10 Key Takeaways From A Week With Apple Watch

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Tomorrow will be the end of my first week with the Apple Watch. During that time, I've struggled to come to grips with becoming someone who wears a watch on a daily basis. My original purchase was made without the benefit of a try-on. I'm not sold on the model I selected, so the result has been further time spent gazing at the watch options on the Apple Store coupled with a second try-on at the Huntington, NY location, which was markedly better than the first at a different store. The sheer number of choices when it comes to sizes, bands and materials makes for an incredibly complex purchase. The last week has been fun. It started with an unboxing on Periscope and since then, the experience has been filled with ups, downs and a few … [Read more...]

The Difficult Transition From Not Wearing A Watch To Apple Watch

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After weeks of deliberation, I ordered the 38mm Apple Watch with sport band, in black. My reasoning for the 38mm Apple Watch was to go for the black sport band, which wasn't an option with the aluminum Sport Watch in silver. While Apple can't estimate popularity of specific models, it seems like this is the second glaring omission from the product line. The other being the lack of anything resembling gold that doesn't cost the price of a Honda Civic. One would think that years of day one sellouts of gold iPhones would translate to a gold finish, even it were in aluminum. As for black, unless you get the Space Gray, you need to upgrade to the stainless steel model in order to get black. I can talk myself into pretty much any technology … [Read more...]

Apple Watch Early Impressions: Impressed at How Much Work Still Needed

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The Apple Watch is now on the wrists of the users who were quick enough to order some of the cheaper and non-black models when the pre-orders went live a few weeks ago. Is it a winner? Not yet. But it is certainly trying hard. At least that’s what my three-day first impressions tell me. Don’t think of this as a review, think of it as a series of “glances” at one user’s impressions after spending three days with this new and indeed very personal device. After waffling back and forth I decided to pick up one of these new gadgets and give it a try. I’ve been tempted by other smartwatches in the past. But in a surprising display of discipline I’ve resisted those earlier temptations. This time I did pull the trigger on a purchase of a … [Read more...]

Apple Watch Notifications Master Class: Take control of your notifications

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One of the key attributes of the Apple Watch is its ability to not only display notifications, but to also give you a slight tap on the wrist when something of importance arrives, either to your Apple Watch or iPhone. Here's where things can get a bit muddled. When you transition from iPhone to Apple Watch, what you define as important can also change. How you manage notifications on both devices can have a major impact. Now that you're wearing a notification system, dialing in your preferences should have a profound effect on not only the usefulness of the watch, while also reducing any unwanted nag factor. How to access your notifications How to read and dismiss a notification How to enable the notifications indicator How … [Read more...]

How to set up and pair your Apple Watch with iPhone

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If you just got your Apple Watch, congratulations on owning a truly awesome device that will have your traditional timepiece cowering in fear. Before we start the setup process, I hope you've taken some of our recommendations on what to do before you get your watch. If not, it's still worth checking out, as some of the tips might improve your overall experience with Apple Watch. Once you've finished unboxing your precious, it's time to setup and pair Apple Watch with your iPhone. While it isn't necessary to have a full charge, you should consider charging it prior to beginning this process. If you can't wait, that's understandable. It ships with plenty of juice for setup and beyond, so let's get started. What You'll Need: The … [Read more...]

10 Things To Do Before Getting A New Apple Watch

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The Apple Watch sold out within minutes and now those lucky enough to get orders in are waiting with baited breath, in hopes for a shipment confirmation. Gone are hopes of any April 24th in-store availability, with the earliest availability now pushed to June. That can feel a bit like, forever. If you're getting your Apple Watch on launch day, you can thank your good fortunes and your local UPS driver. Those waiting for eternity, you've got the specter of spring weather to dull the pains of gadget lust, gone unfulfilled. And if you're still undecided, our Apple Watch Buyer's Guide has got your back. For those firmly in the wearable tech camp, there are things you can and should do before getting your new Apple Watch. 1. Update iOS … [Read more...]

Avoiding the Apple Watch App Glut

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There's a euphoria, an excitement that comes with unpacking a new Apple Watch. For years, you've fantasized about wearable technology that only Apple could design and the day is almost upon us. The Apple Watch represents an entirely new way to interact, to communicate. The software, while advanced, will undoubtedly go through many transitions over the next few years. Think back to the original iPhone software and how that has undergone drastic changes since iOS 1.0, when there weren't even third party apps. But that's not the case with Apple Watch, there will be no shortage of apps on day one. In fact, many sites are documenting lists of each and ever app. It makes sense, as people are generally interested in what apps they can install on … [Read more...]

Apple Watch Sport Ion-X Display Cover Put Through Scratch Test

The display cover on the Apple Watch Sport is made from aluminosilicate glass. Marketed as Ion-X, Apple describes it as being "fortified at the molecular level through ion exchange, with smaller ions being replaced by larger ones to create a surface layer far tougher than ordinary glass." The more expensive Apple Watch uses a sapphire display, a incredibly hard material that boasts a high level of scratch protection. So just how scratch resistant is the Ion-X display of the Apple Watch Sport? Unbox Therapy managed to source the display cover through Sonny Dickson, who has a history of sourcing authentic parts before products begin shipping from Apple. It fares well against keys, knives and even steel wool. Provided you don't take … [Read more...]

The ultimate iOS 9 wish list

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iOS 9 is expected to be introduced at Apple's yearly worldwide developer conference, which takes place between June X and June X. It's the one time of year where the focus is solely on software. Don't worry, there will be plenty of time in September and the fall to introduce the iPhone 6S and new iPads. What's great about Apple is how with each new iOS release, they manage to support a good number of older models. Often you don't need a new iPhone to experience the new features found in the latest and greatest versions of iOS. It's like getting a new iPhone, but without the contract or $200 price tag. This year we've seen Apple push as many as three major point releases, with yet another in beta. But the time for iOS 8 too shall pass and in … [Read more...]

Apple Seeds iOS 8.4 Beta To Developers, Features Revamped Music App

Apple today released a new beta to developers. iOS 8.4 beta was released to developers. The new release features major changes to the Music app, headlined by an all-new design. You can personalize playlists by adding your own images and description. Albums can be played right from the album list. Recently added music is automatically placed at the top of your library. It features a streamlined iTunes Radio and a number of new features. Apple is expected to launch a new streaming service that features Beats, so this is likely changes in advance of that service. The full changelog can be found at Apple. … [Read more...]