Users express concern over watchOS downgrade issues, repair costs for downgrading

Posted by:
Date: Friday, June 12th, 2015, 07:02
Category: Apple Watch, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

applewatchwithhand

Upgrading software is easy.

It’s downgrading that’s the hard part.

A number of deleted posts from Apple’s support forums and active discussions elsewhere online highlight a growing concern for Apple Watch users; specifically, the inability to downgrade from a newer version of watchOS to an older version. The issue, which first became apparent when users discovered that watchOS 1.0.1’s heart rate monitoring was less frequent than in watchOS 1.0, is that the Apple Watch apparently lacks a user-accessible recovery or DFU (device firmware update) mode. While there has been a spike in downgrade-related complaints since Apple released the beta version of watchOS 2 on Monday, the issue remains a concern for some watchOS 1.0.1 users.

(more…)

Apple announces Apple Music streaming service, cites June 30th launch date

Posted by:
Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 15:04
Category: iOS, iTunes, News, Software, Uncategorized, Wearables

applemusic

You knew it was coming.

It wasn’t like the universe needed another streaming music service, but Apple’s thrown its hat into the ring and announced “Beats One”, or the Apple Music service, which will be available for US$9.99 per month for a single account, US$14.99 per month for a family account and feature on-demand content and curated playlists. The service will launch on June 30 for Apple devices and Windows, but will also come to Android and Apple TV this fall.

(more…)

Apple announces watchOS 2, new features such as video playback, more accessible development environment

Posted by:
Date: Monday, June 8th, 2015, 14:14
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables, WWDC

watchos2

Apple pulled the curtain back on watchOS 2, its upcoming operating system for the Apple Watch, on Monday. The new version, which will be available in the fall, is said to feature added support for native third-party apps, on-screen video playback, and a collection of many new features for both users and developers.

The upcoming operating system offers the following fixes and changes:

(more…)

Apple Watch units begin shipping with exception of one model, could hit Apple Store retail locations within two weeks

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, June 4th, 2015, 08:30
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

applewatchhero

Apple has essentially vowed to get all its Apple Watch back orders out the door and shipping within two weeks, albeit buyers of the Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet will have to wait a bit longer.

A recently released statement offered the following:

All orders placed through May, with the sole exception of Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet, will ship to customers within two weeks. At that time, we’ll also begin selling some models in our Apple Retail Stores.

(more…)

Rumor: Apple working on “Reserve and Pickup” system for purchasing Apple Watch units in Apple Store retail locations

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015, 07:02
Category: Apple Watch, retail, Rumor, Wearables

applewatchdisplaycase

It’s June and the Apple Watch unit you’ve been hankering for might just be available this month.

A new set of Apple training materials has indicated that Apple will be using a “Reserve and Pickup” system for customers to buy Apple Watches in its retail stores. The system will apparently allow customers to check model availability online, reserve the one they want, and pick it up.

(more…)

Midas Touch Kickstarter project looks to bring DIY 24-karat gold kit to Apple Watch

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, 08:59
Category: Apple Watch, News, Wearables

goldplated

If you don’t want to shell out US$10,000 or more for the 18 karat gold Apple Watch Edition, you can invest in a Kickstarter to be able to spend about US$100 to have the base model Apple Watch plated in 24 karat gold.

The Midas Touch Kickstarter project, started by chemist Eric Knoll, offers a step-by-step kit for applying a 24K gold plating to your Apple Watch. The kit itself starts at just under US$100, and goes up to US$150 if you have a steel band to cover in addition to the watch casing itself. This works as a cheaper solution to sending your Apple Watch along to a company to do the work.

(more…)

Apple Watch Edition buyers begin receiving notifications of shipping dates, are allowed to choose custom delivery times

Posted by:
Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015, 15:46
Category: Apple Watch, News, retail, Wearables

applewatchedition

If you’re among the mucho-wealthy who ordered an Apple Watch Edition, the shipment times have started to come in.

A number of Edition buyers have begun receiving shipping notifications and credit card charges for their units. Emails sent to the customers ask them to pick a specific delivery time, as long as it fits within courier hours and days of operation.

The Edition features 18-karat gold layered into its chassis, controls and some of its band components and is priced at US$10,000 and up with some models going as high as US$17,000.

(more…)

Some Apple Watch users complain about heartbeat sensor delayed data after Watch OS 1.0.1 update

Posted by:
Date: Friday, May 22nd, 2015, 08:57
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Uncategorized, Wearables

applewatchheartbeatsensor

Apple put a lot of fixes and changes into its Watch OS 1.0.1 update.

It might need a few more.

A number of users as well as independent testing have reported that the Watch OS 1.0.1 updated has caused some Apple Watches to track heart rate sporadically, in some cases with an hour or more between readings, according to complaints on Apple’s support forums, and verified by AppleInsider’s array of tests.

(more…)

Rumor: Apple Watch bands to begin arriving in Apple Store locations later this week

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, 15:33
Category: Apple Watch, Rumor, Wearables

applewatchbands

You won’t be able to buy the actual Apple Watch in your nearby Apple Store location any time in the immediate future.

But you’ll be able to start picking up the Apple Watch bands starting this week.

Apple has recently sent a message to its retail locations informing them that the Apple Watch bands will be available in “limited” quantities. The bands will apparently be intended for customer who want to swap out their pre-bundled band with a new band. Secondary to this, these early band shipments for stores will be available as replacements for worn-out bands from the various store Apple Watch try-on stations.

(more…)

Analyst predicts Apple will ship less than 15 million Apple Watch units by September, cites supply chain issues, softening demand

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, 12:47
Category: Apple Watch, Rumor, Wearables

applewatchhero

The Apple Watch’s supply chain could remain constricted for some time to come.

Releasing a revised forecast note to investors, respected industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities stated that the Apple Watch is likely to see less than 15 million units shipped through the end of September.

In the note, he said that Apple Watch shipments for fiscal year 2015 are likely to be lower than most analysts and investors expect.

Apple’s fiscal year runs through the end of September, which means the 15-million forecast does not apply to holiday 2015 sales.

(more…)