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An Apple Watch Story That Hits Home For Me

There was a story in People magazine two days ago referencing the Apple Watch’s heath features that really caught my eye. These kinds of stories are nothing new, as the Watch is now capable of monitoring and tracking all sorts of different variables and has been credited with saving many lives. However, this particular story is different.

This time the Apple Watch didn’t save a life, but it definitely enhanced it. It didn’t assist in detecting a life-threatening disease, but it did help a young man deal with struggles that he lives with every day. This story is about Sam Bennett, who has autism, and his father Scott.

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Living With the Apple Watch Series 5: It Is What It Is

In my last installment, I talked about un-pairing my Apple Watch Series 5 and setting it up as new to see if it would have a positive impact on battery life. It improved a small, but noticeable amount after I installed the watchOS 6.1 Beta, but that was just enough to get me comfortably to the end of the day with a bit to spare. I was hoping to squeeze a bit more by following this common tip.

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Upgrading to iOS 13 and watchOS 6- So Far, So Good

I’ve been waiting for Apple to get some of the bigger bugs ironed out before taking the plunge and upgrading my iPhone XS Max and Watch Series 4. I can get away with a little wonkiness on my iPad Pro but my phone and watch are key to me staying on top of my job every day. That makes running the betas a bit more of a risk.

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Version 3 of the iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 Developer Betas Arrive

A little gift from Apple before the long weekend (here in the US, at least), as their latest Developer Betas for all of their OSs just arrived.   These include iOS 13, iPadOS 13, watchOS 6, tvOS 13 and macOS Catalina. That should give all of us Apple fans (and, you know, actual developers) something to do while we’re munching on BBQ and watermelon and taking in or shooting off some fireworks this 4th of July weekend.

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Apple Releases the First Public Betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

If you’ve been waiting for Apple to release its first Public Beta of iOS and iPadOS before jumping on board, then today is your day. Apple had originally said the Public Beta would come in July, but it has arrived a little ahead of schedule, it seems.

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watchOS 6 is Moving in the Right Direction

I’ve been hoping for Apple to give watchOS more capability and the Apple Watch more independence as the hardware has really come into its own. During the WWDC Keynote, we heard that an on-device App Store and dedicated apps that no longer have to be tied to the iPhone are coming to the Watch. These are certainly steps in the right direction. However, the rest of the feature rundown at the event was pretty expected: new Watch Faces and a couple of new Health and Fitness features. A new native Calculator app. Meh, but ok.

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Apple Betas Take to the Air Again

I was a little worried that Apple was going to make things harder on us this year, with Developer Betas that all required loading restore files to upgrade. They went that route with the first betas for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, which made testing difficult for me being a Windows user. I was able to get around my lack of a Mac while I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, but I had little interest in doing it again.

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Will SwiftUI Make watchOS Apps Worth Using?

While there is no denying that the Apple Watch is a hit, even if getting there has been a little bit of a slow burn. However humble its beginnings were, the device is the current standard by which all other smartwatches are judged. However, while its health and wellness features coupled with notifications are big strengths, the app situation has always been mixed, at best.

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