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As successful as the Apple Watch launch has been, no launch is without a few snags, and the Apple Watch is no exception. We’ve already had band-gate and tattoo-gate, and now, according to MacRumors, we have digital-crown-gate.
The digital crown is situated on the side of the watch and is the main input method for the watch other than touch.
Apparently, several Apple Watch owners on the MacRumors forums and Apple’s official support pages have been having problems with the digital crown getting stuck and becoming hard to turn. Some of those owners have explained that the crown feels stuck at first, and then loosens when turned, whereas others say that it is difficult to turn at all times.
“You just feel that it’s sticky at first as if there was a bit too much friction,” said one user....
BGR reports today that IHS iSuppli has provided some new estimates about how much the Apple Watch costs Apple to make, revealing that the Apple Watch Sport costs approximately $83.70 to make, which represents 24% of the suggested retail price of $349.
“It is fairly typical for a first-generation product rollout to have a higher retail price versus hardware cost,” said IHS Technology analyst Kevin Keller. “While retail prices always tend to decrease over time, the ratio for the Apple Watch is lower than what we saw for the iPhone 6 Plus and the other new Apple products, and that could be of great benefit to Apple’s bottom line if sales match the interest the Apple Watch has generated.”
BGR says that the profit margins will be even higher for Apple on the stainless steel Apple Watch...
A few days ago we shared several torture test videos which aimed to see just how tough the new Apple Watch really is. While we applaud these brave/rich folks for doing what we would not dare in the name of "science/entertainment," these latest three videos have us scratching our heads. We wonder if there is such a thing as going too far when torturing new tech gadgets.
While we can see the relative value in running the Apple Watch through a gauntlet of tests which it might actually face in a real-world environment, this latest series of videos we found simply want to destroy the gadget. Perhaps there is some entertainment value to be had, and we must admit that despite our reservations we were still fascinated enough to watch these videos. Because of that we figured we would share...
Yesterday we reported a story that seemed almost unbelievable. Supposedly, the Heart Rate sensor on the Apple Watch could have its functionality negatively impacted by the presence of a tattoo on your skin underneath the watch. There's even a video presentation of the problem which we have shown above.
It turns out this isn't some weird voodoo magic, and has actually been confirmed by Apple themselves. They recently updated their Apple Watch landing page and included a description of the problem. Here's what they said,
Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.
Apple also shared several...
Jalopnik reports that Honda has released an app in Japan for the Apple Watch, which shows you data when you are driving including the reading on your odometer, how far you’ve travelled, or your cruising range.
The app is in both English and Japanese, but is only available in the Japanese iTunes store.
The app has seven functions, including the aforementioned three, as well as a fuel efficiency score, parking, another cruising range feature that tells you how long before you have to get more gas before you even start driving, arrival information that provides information about your journey distance and length of time it took, and a timer that tells you how long you’ve been away from your vehicle, which could be handy if you’re parked on a meter.
No word from Jalopnik as to whether...
Whether you are one of the lucky few who have already received your Apple Watch, or are still waiting for it to come to your doorstep, we have a treat which you might find handy. We decided to share a number of tips & tricks for the new Apple super-device. Some of these are actually hidden features, so there may be something surprising for even the most experienced new user.
Of course, this list is not meant to be exhaustive, so feel free to sound off and share any cool features you have figured out with the Apple Watch. Here are just a few suggestions below:
Launch apps with Siri - This one is the most obvious, but it still bears mentioning. It can be tough for those with large or thick fingers to tap on the tiny app icons on the Apple Watch. Because Apple knew that we all have...
We have some breaking news regarding the Apple Watch.
It turns out there is a reason Apple had such a limited rollout of the Apple Watch. They apparently found a faulty key component within the Apple Watch manufacturing from one of their suppliers. This faulty part was the taptic engine that gives the user physical feedback on their wrist when a notification activates on the device.
According to the source of this report, only Apple's Chinese supplier, AAC Technologies, had the problem with the faulty component, but this was enough of an issue that Apple had to limit the release of the watch until the issue can be resolved. We will share more details when they are revealed.
According to iMore, the Apple Watch sensors could possibly be affected by certain types of arm tattoos. Apparently the ink pigmentation can cause problems with the watch’s plethysmograph sensor, and in particular with how the sensor reads your heart rate and thus establishes whether or not the watch has contact with your skin.
iMore says that word of the issue first emerged on Twitter and Reddit, and iMore confirms that it has carried out its own simple tests and has found that if a tattoo is solid and darkly pigmented it can cause some problems, producing very high heart-rate readings of 196 BPM in one instance.
Essentially, the watch’s sensor works by using spectrums of light to track your blood flow under your skin. Certain types of ink pigmentation can reduce the reflectiveness...
Phone Arena reports that the arrival of the Apple Watch has led to the resurrection of one particular nineties craze, the Tamagotchi.
You might remember that back in the nineties, Tamagotchi were tiny electronic pets that lived inside an egg-shaped device that you had to care for by feeding them “food”, as well as playing with them and cleaning up their mess.
Controls were very simple, requiring just a few button presses to tend to your pet, which often proved to be very demanding, constantly beeping in your pocket and demanding immediate attention.
Such simple controls lend themselves to the Apple Watch, something that the game’s makers, Bandai, have obviously realised, as they have now released a new Tamagotchi game to the App Store for Apple Watch, iPhone, and iPad.
We just wanted to take a moment to highlight a great review we have from one of our members on our sister-site at AppleWatchForum.net. Non only is it a solid writeup, it also shares things from a female perspective, which is sometimes sorely missing in tech blogs today.
User cdanr had high praise for Apple's new super-gadget, and this was despite being initially skeptical about the concept. Some of her comments included enjoying the fit and feel of the device, as well as it being more useful than she expected. We don't want to spoil her entire write-up, so be sure to check out the source link below to get the whole perspective.
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