Apple Watch Overview Updated January 16, 2018

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Series 3 features:

  • LTE models offer connectivity without iPhone
  • 70% faster performance with new S3 processor
  • 50% faster Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with new W2 chip
  • Siri now speaks with watchOS 4

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Apple’s first entry into the wearable market is Apple Watch ($249 and up), a smartwatch that pairs with the iPhone and sports an all-new user interface. Users can choose between numerous watch faces that will display whenever the watch is lifted for viewing, access a Home screen full of apps, and see notifications pushed from the iPhone.

A traditional watch dial on the side of the device has been repurposed as a Digital Crown, allowing you to scroll, zoom, and navigate through apps without covering the display. Light and heavy “Force Touch” inputs are sensed by the Retina display, and the Watch includes haptic feedback capabilities via a “Taptic Engine.” An inductive wireless charging solution based on MagSafe will recharge the watch every night.

The Apple Watch is designed to interact with an iPhone, running light apps that depend upon the iPhone for data, as well as playing limited standalone content stored on the Watch itself. All Apple Watch models run the same watchOS software and work with the iPhone 5 or newer.

The Apple Watch includes a collection of sensors that can measure your pulse and other health data, plus fitness apps that can share data with the Health app in iOS. Also, the haptic feedback and biometric sensors allow for interesting new messaging features that let users tap and draw to communicate; users can record and send their heartbeats to one another.

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Apple Watch Stories Today

Matt Birchler has published an excellent watchOS 5 design concept that envisions future features that could come to Apple Watch. Included are much more information dense watch faces with new layouts, third-party apps as data sources on the Siri watch face, and my favorite: podcast playback.

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Apple Watch Stories Yesterday

Vikings-Saints NFL game caused Apple Watch elevated heart rate alerts for fans

Last night’s post season Vikings vs. Saints game was so thrilling and intense, many Apple Watch users received warnings about abnormally high heart rates, a potential precursor to a heart attack.

Apple Watch Stories January 10

A new policy from Chief of Staff John Kelly aims to strictly crackdown on West Wing use of personal cell phones. While initially the policy was believed to apply primarily to personal smartphones, ABC News today reports that it is actually far broader and will ban use of anything with WiFi, Bluetooth, radio, or cellular capabilities…

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Apple Watch Stories January 9

Satechi has today announced a new USB-C charging station for iPhone and Apple Watch called the “Smart Dual Charging Station.”

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Apple Watch Stories January 8

Whirlpool has announced that it’s working on an Apple Watch app that will allow you to control more than 20 of its connected appliances, including ovens, washing machines and dryers.

The company says that as well as using the app to carry out simple tasks, it will also prove useful for checking on the status of appliances …

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Apple Watch Stories January 3

Apple Watch is an excellent health and fitness tracker that can actually save lives, but something about the latest model may be causing issues for users who work in certain hospital environments. A number of Apple Watch users including a 9to5Mac reader report unexpected reboots on Apple Watch Series 3.

The common thread appears to be using the Apple Watch in the intensive care unit of some hospitals. This suggests there may be specific ICU-related equipment used in hospitals that could be interfering with Apple Watch Series 3 with or without cellular.

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