and it breaks many display performance records,” DisplayMate President Dr Raymond Soneira wrote in the shoot-out report published Monday.

Deep water testing of iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 (7 is better) — YouTube channel EverythingApplePro has made a wildly popular video (over 1.5 million views) showing just how waterproof the newest iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S phone are. The results are incredible, with both phones surpassing their IPX7 (iPhone 7) and IPX8 ratings. The two phones are put into a hole-riddled paint can, then lowered into the Columbia River for 5 minutes at various depths.
If you don’t want to watch it all the way through, the iPhone 7 did survive at 35 feet (10m) for 5 minutes, although it had a bit of water damage. The Galaxy S7 did not survive. [So the 7 is faster looks better and is more waterproof. And doesn’t catch fire.]

Apple is investigating an iPhone 7/7 Plus issue involving loss of cellular service/Airplane Mode — Apple is investigating an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus issue that can result in the loss of cellular service after turning off Airplane Mode on the devices, according to internal documents obtained by MacRumors.

Settings in iOS 10: every notable change you need to know — Once you upgrade to iOS 10, take some time to peruse the Settings app to tweak your device to your liking. Heres how to enable ‘Rest Finger to Open’ in iOS 10, 23 things you can do in iOS 10 that you couldn’t do before, and finally, how to use the ‘People’ feature of iOS 10 Photos, everything that’s new in Messages.

iOS 10, iPhone 7, ExoLens, Apple Watch Series 2


The US $250 ExoLens Pro Telephoto Kit has Optics by ZEISS
The US $250 ExoLens Pro Telephoto Kit has Optics by ZEISS

iOS 10 — At first glance, the lock screen hasn’t changed much in iOS 10. But once I started poking around in the public beta, it was obvious there was more than meets the eye. Apple has made a number of additions, improvements, and changes to the iOS 10 lock screen, and some of them might be a little disorienting. Just because you can technically install and run iOS 10 on an iPhone 5 and 5c doesn’t mean you’ll be able to use all of its features. Obvious limitations like 3D Touch and Apple Pay aside, here are some of the iOS 10 features you’ll miss if you’re running the iPhone 5 or 5c.
With the launch of iOS 10, there is Voicemail Transcription [Voicemail wasn’t properly supported in NZ as a telco policy]. Apple has made one very important change that could affect the lives of millions of other people, too: users can now register to become an organ donor directly from within the Health app, at least in the US. And Apple cracking down on gif search terms in iOS 10 Messages after porn discovery.

iPhone 7 — Apple fans have lined up worldwide for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2. Apple’s iPhone 7 & 7 Plus survive early drop and water testsThe iPhone 7 solid-state home button works on capacitive touch, gloved users take note. Apple updated its iconic home button from a mechanical push-button design to a solid-state sensor stack, meaning it requires direct contact with skin, or a capacitive glove, to operate. The gang at iFixIt took a look at what contributes to that stellar IP67 rating. Here’s how to force reboot your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, since the procedure has changed.

ExoLens previews new products for the iPhone 7/7 Plus — ExoLens has announced four new products for the iPhone 7/7 Plus. The $199.99 ExoLens Pro Wide-Angle Kit (pictured) with Optics by ZEISS is a pro-level, mobile accessory lens for photographers, artists, and journalists. Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and look forward to dual lenses.

iFixIt tears down the Apple Watch Series 2 — The gang at iFixIt, who tears apart tech products so you don’t have to, has completed its teardown of the Apple Watch Series 2. They say that, or the most part, the Series 2 is a typical second revision Apple device: it looks almost exactly the same on the outside, but it’s super refined and a bit easier to work with on the inside. And here’s a closer look at Apple Watch Series 2 and the long path Apple took to the world of wearables.

iPhone 7 record, cases, iOS 10 adoption, inside iOS 10, iRig HD 2


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Launch day iPhone 7 Plus, jet black iPhone 7 allotment sold out, Apple says — Less than six days after iPhone 7 preorders went live, Apple on Wednesday confirmed the initial allotment of 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus models have sold out globally, meaning fans looking to nab one at a brick-and-mortar retail outlet without a reservation on launch day are out of luck. The full statement indicates jet black 4.7-inch iPhone 7 versions are completely sold out as well. [Yeah, who wouldn’t want the shiny deep black one? Beats pink I mean rose gold any day, right?]
Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster estimates iPhone 7 opening weekend sales were at over 14 million, a huge new record. Lots of iPhone 7 cases are already available for preorder in New Zealand, from Under Armor Gear, NVS, Skech, Moshi, Catalyst, Native Union, Twelve South and Sonix. Macworld has looked at some.

Adoption of Apple’s iOS 10 already at 15% in early tracking data — Just 24 hours after launch, adoption of iOS 10 is sitting at 14.86% of Apple mobile devices, according to tracking data published on Wednesday.

Inside iOS 10: Photos Memories will generate slideshow movies automatically — The revamped Photos app in iOS 10 app includes a new Memories tab, which not only groups photos into events automatically but creates customisable slideshow movies for them. And Apple Maps will remember where you parked your car.

iRig HD 2 lets you connect guitar, 3.5mm headphone to Apple’s iPhone via Lightning — IK Multimedia on Thursday announced its next-generation iRig HD 2 digital guitar interface, featuring Lightning connectivity that will allow users to simultaneously connect both a guitar amp and 3.5-millimeter headphone to the new iPhone 7. [It doesn’t need a 3.5mm jack and gives you pure digital audio – smart!]

Back up for iOS 10, iPhone 7 specs and features, those cameras, raise to wake, apps arriving, Facebook bots


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Back up your iPhone and iPad today to prepare for iOS 10 tomorrow — The full public release of iOS 10 will be available to everyone tomorrow. In many ways, the new iOS will be like getting a new phone as it adds many features, but as is always, today would be a great time to make sure your iPhone or iPad is backed up. Though unlikely, something could go amiss or you may simply decide that iOS 10 is not for you at this point and want to revert back to iOS 9.3.5 after the update. Here’s how.
You might be wondering if your iPhone can run the new operating system, so here’s the compatibility list (via Apple) posted at Apple World Today.

iPhone 7 & 7 Plus have bigger batteries than iPhone 6s line — The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 features a 1960 milliamp-hour battery, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus includes a 2900 milliamp-hour supply – both significant increases over their predecessors, a report noted on Monday. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus feature 1715 and 2750 milliamp-hour batteries.

iPhone 7 Plus vs. iPhone 7 camera: Dual lenses provide major upgrade potential — Apple’s choice of an all-new dual-sensor camera module on the iPhone 7 Plus steals the show, making it a compelling upsell from the 12-megapixel single lens on the iPhone 7. If you’re still torn deciding between which model is for you, here’s a comparison of what the iPhone 7 Plus camera offers over the iPhone 7. Sports Illustrated has shared NFL gameday photos promoting dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus, and  ESPN has been snapping pics too, with one at the US Open Tennis Championships. Landon Nordeman used an iPhone 7 Plus in lieu of his DSLR setup, and the shots he got were pretty amazing.

How iOS 10 Raise to Wake and the new lock screen are going to change your world — Steven Sande has been playing around with the various beta versions of iOS 10 for months now [me too], so he’s had time to get used to some of the new features. One that might surprise owners of any iPhone is just how different the experience of picking up your device and unlocking is with iOS 10. Your new and old iPhones will react when you pick them up to use themas well.
The Mac Observer tells you how it can announce calls, too.

Apps for iOS 10, including Messages apps, begin arriving on iOS App Store — Ahead of the launch of iOS 10, Apple has begun allowing apps designed for the new operating system onto the App Store, including downloads that tap into the new Messages integration feature.

Facebook switches on bot-based purchases in Messenger — Facebook has announced that one of the key poles of its bot strategy, chat-based purchases, will soon take effect for users of its Messenger app.

Samsung recall, Snapchat Bluetooth, Elgato expanding HomeKit offerings


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Samsung urged to officially recall Galaxy Note 7 to prevent resale of a dangerous product — A leading consumer advocacy group has urged Samsung to perform an official recall of its Galaxy Note 7 following reports that its battery may explode while charging. When Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone two weeks ago, it appeared to have a critical and commercial hit, with an estimated 2.5 million sales. In New Zealand, a recall has been posted. [What a gift to Apple on the eve of an iPhone 7 launch.]

Snapchat joins Apple on Bluetooth consortium, plots wearable augmented reality hardware — The latest member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is growing social media platform Snapchat, amidst rumors the company is working on a wearable augmented reality device that will expand its presence into hardware.

Elgato soon to expand its HomeKit Eve peripheral line with motion sensor — Elgato appears to be growing its stable of home automation devices, with the the first HomeKit compatible motion sensor called the Eve Motion spotted in Berlin [there has been no official announcement yet]. The new motion sensor by long-time Apple accessory vendor Elgato has a 120° motion sensor, a temperature sensor and it’s splash-proof. The device runs on a pair of AA batteries with a lifetime of a year.

Downloading songs from Apple Music, shorter app names


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Downloading Apple Music items to your device in iOS — If you’re subscribed to Apple Music, you may wonder how to tell if a particular song is downloaded to your iOS device (or if you have to stream it when you play it, which means you won’t be able to listen if you don’t have a network connection). Here’s how you do it.

Apple wants more quality, shorter names for apps in its app stores — Apple has sent a note to developers saying it will implement two new suggestions “to make it easier for customers to find great apps that fit their needs” from the developer community starting September 7 (which just happens to be the data of Apple’s next media event).
One of those changes is shorter app names. In hopes of influencing search results, some developers have used extremely long app names which include descriptions and terms not directly related to their app. Apple says that these long names are not fully displayed on the App Store and provide no user value. App names developers submit in iTunes Connect for new apps and updates will now be limited to no longer than 50 characters.

Update iOS 9 NOW, iPad and kids’ surgery, iTrip Clip, Pivot, Apple-exlusive fitness tracker


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Update iOS 9 NOW — If you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you need to update to iOS version 9.3.5 without delay. Apple released iOS update 9.3.5 almost immediately to stop a sophisticated, targeted, and persistent mobile attack on iOS devices. While it’s unlikely you are currently infected with the exploit known as Trident, you should update your iOS device to version 9.3.5 immediately. To do that, tap Settings—>General—>Software Update. If the 9.3.5 update is available.

Apple’s iPad an effective sedative for children about to undergo surgery, study finds — A research study presented Tuesday claims iPads are just as effective as medicinal sedatives for reducing pre-surgical anxiety from nervousness about the procedure compounded by parental separation on children between ages 4 and 10.

Garmin’s new action camera can be used with iPhones and iPads — Garmin has announced the VIRB Ultra 30, a waterproof action camera that can shoot Ultra HD footage at 4K/30fps or take 12-megapixel photos. It can also be used with Mac compatible software.

iTrip Clip makes your headphones wireless ahead of iPhone 7 launch — Apple is most likely ditching the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7, so Griffin Technology’s new iTrip Clip lets you cut the cord, so to speak, on your wireless headphones and earbuds and go Bluetooth instead. The iTrip Clip supports Bluetooth 4.1, includes playback and volume controls along with a built-in mic for voice calls and Siri commands, has the 3.5mm headphone jack that your brand new iPhone doesn’t, and runs for six hours between charges. The iTrip Clip costs US$19.99 and will be available in September.

olloclip announces Pivot, an iPhone-compatible articulating grip — olloclip has unveiled announced the Pivot, a compact articulating grip optimised for mobile videography. iPhone compatible, it features an articulating hub that provides 225 degrees of rotation to ensure proper positioning.

Misfit debuts Apple-exclusive Ray fitness tracker colors, new Shine 2 options — Wearable device maker Misfit on Wednesday unveiled new colour options for its Shine 2 and Ray fitness trackers, the latter of which is slated to arrive at Apple’s retail stores this fall in Apple-inspired colors.