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AppleInsider reports that some complaints have emerged on Twitter about the Apple Watch’s patchy power consumption when the watch is being used to track workouts, especially for outdoor activities such as cycling, possibly due to the use of the paired iPhone’s GPS.
Officially, Apple says that the Apple Watch battery should be able last for up to 6.5 hours during a non-stop workout. In many cases, this is true; however, AppleInsider has seen reports from some users who say that the actual time has been much less.
One reader said that he had only got two hours of battery life out of his watch when cycling. And while many other Twitter users had nothing but praise for the watch’s battery life when they were exercising, another Twitter user said that his watch’s battery power had fallen...
As you know, the entry-level aluminum Apple Watch is priced at a relatively affordable $349, but the most expensive Apple Watch edition is priced between $10,000 and $17,000. However, several jewelers have begun undercutting Apple's big price tags for gold Apple Watch Edition models, coming up with affordable solutions for people looking to make their Apple Watch gold-plated.
Jewelry companies Watch Plate and Golden Dreams are now offering a gold plating service for much less than what you would have to pay for the Apple Watch Edition, says 9to5Mac. Here are the options offered by the companies:
Watch Plate offers to gold plate your own Apple Watch for $399. The process is relatively simple. You simply FedEx them your stainless steel Apple Watch and they will gold plate the device...
As more and more customers have started receiving their orders, some of them will probably want to change their band with a new one. And while there are a few options that come officially from Apple, the company is now launching a new program to help third-party designers to make their own connecting bands for the Apple Watch. Apple says the following on the official site:
"Apple Watch bands are easily changed with simple release buttons and lugs that secure the band to the Apple Watch case. When creating your custom bands, refer to the band design guidelines and lug profile. Apple Watch lugs will be available soon through the Made for Apple Watch program."
The new "Made for Apple Watch" program allows accessory developers to download design guidelines and Watch schematics from the...
Here's a spooky treat to distract your imagination on this Monday morning. It's too bad it's not Halloween because this scary ghost game would be perfectly timed for that holiday. What we found is a new crowd-finding campaign for some folks planning on developing a slick new Augmented Reality concept for iOS.
The idea is that they can overlay ghosts and ghouls on to your iPad or iPhone display right in your own home! The way the game works is you just turn off all of the lights, then fire up the game on your iPhone or iPad and the AR engine will take care of the scares!
The presentation from the developers seems a little cheesy, but if they can pull off what they are intending in the game, then we could see the future of Augmented Reality entertainment (or at least one genre of it)....
AppleInsider reports today that the designers of Reserve Strap battery bands for the Apple Watch have revealed that the small diagnostic port that is hidden behind one of the watch’s lugs can actually be used to charge the watch.
“Our engineers have been able to independently confirm that the 6-pin diagnostic port underneath the Apple Watch case can be used for charging,” said the designers.
This has not as yet been confirmed by Apple, and it’s not known if Apple will modify the port so that it can’t be used to charge the watch in future.
AppleInsider says that if Apple does decide to allow the port to live, as it were, and let the designers continue to make such products as the Reserve Strap, it could pave the way for Apple to introduce a “Made for Apple Watch” accessories program,...
AppleInsider has some exclusive news on the forthcoming 12.9-inch iPad today, directly from a source familiar with Apple’s plans. Aside from confirming the existence of the larger iPad, the source also said that it would have several features that would be totally new to the iPad range.
In particular, the source said that the 12.9-inch iPad would have an NFC radio, which could possibly mean that the so-called “iPad Pro” could be used as a payment-receiving terminal for Apple Pay. It’s unlikely that the larger tablet will get the tap-to-pay feature, however.
NFC appearing for the first time in an iPad could also make for easier pairing with accessories.
The same source also reported that the larger iPad will have a new touch screen with improved touch latency, designed especially...
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...
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