I was one of the lucky ones. My 42mm Apple Watch Sport arrived on the actual first day, April 24th, that it could arrive. I got to play with it, puzzle over it, and write an early first “glance” about what I thought after a few days. Then the real test began: to see how it would perform in real life stuff. Using mobile devices when dealing with the rigors (or not rigors) of real life stuff tells me more than just testing gadgets for review purposes. On some level that’s a sucker’s bet. On others it is just a […]
One of the more unique features on the Apple Watch is Force Touch, thanks to the display which can sense a long, hard press. It might show up in the iPhone 6s, provided support gets introduced in iOS 9. That would certainly make sense, since it’s also available on some of the newer MacBooks. Force Touch allows you to unearth hidden menu options. In some ways, these have an Easter Egg feel to them. But these are far more than just a neat trick. Often, you’ll find that Force Touch options make it easier to do things. There are no […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]