Apple has opened the iPhone 6s spigot. If you are one of those getting a new iPhone, but you have an Apple Watch paired with your old phone, there are a few steps you need to take to make your Apple Watch and your new iPhone happy together.
Paul Houle Jr., a 17-year-old football player from Massachusetts, experienced a rapid heartbeat, along with back and chest pains, after a practice. Houle took a nap, and woke up to discover that his Apple Watch was still reporting a heart rate of 145 beats per minute. Houle went to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, which had caused heart, liver, and kidney failure. Houle credits the Apple Watch with saving his life, and his father, who was skeptical of the watch, has now purchased watches for his wife and himself. Apple CEO Tim Cook has reached out to Houle to offer him a new iPhone and a summer internship.
watchOS 2 is the first major update for the Apple Watch, and it brings some massive changes that will be welcomed by users.
Unfortunate news, Apple Watch owners: watchOS 2 will not ship alongside iOS 9. “We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected,” an Apple spokesperson said. Apple added that watchOS 2 will be released “shortly.”
The next version of the Apple Watch software, watchOS 2, is arriving soon, and new bands and aluminum finishes are available now.
Julio Ojeda-Zapata put Pebble’s next-generation watch, the Pebble Time, through its paces. And while it’s clearly no match for the Apple Watch, it’s a decent budget option with a nice design and lots of value for the money.
Drugstore chain Rite Aid, which last year blocked Apple Pay at its cash registers, has decided to officially accept both Apple Pay and Google’s Android Pay. Rite Aid had blocked Apple Pay due to its allegiance to the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) and its CurrentC payment system, but many retailers in the MCX, such as Best Buy, have since welcomed Apple Pay. CurrentC has yet to launch.
Julio Ojeda-Zapata checked out an assortment of Apple Watch charging stands, which vary wildly in design and pricing. He found a few gems. But technology changes by Apple will soon trigger a flood of new watch-stand designs.
Apple has boosted its coverage of batteries for iOS devices and Apple Watches under AppleCare+. Apple will now replace batteries in covered devices that retain less than 80 percent of their capacity; previously, the company would replace batteries only if they held less than 50 percent of capacity.
Go deeper than Web articles with our latest Take Control book, Jeff Carlson’s “Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course,” which may be the first documentation of the Apple Watch that’s comprehensive, independent, and based on real-world experience.
After limited initial supplies, many Apple Watch models and bands are now available in retail Apple Stores, though you must still initiate orders online.
Apple recognized ten apps at this year’s Apple Design Awards, plus two student efforts. The winners include three apps we’ve reviewed in TidBITS: Fantastical, Robinhood, and Workflow. Also honored were the games Crossy Road, Does Not Commute, Metamorphabet, Shadowmatic, and Vainglory; Mac illustration app Affinity Designer; music mixing app Pacemaker; and student entries Elementary Minute and jump-O. Congratulations to all the winners!
Apple has combined its Mac, iOS, and Safari Developer Programs into the new Apple Developer Program, in essence halving the price for those who develop for both OS X and iOS.
Apple has announced its long-anticipated Apple Music streaming service, based on the Beats Music service it acquired last year.
New watch faces, new complications, native apps, and a nightstand mode — with watchOS 2, Apple’s new wearable will gain numerous features that early adopters have been clamoring for.