The upcoming watchOS 4.1 software update has reached the developer beta 4 now as we continue to inch closer to its commercial release, probably around the time iPhone X is scheduled to land on store shelves two weeks from today…. Read the rest of this post here
Apple on Friday seeded the fourth betas of upcoming software updates iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1. Registered developers can install the new betas from Apple’s Developer Center, or by using each platform’s respective over-the-air update mechanism…. Read the rest of this post here
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Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 4 update to developers for testing purposes, four days after releasing the third watchOS 4.1 beta and a month after releasing the new watchOS 4 operating system to the public.
Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS 4 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software update.
To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.
watchOS 4.1 brings support for streaming Apple Music content directly to the Apple Watch Series 3 over LTE and it introduces a new Radio app with access to Beats 1 and other Apple Music radio stations.
The Music app on the watch looks the same, offering up access to the Music Library, recently played songs, playlists, and Apple Music mixes, but now all Apple Music content can be streamed over an LTE connection and doesn’t need to be downloaded to the device. watchOS 4.1 also adds a new Wi-Fi toggle for turning off Wi-Fi to force the Apple Watch Series 3 to use LTE and it displays the Wi-Fi SSID so users can see the Wi-Fi Network an Apple Watch is connected to.
Support for Apple Music streaming appears to be the main feature in the new watchOS 4.1 update, but Apple is also introducing a range of new Unicode 10 emoji characters that include vomiting face, head exploding, mermaid, zombie, hedgehog, fairy, broccoli, and more.
Apple says the watchOS 4 update addresses a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that protects many modern Wi-Fi networks.
watchOS 4 is a significant refresh of the watchOS operating system introducing new watch faces, including a personalized Siri face, improvements to the Workout app, support for integration with gym equipment, an Apple News app, a vertical Dock, and a new Flashlight feature in the Control Center.
For more on what’s included in watchOS 4, check out our watchOS 4 roundup.
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Apple has released tvOS 9.2.1 for the Apple TV 4th generation, and WatchOS 2.2.1 for Apple Watch. Both releases include bug fixes and minor feature enhancements and are recommended for the respective devices. Additionally, Apple has released iTunes 12.4, which includes minor interface changes including a sidebar, and some other bug fixes to the media … Read More
It’s a happy day for one lucky teen in Massachusetts — not only was his life probably saved by his Apple Watch’s heart monitor, but he also now has an amazing offer from Apple CEO Tim Cook. Elsewhere, the pope’s visit to New York City and Philadelphia may force some iPhone preorder customers to wait an extra day for their devices, and Apple has already released a patch for the infant iOS 9.
Apple Releases Bug-Fixing Patch for iOS 9
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have yet to officially hit shelves, but Apple has already released a new patch for iOS 9 that fixes several bugs. It’s officially called iOS 9.0.1, and you can download it through your iPhone or iPad as an over-the-air update via the Settings app.
Apple’s official announcement of the patch focuses on four key issues. As of the new update, users should no longer have problems completing the setup assistant while downloading iOS 9, and they should no longer have to worry about alarms and timers failing to play.
In addition, pausing videos in Safari and Photos should no longer cause the paused frame to look distorted, and users with a custom APN setup should no longer lose cellular data.
On the whole, those are some pretty significant bugs, so it’s probably a good idea to download the patch soon if you already have iOS 9 installed. And if all goes well, those are four fewer headaches that the Cupertino company has to worry about when their next big release hits in a couple of days.
Tim Cook Offers iPhone, Internship to Teen Saved By Apple Watch Heart Monitor
The Apple Watch may not focus on health to the extent that the earliest rumors claimed it would, but the features that it does have are already saving lives and leading to happy endings. Take the case of 17-year-old Paul Houle of Massachusetts, who noticed last week that his Apple Watch was telling him that his heart rate was still 145 two hours after football practice. The readings promoted Houle to visit the hospital, where he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a muscle-injury condition that releases a harmful toxin into the heart, liver, and kidneys.
“At the hospital, they told me that if I had gone to practice the next day that I would have lost all control of my muscles, and there was a good chance I would have fallen down on the field and died right there,” Houle told Cape Cod.com on Friday. “I’m very grateful for that heart rate monitor.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook learned about the incident over the weekend, and as CBS Local in San Francisco reports, he personally called Houle and told him that he’s offering him one of the brand new iPhones and (much, much better) a summer internship to Apple next year.
Not too shabby, especially considering that Business Insider reported earlier this year that Apple interns make around $6,700 per month along with the potential for overtime pay.
Pope’s Visit May Delay Preorder Pickups in NYC, Philly
Of all the things that could delay an iPhone launch, the pope probably seems relatively low on the list. But that’s just what Apple believes several zip codes in Philadelphia and New York City will be facing on Thursday and Friday when the pontiff visits the cities. In anticipation of the related delays, Apple is sending out messages to pre-order customers who might be affected.
Source: The Independent
One of the first to share the message was Gawker writer Sam Biddle, who showed in a tweet that his iPhone may not be ready for pickup on Friday on account of “traffic restrictions.” (Biddle didn’t seem too bothered by the announcement, as his accompanying commentary read “LOL COOL :)”.) Apple told Biddle and other users that it would make Saturday deliveries if their phones weren’t ready for pickup by September 25.
If you happen to live in New York City or Philadelphia, here is a list of the affected zip codes:
New York City: 10001, 10007, 10017, 10021, 10022, 10023, 10029
Philadelphia: 19102, 19103, 19104, 19106, 19107, 19109, 19123, 19130, 19146, 19147
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After a last minute delay last week due to an unforeseen bug, WatchOS 2 is now available for Apple Watch. The new version brings a lot of must-have upgrades including new watch faces, third-party complications, and support for third-party apps. Basically, this is what the Apple Watch should have been at launch.
We focus on the Macs and iOS devices a lot here, but this week we want to focus more on gear. It’s the stuff that makes your stuff yours — the cases, the keyboards, and the cables that make it all work. If you want to funnel a little cash toward improving your current device line up, you’ve come to the right place.
Even though watchOS 2 got the green light to launch today with iOS 9
We’re looking at the biggies this week: Apple’s top-of-the-line jumbo-sized models. So if you’ve got an iMac hankering, you’ve come to the right place. And, as always, we’ll have a collection of gadgets and goodies to go along with your new big Mac to make things run smoothly as can be. You can even save some dough on a brand-new Apple Watch!
At last, Apple has started selling third-party Apple Watch accessories in its stores, although the selection is currently severely limited. In other news, we finally get to see the movie poster for the Steve Jobs biopic that’s been in the news for months, and Apple CEO Tim Cook received an, ahem, agreeable amount of Apple shares for his recent performance as CEO.
Apple Starts Selling Third-Party Apple Watch Accessories in Stores
As a part of Apple’s continuing redesign of its retail experience, the Cupertino company today started selling third-party accessories for the Apple Watch in its stores. As noted by MacRumors, the first product available is ElevationLab’s $29.95 NightStand, which serves as both a charger and an alarm clock.
ElevationLab originally only offered the NightStand in blue, black, and red, but as a result of its new direct partnership with Apple, it’s now also possible to get the unit in pink, blue, green, black, and white (in Apple stores only) — specifically, the exact colors used for the Apple Watch Sport band. The device is also one of the few third-party devices so far to take advantage of watchOS 2’s upcoming Nightstand Mode, which turns the Apple Watch into an alarm clock while it’s charging.
Sources claim that the device is the only third-party Apple Watch accessory available for purchase in an Apple retail store at the moment, but that might change next month.
As an aside, the report also notes that Apple has indeed removed that iPad “smart signs” that used to provide pricing and information for products like iPads, iPhones, and Macs throughout the store; now, instead, you’ll have to take the slightly more awkward step of opening a dedicated pricing app to find out how much the device you’re handling actually costs.
Movie Poster for Danny Boyle’s Steve Job Biopic Revealed
Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic is rapidly approaching its October wide release date, and now we even have an official poster for the highly anticipated film. The poster is designed with the same minimalist, white-space heavy design Apple products are known for, and it also recalls the cover of the bestselling Walter Isaacson biography the film is based on. As a bonus, it features actor Michael Fassbender looking a little more like Steve Jobs than usual.
The film itself will first be shown as the highlight of the New York Film Festival on Saturday, October 3. Michael Fassbender stars in the title role, but the film also stars Kate Winslet in the role of former Mac marketing chief Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley.
The film focuses on the action backstage on the eve of three major Apple product launches: the original Macintosh in 1984, the NeXT Computer, and the iMac.
Tim Cook Receives Performance-Based Award of $58 million in Apple Stock
Tim Cook just had a very good Monday, according to a new report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (via AppleInsider). As rewards for his tenure and performance, the Apple CEO received 560,000 vested restricted Apple stock units, which roughly amounts to a value of $58 million based on Apple’s current stock price. Cook didn’t sell any of the vested restricted stock units, and Apple reportedly withheld 290,836 units in order to stay within minimum statutory tax withholding requirements.
According to the filing, Apple’s total shareholder return (TSR) had to fall within the top third of the Standard & Poor 500 in order for Cook to receive the stock. Apple ranked 46th, which was within the 90th percentile. Had Apple only reached the middle third, Cook would have received only 50 percent of the given award. If Apple had ranked in the bottom third, Cook wouldn’t have received any restricted Apple stock units at all.
But, of course, he did well, and that brings his total current stock to approximately 1.17 million AAPL shares, with an additional 4.76 million set to vest in 700,000-unit batches in 2016 and 2021. Also, 1.68 million more will vest in six annual installments beginning in August of 2016.
In line with Cook’s stated desire to make Apple “a force for good,” Cook stated last year that he plans to give his entire fortune away once he pays for the college education of his young nephew.
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