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April 29, 2015

Apple Watch Production Snags Thanks to Taptic Engine Problems

One of the Apple Watch’s unique features is its “taptic engine,” which makes users feel as though they’re being tapped on the wrist by the watch itself. It also gives users the ability to send their heartbeats to each other, a neat trick, for sure. But manufacturing problems from at least one of Apple’s Chinese suppliers have caused some hiccups in terms of getting enough units finished and out the door, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

According to the report, a number [...]

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April 28, 2015

Apple Watch Battery Problems? Try This.

Did you get your Apple Watch? Have you been enjoying it fully, frolicking through the fields, checking your pulse, texting your friends, sending them rude drawings? Does your battery die sooner than it should? If so, Apple knows, and it’s come up with some possible solutions.

Users have taken to Apple’s forums or Twitter to complain of Apple Watch battery problems, mainly revolving around chargers that don’t actually charge. One user offered up a two-step solution he got from [...]

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April 27, 2015

My Weekend With the Apple Watch and Why I Don’t Love It As Much As I Thought

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Three days. That’s how much time I’ve spent with my Stainless Steel 42mm Apple Watch so far and I can truthfully say that I don’t love it as much as I thought I would the second I got it. I’ll explain.

Notifications & Messages

The Apple Watch really excels when it comes to notifications and messages. The haptic feedback or what Apple calls “Taps” are a great way to gently nudge you to let you know something [...]

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April 24, 2015

The Best Apple Watch Unboxing Video (feat. 2 Cute Cats)

Earlier today, around 11:10AM, my doorbell rang and it was UPS — you guessed it, they were bringing my Apple Watch. I decided to do a live stream unboxing with Periscope which went very well. You can find the Periscope video here (be sure to follow me too).

I’ve also uploaded the Apple Watch unboxing video below. It may seem a little weird because the things I’m saying are directed at the viewers in the Periscope chat room which isn’t included as part of [...]

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April 24, 2015

Apple Rejects App for Mentioning Pebble Support, Puts Apps Supporting Other Devices On Notice

I’m a Pebble owner, and I’m content with my smartwatch. It zips notifications to my wrist, and it works with my iPhone. Until now, I haven’t seen a clear cut reason to check out the Apple Watch.

So it appears Apple is inventing one.

According to ReadWrite, Apple just rejected an app from its App Store because it mentioned Pebble support in its metadata. The app, SeaNav US, had no issues with the App Store previously; then again, the developer wasn’t [...]

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April 22, 2015

The 4-Inch iPhone Debate Continues: More Rumors

For months, rumors have ping ponged back and forth about whether or not Apple would be making a smaller version of the iPhone 6—and on Tuesday, those rumors swung back the other way, with Digitimes reporting once again that a 4-inch iPhone was on its way.

Recent rumors point to Apple reviving its “C” line of iPhones for a smaller version of the iPhone 6.

According to the post, AU Optronics “is expected to supply 4-inch panels and is [...]

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April 14, 2015

First Impressions: The Apple Watch

Yesterday morning Mandy and I took a trip to the Apple Store in SoHo (NYC). The purpose of this mission? Try on the Apple Watch, of course. We walk into the store, smiles beaming on our faces, and I excitedly tell the front door associate that we’re here for our watch try on appointment. He brings us over to a fitting table where another Apple associate begins to help us.

“We want to try on what we ordered!” I exclaim. “I got the 42mm stainless steel watch [...]

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April 14, 2015

Apple Watch Accessories Arrive, Focus on Battery Life

One of the biggest issues for wearables has been battery life—so much so that one of the Pebble Time’s biggest selling points despite its lack of a touchscreen is its 7-day battery life. So it’s not too surprising that accessories being released for the highest profile wearable yet, the Apple Watch, focus on what may be one of the device’s biggest weaknesses: its battery life.

The Reserve Strap

The Wipowerband is a neon-colored Apple Watch case that [...]

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April 14, 2015

New Apple Music App in iOS 8.4 Beta

The new Music app from Apple has made its first appearance in the iOS 8.4 beta that was released on Monday evening, 9to5Mac reports. Built in collaboration with Beats, which Apple acquired in 2014, the new Music app is expected to be officially announced at WWDC this summer.

There are a whole bunch of features described in the app’s release notes, helpfully listed in the above-linked 9to5Mac post, but none of them are particularly incredible one way or another. They seem mostly [...]

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April 11, 2015

Artificial Scarcity: Companies, Stop Doing It; Reporters, Stop Reporting On It

Apple Watch Sells Out in Six Hours.

The BestTechie article bearing the above headline was published yesterday. The product may have been the Apple Watch this time around, but the name could conceivably be swapped with most Apple products at launch. iPhones sell out. iPads sell out. It always happens, and we always seem surprised when it does.

The thing is, the headline is an inevitability. It’s not a matter of if it will be published, but when. Will it be six hours? One [...]

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