This is watchOS 4's marketing tagline, and it's an appropriate one. The fourth software iteration from Apple's watchOS team isn't bringing blockbuster changes to the Apple Watch, but it continues the trend of past watchOS releases in helping improve its users' lives — especially when it comes to health and fitness. February 28, 2018: Apple Watch Series 3 will now track your skiing and snowboarding activityWhile Apple Watch has always been good at tracking indoor and fairly warm-weather based outdoor activity, winter workouts haven't enjoyed anywhere near the same level of support. Until now.According to Apple: Starting today, skiers and snowboarders can use Apple Watch Series 3 to track their activities via new updates to apps available in the App Store. Watch users can now record runs, see vertical descent and other stats, and contribute active calorie measurements directly to the Apple Watch Activity app. We haven't had a chance to test out the new ski and snowboard … [Read more...] about watchOS 4 review: Refinements and smarts paint a bright picture for Apple Watch
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By Mike Wuerthele Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 10:16 am PT (01:16 pm ET) Apple has updated its entire suite of operating systems, shipping updates macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5 to the public on Tuesday. The updates come after a few days of testing with the previous beta releases, and a month-long testing cycle overall. The iOS and watchOS versions are unchanged from the last beta. Both macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 and tvOS have small increments, suggesting a few changes since the last beta release but not many. The updates are "sub-point" releases, so it remains unlikely that major new features are coming to the updates. Apple usually keeps small version increments limited to bug fixes and small tweaks —including some fixes for the "Meltdown" and "Spectre" vulnerabilities. All users can get the patches through the software update feature on the devices. Users with an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV get them through the Settings menu, with macOS … [Read more...] about Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5
watchOS 5 is filled to the crown with great new features to keep you connected, active, and healthy. We have a full preview posted, but over the last few months, I've come across a few of them that I think really stand out. Here's what they are, and why I think they're so cool. 1. Walkie-talkie You know that old joke about the couple or family who are sitting in the same room, but using an in-game chat to communicate? Well, the new walkie-talkie feature in watchOS 5 isn't that. It's the opposite. Where, previously, I've been visiting friends and family and had to shout across rooms and up and down floors to try to find out where they were, now I just hit the walkie-talkie button and ask. It's quick, it's clean, and it's FaceTime Audio-level encrypted, so it's also private. I even used it at Pokémon Go Fest Chicago to find out where one of the people I was playing with had gotten off to. And, yeah, I can't wait to try it at Disneyland, too. 2. Stop spot I love Workouts on watchOS. … [Read more...] about Five new watchOS 5 features you need to check out now
Video By Vadim Yuryev Saturday, September 01, 2018, 09:16 am PT (12:16 pm ET) Apple's watchOS 5 release is just around the corner, and it's packing a bunch of awesome new features that have convinced me to preorder the Apple Watch Series 4 as soon as it's available. So let's run through some of those exciting new features and why they'll make the Apple Watch experience better than ever before. First, some bad news to owners of the original Apple Watch, sometimes called the Series 0, as they will not be able to use watchOS 5 on their devices. The operating system is only supported on the Series 1 and newer models, including the anticipated Apple Watch Series 4. Podcasts and Audio The feature I'm most excited for is the Podcast app, which is finally coming to Apple's wearable device. If you own a pair of AirPods, the listening experience will be even better, especially since you can adjust your AirPods volume with the crown. The best thing about Podcasts is that your favorite shows … [Read more...] about These watchOS 5 features make the Apple Watch even better
Feature By William Gallagher Friday, August 31, 2018, 10:02 am PT (01:02 pm ET) As well as the time, the new Apple Watch face that we're expecting for watchOS 4 and the Apple Watch "Series 4" contains a remarkable nine complications, and an awful lot of data for the user at a glance. AppleInsider details what they are. When Apple leaked an image of its forthcoming Apple Watch Series 4, most of the attention it got was focused on the hardware. Yet alongside its gold surround, its larger display area and possibly slimmer body, there is the face. This brand new Watch face is a combination of several old ones that Apple described as Activity, Utility and Chronograph. It's reminiscent of very high-end analog watches but looks better. Surrounding the hour, minute and second hands there are nine complications and each one is distinct and clear. Or at least, they are distinct and clear to see: that's not the same as knowing what each of them does or is for. What's on the face With all … [Read more...] about What are all the complications on the leaked Apple Watch ‘Series 4’ face?