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Adam Engst 13 comments

Apple Watch Series 5 Introduces Always-On Display

Unsurprisingly, Apple introduced an Apple Watch Series 5 at its special event, but no one was expecting its marquee feature, the Always-On Retina display. It also includes a built-in compass and international emergency calling. Ceramic cases are back, and Apple added titanium cases as well.

Adam Engst 6 comments

Apple to Ship iOS 13 on September 19th, iOS 13.1 on September 30th

Despite saying nothing during its iPhone announcement event, Apple has quietly revealed that iOS 13 will ship on September 19th, with iOS 13.1 following soon after on September 30th. With no other word from Cupertino, Adam Engst makes some guesses about macOS 10.15 Catalina, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13.

Josh Centers 4 comments

Apple Is Replacing Some Apple Watch Series 2 and 3 Cracked Screens

Apple has announced a screen replacement program for aluminum Series 2 and 3 Apple Watches whose screens have cracked in a particular way.

Josh Centers 22 comments

Apple Issues Emergency Updates for All Its Operating Systems

Apple has issued emergency updates for macOS 10.14 Mojave, iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 because it accidentally reintroduced a major security vulnerability in last month’s round of updates.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 6 comments

RIP AirPower, but Great Gadget Chargers Abound

Apple’s AirPower was supposed to revolutionize wireless charging for Apple users, but Apple killed it before it saw the light of day. However, lots of other wireless—and wired—chargers brim with personality and versatility. Some, as AirPower promised, can even charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods wireless case simultaneously.

Adam Engst 14 comments

Apple Releases macOS 10.14.6, iOS 12.4, watchOS 5.3, tvOS 12.4, and More

Apple has released macOS 10.14.6, iOS 12.4, watchOS 5.3, and tvOS 12.4. In a surprise move, the company also pushed out iOS 10.3.4 and iOS 9.3.6 for older iOS devices that can’t run iOS 12.

Josh Centers 1 comment

Apple Disables the Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie App Due to Eavesdropping Vulnerability

Apple has temporarily disabled the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch because of a vulnerability that could allow eavesdropping on users.

Adam Engst 2 comments

Apple Releases Public Betas of macOS 10.15 Catalina, iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and tvOS 13

Apple has opened the public beta program for its upcoming versions of macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS. watchOS 6 isn’t included, but Apple has started to invite select people to its AppleSeed program.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 6 comments

watchOS 6 Adds an App Store, Expands Health Tracking

With watchOS 6, Apple has made the Apple Watch more self-reliant and more versatile. It gains an App Store with a library of apps that are, in some cases, iPhone-independent. As a health device, it helps protect users’ hearing and assists women in their menstrual and fertility tracking.

Josh Centers 35 comments

Apple Releases iOS 12.3, macOS 10.14.5, watchOS 5.2.1, and tvOS 12.3 and Debuts New Apple TV App

Apple has released its new Apple TV app with the iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 updates, while macOS 10.14.5 updates AirPlay 2 and fixes bugs and watchOS 5.2.1 brings ECG and heart rate monitoring to additional countries.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 1 comment

Google Keep Now Supports the Apple Watch, Apple’s Notes Still AWOL

Do you want content from your iOS notes app to show up on your Apple Watch? You’re out of luck with Apple’s Notes, but Google Keep now has watchOS support. It won’t likely trigger defections from Notes, but iOS users invested in Google’s ecosystem will be happy. Note, though, that other Apple Watch-friendly notes apps exist.

Adam Engst 15 comments

Apple Cancels AirPower, Can’t Take the Heat

Apple has officially canceled the AirPower wireless charging mat that it announced in September 2017 alongside the iPhone X and iPhone 8. Physics is a harsh mistress.

Adam Engst 3 comments

watchOS 5.2 Extends ECG Support and Supports New AirPods

For users in Hong Kong and many European countries, watchOS 5.2 makes the Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG and irregular heart rhythm monitoring features available. It also supports the new AirPods and adds RTT for phone calls.

Adam Engst 6 comments

Apple and Stanford Announce Results of Heart Study

Can wearables like the Apple Watch help advance medical research? The results of the massive Apple Heart Study would suggest so.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 22 comments

Palm’s Tiny Phone Sucks, but How About an iPhone nano?

Most Apple users won’t be interested in the new Palm, a super tiny Android phone that’s also deeply flawed. But what might an iPhone with similar proportions look like? How would it work? And would anyone want it? Let’s take a flight of fancy!