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Jeff Carlson 3 comments

Apple Watch Gains New Bands, watchOS 2 Ship Date

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 5 comments

Pebble Time Offers Low-Budget Apple Watch Alternative

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.

Josh Centers No comments

Rite Aid Surrenders to Apple Pay

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 3 comments

Eight Apple Watch Stands That Stand Out

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.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Improves AppleCare+ Battery Coverage

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.

Adam Engst No comments

It’s Time to Read “Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course”

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.

Jeff Carlson 3 comments

Apple Watch Models Now In Stock at Some Retail Stores

After limited initial supplies, many Apple Watch models and bands are now available in retail Apple Stores, though you must still initiate orders online.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Announces 2015 Design Award Winners

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!

Adam Engst 2 comments

Apple Combines Developer Programs

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.

Josh Centers 8 comments

Apple Announces Apple Music Service

Apple has announced its long-anticipated Apple Music streaming service, based on the Beats Music service it acquired last year.

Michael E. Cohen 2 comments

Apple’s watchOS 2 to Gain Native Apps, Third-Party Complications

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.

Adam Engst 7 comments

Exercising with the Apple Watch: The Software

Adam Engst continues his deep dive into what the Apple Watch brings to the fitness world, looking this time at Apple’s apps.

Josh Centers 1 comment

FunBITS: The Gaming Potential of the Apple Watch

Josh Centers argues that the Apple Watch has a place in gaming, but its role might not be immediately obvious, or even possible.

Josh Centers 2 comments

Three Alternative Ways to Wear the Apple Watch Sport

The TidBITS crew has discovered some alternative ways to wear your Apple Watch Sport. Try them out and see how you like them!

Michael E. Cohen No comments

The MacJury Discusses Apple Watch with TidBITS Editors

Last week Chuck Joiner convened a MacJury comprising TidBITS’s own Josh Centers and Michael Cohen to discuss their early experiences with Apple Watch. Tune in for a deep, serious, deliberative discussion of the new device’s pros and cons…ah, who are we kidding? We had a great and goofy time, and you might, too: you can find out — it’s just a click away!