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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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Apple Watch Series 3 Observations- Part 4

I am still kicking the tires on the Series 3 Apple Watch, and still finding new details and answering new questions. One such question about the ability to send and receive emails stand-alone via either LTE or WiFi came from Jason Riley via a comment on Flipboard on my Part 2 article.

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Apple Watch Series 3 Observations- Part 3

Thanks to the weekend, I’ve been using some extra time to test out the new Apple Watch and use it in situations that I might normally not try out if left to my own devices. So far, so good, as my battery life and connectivity have performed as good or better than expected.

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Apple Watch Series 3 Observations- Part 2

Rather than a single 3,000 word review, I am going to just keep on gradually logging thoughts and observations on the new Apple Watch Series 3 as I use it. For today, I’ve been using the Watch as my primary communications device, but I’ve just been running errands, walking around the local Farmer’s Market, and now I am at home watching College Football with my Dad. In other words, I haven’t been hamming away trying to test every feature on the Watch today. This has been more of an example of typical, real-world use.

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Apple Watch Series 3 Initial Thoughts

Like all of the other early risers who wanted to be sure to get their Apple Watch Series 3 orders in, I got my Apple Watches today. I got both the Black Sport with the new Sport Loop band, and the Gold Sport with the Pink Sand Sport Band. I actually meant to order the Gold model with its corresponding Sport Loop, but I think I got a little punchy and mixed up at 2:05 AM. Oops.

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AirPower- What’s In a Name?

Apple teased its coming wireless charging pad during its iPhone event last week, but we didn’t get too many details. We know that it is compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard, and that Apple has said that they may include compatibility with other Qi-compliant devices. We also know that it will work with the new iPhones 8, 8 Plus, and X, all Apple Watches, and Apple’s AirPods with the new Wireless Charging Case that is coming soon. But that’s about all the news that’s fit to print, for now.

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Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular is a Preorder Sellout

Evidently the higher prices didn’t keep customers away from Apple’s new flagship Watches as preorders started Friday morning. Even though the Apple Watch Sport models range from $329 for the 38mm with Sport Band to $429 for the 42mm, they are all sold out. I just went through all of the models in both sizes using the Apple Watch app and most are listed at three to four week availability, with some out to four or five weeks, A few are even pushed out to October at this point.

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Apple Preorders Start Tomorrow: So Who’s Getting Up at Midnight PST?

Most of the sane people you know who are Apple users and are interested in upgrading their phones or watches will just head to Apple.com or use the Apple Store app when they have a chance over the weekend and get squared away. No big deal. It’s just a phone or watch, right? Yeah. For better or worse, that’s not me.

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