Rumors suggested the Apple Watch was due for a major physical design, but the Series 7 turned out to look much like its predecessor—albeit with a few physical and software changes. Also, watchOS 8 gets some fitness improvements aimed largely at cyclists.
Apple made no mention of operating system release dates during its big iPhone event, but the company press releases reveal that the new operating systems will drop on 20 September 2021, with macOS 12 Monterey expected later in the year.
Apple has updated macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS to fix two active vulnerabilities, one of which let attackers work around Apple’s BlastDoor protections.
Apple has rolled out the watchOS 7.6.1 to fix a severe security exploit that was patched in iOS 14.7.1, iPadOS 14.7.1, and macOS 11.5.1.
Apple has completed its latest cycle of operating system updates with the release of iPadOS 14.7 and macOS 11.5. Along with them come security notes for all recent releases. Apple later followed with iOS 14.7.1, iPadOS 14.7.1, and macOS 11.5.1 to address a serious security vulnerability that's being actively exploited in the wild.
iOS 14.7 brings support for the MagSafe Battery Pack and shared Apple Card credit limits. Apple also released watchOS 7.6, HomePod Software 14.7, and tvOS 14.7 with minor changes.
More research from the Scripps Research DETECT study suggests that wearables like the Apple Watch show promise in both detecting COVID-19 infections and tracking long-COVID symptoms.
Apple has released operating system updates to add support for paid podcast subscriptions and Apple Card Family, along with enhanced privacy and anti-stalking protections for AirTags.
Apple has issued updates to iOS and iPadOS to fix the App Tracking Transparency, and updates for Big Sur and watchOS—and iOS 12—to fix a WebKit vulnerability.
Megan Rhiannon has documented how she uses her Apple Watch to be more productive while accommodating her needs as an autistic individual.
Apple has once again released updates to all its core operating systems with a slew of shared features (Siri! Reminders!) and fixes (including worrying security vulnerabilities that are actively being exploited) and product-specific improvements (Apple Watch fallback authentication for mask-drive Face ID failures).
Apple Fitness+ is getting new workouts for beginners, older adults, and pregnant women, as well as a new trainer and an Earth Day-themed episode of Time to Walk with Jane Fonda.
Some people with Apple Watch Series 3 models are having trouble installing watchOS 7 updates because they don’t have enough space available. Here are two ways to free up enough space to install the watchOS updates.
Facing yet another nasty WebKit vulnerability, Apple has updated iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and even iOS 12 to block it.
Adam Engst dips his toes into the sketchy world of knock-off Apple Watch bands but finds that Apple is charging ten times as much for seemingly identical nylon Sport Loop bands.