Items tagged with Apple Watch

The Apple Watch was first introduced in April 2015 and has gone through a number of revisions since that time. The must current model is the Series 3, which introduced optional LTE cellular connectivity so that you can make phone calls directly from the watch without a requisite iPhone. But what about the next generation model, which will likely be called the Series 4? A new report suggests that the next Apple Watch will forgo physical buttons in favor or solid-state buttons that don’t actually move. For those familiar with Apple’s hardware, this means that the buttons would... Read more...
Apple is no stranger to class action lawsuits and has fought many of them over the years. The most recent had to do with the butterfly keyboard on MacBook Pro computers. Apple is now facing another class action suit and this time the suit is over the Apple Watch. The class action lawsuit claims that all Apple Watches from the original Series 0 through the current Series 3 share the same defect that affects the screen. The main claim in the suit is that there is a defect that results in the screens cracking, shattering, or detaching from the body of the watch. The screen issues seen are allegedly... Read more...
For as long as the Apple Watch has existed, developers have been asking Apple to let them make their own custom watch faces, a feature that customers would likely enjoy as well. Now in the third generation of the Apple Watch, developers are still not unable to do so. That may change, however, in a future version of watchOS. The feature was potentially hinted in a breakdown of the beta code for watchOS 4.3.1. The code in question has to do with a component of the NanoTimeKit framework. This is the part that is responsible for watch faces. Contained within is a log message referencing currently unavailable... Read more...
Batteries are the bane of mobile device makers—companies have to ensure that battery life is sufficient, and just as importantly, are well constructed and won't die prematurely or, even worse, overheat and catch on fire and explode. Hey, it happens. As it goes, Apple is currently dealing with a battery life issue on some of its Apple Watch devices, and is offering free repairs to customers who are experiencing swollen batteries. The bulging battery issue is affecting some Apple Watch Series 2 devices. In some cases, a defective battery is preventing the Apple Watch from powering on, and in... Read more...
This week has been a big one for Apple, yesterday it launched the rumored budget iPad aimed specifically at schools with Apple Pencil support. While that event was underway, a new round of rumors started by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo focused on upcoming Apple Watch updates, which will land this fall. According to the analyst, the new watch will sport a 15% larger screen. That doesn't necessarily mean that the updated watches will be larger than the 38mm or 42mm size they have always been. It could be that the new screens will simply be pushed more to the edges of the watch as Apple has... Read more...
Sometimes even the best laid plans can go awry. Apple is learning this after rolling out an Emergency SOS feature to Apple Watch and iPhone device owners through WatchOS 4 and iOS 11, respectively. While the feature is implemented with good intentions and could potentially even save a life, it is also resulting in emergency misdials, especially through Apple Watch devices. On the Apple Watch, holding down the crown button for a few seconds triggers the Emergency SOS feature, which then calls the police and alerts any emergency contacts have been configured. This is precisely what happened to Jason... Read more...
A new report is making the rounds that suggests Apple has accomplished a notable first and a break from its traditional method for obtaining displays. According to the report, Apple is developing its own device displays for the very first time, whereas in the past it sourced screens for its devices directly from makers like Samsung and LG. In this instance, Apple is said to be working on building MicroLED displays that will first turn up in the Apple Watch. Apple has, according to sources claiming knowledge of its plans, a small, secret manufacturing facility near its Cupertino headquarters. That... Read more...
If you've bought into Fitbit's ecosystem of fitness-oriented wearables, then you might want to keep an eye on the company's next entry into the smartwatch space. After last year's $299 Ionic smartwatch launched to an unimpressed audience, Fitbit is reportedly back with an all-new design that is said to have "mass appeal". Leaked images of the smartwatch come courtesy of Warable, which show the device in a number of different colors with a multitude of band options. The smartwatch, which could be called the Blaze 2, will run an updated version of the Fitbit OS that debuted on the Ionic. The device... Read more...
Apple is rather notorious for being vague on just how many of each of its products that it sells (the company doesn't give sales breakdowns for specific iPhones and MacBooks, for example). CEO Tim Cook was recently at a shareholders meeting and gave some indication of how well Apple's wearables are doing overall. Wearables include the Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones. According to Cook, the combined revenue from all those products is nearing that of a Fortune 300 company. How much revenue does that suggest? In 2013 to be a Fortune 500 company you needed at least $4.825 billion in revenue.... Read more...
Many wearable such as the Apple Watch, Android Wear smartwatches, and FitBit bands come with built-in heart rate sensors. While these are useful for gauging the impact of cardio-based workouts, it turns out they can also detect early signs of diabetes with a high level of accuracy, according to a new study by health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The study examined more than 14,000 Apple Watch and Android Wear device owners over the course of several weeks. During that time, Cardiogram collected 200 million heart rate and step count measurements, and used... Read more...
There has been a lot of talk recently about Apple trying to move the Apple Watch from simply being a fashion wearable to a legitimate medical device with the integration of heart monitoring features. The KardiaBand heart EKG accessory is already available and FDA approved to allow at-risk people to accurately monitor their heart. Sources are now saying that Apple is working on its own EKG heart monitor tech that will be integrated directly into the watch. This could have a massive impact on these third-party accessories like the KardiaBand. Sources claim that one version in testing now requires... Read more...
We talked not too long ago about a study that had found that the Apple Watch might be usable for detecting high blood pressure and sleep apnea, thanks to the sensitivity of its heart rate monitor and an accompanying app. This week marks the first actual FDA approved accessory for the Apple Watch that is able to monitor health conditions, which just so happens to be the KardiaBand by AliveCor. The device is a personal electrocardiogram or EKG. The KardiaBand connects to the Apple Watch like any other accessory band, but it has tech inside that allows the wearer to discreetly take their heart rate... Read more...
A study from the University of California San Francisco and Cardiogram has been published, and the findings suggest that the Apple Watch might be an excellent tool for predicting hypertension and sleep apnea. Cardiogram is a company that has an app that breaks down the heart rate data that is collected by the Apple Watch. The study looked at data from 6,115 Apple Watch wearers that was interpreted by the Cardiogram "DeepHeart" neural network. The study found that the neural network could correctly recognize hypertension with 82% accuracy and sleep apnea with 90% accuracy. The study was based on... Read more...
Security researcher Will Strafach has discovered that Uber had been granted access to an undocumented, private app permission allowing its app to access the screen-recording feature on iPhones. To be able to access this screen capturing feature, Uber had to be granted special permission by Apple. That screen recording feature is said to be off limits to most app developers and is something known as an "entitlement". The screen recording feature in question is taken advantage of by screen recording apps on jailbroken iPhones, allowing apps like iRec to capture screens without needing permission... Read more...
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