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Adam Engst 41 comments

When and How to Upgrade to iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS 10.14 Mojave

Three of Apple’s four major operating system upgrades—iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12—are now out, and the fourth, macOS 10.14 Mojave, is due on September 24th. Read on for our advice on when and how to install.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 20 comments

Apple Watch Series 4: Bigger Screens, New Faces, and Enhanced Health Monitoring

Apple has announced the Apple Watch Series 4 models that morph a bit in size and shape and boast larger, edge-to-edge screens. Also new are health-monitoring capabilities courtesy of new hardware—including a Digital Crown that can take an electrocardiogram.

Adam Engst 24 comments

Apple Expected to Announce New iPhones and Apple Watch on September 12th

In an announcement that surprised no one, Apple has scheduled a special event for 12 September 2018. At it, we expect the company to throw back the curtains on new iPhone and Apple Watch hardware and give a release date for iOS 12.

Josh Centers No comments

Pentagon Puts Limits on GPS Usage

After discovering that the Strava fitness app was inadvertently revealing hidden military sites, the US military has authorized limits on apps and devices that use GPS location tracking.

Josh Centers 16 comments

Apple Releases macOS 10.13.6, iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1, and watchOS 4.3.2

Apple has released macOS 10.13.6, iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1, and watchOS 4.3.2. macOS 10.13.6 brings AirPlay 2 support, but all the rest are minor releases aimed at fixing mostly unspecified bugs and security vulnerabilities.

Josh Centers No comments

Save Your Pebble Smartwatch with Rebble

Pebble pioneered the smartwatch market, but time is running out for its online services, which are necessary for some features. A ragtag band of coders has devised a solution, but you must act before 30 June 2018.

Josh Centers No comments

How Smartwatches Are Saving Lives

Smartwatches like the Apple Watch are saving lives, but they’re not quite legitimate medical devices yet.

Adam Engst 64 comments

UK Travel Tips: Giffgaff for Cellular and Apple Pay for Transit

Planning a trip to the UK? After a family vacation there, Adam Engst has some advice for international travellers looking for an inexpensive way to get cellular data for their iPhones. He also suggests using Apple Pay for public transportation in London and recommends an inexpensive power adapter for charging devices.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 8 comments

watchOS 5 Targets Fitness, Communication, and More

The Apple Watch, with a focus on fitness, communication, and info-snippet consumption, looks to become far more capable in all these areas courtesy of the just-announced watchOS 5. The updated will let other models work as walkie-talkies, play podcasts, spawn more-interactive alerts, aid hikers and yoga fans, and more.

TidBITS Staff 14 comments

iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, HomePod 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1 Finally Debut AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud

Apple has released a slew of updates for all of its non-Mac devices, adding the long-promised AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Jony Ive Talks about Watches

If you're curious about Apple design and the world of high-end watches, or just interested in the Apple Watch, check out Jony Ive's interview with Hodinkee Magazine.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 8 comments

Five Apps That Play Podcasts Directly from Your Apple Watch

Want to listen to a podcast while exercising or doing yardwork, without having your iPhone along? Couple an Apple Watch with one of these five podcast apps and you’ll be able to leave your iPhone behind. But prepare for a few glitches and rough edges.

Adam Engst 3 comments

Apple Releases Minor watchOS 4.3, tvOS 11.3, and HomePod 11.3 Updates

watchOS 4.3 lets you control your HomePod from your Apple Watch, allows the Apple Watch’s Nightstand mode work in any orientation, and shows more information on the Siri watch face. tvOS 11.3 merely lets fourth-generation Apple TV owners play videos in their original frame rate, and HomePod 11.3 fixes bugs.

Adam Engst 1 comment

Apple Reveals Spring 2018 Collection of Apple Watch Bands

Apple has announced a new collection of Apple Watch bands, which will be available later this month. On the slate are new sport bands ($49), woven nylon bands ($49), sport loops ($49), and classic buckles ($149) in spring colors. Apple has also created new bundles, including the space gray aluminum Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) with the Black Sport Loop and the space gray aluminum Apple Watch Nike+ (GPS + Cellular) with the Midnight Fog Nike Sport Loop. The Nike Sport Loop band ($49), which will now be sold separately, will come in new colors, and the Hermès Single Tour Rallye ($439) and Double Tour ($489) bands now display contrasting paint details.

Josh Centers No comments

Apple Watch Series 3 Now Tracks Skiing and Snowboarding

The Apple Watch Series 3 can now track skiing and snowboarding via third-party apps. Apps that include the new support include Snoww, Slopes, Squaw Alpine, Snocru, and Ski Tracks, which can record total vertical descent, horizontal distance, number of runs, average and maximum speeds, total time spent, and calories burned. The metrics take advantage of the Apple Watch Series 3’s built-in GPS and altimeter, which is why earlier models don’t gain similar capabilities.