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      Report: “Apple Watch X” will redesign the popular wearable for the first time / ArsTechnica · Monday, 14 August, 2023 - 19:38

    Apple Watch models set out on a table

    Enlarge / The Apple Watch (seen here in its current iterations) is set to get a new look. (credit: Corey Gaskin )

    Annual updates to the standard Apple Watch have been almost too small to mention for the past few years, and it looks like that trend will continue with the new wearables Apple plans to debut next month. But, according to a Bloomberg newsletter , a major Apple Watch overhaul is coming as soon as next year.

    Dubbed "Watch X," it will be the 10th edition of the Apple Watch that was originally announced in 2014 and released in 2015. To commemorate the occasion, Apple is planning the most significant redesign of the Watch yet apart from the recently launched Ultra, which is more of a spinoff than a direct follow-up.

    Of course, that's not saying much. Each year's update has typically brought one small change—like a slightly bigger screen, a modest CPU speed bump, or a new health tracking feature aimed at one specific ailment—such that there's little reason to upgrade even once every two or three years, much less annually.

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      Next-gen Apple Watch will reportedly get its first major CPU upgrade in years / ArsTechnica · Monday, 8 May, 2023 - 20:31

    The Apple Watch Series 7, which uses a chip that is very similar to its predecessor (the Series 6) and its successor (the Series 8).

    Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 7, which uses a chip that is very similar to its predecessor (the Series 6) and its successor (the Series 8). (credit: Corey Gaskin)

    Technically, each year's Apple Watch includes a processor upgrade. The Apple Watch Series 8 comes with an Apple S8 processor, which is a larger number than the S7 SoC that came with the Series 7 or the S6 that came with the Series 6.

    However, none of those processors has actually provided much by way of a performance upgrade; they all seem to use an identical processor with a CPU architecture based on the Apple 13 (presumably the small, energy-efficient cores) and a 7 nm manufacturing process from TSMC.

    Bloomberg's Mark Gurman ( via MacRumors ) says this year will be different. He says the next-generation chip (presumably the Apple S9) will be a more substantial upgrade than the last few, with a new processor based on the same architecture used in Apple's newer A15 chip. And if the CPU is changing, Apple could also take the opportunity to upgrade the manufacturing process, potentially providing a boost in battery life (and other features) along with an increase in speed.

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      Apple Watch “Pro” rumored to have new bands, price close to $1,000 / ArsTechnica · Monday, 29 August, 2022 - 15:58 · 1 minute

    This is not the brand-new Apple Watch "Pro," just the current model, so you'll have to imagine the titanium, the larger size, and the nearly $1,000 price.

    Enlarge / This is not the brand-new Apple Watch "Pro," just the current model, so you'll have to imagine the titanium, the larger size, and the nearly $1,000 price. (credit: Apple)

    Numerous Apple-watching outfits have reported that the company is working on a rugged, fitness-minded " Apple Watch Pro, " to be announced at its September 7 event . The device could be even more of an upgrade than some expect, as the latest rumor has the wider, more square-shaped "Pro" watch requiring all-new bands.

    Weibo user "Uncle Pan," who has shared accurate information before on AirPods and MagSafe cases, posted Monday from Guangdong that an Apple Watch with a 47 or 48 mm screen will be offered this year. The new band will be wider, indicating a likely square design, Uncle Pan wrote. The user embedded an image from Twitter account Apple Hub, which offered a quirky rendering of the rumored Pro design and cited a price "close to $1,000."

    Uncle Pan's post conflicts with Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, who reported in late July that while the Pro watch will be larger than existing Apple Watch models, it will not be squared or feature flat sides.

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      What to expect from Apple’s September 14 “California Streaming” event

      Samuel Axon · / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 8 September, 2021 - 22:01 · 1 minute

    Futuristic glass-walled building permits views of surrounding forest.

    Enlarge / The waiting area of the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's Cupertino campus. (credit: Samuel Axon)

    On September 14 at 10 am PDT (1 pm EDT), Apple will host its first product-launch event in several months. Once again, it will be an online-only event . But as with other recent online events from Apple, we expect it to be as jam-packed with announcements as ever.

    It's likely to focus on the iPhone, but revelations about the Apple Watch, AirPods, and maybe the iPad are likely, too. We'll be liveblogging the event as it happens on Tuesday, of course, but until then, consider what you're about to read our best attempt at setting expectations and making predictions about what's coming.

    In so many ways, Apple has gotten easier to read and predict in recent years—certainly compared to the years during Steve Jobs' second tenure as CEO. Apple has settled into something of a cadence with its main product lines, making it a bit easier to see what may be coming. The company's products are still disruptive, but now they do it in a subtle, iterative ways and often in areas that aren't as flashy as what we saw in the 2000s—like health care, for example.

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      Report: Big new health features are coming to the Apple Watch—just not this year

      Samuel Axon · / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 1 September, 2021 - 22:08

    Apple Watch Series 6 on a reviewers wrist, showing the striped watch face

    Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 6. (credit: Corey Gaskin )

    Analysts and reporters have published conflicting reports about what to expect from the next Apple Watch. Some, like Nikkei, claimed it will have new health sensors, but others like Bloomberg's Mark Gurman have said that this year's model will offer no major new hardware features amidst production constraints.

    Topping off a week of debate on the subject, The Wall Street Journal today published a report that claims that several major new health-sensing features are coming to the Watch—just not this year's model.

    According to the Journal's sources, a future Apple Watch that is not this year's Series 7 model will include more advanced sleep tracking, like the ability to detect sleep apnea. To accomplish this, Apple is looking into ways to allow the Apple Watch to obtain sensor data overnight without taxing the battery, which has been a barrier for the Watch in competing with sleep-tracking wearables from Fitbit and others.

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      iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 adds new camera features, fixes bunches of bugs

      Samuel Axon · / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 26 January, 2021 - 20:03

    The 2020 iPad Air—one of several devices supported by today

    Enlarge / The 2020 iPad Air—one of several devices supported by today's new software releases. (credit: Samuel Axon )

    Today, Apple began rolling out iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 to supported iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The company also pushed watchOS 7.3 to Apple Watches and tvOS 14.4 to Apple TVs.

    iOS 14.4/iPadOS 14.4 is a somewhat small feature update. New additions in the release notes include the ability to read smaller QR codes with the iPhone cameras, notifications to tell users "when the camera of your iPhone is unable to be verified as a new, genuine Apple camera," and a number of bug fixes.

    Here are Apple's full iOS 14.4 release notes:

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      Apple launches “Time to Walk” fitness service with celebrity guests

      Samuel Axon · / ArsTechnica · Monday, 25 January, 2021 - 18:12

    Today, Apple launched a new component of its Fitness+ personal health subscription service: "Time to Walk." With it, users who own an Apple Watch can take a tracked walk exercise while listening to stories or inspiring talks from "influential and interesting people."

    These talks will be automatically downloaded to users' Apple Watch, provided those users subscribe to Fitness+. When users start listening to one of the 25-40 minute episodes, the Watch will begin tracking a Walk workout. For users in weelchairs, Time to Walk is instead called "Time to Push" and offers up an Outdoor Weelchair Walk Pace workout instead.

    The announcement states that "each Time to Walk episode is shaped by the guest’s personal, life-shaping moments and includes lessons learned, meaningful memories, thoughts on purpose and gratitude, moments of levity, and other thought-provoking topics, recorded while walking outside or in locations that are meaningful to them."

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      La batterie de votre iPhone se vide vite depuis iOS 14 ? Apple propose une solution

      Julien Cadot · / Numerama · Saturday, 3 October, 2020 - 09:15

    iOS 14

    Si la batterie de votre iPhone se vide trop vite depuis iOS 14 ou que vous perdez des données de santé ou de bien être depuis votre Apple Watch, il est peut-être nécessaire de remettre votre appareil à ses réglages d'usine. [Lire la suite]

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    L'article La batterie de votre iPhone se vide vite depuis iOS 14 ? Apple propose une solution est apparu en premier sur Numerama .

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      Apple Watch Series 6 Review: Still the best smartwatch, but tracking is lacking

      Corey Gaskin · / ArsTechnica · Friday, 25 September, 2020 - 11:30

    Apple Watch Series 6 on a reviewers wrist, showing the striped watch face

    Enlarge (credit: Corey Gaskin)

    Apple's latest smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 6 , gives us almost every feature one could ask for in a fitness tracker while reasserting Apple Watch's position as the most fun, connected, and complete smartwatch experience.

    To be fair, the Apple Watch Series 5 also held those distinctions in its time. You could argue the same going for annual releases farther back in the Apple Watch's history. But with the Series 6 addition of native sleep tracking and blood oxygen measurements to complement the already solid fitness foundation, there isn't much more you could ask for in a fitness tracker, or smartwatch, at this point. So, to sweeten the deal, Apple finally gave us some fun colors to keep our eyes from wandering. And at the company's recent fall event, Apple also introduced the less-expensive Apple Watch SE .

    With the Series 6 and SE sitting alongside the even more affordable and still available Apple Watch Series 3 , we now have a hard time telling anyone they should buy any other smart watch instead of one of Apple's. Instead, the more pressing question in 2020 is, "Which one?"

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