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Josh Centers Adam Engst 13 comments

iOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6, macOS 10.15.6, watchOS 6.2.8, and tvOS 13.4.8 Add News Features, Car Keys, Symptom Tracking

Late-cycle updates for Apple’s operating system let you (theoretically) use your iPhone as a Car Key, add local news and audio stories to News, help you track symptoms, and more.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Serenity Caldwell Summarizes the WWDC Keynote in Under 90 Seconds

Don’t have nearly 2 hours to watch the WWDC keynote, fast-paced though it was? Former Macworld and iMore editor Serenity Caldwell narrates a highly edited summary that covers the key points in less than 90 seconds.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 15 comments

watchOS 7 Introduces Sleep Tracking, Handwashing Detection, and More

Updates in Apple’s just-announced watchOS are substantive if not groundbreaking. They include sleep tracking, a handwashing-detection feature suitable for the COVID-19 pandemic, and “dance” as one of several new workouts. Other improvements include watch face sharing, language translation, bicycling directions and earphone-volume detection.

Adam Engst 3 comments

Slow Motion Video of the Apple Watch Ejecting Water

The Slow Mo Guys have published a YouTube video with slow-motion, highly magnified footage of an Apple Watch ejecting water. Well worth a look.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Wearables Like the Apple Watch Show Promise in Detecting COVID-19 Infections

Two preliminary studies have shown promise in using wearable health trackers as an early warning system for COVID-19 infections.

Adam Engst 37 comments

Kernel Vulnerability Causes Apple to Update All Operating Systems

Apple has released updates to macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS to address a security vulnerability in the kernel that could allow an app to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Update soon!

Josh Centers 3 comments

watchOS 6.2.5 Brings ECG and Irregular Heart Rhythm Notifications to Saudi Arabia

Apple has released watchOS 6.2.5, a highly focused update to bring the ECG app and irregular heart rhythm notifications to Saudi Arabia, along with as-yet-unspecified security fixes.

Adam Engst Josh Centers 24 comments

Need a New Mac, iPad, or Apple Watch? You May Have to Wait

If you need a new Mac or other Apple product, you may be waiting for a while. Direct orders for some of Apple’s most popular products have longer-than-usual shipping delays. It’s worth checking with independent Apple resellers too.

Adam Engst 17 comments

Apple Releases macOS 10.15.4 Catalina, watchOS 6.2, tvOS 13.4, and iOS 13.4 for HomePod

Although Apple focused most of its operating system update work on iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4, the integration of the company’s platforms means that everything else received updates as well. Here’s the rundown.

Adam Engst 7 comments

Strava (Finally) Listens to Its Users, Brings Back Chronological Feed

Will wonders never cease? Strava has acknowledged that users hate a two-year-old change in how the workout-centric social network service presents its activity feed. Strava users can once again enjoy a simple chronological feed, free of algorithmic interference. There are other welcome new features too.

Josh Centers 6 comments

watchOS 6.1.3 Fixes Icelandic Heart Rhythm Notifications

Apple has released watchOS 6.1.3 to address a heart rhythm notification bug specific to Iceland.

Josh Centers 18 comments

Apple Releases iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, macOS 10.15.3, watchOS 6.1.2, and tvOS 13.3.1

Apple has updated all of its operating systems to address privacy and parental controls in iOS and performance in newer Mac hardware.

Adam Engst 58 comments

Upgrading from an Apple Watch Series 2 to a Series 5

Back in September, Adam Engst moved from an Apple Watch Series 2 to an Apple Watch Series 5. After living with it for several months, he’s figured out which features make a difference and which are just marketing fluff.

Josh Centers 16 comments

Apple Pushes Out iOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.3, iOS 13.3 for HomePod, macOS 10.15.2 Catalina, watchOS 6.1.1, and tvOS 13.3

Apple’s getting ready to hunker down for the holidays, so the company has updated all of its shipping operating systems with bug fixes and a few features.

Josh Centers Adam Engst 6 comments

Apple Releases macOS 10.15.1 Catalina, watchOS 6.1, and tvOS 13.2

Hot on the heels of iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2, Apple has pushed out macOS 10.15.1 Catalina, watchOS 6.1 (with support for the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2, finally!), and tvOS 13.2. All three offer support for the new AirPods Pro and bring bug fixes.