Apple releases watchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1

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Date: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, 07:59
Category: Apple TV, Apple Watch, News, Software, TvOS, Watch OS, Wearables

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Along with yesterday’s smorgasbord of updates, Apple also updated its watchOS and tvOS operating systems.

tvOS hit version 9.2.1 and contained bug fixes and performance improvements, but no new features. Apple released tvOS 9.2 just last month, which brought support for Siri dictation, organizing your apps in folders, and connecting a Bluetooth keyboard.

To update your fourth-gen Apple TV, start in the Settings app, then scroll down to System > Software Update. If you have automatic updates enabled, you’ll be prompted the next time you fire up your Apple TV.

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Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch could include cellular functionality

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Date: Monday, April 25th, 2016, 13:06
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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While it’s been estimated that the Apple Watch has sold 12 million units within the device’s launch year, it’s hard to know exactly how many have gone out the door or what’s in store for the next generation.

Either way, a new rumor has it that that Apple Watch 2 will include cellular connectivity and a beefier processor so apps will load more quickly. That might mean yet another data plan to pay for, but the watch would function on its own instead of being tethered to an iPhone.

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Rumor: Apple, Samsung Display sign $2.59 billion deal to supply 100 million OLED units to Apple in 2017

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Date: Friday, April 15th, 2016, 08:19
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Samsung, Wearables

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Past (and present) lawsuits aside, there’s plenty of money to be made when Apple and Samsung join forces to create something.

A new report has stated that Apple and Samsung have reached a deal to supply 100 million OLED display units to Apple beginning in 2017.

The agreement between Apple and Samsung is reportedly worth around $2.59 billion and the two companies are expected to maintain the agreement for at least three years. Furthermore, the agreement is for 100 million 5.5-inch OLED displays. The report makes no mention of Samsung providing any 4.7-inch panels.

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Rumor: Apple has begun signing component orders for Apple Watch 2 parts

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Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2016, 08:57
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Rumor, Wearables

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The Apple Watch 2 components are apparently starting to come together.

Apple has reportedly started signing component orders for the second-generation Apple Watch, a possible sign that version two of the wearable will begin mass production within the next few months.

The list of partners includes Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Samsung, Amkor, STATS< ChipPac and Kinsus Interconnect Technology. (more…)

Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch to be 20% to 40% thinner

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2016, 09:33
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Wearables

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It’s a rumor, but it’s interesting.

Apple analyst Brian White of Wall Street firm Drexel Hamilton on Friday issued a pair of research notes highlighting his upcoming Apple Watch and iPhone expectations through the end of 2016.

The most prominent point expressed was White citing a source who believes only the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual camera system, echoing the same prediction made by often-accurate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week.

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White claims that iPhone 7 production is expected to begin in July, the iPhone 7 helping Apple and its supplier return to growth in the second half of 2016.

White also predicted that the next-gen Apple Watch could be seen in the next two to three months and could be 20 to 40 percent thinner and could be unveiled by June, possibly at the Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco.

Finally, White predicted that the next-gen Apple Watch will not appear until September, but would debut alongside the iPhone 7.

Whether the Apple Watch 2 is introduced in June or September, it appears clear that Apple may be elongating the wearable’s release cycle beyond one year to avoid consumer exhaustion. Many customers only received the Apple Watch in December during the holiday shopping season, so a new model launching this spring may be considered too soon. A closer to year-and-a-half refresh would seem more appropriate.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via MacRumors

Apple Pay now supported by Barclays, all major UK banks

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Date: Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, 08:00
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, Finance, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables

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Apple appears to have locked down Barclays and the major UK banks for Apple Pay.

Barclays has announced that the bank has finally gone live and launched its support for Apple’s mobile payments service. This means that every major bank in the UK now supports Apple Pay, a big win for a country that already has wide availability of contactless merchant terminals in many stores.

Barclays customers can open the Wallet app on their iPhone and configure Apple Pay for their account on any iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the new iPhone SE.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3 update

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 13:25
Category: Apple Watch, Archive, iOS, security, Software, Wearables

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Amidst the kerfuffle of the March 21st media event, Apple also dropped the long-awaited iOS 9.3 update.

The update, which weighs in around 310 megabytes, adds the following fixes and changes:

– A fix for the iMessage encryption bug discovered by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The exploit can lead to photos and videos sent via iMessage to be decrypted.

– Night Shift: Some apps like Tweetbot, Kindle, Waze, and Instapaper have a “night mode” so you don’t hurt your eyes trying to read a stark-white screen in a dark room. Apple’s all-new Night Shift feature works differently but has the benefit of being system-wide.

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Apple Store down ahead of March 21st media event

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 08:27
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, OS X, retail, TvOS, Watch OS, Wearables

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As expected, the Apple Online Store has gone down ahead of today’s scheduled media event.

At present, there’s just a graphic stated “We can’t wait to show you what we have in store”.

Apple is scheduled to hold its media event at 10 AM PST in Cupertino and is expected to launch the 4-inch iPhone SE, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and updates to its Apple Watch line.

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Apple patent points out potential to turn Apple Watch into urgent care device

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 07:20
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Software, Wearables

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This is definitely nifty.

A recently published patent application suggests that Apple is working to turn Apple Watch into a full-fledged medical device, one that can monitor a user’s vital signs and automatically send out an alert should they need urgent care.

The application, entitled “Care event detection and alerts” provides for a hardware system capable of monitoring its surrounding environment for so-called “care events,” described as any event that necessitates assistance from medical personnel, police, fire rescue or other emergency technicians. For example, the device could be programmed to monitor a user’s heart for an arrhythmia and, upon detection, send out an alert to family or emergency responders.

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Why I stopped wearing my Apple Watch

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Date: Friday, February 12th, 2016, 05:16
Category: Android, Android Wear, Apple Watch, iOS, Opinion

I’ve been a Mac user since 1984 and iOS user since 2007. In 2016 I’m switching from iPhone and Apple Watch to Android and Android Wear as an experiment. This blog post is one in a series from a lifelong Apple/iOS user  switching to Android.

The Huawei Watch is a sharp-looking timepiece.

Like many of you I ordered an Apple Watch at midnight on April 10, 2015 and received it on April 24, 2015. To say that anticipation was high might be the understatement of the year.

Before the arrival of the smart watch, I wore a Breitling watch daily (and a Tag Heuer before that). I don’t consider myself a horologist or even a watch snob, I just have thing for nice watches. A watch is one of the few accessories that men can wear and I have a fondness for fine Swiss movements.

I dutifully wore my Apple Watch from April 24 until December 25, 2015 when I received an Android Wear watch as a gift – more on that later. As a daily Apple Watch wearer for eight months, switching to Android was disruptive and sometimes unsettling but, pardon the pun, the time had come.

I’m quite happy with Android Wear in my first six weeks of wearing it full time. There are four killer features in Wear that trump watchOS…

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