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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

There are plenty of great articles around pointing out some of the best iOS and general tech deals coming up over the next few days. If that is more what you are after, take a look at BGR’s or The Huffington Post’s Apple Black Friday Deals Articles. For this Holiday Gift Guide, I’m going to focus less on what sales are out there, and more on potential gifts that can fill various needs for the iOS users in your life.

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Apple Retakes the Wearables Crown and Nudges Developers Forward

Earlier this week, we got word that Apple is once again at the top of the wearables heap. Analyst firm Canalys released their quarterly report on this up and coming category of devices, showing that Apple regained the top spot they had occupied earlier this year. They had been passed up by both Xiaomi and Fitbit in the Second Quarter, before the release of the Apple Watch Series 3 and their Watch Series 1 price cut. This lead to a lot of conjecture about the state of the smartphone, and its place alongside simpler fitness bands and the like.

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Apple Music Streaming on the Apple Watch is a Mixed Bag

Before diving into the details, I will say right off the bat that Apple Music streaming on the new LTE-enabled version of the Apple Watch Series 3 works. The music sounded the same over my AirPods that it would if I were using my iPhone or iPad, which is good. Searches with Siri were performed quickly. I never had any issues with tracks skipping, even though I only had two “dots” of LTE where I was doing my testing. So functionally, it works fine and is a welcome addition to the Apple Watch. Also, it’s good to keep in mind that this feature is still in beta, so things could change a little here or there before full release.

However, when I also say that streaming Apple Music on the Watch is a mixed bag right now, I’m not kidding around. It is functional in the way that the original Apple Watch was- useful and novel, but also scattered and confusing at times. The interface and experience are spread out over two different apps, a leftover from watchOS 1, and Siri. At the end of the day, I am glad to have it, since it extends the Watch beyond the bounds of the old iPad Nano and Shuffle as a mobile music player. However, Apple Music integration doesn’t come without its share of growing pains.

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Living with the iPhone X- Gestures and Letting Go of the Past

Today, I want to circle back around to gesture navigation and interface on the iPhone X. While I have already touched on this, it is so critical to living with the device that you can’t help but keep returning.

There are already PLENTY of great how-tos out there regarding the new gesture controls, so I won’t belabor that. If you are looking for a good reference, Joanna Stern’s guide on Twitter and the guide published by Macworld have you sufficiently covered. I am more interested in the day to day experience of adjusting to using them to navigate iOS, and the implications of this significant sift in how we interact with our iPhones, and how some people are really not along for this ride.

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Prepping for Your iPhone X- Setting Up for Success

[Update: If like me, you are on a beta version of iOS and got your iPhone X today, then you are out of luck. There are no iOS 11.2 beta versions available for the X yet. This means you will NOT be able to restore from a backup until one is released. Your only other option would be to downgrade your older device, back it up, and restore from that file.

This is a bad move from Apple that completely ignores developers and power users. I hope they rectify this later today.]

Tomorrow is the big day! iPhone Xs will be showing up in the hands of users and the real fun will begin. Well, at least for those who take care of a few things first. For those who don’t, there may be a lot of sitting and waiting involved. The wise among you will take a little time to think about how you are going to setup your new iPhone, because some of the steps may take a little time without some preparation.

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Be Wary of Insurance Providers Offering Cheap Apple Watches

There is news this week that insurance company John Hancock is offering their Vitality life insurance policy owners the opportunity to get an Apple Watch Series 3 for only $25. This is a whopping $304 off the normal retail price, which is a pretty amazing deal. So what’s the catch?

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Tips and Tricks: Synching Music to the Apple Watch

One of the reasons that I’ve never mentioned this tip before is because, until recently, I hadn’t used this feature myself. Until I got the Apple Watch 3 with LTE, that is. I used to use the Watch as a way to control my music on my iPhone, but thanks to the device independence that comes with a stand-alone Cellular connection, I am now using it to listen to music with my AirPods on occasion, as well.

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Benjamin Mayo’s Critique of WatchKit Deserves Apple’s Attention

As much as I have been a fan of the Apple Watch right from the beginning, I have also been critical of Apple’s handling of Apps on watchOS from the start. Apple overplayed their hand with apps on the original Apple Watch, and when WatchKit and the setup with watchOS 1 and the OG Watch couldn’t deliver on that promise, users lost interest in the concept very quickly.

Between user dissatisfaction and the frustration of getting apps developed and working properly on a new platform, many devs quickly abandoned their efforts. Still, I keep holding out hope that the Watch will fulfill its promise as a robust platform for the right kinds of apps that are properly geared toward the small screen.

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Deals: Casetify Apple Watch Band- $70 Credit for $50

One of the difficulties of shopping for Apple Watch bands is finding many with good standards of quality and workmanship apart from Apple’s offerings. While Apple’s are pretty expensive, they are made from durable materials and are backed by a comprehensive warranty. When you dive into the sea of bands available on Amazon or eBay, you can find a lot of bargains, but in many cases, you get exactly what you pay for.

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Apple Watch Series 3 Observations- Part 5: Siri

It’s been a good week taking a look at several aspects and features of the new Apple Watch Series 3. I was already a fan of the Apple Watch platform and watchOS 4, so liking this new device isn’t a major surprise. However, I enjoy and appreciate the independence aspect of the new Watch more than I initially expected. Now, as I come close to closing out this series, I’m circling back to a couple of the primary features of the device. Tonight, the focus in on Siri.

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Apple Watch Buyer’s Guide

So you’ve been thinking about getting an Apple Watch, but you haven’t pulled the trigger yet. If price is the issue, then I would definitely recommend further thought and research on whether it will deliver enough value to you based on what you are looking for and how you will use it. Even with a newly reduced starting price of $249, this still isn’t a trivial purchase. If the hang up is due to confusion over the various models, then look no further. Let’s task a closer look at each one and who it’s designed for.

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