Tag Archives: Apple Watch

Are You Ready for Some New Apple Hardware?

Despite the fact that we just got brand new hardware from Apple just yesterday in the HomePod, let’s be honest. It isn’t for everyone. However, thanks to Apple’s wide ranging product lineup, there’s always something else coming just around the corner. In this case, it may be sooner than you think. According to a few different reports over the last week or so, we have a pretty good idea about as many as eight new Apple products that will be released over the course of this year.

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Would You Subscribe to Apple Hardware?

A few days ago, Christopher Mims of the Wall Street Journal wrote a very interesting article that poses an even more interesting question- Would you sign up for a yearly subscription for Apple hardware?

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Apple Slices: Bite-sized Apple News of the Week

It’s been an up and down week for Apple

It’s been a week of highs and lows for Apple with some good news, some not so good, and other stories that seem to go either way depending on who’s doing the reporting. Let’s get into some of the highlights.

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The Reasoning Behind the HomePod’s Design and Marketing is Surprisingly Simple

I’ve seen an interesting combination of concern, complaints, dismissiveness, and derision over the HomePod across Twitter, Apple blogs, and tech sites over the past few days. The preorder and announcement of the final release date for the device, as well as a lack of any other substantive Apple news at the moment seem to have stoked the fires of discussion and opinion.

I can understand many of the reasons, and I even agree with many of you that Siri isn’t on par with other digital assistants in many ways, that the HomePod’s high price could be a limiting factor, and that it is showing up more than fashionably late to a fast-moving party. However, despite the concerns and complaints, the reasons behind the design and focus of the HomePod still make sense if you look at Apple’s recent hardware and software efforts.

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: Odds and Ends

We are halfway through the month of January, so the time for 2018 predictions and resolutions is at an end. This is a grab bag of items I’ve been thinking about that aren’t as critical as what I’ve already covered, but could still be in play over the course of the year.

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: MicroLED Makes its Mainstream Debut on the Apple Watch

This prediction is me going out on a limb. We all know that Apple is working on this screen technology, as the rumors and related patents are old news at this point. They even acquired LuxVue, a manufacturer that specializes in microLED, back in 2014. Just as with OLED, Apple will put this new technology (at least for them, in the case of OLED) on the Watch first, as the smaller screen device with less sales pressure than the iPhone makes a perfect device for an initial rollout. It’s just a matter of time as to when it shows up. Just a hunch on my part, but I think 2018 could be the year.

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The Health Monitoring Capabilities and Potential of the Apple Watch are Coming into Clearer Focus

Apple has made it clear that they now see the Watch as primarily being a fitness tracker and health monitoring device. While it runs apps and fills several other roles, these are now its primary functions and we can see that most of their development and new features are focused on these areas. There have been a few reports that have come to light over the last few months that show both how other companies are building on the Watch as a platform and where Apple may be going next.

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CARROT Weather is My Favorite Apple Watch App

It may seem odd to choose a weather app as my favorite on Apple’s smallest screen, but this is actually one of the more useful categories on the Watch. Well, it should be, anyway. Unfortunately, many of the name brand watchOS weather apps fall somewhere between “meh” and flaming hot garbage right now. The Weather Channel’s app description on the App Store still refers to Glances, which have been gone for over a year now, so that should give you a good idea of the state of things.

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Review: ElevationLab’s BatteryPro

A few weeks ago, I took a look at a couple of battery packs from Griffin and Belkin for the Apple Watch. My interest in Belkin’s Valet Charger and Griffin’s Travel Power Bank was related to the increased battery demands that LTE and Apple Music streaming can place on the Watch’s battery life. Using these new features extensively will require topping off the battery during the day at times, and what better way than with compatible portable battery pack. With watchOS 4.2 now released, everyone with an LTE-enabled Watch can use Apple Music streaming and it wouldn’t surprise me if these battery packs suddenly become a lot more popular because of it.

Another Watch-compatible battery pack caught my eye when I was researching for the original review, and I was fortunate that the manufacturer was kind enough to send me one to take a look at this week. This is the BatteryPro from ElevationLab, which is also has an MFi-certified magnetic Watch charging pad built-in. This manufacturer is well-known for their high quality accessories, most notably the DraftTable for the iPad Pro (which I will also be testing over the next week for a coming review). After spending a few days using the BatteryPro, I can assure you that it is no exception, but another high-quality and very useful accessory in the ElevationLab lineup.

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A Few Apple Deals for Your Cyber Monday

While Apple isn’t known for going all out on Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales, other retailers who sell Apple gear always come up with something that won’t get them on the wrong side of the most profitable company in the world. Usually these come in the form of rebates, gift cards, and such, but there are always a few gems out there.

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Review- Belkin and Griffin Apple Watch Battery Packs

One of the strengths of the Apple Watch since its release has been that it handles all of the expected tasks of a smartwatch and fitness tracker with all day battery life. I have used a Watch since day one, and have rarely had any kind of battery life issues over the last two plus years. While Apple certainly isn’t the only wearable manufacturer to pull this off, they are the only one to do so with a device that has both a reasonable size and a gender-neutral design. These are two big reasons that Apple now finds themselves at the top of the entire wearables market. However, with new features such as on-device LTE and Apple Music Streaming, that day long battery life can start to come up pretty short, pretty quickly.

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