10 changes I’d make to improve Watch OS and Apple Watch

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I've been wearing the Apple Watch for over a month now. It's been a mixed bag. At times, it's magical, while others are can be an exercise in frustration. Welcome to a 1.0 product. When you look at the sheer number of features offered, it's actually quite astounding for a first generation product. From a development perspective, this was quite the undertaking from both a hardware and software perspective. As you can see from the Apple Store shipping times, they are still struggling to meet current demand and these aren't even available in the store. If you were lucky enough to be among those who ordered and received your watch, I'm sure you've gazed longingly at the beauty of the hardware. It is simply stunning. On the software side of … [Read more...]

Apple Watch Users Complaining of Inconsistent Heart Rate Updates After Software Update

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Yesterday saw the release of Watch OS 1.0.1, the first major software update to the Apple Watch. The changelog included significant performance enhancements, specific to Siri, measuring Stand activity, third party apps and more. Nothing in the changelog describes anything specific to the heart rate monitor. There have been numerous reports on social media and various forums including our Apple Watch forums regarding issues specific to inconsistent updates to the heart rate readings on the Apple Watch. Update: The issue is also being discussed on Apple's forums. … [Read more...]

Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 Update Released, Fixes Galore

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Apple has released Watch OS 1.0.1, the first update to the software that powers the Apple Watch. The update clocks in at 51.6MB and is described as including performance enhancements and bug fixes. The official changelog notes the following improvements: Improved performance for: Siri Measuring Stand activity Calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts Accessibility Third party apps Display support for new Emoji characters The update also includes assorted language support. To install the update, your Apple Watch needs to be charged at least 50 percent, connected to its charger and in range of your iPhone. On the Apple Watch companion app, navigate to My Watch > Software Update > Download … [Read more...]

Why I returned my 38mm Apple Watch

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Late last week, I made the trip to my local FedEx drop-off, where I reluctantly handed them a box containing my launch day 38mm stainless steel Apple Watch. I initiated the return process a few weeks back, when I was within what I had thought was the 14-day return period. The Apple Store website makes it easy to setup a return, offering options to drop off at a local Apple Store or ship via Fedex, at no charge. To my surprise, the return period was a lengthy 30 days. During that timeframe, it's mostly been gracing my monitor stand, replaced by a younger (by two weeks) Apple Watch Sport. The 30-day return window provided me with the opportunity to have an extended look at the stainless steel beauty. In the end, I didn't have returner's … [Read more...]

Apple Watch, theft and common sense

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Over the last few days, there's been a bit of kerfuffle regarding the Apple Watch and its lack of anti-theft features, many of which are available on the iPhone. It seems to have come as a bit of a surprise that Watch OS 1.0 doesn't bake in some of the nifty security features offered by the iPhone. There is no "Find My Watch" given its reliance on the partnering iPhone. I'm not alone in hoping that future versions offer more in the way of becoming truly independent devices, reducing their reliance on an iPhone. But here we are at the first generation Apple Watch and concerns that its lack of security features are troubling. … [Read more...]

Apple Watch Review: The one worth watching

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Not since the first iPhone has Apple released such an ambitious product. Back then, it was a different company, one whose name still included Computer. This is a different Apple and a different time. Smartphones are no longer a niche product and estimates have Apple iPhone users in the U.S. eclipsing 65 million. One could say that the Apple Watch is the first truly new platform since iPhone. That's if you'd accept the argument that the iPad, while offering unique software experiences, was largely a versioning of the iPhone. The lines between those two product lines continue to blur with the iPad mini and iPhone 6 Plus, both from design and software. But enough about phones and tablets, it's 2015, marking the debut of Apple Watch. For the … [Read more...]

Apple Watch: Perspective from a former Pebble user

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As I take off my Pebble Watch and slip on my new Apple Watch, I can't help but feel like I'm betraying a newer friend to stay loyal to an older one.  I remind myself that I need to stay objective - after all, the Pebble Watch has been my go to wrist tech for quite a while now.  As far as I'm concerned, they were also first to market with a viable, widely adopted solution for wearable technology.  That has to count for something, right?  This isn't a review of the Apple Watch.  Think of it as perspective from an avid Pebble user, having owned both the original and the Pebble Steel.  I'll preface this write-up by letting everyone know that the Pebble Time, Pebble's new offering, is on the horizon.  Because it's in no one's hands yet, and I … [Read more...]

Reports of Apple Watch not charging, overheating

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There have been a number of reports on Apple's forums with people having problems with charging their Apple Watch. The issue was first brought to our attention from developer Eduardo Scoz. According to Scoz, the watch refuses to charge. Despite battery levels reaching past 50 percent, the watch will turn off when leaving the charger. His issues were followed by the watch continously trying to reboot. … [Read more...]

Apple Watch and Armageddon

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Prior to its arrival, I likened the Apple Watch as the flaming asteroid from Armageddon, an unstoppable force that would put a major dent in my digital ecosystem. My experience with smartwatches was limited, only having spent a few weeks with the Moto 360. It too pairs with it's sibling, the Moto X, a phone I still like a lot. But this was the Apple Watch and this going to work with my iPhone, which is my daily driver. And the build quality, design and sense of fashion would be unparalleled. It was going to be the modern remote for my home automation, take over the heavy lifting of handling a steady stream of notifications. This was going to be the wearable device that would have me leaving my iPhone in my pocket or on my desk. As we head … [Read more...]

How to transfer music to Apple Watch and listen without your iPhone

Transfer music to Apple Watch

The Apple Watch relies on the iPhone for much of its functionality. With storage capacities ranging up to 128GB, that's a lot of music, all accessible with a flick of the wrist or by asking Siri. If you're going for a run or to the gym, sometimes you might not want to carry your iPhone. This is particularly true if you own one of the larger iPhones. You're in luck if you have an Apple Watch. Not only is it a fantastic activity tracker, it can also become a modern day iPod shuffle. It comes with 8GB of internal storage. Between the operating system, apps, photos and more, you shouldn't expect to carry a decade of music. Think more in the line of around 250 or so high quality tracks or a maximum of 2GB of storage space. Here's how to create a … [Read more...]