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Watching the watch.

2 months ago in Apple, Articles, Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

Continuing to chronical the newest operating systems coming out of Cupertino, today we will examine WatchOS 4. With each iteration on the WatchOS Apple applies more and more polish to this wearable Operating System. So, let’s get down to it.
Watch faces – WatchOS 4 gives us a few new watch faces. In addition to the new Siri Watch Face, there is also a Toy Story Watch face as well as a Kaleidoscope face which can be generated from one of your pictures. The Siri face is the one I have been using since release. Using machine learning it figures out what information I need to see at any given time. It surfaces any information that I might need and when I need it. Currently Siri only works with the default Apple applications. However, in the future, 3rd party developers will be able to create applications that take advantage of Siri as well as utilizing machine learning. The Toy Story Watch Face has your favorite Toy Story character to greet you whenever you check the time. You have your choice of Woody, Buzz or Jesse. When you check the time, a small animation will play. The Kaleidoscope face is designed to take a picture and make a kaleidoscope design of it as it moves and shifts throughout the day or when the digital crown is turned.
Coaching – Are you one of those people that need to be motivated to get your tasks complete? I know I am. Apple watch is looking out for me. Near the end of the day, Apple Watch will tell me I need to do a 5-minute brisk walk to close my move ring for the day. Additionally, in the morning it will give you a breakdown of your activity form yesterday. With WatchOS 4 it is faster to start a workout with the new quick start interface. Apple has also added High Intensity Interval Training as a new workout option.
Music – Apple Music is redesigned in WatchOS 4, with multiple playlist support in addition to syncing Apple curated content. This will also be beneficial with the release of the LTE Apple Watch, so you could now stream music using the watch without the need for the iPhone.
Elements – One of the new features is if you “force press” on the main screen, there is an option to switch from a grid view to a list view. Personally, I like the list view myself. Another nice feature is the face can become a “flashlight” which can help cars see you if you want to go for a run at night.
Messages – It is going to be in iOS 11 as well as WatchOS 4, the ability to use Apple Pay to send money peer-to-peer. (This feature is currently in testing and has been pulled from WatchOS 4 for the time being. Should be released soon.)
Mail – In earlier versions of mail, you could read and respond to email. Now that has changed. With WatchOS 4 you can compose an email. This allows you to not only use Siri’s text-to-speech about the scribble function to spell out words as well.

Have you updated to WatchOS 4 yet? Are you planning NOT to? If so, why or why not.

Cranking iOS up to 11

2 months ago in Apple, Articles, Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

First, I kinda stole that line from Tim during the keynote, but it applies. Before we get started I want to say this review in no way will be able to cover all the new features of iOS 11, but hopefully it will cover enough to persuade you to download it and see the additional […]

Let’s talk about High Sierra

3 months ago in Apple, Articles, Mac in the Media, Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

High Sierra is Apples latest OS offering. The thing is, think of High Sierra as a “Service Pack” for Sierra. While there are a few new additions, High Sierra focuses on tightening up Sierra. Many of the enhancements are “under the covers”, in my opinion the most important would be APFS. APFS replaces HFS+ which […]

iPad Pro Accessories

7 months ago in Add-Ons, Apple, Articles, iPad by Wardy Miller | No Comments

I finally am able to get a chance to write about not only the new 9.7 inch iPad Pro, but to also discuss the new accessories. My college Charlotte Mackie wrote a great review of the iPad Pro itself, and I’m not going to rehash that. My focus for this review will be the iPad […]

Apple Music: Worth it or Swerve it?

2 years ago in Apple, Music by Charlotte Mackie | No Comments

Apple are definitely not unknown in the music world, having largely dominated the portable music device scene for years, but their first foray into music streaming has come during the peak of Spotify’s popularity. The main question is; is it worth it, or should you swerve it? Music streaming services are certainly having their moment […]

Apple TV with voice control remote

2 years ago in Apple, Articles by Charlotte Mackie | No Comments

  Apple TV is a service that’s been hinted at since way back before the first iPhone in 2006. Originally referred to as iTV, the concept behind Apple TV has evolved and adapted significantly since we first heard about the idea. The first incarnation of Apple TV was released in 2010, and the latest generation […]

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