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Adam Engst Josh Centers 31 comments

Apple Releases iOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.2, watchOS 7.1, HomePod Software 14.2, and tvOS 14.2

It’s another of Apple’s “update five operating systems all at once” days, with this set of updates bringing the Intercom feature to more devices, better integrating the HomePod with Apple TV, and adding notifications when headphone volume could damage your hearing, along with some important security and bug fixes.

Rich Mogull 7 comments

The Paramedic’s Guide to Blood Oxygen and the Apple Watch Series 6

As a paramedic, Rich Mogull has spent decades using pulse oximeters under extreme conditions and environments. While he found the Apple Watch Series 6’s blood oxygen sensor to be quite accurate with just a little focus on positioning, he explains why it’s hard to find the value and use cases for home blood-oxygen monitoring.

Adam Engst No comments

watchOS 7.0.3 Stops Unexpected Restarts for Apple Watch Series 3

Apple has responded to widespread reports of unexpected restarts for the Apple Watch Series 3 with the release of watchOS 7.0.3. No other Apple Watch models will see the update.

Adam Engst 13 comments

watchOS 7.0.2 Address Battery Life, ECG Bugs

Apple has released watchOS 7.0.2 to fix a bug that caused the battery to drain more quickly than it should and another that prevented access to the ECG app even in supported regions.

David Shayer 16 comments

Four Reasons Why We Won’t See Third-Party Apple Watch Faces (And What Apple Is Doing Instead)

Since the Apple Watch debuted, users and developers have wanted third-party watch faces. Sorry, but they’re not coming. Former Apple Watch engineer David Shayer explains why.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 14 comments

The Apple Watch as a Pandemic Peripheral

Is the Apple Watch even more attractive than normal during the pandemic? Julio Ojeda-Zapata has been pondering its utility in the coronavirus context, and he’s increasingly using his watch so he doesn’t have to keep digging out—and later disinfecting—his iPhone. He’s trying to talk his wife into doing the same—we’ll see how that goes.

Josh Centers 34 comments

macOS 10.15.7 Catalina, iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1, and tvOS 14.0.1 Squash Bugs

Apple has released macOS 10.15.7 Catalina, iOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, watchOS 7.0.1, and tvOS 14.0.1 to address minor bugs.

Josh Centers 48 comments

iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14 Now Available

Apple has released updated operating systems for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. We recommend waiting a few weeks before installing, in part so developers who were taken by surprise can update their apps.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 30 comments

Apple Unveils Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE

Apple has announced its next-generation Apple Watch Series 6 with a number of enhancements, notably a blood oxygen sensor and new bands. The company also unveiled a lower-cost Apple Watch SE.

Josh Centers 9 comments

Here’s What Next for tvOS 14 and HomeKit

Apple’s upcoming tvOS 14 and additions to the company’s HomeKit home automation framework won’t rock your world, but they offer some nice improvements.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 15 comments

watchOS 7 Introduces Sleep Tracking, Handwashing Detection, and More

Updates in Apple’s just-announced watchOS are substantive if not groundbreaking. They include sleep tracking, a handwashing-detection feature suitable for the COVID-19 pandemic, and “dance” as one of several new workouts. Other improvements include watch face sharing, language translation, bicycling directions and earphone-volume detection.