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$100 kit lets you plate Apple Watch with 24K gold DI...

Today, 05:14 PM

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We’ve seen a number of solutions for getting a gold Apple Watch without spending the $10,000+ price Apple charges for the 18 Karat gold Apple Watch edition. We went hands-on with one of the first companies doing gold plating for Apple Watch, but that requires you to mail-in the device and pay approximately $400 on top of the Watch’s retail price (depending on the model).

Another option is this $100 DIY kit that offers an easy step by step solution for gold plating the Watch yourself with 24K gold…

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The Midas Touch Kickstarter project, started by chemist Eric Knoll, offers a step-by-step kit for applying a 24K gold plating to your Apple Watch. The kit starts at just under $100, and goes up to $150 if you have a steel band to cover in addition to the watch casing itself. That’s much cheaper than sending it in to a company offering gold plating services for Apple Watch— the stainless steel link band model, which sells for around $1000 from Apple, cost us an extra $400 to have it plated.

There are also other benefits to the DIY kit. You’ll be able to touch up the plating with the solution once it eventually begins to show signs of wear (inevitable for most gold-plated products). And if you eventually want to go back to the original stainless steel, you can easily do so using an abrasive polish, according to the company.

Here’s a video from the company showing off the process:

The kit is only for the stainless steel Apple Watch models so far, but the company said it’s developing a solution for the aluminum Sport models too.

You can pledge to the crowd funding campaign here to preorder the kit (the company has already reached its goal), and expect the kit to ship to backers worldwide this August.


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How to back up Apple Watch settings & data

Today, 04:34 PM

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Backing up Apple Watch doesn’t work exactly like your iOS device, and some of the data on the watch— like Workout and Activity calibration data, for example— won’t be included in your backup. Head below to learn exactly how to back up your Apple Watch, what to expect when doing so, and how to access the data if need be.

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There’s a couple ways to initiate a back up of your Apple Watch, but so far the process is tied to the iPhone back up process.

And here’s what the backup will include:

  • General system settings, such as your watch face, known Wi-Fi networks, brightness, sound, and haptic settings
  • Language
  • Time Zone
  • Settings for Mail, Calendar, Stocks, and Weather
  • App-specific data and settings, such as Maps, distance, and units
  • Health and Fitness data, such as history, achievements, and user-entered data

However, Apple warns that “to back up Health and Fitness data, you need to use iCloud or an encrypted iTunes backup.)”

But don’t just assume that will make all of your Watch data safe, there will be a few things not included in the back up…

Your back up won’t include:

  • Workout and Activity calibration data for Apple Watch
  • Any playlists synced to your Watch
  • Credit or debit card info for Apple Pay
  • The passcode for your Watch.

That means if you restore from a back up, you’ll probably want to follow the steps necessary for calibrating the device again, and you’ll also have to re-sync your playlists and reset your Apple Pay and passcode info.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air 2 16GB $400, ZAGG 50%...

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Save 63% on big style and sound in the Veho Bluetooth Spe...

Today, 04:15 PM

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Got an audiophile dad? Your search for a Father’s Day gift ends here, with the Veho leather Bluetooth speaker. This retro-style piece is the rare Bluetooth speaker that doesn’t make design an afterthought, housing six watts of high-fidelity sound andmf.gif


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How to Calibrate Apple Watch for a More Accurate Offline...

Today, 03:14 PM

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Apple Watch tracks your movement and heart rate. It uses that information in conjunction with your gender, height, age, and weight to estimate how many calories you burn during daily movement, including light strolls and dedicated workouts. <br/> <br/> However, Apple Watch needs proper calibration to get the most accurate reading of your movement and heart rate, which is used to help determine distance and pace measurements when you are walking or running without your iPhone, or while using a treadmill. <br/> <br/> <img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-448532" src="http://cdn.macrumors...81-800x460.png"alt="christy turlington burns" width="800" height="460" /> <br/> Calibration is fairly easy and takes about 20 minutes of exercise. For this purpose, you will need both your iPhone and your Apple Watch. After calibrating, you won't need to bring your iPhone on walks or runs anymore. <br/> <!--more--> <br/> Make sure the environment is ideal for GPS tracking. Flat ground with good reception and clear skies works best, but as long as your GPS is on, you should be just fine. <br/> <br/> Ensure that Location Services is activated on your iPhone. Open the Settings app and select Privacy. Then tap Location Services and make sure the switch is in the On position. <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2015/05/locationservicescalibration.jpg" alt="locationservicescalibration" width="800" height="708" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-451835" /> <br/> Check that "Motion Calibration and Distance" is activated on your iPhone. On the Location Services screen, scroll down to the very bottom and select System Services. Find Motion Calibration & Distance and make sure the switch is in the On position. <br/> <br/> Hold your iPhone in your hand or attach it to an armband during your outdoor run or walk. This will help get the best possible calibration on your iPhone. <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2015/05/applewatchfitness-250x276.jpg" alt="applewatchfitness" width="250" height="276" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-451836" />Open the Workout app on Apple Watch and select Outdoor Walk or Outdoor Run and set your goal. Tap Start and begin. Walk or run for 20 minutes. <br/> <br/> If you are unable to walk or run for 20 minutes at one time, you can spread the calibration over multiple outdoor sessions. Just make sure you bring your iPhone with you each time. <br/> <br/> You may need to perform multiple 20-minute calibration workouts. If you normally walk or run at varying speeds, for example if you tend to run for three minutes and walk for one minute, you will need to calibrate each speed separately (or do 40 minutes worth of walking/running). Basically, the more you calibrate, the more accurate the reading will be. <br/> <br/> Calibration data is stored on Apple Watch. If you unpair it from your iPhone, you will have to recalibrate in the future. <br/> <br/> The calibration process also helps improve estimates of calorie burning and movement approximations in the Activity app. So, it is a good idea to complete the process, even if you don't plan on running or walking outdoors on a regular basis.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/35070/f/648326/s/46a0433e/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228765954907/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46a0433e/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228765954907/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46a0433e/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228765954907/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46a0433e/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228765954907/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46a0433e/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228765954907/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46a0433e/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228765954907/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46a0433e/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228765954907/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46a0433e/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228765954907/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46a0433e/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/228765954907/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46a0433e/sc/15/ach.htm"><img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/228765954907/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46a0433e/sc/15/ach.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/228765954907/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46a0433e/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/228765954907/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46a0433e/sc/15/a2t2.img" border="0"/><div class="feedflare">
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A quick review of Apple’s new iPhone Lightning Dock

Today, 02:00 PM

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<p>Earlier this week, Apple <a href="http://store.apple.c...-dock">releaseda new iPhone Dock</a>. Back in the day, the third generation iPod came with a dock, and nearly two years ago Apple released iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C docks. Those old docks had a 30-pin or Lightning connector, respectively, as well as a 3.5mm line out connector. As I like to use my iPhone on my nightstand as a clock while it charges (<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/analog-digital-clock/id360985167?mt=8">Analog Digital Clock</a> for the win!), I took a knife to my 5S Dock and managed to make it fit an iPhone 6. But I ended up using the dock fairly rarely because docking requires getting my iPhone out of its case—which I use religiously with the iPhone 6.</p>
<a href="http://link.brightco...251606451001">Aquick hands-on video showing the new dock in action. (video link)</a>
<p>The new dock is sightly different from the old ones. Rather than having a recessed area that fits and supports the device the dock is specifically made for, the new iPhone Dock supports all iPhones and iPods with a lightning connector running iOS 8. It does this by having a flat top with a little mound on it that holds the lightning connector. So the iPhone is only supported through its lightning port. As a result, it wobbles a bit side-to-side when touched. Fortunately, that doesn't seem to affect the electronic connection between the phone and the dock. The iPhone sits fairly stable in the front/back direction. Still, I'm glad I get to use the dock with an iPhone 6 that's still under warranty. The great thing about this design, apart from being both future- and past-proof (a rarity in Cupertino!), is that it lets the iPhone dock while it's in Apple's silicone case. There's actually room for slightly bigger cases.</p>
<p>An interesting change from the previous docks is that the line out port is now a headphone out port. When you put the iPhone in the dock and there's nothing connected to the headphone out port of the dock, the iPhone uses its speaker, which comes through loud and clear. Remember, the iPhone's headphone out port is at the bottom, so you can't use it while the phone is docked. The microphone also works normally.</p>
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Apple Watch “3rd party gold-plated edition” w/ link brace...

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<p>I know what you may be thinking: why would you spend any significant amount of money on a gold Apple Watch? Well, this isn’t an Apple Watch Edition, but it’s the closest thing available to my wallet. This Apple Watch and Link Bracelet was beautifully plated with 18K gold and it looks stunning.</p>
<p>I’m not even a fan of gold, but I can definitely appreciate the beauty here. This is just about as classy as it gets if you’re into the style. Last week, this used to be an ordinary Apple Watch, but a few days with the <a href="http://mcmx.in/1BlFmuB"target="_blank">people over at WatchPlate</a> changed it for life. If you’re not into spending a boat load of cash on an Apple Watch Edition, this is the next best thing and quite possibly a better option…</p>
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<p>I opted for the Link Bracelet combination, but they can plate any stainless steel Apple Watch with any band style for the same price. I was very impressed with the quality. Sure, it’s not solid gold like you’d get straight from Apple, but at the same time it’s way less of a liability and looks just as good. Every inch of this Apple Watch is covered in gold and over the last week, it has held up great.</p>
<p>The cool thing about this gold plated Link Bracelet is that you can’t even buy this configuration from Apple. It’s completely unique, unless you’re <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...link-bracelet/"target="_blank">Beyonce</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/10/kanye-west-unsurprisingly-also-has-a-gold-link-bracelet-apple-watch/" target="_blank">Kanye West</a>, or <a href="http://9to5mac.com/community/karl-lagerfeld-has-an-apple-watch-w-gold-link-bracelet/" target="_blank">Karl Lagerfeld</a>. I realize this kind of thing may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for an Edition on a budget WatchPlate will serve up the goods for $399 and the turnaround time is only four days. For a detailed look at our gold plated Apple Watch, take a look at the video below.</p>
<p>Check out our gold plated Link Bracelet Apple Watch <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRnvqHJUE74" target="_blank">unboxing &amp; hands-on video</a>:</p>
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<p>I think this specific version is absolutely gorgeous and if anything, may prove to be an interesting social experiment. I chose yellow over rose gold and have no regrets. I’m not big on wearing flashy gold stuff, but this gold plated tech has changed my mind a bit. My opinions on Apple Watch remain the same, but this look is hard to pass up. If you wanna check out our full review, <a title="Review: Apple Watch as a watch, a gadget, and platform (Video)" href="http://9to5mac.com/2...-review-video/"target="_blank">click here</a>.</p>
<p>Another favorite combination of mine, is the Leather Loop with the 42mm gold plated Apple Watch (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRnvqHJUE74" target="_blank">shown in video</a>). It’s a very clean combination and again would be another combination that you can’t purchase as a package from Apple. Just another way to stand out in the crowd.</p>
<p>Plating the Apple Watch won’t affect its functionality or water-proofing at all. Everything will be just as it was when purchased from Apple, but with a little added bling. I think it’s a great idea and you’ll get the same look and attention (if you’re looking for that) as you would with an Edition. There’s no doubt that this is an attractive piece of technology, but the gold plating definitely bumps it up a few notches. If you’d like to find out about gold plating your Apple Watch, visit <a href="http://mcmx.in/1BlFmuB"target="_blank">WatchPlate’s website</a> for more details.</p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/reviews/'>Reviews</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple/'>Apple</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch/'>Apple watch</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch-edition/'>Apple Watch Edition</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/gold-apple-watch/'>gold apple watch</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/smartwatch/'>smartwatch</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381236/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=381236&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>For more news on <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple/">Apple</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch/">Apple watch</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/reviews/">Reviews</a> continue reading at <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/25/gold-plated-apple-watch-video/#comments">Discuss "Apple Watch “3rd party gold-plated edition” w/ link bracelet gets first unboxing and hands-on&nbsp;(Video)" with our community.</a></strong></p>

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<p>Apple may have introduced <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...phone-6-video/"target="_blank">Reachability</a> to aid one-handed operation of its larger-screened iPhones, but if you’ve ever found yourself happily enjoying the full-screen experience only to need your second hand to reach the back button at the top of the screen, there’s a clever solution on Kickstarter.</p>
<p><a href="https://www.kickstar...iphone-perfect"target="_blank">Halo Back</a> is what its creator terms a smart screen protector. Covering the entire front face of your iPhone just like a conventional screen protector, it adds an embedded capacitive circuit layer running from the area to the left of the home button to the top left of the iPhone. Touch the invisible button, and Halo Back transmits your touch to the usual position for a software back button.</p>
<p>I’m not personally a fan of screen protectors, preferring my iPhone screen naked and hoping not to drop it, but if I were going for a protector, I like the idea of the extra functionality.</p>
<p>The Halo Back is planned to retail for a rather pricey $49, but you can back it on Kickstarter for $17 (the early bird versions now gone), with delivery scheduled for August. It’s the same price for both iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The usual Kickstarter cautions apply – most deliver, but not all – and it only works with apps that have their back button in the standard place, but that’s most of them.</p>
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A skeptic’s Apple Watch diary: One month in, after the no...

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<p>When I decided that I was <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...iary-decision/"target="_blank">keeping</a> my Apple Watch after my <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/04/24/apple-watch-diary-first-impressions/" target="_blank">arbitrary</a> one week <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/04/27/a-skeptics-apple-watch-diary/" target="_blank">trial</a>, several of you wondered whether that would still be the case once the novelty had worn off. Indeed, I wondered that myself.</p>
<p>Well, it’s now a month in as of yesterday, and I can definitely say the novelty has worn off – and, somewhat to my surprise, I’m still wearing it every day. Perhaps it’s time to drop the ‘skeptic’ part of the title.</p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Given the kind interest shown in my earlier pieces, I thought I’d update you with a few additional things I’ve noted and the reasons I’m still wearing it …</span></p>
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<p class="p1"><span class="s1">My main additional complaint is what might almost be described as click-bait notifications: notifications that let you know something is going on, but don’t actually tell you what. To find out, you have to pull your phone out of your pocket.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Facebook Messenger is a classic example. When someone sends you a message, the Watch notification shows you who has sent the message, and you can see that you can scroll down, so naturally you expect to be able to see the message … but no. Scrolling down merely offers you a Dismiss button.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">It’s similar when someone tags you in Facebook. The watch shows you’ve been tagged but doesn’t show you the post.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Twitter likewise. It lets you know if several people you follow are all tweeting about the same topic, but you can’t actually see their tweets.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Now, you could argue that this complaint is unreasonable. The watch is about quick glances, not interactions. And I do agree with that philosophy – I don’t want to be spending much time interacting with a tiny screen. But scrolling down in a FB message to see the actual message isn’t interaction, it’s exactly the type of short information delivery the watch is all about. I simply want to know if it’s something that requires an immediate response.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Many apps have the right general idea – display bite-sized chunks of information, don’t ask you to interact with them – but too many of them direct you to your phone just one step too early.</span></p>
<p><img title="A skeptic's Apple Watch diary: One month in, after the novelty wore off" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-381017" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=704&h=412"alt="apple-watch-diary-month-2" width="704" height="412" /></p>
<p class="p1">My second complaint is the flakiness of notifications in general. Some days they arrive reliably and promptly, within a second or two of the alert on the iPhone. Other days, they are delayed; other days, they simply don’t arrive at all from some apps. Case in point: I wanted to get a screengrab of a Facebook Message alert, asked a friend to send me one – which she did – and I got an alert on the phone but not on the watch. In principle, they should be sent to the watch when your phone is locked, and not otherwise, but the practice is far more random.</p>
<p>This isn’t a massive deal given that my watch is simply a more convenient way to view notifications; I’m not actually going to miss anything as my phone will ping me. But it does make the watch less useful.</p>
<p><a href="https://9to5mac.file...hball.png"><imgtitle="A skeptic's Apple Watch diary: One month in, after the novelty wore off" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-381243" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/beachball.png?w=704" alt="beachball" /></a></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Third, Glances can be slow to open, even when at home on a fast broadband connection. The above screengrab is a sight that’s just a little too familiar.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">It’s most commonly seen when opening a Glance via a watch face complication. The above example was tapping the temperature on my Modular watch face to see the full weather. In that particular case, the progress screen sat there like that for a good ten seconds. That’s unusual, but waiting four or five seconds isn’t, and for a device that’s all about immediate access to info – and names the screens Glances to reinforce the point – even a four-second delay is way too long.</span></p>
<p><a href="https://9to5mac.file...5/tap.png"><imgtitle="A skeptic's Apple Watch diary: One month in, after the novelty wore off" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-381245" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/tap.png?w=704" alt="tap" /></a></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Talking of tapping complications, most are tappable, to view more information, but not all – and there’s no obvious rationale behind it. Why does tapping the temperature open the weather Glance (albeit slowly) but tapping the sunset time doesn’t?</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">It’s a pretty sure-fire bet that if you care about the sunset time it’s either because you’re planning to be outdoors then, and so care about the weather, or you want to take a sunset photo when, guess what, you care about the weather.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">My view is that all complications should be tappable, if for no better reason than that consistency is one of the keys to usability.</span></p>
<p><img title="A skeptic's Apple Watch diary: One month in, after the novelty wore off" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-381018" src="https://9to5mac.file...pg?w=704&h=401"alt="apple-watch-diary-month-1" width="704" height="401" /></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Alongside my complaints, I should mention one former complaint I had that no longer applies. </span>The <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...ftware-update/"target="_blank">update to Watch OS 1.0.1</a> may have <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/22/apple-watch-heart-rate-bug/" target="_blank">broken heart-rate monitoring</a>, but the promise that it would fix stand notifications has indeed been delivered. I’d initially found that it wasn’t recognising when I was <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/04/30/apple-watch-diary-decision/" target="_blank">already standing</a>, and it now does, very reliably.</p>
<p class="p1">On the subject of compliments, I love the digital crown for scrolling without covering content. So much so, there have been times I’ve wished I had one on my iPhone.</p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">So, a few more grumbles, but I’m still wearing the watch on a daily basis. Why so?</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">A month in, I can’t really say it’s the cool gadget factor. I no longer view it as something new and interesting, and indeed am now slightly surprised when someone asks me about it. I forget that, for many people, it’s still newsworthy.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">For me, though, it’s something that has very much blended into my tech landscape, just like my Macs, iPhone and iPad. Useful, but not something I play with for its own sake. I haven’t, for example, found myself playing with different watch faces. I want as much info as possible viewable at a glance, so I’ve stuck solidly to the Modular face (albeit with minor rearrangement of the complications).</span></p>
<p><a href="https://9to5mac.file...dular.png"><imgtitle="A skeptic's Apple Watch diary: One month in, after the novelty wore off" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-381248" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/modular.png?w=704" alt="modular" /></a></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">I have occasionally gotten out of bed and wondered whether or not to bother putting on the watch, but I still have, every day. Not because it’s exciting; it isn’t. Not because it makes a significant difference to my life; it doesn’t. But it does make my life very slightly more convenient, and it does this a dozen or more times a day. And that, in the end, is why I’m still wearing it.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">How does it do that? Notifications top the list, despite my complaints about them. With spring having arrived in the UK in a big way, short-sleeved shirts are now the norm for me, so my issue with shirt sleeves has gone until the fall.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The activity rings are surprisingly effective in encouraging a little more exercise in everyday life, taking the stairs a little more often, walking the long way around, that kind of thing.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Having the outside temperature a glance away is handy given that I cycle everywhere, letting me know whether or not I need to take a sweater. Sunset time, too, is handy, when planning an evening cycle ride and wanting to be somewhere scenic for sunset.</span></p>
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">And there’s one other handy piece of functionality that I find myself using more often than expected. You can, I have discovered, use your Apple Watch to check the time.</span></p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/c...watch-2/'>AppleWatch</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch/'>Apple watch</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch-diary/'>Apple Watch diary</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch-review/'>Apple Watch review</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/380994/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/380994/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/380994/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/380994/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/380994/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/380994/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/380994/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/380994/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/380994/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/380994/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/380994/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/380994/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/380994/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/380994/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=380994&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>Continue reading more about <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch/">Apple watch</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/apple-watch-2/">Apple Watch</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple-watch-diary/">Apple Watch diary</a> at <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/25/a-skeptics-apple-watch-diary-one-month/#comments">Discuss "A skeptic’s Apple Watch diary: One month in, after the novelty wore&nbsp;off" with our community.</a></strong></p>

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