Mark discussing his recent scoops including split-screen apps and the upcoming 12-inch iPad on CNBC today following this week’s exclusives on the Apple Watch’s San Francisco font coming to iOS and OS X, Apple’s plans for a ‘Home’ appto manage HomeKit on iOS, Apple Maps transit and indoor mappingplans, and features coming to iOS 9 and OS X 10.11.
(Just in case you can’t play the CNBC footage in your region, YouTube capture above.)
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As highlighted by everythingiCafe on Wednesday, Apple Watch owners on the MacRumors forums and Apple's Support Communities have been complaining that their Apple Watches are sending data sporadically, with gaps up to eight hours in some cases.
Before update on left, after update on right. Image via MacRumors forum member twisted-pixel.
Many of the users are still seeing occasional updates to the Health app, but at unpredictable intervals that are not as frequent as the previous 10 minute update intervals, and some are also seeing duplicate readings. This bug is not affecting all users, as some people are still reporting regular data transfers, but for the users experiencing issues, unreported heart rate data seems to be irretrievable.
I also noticed that my heart rate data in the health app for about a week period is gone and my heart rate data is now updating into the app intermittently. I spoke with Apple customer service this morning, but data could not be restored and their advice was to restart both the iPhone and the Watch, clean the sensor back, and keep an eye on it. That, unfortunately, has not fixed anything and I think there might be a bigger problem on our, er, hands (or wrists).For those unaware, the heart rate information collected by the Apple Watch's sensors is aggregated in the Health app on the iPhone, giving users a picture of their overall heart health throughout the day. With consistent 10 minute readings, the iPhone is able to provide clear and consistent data that wearers can share with doctors and use to make health evaluations.
Data that is sent sporadically is less useful for these purposes, causing this bug to significantly impact the health tracking abilities of the Apple Watch for users who are affected.
Some individuals experiencing issues have said that restarting their devices temporarily solves the problem, but the sporadic measurement times return shortly after. On the Apple Support Communities, one affected user who spoke with Apple suggested that his Apple Watch stopped sending heart rate measurements when he was actively moving.
Apple is collecting information from users who call in with the issue, and some have been told that the company is working on a fix.
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The Apple Watch Edition is available in yellow gold or rose gold and is priced between $10,000 and $17,000. Given its high price tag, the Apple Watch Edition delivery process is somewhat different than the delivery process of Apple's less expensive watches, with customers receiving emails asking them to set up a delivery time.
iFixit's Kyle Wiens ordered a 38mm Apple Watch Edition with a Black Sport Band and shared his tracking information and courier emails with MacRumors. His order was initially placed on April 10 and shipped out on Thursday, May 21. His delivery date was originally set for Sunday, May 24, but was moved up to Saturday, May 23.
Wiens tells MacRumors that while he initially ordered the Apple Watch Edition to do one of iFixit's traditional teardowns, he had second thoughts and ultimately decided iFixit couldn't afford to do the teardown. Wiens will be returning the Apple Watch Edition to Apple, but if an iFixit enthusiast has an Apple Watch Edition they wouldn't mind loaning out, he can do a non-destructive metallurgical analysis on the device.
Thus far the Apple Watch Edition has only been available in small quantities in some of the luxury fashion boutiques that have featured the Apple Watch, and it's also been seen on the wrist of several celebrities and designers including Katy Perry, Beyonce, Jay Z, Karl Lagerfeld, Pharell Williams, and more. With shipments going out over the next few weeks, we may be seeing more Apple Watch Edition models in the wild.
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As I noted in yesterday’s review of the Nomad Stand for Apple Watch, I wasn’t initially certain that the Apple Watch needed a dock, but actually using a Watch changed my mind: just as the Apple Watch Edition’s custom charging cases hinted, it’s best to keep metal or metal-accented Watch bands from rubbing against nightstands during charging, and even Apple’s fluoroelastomer Sport Bands tend to flop around when the Watch’s charging puck is connected. My guide to the best Apple Watch stands and docks spotlights many potential solutions, some of which are a lot more compelling than others.
Mophie’s Watch Dock ($60) is completely different in looks from the Nomad Stand, but their identical price points reflect one critical area of overlap: class. Each has the materials and design necessary to look great with everything from Apple’s $1,100 black stainless steel Apple Watch to the entry-level $350 silver aluminum Apple Watch Sport. Unlike the wide Nomad Stand, Watch Dock goes for height, combining black leather with a mostly aluminum stand that has a compact footprint. Thanks to its clean lines and manageable size, Watch Dock could easily become the retail Apple Watch display stand of choice when more watch and jewelry stores start selling Apple timepieces…
- Modern, watch store-caliber stand made from aluminum with leather and rubber accents
- Gunmetal color is halfway between Apple’s silver and space gray, liberally mixed with black
- Compatible with and requires Apple’s Magnetic Charging Cable
- Raises Apple Watch 3.5″ off a nightstand or other flat surface
Watch Dock arrives in a nice matte black box that opens to reveal a familiar phrase — “Mophie Loves You” — in glossy black text. While it’s somewhat lighter than one might expect, Watch Dock’s gunmetal-colored aluminum looks great, thanks to a jewelry-like sheen that recalls the iPhone 4’s stainless steel frame. Mophie has mixed leather and rubber deftly enough that you probably won’t care which is which, but grainy leather pads are found on the top of the 2.85″ by 2.5″ base, and the front of the 1.6″ by 1.35″ Apple Watch holder. Smooth black rubber is used on the back of the holder, the bottom of the base, and the inner edge of the metal bar that connects them. If you’re concerned about scratching your Watch on Watch Dock, Mophie’s done pretty much everything to make that impossible.
To assemble the Watch Dock, you remove a small rubber peg from the base, then feed the USB plug of Apple’s Magnetic Charging Cable through the top hole, into the rubber channel on the left side, and finally through the base. You replace the peg, sealing the hole in the otherwise leather base topper, while the remaining cabling runs out from the dock’s back. Like the left side of the stand, the base has a rubber channel that keeps Apple’s cable properly managed.
Completely assembled, the Watch Dock has an almost Dieter Rams-like design sensibility, interrupted only by Apple’s white charging surface on the top. Deliberately tilted on a roughly 30-degree angle, the Apple Watch holder has the curved metal appeal of the Nomad Stand, but in a more muted form that’s closer to “modern” than “futuristic.” It’s almost magical to see the magnetic puck holding your Watch 3.5″ in the air without a support underneath; the height gives loose Apple Watch wristbands an ample chance to stretch out, while loop and link bands can hover in the air.
Although your personal design sensibilities will guide you to the “right” choice between Mophie’s Watch Dock, Nomad’s Stand for Apple Watch, or other alternatives, Mophie’s and Nomad’s options both strike me as particularly strong options. The smaller Watch Dock may be a better pick if your nightstand or desk space is at a premium, or if you care about nearly an inch of extra Apple Watch elevation, while the larger Nomad Stand sprawls out to the sides and feels decidedly heavier. Mophie currently offers a single color scheme that’s halfway between Apple’s bright silver and space gray/space black options, while Nomad has separate colors without leather accents. Unless a low price is critically important to you, in which case there are cheaper but also cheaper-looking options, it would be hard to go wrong with either of these nicely-designed choices.Manufacturer:
Filed under: Apple Watch, Reviews Tagged: Apple watch, Apple Watch stand, dock, Mophie, stand, watch dock
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Popular accessory maker Anker has shown off its upcoming lineup of USB-C cables and adapters including USB-C to USB 2.0, 3.0, and USB-C solutions. Especially interesting for 12-inch MacBook users is Anker’s USB-C to Lightning cable — the first that I’ve seen from a reputable vendor — which will allow users to connect iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches with Lightning ports directly to Apple’s USB Type C-only notebook for charging and syncing.$19 USB-C to USB Adapterfor use with standard USB accessories and $79 USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter and USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter. It also sells a $29 USB-C Charge Cable which connects to its $49 29W USB-C Power Adapter for charging the new MacBook.
As we’ve not yet seen a USB-C to Lightning cable from Apple, Anker’s upcoming PowerLine USB-C to Lightning cable particularly interesting. Ideally, it’d be helpful to see a whole line of USB Type C-based power adapters fit for iPhones and iPads in the future to make transitioning from the standard port to the new, reversible port possible without adapters.
Anker hasn’t revealed pricing details for most of its PowerLine USB-C cables including the also useful USB-C to Micro USB cable in the lineup, which would be handy for restoring Apple TVs, updating Beats headphones firmware, or charging most power bricks or other accessories.
The PowerLine USB-C to USB 2.0 cable is priced at $15.99 and available for pre-order, though, while the rest of the lineup is described as ‘coming soon’ without additional details. Anker joins Apple, Belkin, and Google as well as other accessory makers in offering USB-C cables and adapters for use with Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook and other USB-C computers like Google’s latest Chromebook Pixel which includes a port on either side.
Filed under: iOS Devices, Mac, Tech Industry Tagged: Anker, USB-C, USB-C to Lightning
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We're just a few weeks out from WWDC, and new details about Apple's next-generation operating systems continue to surface. A new report from the well-sourced 9to5Mac details a handful of features, the most interesting of which is a note about support for older devices. We had assumed that Apple would include support for some devices based on its aging A5 SoC—the fifth-gen iPod Touch, original iPad Mini, and third-gen Apple TV are all still being sold, after all—but the report indicates that we can expect an update for out-of-production devices like the iPhone 4S (the iPad 2 isn't mentioned by name, but the implication is that it will be supported as well).
If true, this would be the longest that Apple has ever provided software updates for any one iPhone model. Normally, iOS releases support four iPhone generations at a time, but iOS 9 could include support for everything from 2011's iPhone 4S to whatever phones Apple introduces in 2015.
New iOS updates have a history of running poorly on older devices—iOS 7 was unkind to the iPhone 4, and iOS 8 wasn't much better to the iPhone 4S—but Apple is apparently taking steps to avoid that problem this time around. The report says that Apple is taking a different approach to supporting older devices in iOS 9. In the past, Apple reportedly put the full version of the operating system on older devices and then disabled features that performed particularly poorly. For iOS 9, Apple is apparently starting with a barebones version of the operating system and enabling features one at a time. As usual, owners of older devices will miss out on some features, but they'll still get the underlying improvements, API changes, and security updates that newer phones and tablets get.
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Spotify announced yesterday that it would be redesigning its iOS application with support for new features like original video clips and podcasts. A few glimpses of the updated version of the music streaming app were shown off during the announcement, but today a tipster has supplied us with a collection of screenshots from a beta build of the upcoming release.
Below you’ll find a gallery demonstrating the podcast integration, running speed-based tempo detection, and more. Almost every corner of the app has been completely overhauled with a new design. Many of the icons in the older app have been removed in favor of simple text labels, and a host of new features have been added.
Apple is set to debut its own Spotify competitor next month at WWDC alongside the next generation of its mobile and desktop software.
No details have been provided yet on when this version of Spotify will be available, but some users are reporting that it’s rolling out to them already, so it shouldn’t be too much longer before everyone has it. Until then, here’s a look at what you can expect:
Filed under: Apps Tagged: Podcasts, Spotify
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OS X 10.11 is still expected to gain a handful of noteworthy features, including a systemwide change to Apple Watch font San Francisco and a new Control Center menu similar to iPhone and iPad. Control Center was originally found in early betas of OS X Yosemite, but was not included in the final release.
"Control Center moves many of the controls from the Mac’s Menu Bar to a pane that slides out from the left side of the Mac’s display, adding on-screen music controls and other iOS-influenced features," the report claims. "However, Control Center reportedly has been in flux during development, and could be pushed back again."A possible first look at Control Center for Mac on OS X from 2014
Apple is also reportedly working on a major new kernel-level security system called "Rootless" for OS X and iOS that will help curb malware and protect sensitive data by prohibiting users from accessing certain protected files on Mac and iOS devices. "Rootless" appears to be a permanent feature of iOS, much to the chagrin of the jailbreaking community, but can likely be disabled on OS X.
Apple plans to enhance security one step further by converting many of its core IMAP-based applications on OS X and iOS, such as Notes, Reminders, and Calendar, to have an iCloud Drive backend. Apple expects there to be increased iCloud usage after the transition, so the company is reportedly upgrading its iCloud Drive and CloudKit servers to handle the additional load.
"With iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, Apple plans to transition this sync process to iCloud Drive, which offers better end-to-end encryption and faster syncing than traditional IMAP servers. As an example of how this will work, when a user launches Notes in either of the new Apple operating systems, a splash page offering to move content from the IMAP server over to iCloud Drive will appear, making the transition easy for users."The company is also testing a new "Trusted Wi-Fi" feature that would enable Macs and iOS devices to connect to trusted wireless routers with no additional security measures, while non-trusted routers would have a heavily encrypted wireless connection. Apple could release the feature later this year or hold off until next year's OS X and iOS releases, according to the report.
iOS 9 will reportedly support A5-based devices such as the iPhone 4s and iPad mini
Apple is also said to be optimizing iOS 9 to better support older hardware, with the report claiming that even legacy A5-based devices including the iPhone 4s and original iPad mini will be compatible with the upcoming software update. The four-year-old iPad 2 and three-year-old fifth-generation iPod touch, released in March 2011 and October 2012 respectively, are also powered by Apple A5 chips.
"Apple is now building a core version of iOS 9 that runs efficiently on older A5 devices, then enabling each properly performing feature one-by-one. Thanks to this new approach, an entire generation (or two) of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches will be iOS 9-compatible rather than reaching the end of the iOS line."Last, Apple is said to be preparing a major upgrade to its Swift programming language with “Application Binary Interface (ABI)" stability. Swift applications updated for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 will have preinstalled code binaries that require less space and use less cellular data. The report claims that Apple plans to convert its own apps to Swift in 2016 as part of iOS 10 and OS X 10.12.
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